Conservation Learning Facilitator - Kaupapa Māori

Date: 12-Sep-2022

Location: West Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland Zoo is a not-for-profit wildlife conservation science organisation, dedicated to bringing people together to build a future for wildlife. 
The Conservation Learning Facilitator Kaupapa Māori is a role within the Conservation Advocacy and Engagement Department.  The role reflects the Zoo’s aim to further its journey as a bi-cultural organisation, and to expand the meaningful and inspirational connections with diverse audiences visitors and communities across Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.  


This dynamic role reports to the Duty Operations Manager - Conservation Learning and will work with 5 other Conservation Learning Facilitators team members.

The Conservation Learning Facilitator Kaupapa Māori will assist in the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of conservation learning programmes to schools and other educational groups onsite, offsite and online that drive impactful conservation and social outcomes. It will specialise in the delivery of the existing Mātauranga Māori programme and develop new programmes for schools and communities. These will reflect the intersection between wildlife conservation and Kaupapa Māori that build meaningful, embedded and deep relationships that further develops our kaitiakitanga for Aotearoa’s taiao.


The role will work closely with Auckland Zoo’s Kaupapa Māori Advisor to help meet the aims of Te Puna Waiora – Auckland Zoo’s Te Reo Māori Capability Plan, and progress Auckland Zoo’s journey as a bicultural organisation. The role will also work with the wider Tātaki Auckland Unlimited’ s Māori Outcomes rōpū to progress Te Mahere Aronga - Tātaki Auckland Unlimited’s Māori Outcomes Plan.


The role will also assist in the delivery of other conservation advocacy and engagement programmes and events to diverse audiences as required.

He kōrero mōu: About you
You will be passionate about wildlife and care deeply about the world around you.  You will enjoy applying your knowledge and experience in kaupapa Māori and engagement to a wildlife conservation mission. You will love connecting and building relationships with diverse audiences on environmental issues that matter.   You will thrive in a varied working environment – from one of our learning spaces, out in the zoo, in the community and online. You will be knowledgeable, empathetic, resilient and remain solution focussed.



  • Degree in a science, psychological, education or other relevant field or equivalent relevant experience
  • Kaupapa Māori approaches to learning desirable
  • Current NZ teacher registration desirable



  • Proficient in te reo
  • Knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Understanding of te ao Māori and mana whenua and mataawaka in Tāmaki Makaurau is essential
  • Proven knowledge and experience in implementing the New Zealand Curriculum or equivalent educational curricula desirable.
  • Minimum of two years school or other educational teaching experience or equivalent environmental/conservation education experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of pedagogical and engagement techniques for diverse audiences,
  • Knowledge of the New Zealand curriculum, Te Whāriki, Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia, the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Education Strategy, EAZA Conservation Education Standards, UN Sustainable Development Goals and Ocean Literacy framework.


Please note: The role is 40 hours per week; however, this role requires flexible working, including some evening and weekend work, which may include public holidays as required to manage and deliver the role’s portfolio. The position shall support and work flexibly across all other conservation advocacy and engagement teams as required

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


This is a permanent, full-time opportunity, working 40 hours a week.  We offer a competitive remuneration package, generous holiday allowance, and the pleasure of working in an award-winning Zoo. You will also have access to the full range of Tātaki Auckland Council benefits – we have a range of discounts and deals with corporate suppliers which cover financial services, health, retail and hospitality discounts to name a few.


We're a hard-working close-knit team that are passionate about Auckland Zoo’s mission to build a future for wildlife and wild places, and we’re looking for like-minded individuals that share our values.


Apply now via our careers site or using the button below, and ensure you attach a bespoke covering letter that is written for this position. We want to know why you're interested in this role and what makes you a great fit!



For more information on Auckland Zoo, please visit


Applications close Monday 3rd October at 11.59PM. However, please note that early applications are encouraged as interviews will be conducted as and when applications are received – so apply now to avoid disappointment.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


Tātaki Auckland Unlimited strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.