Zoo Keeper | Auckland Zoo

Date: 12-Aug-2022

Location: West Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity 


Auckland is a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands. It is also a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. For the last decade, Auckland Zoo’s mission statement has been to, ‘Bring people together to build a future for wildlife’. This Strategic Roadmap sets out our commitments and our goals over the next five years, that will enable us to deliver on this mission and to move towards our vision of, ‘A future where people value wildlife and species are safe from extinction’. The ‘Seven Commitments’ of this Roadmap reflect our renewed strategic priorities as a community focused cultural organisation in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and as a modern wildlife conservation science organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand:


Excellence in animal care & welfare, enhancing the well-being of our communities, nurturing a lifelong connection with nature, conserving wildlife in the wild, science, learning & training, strengthening our relationship with Te Ao Maori & evolving our organisation sustainably


We are currently seeking a skilled keeper to join the Zoo's Animal Care & Conservation team. Working under the Team Leader of Ectotherms, the primary focus of the role is the care of the Zoo's reptiles, amphibians, fish & invertebrates, providing best-practice husbandry, contributing to our knowledge of these species through research and publication, and delivering world-class animal habitats and meaningful encounters to our 700,000 annual visitors. You will also help to develop and deliver a portfolio of related conservation programs in the field.

This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in the Zoo's ectotherm section, to actively contribute to conservation both in the zoo and in the field, and to work with some of the world's most extraordinary ectotherms including unique New Zealand taonga like tuatara,
wētāpunga and Archey's frog. The section maintains a growing number of ‘exotic’ species, soon to be complimented by a deeply immersive Southeast Asian ‘Swamp Forest’ tropical dome, which will be home to Sunda gharial, freshwater turtles, tortoises and thousands of fish. The exciting challenges of bringing this complex project to life is just ahead.


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He kōrero mōu: About you

The successful candidate will have:


  • Experience working in proximity with large and potentially dangerous reptiles including crocodilians (essential)
  • Detailed knowledge and extensive experience in the management of tropical freshwater life support systems
  • A deep understanding of ectotherm husbandry covering a broad range of relevant taxa – a strong background in tropical freshwater fish husbandry would be an advantage
  • History of delivering innovative exhibit design
  • Good self-awareness and strong interpersonal skills, ensuring a good team fit on a busy and technically demanding section
  • Strong organisational skills, aptitude for creative problem-solving and a ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Tertiary qualification in zoology/biology/conservation
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent customer service
  • Commitment to and understanding of the World Zoo Conservation Strategy 2015
  • Interest in and commitment to undertaking conservation field work


If you have proven relevant animal husbandry experience, a desire to deliver tangible conservation outcomes and relish the opportunity to positively contribute to the work of a devoted team of zoo professionals, then this is the opportunity for you. High priorities for this position include delivering the highest standards in husbandry and welfare, actively contributing to a cohesive team culture and demonstrating adaptability within an ambitious and dynamic section environment.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


This is a permanent full-time role, working 40 hours per week on a variable roster system including some weekend days and public holidays.  A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role. We are a fun and enthusiastic team, who thrive in this challenging and rewarding area and who work in innovative areas on an international level.


If you have a passion for ectotherms and a desire to achieve tangible conservation outcomes through your zoo-based career, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for – apply now!


Applications close 18th of August 2022


This position is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.


For further information on Auckland Zoo, please visit our website: https://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz or contact Aimee Johnson at email aimee.johnson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for a position description.


Please note that if you are applying from overseas, we strongly recommend you seek advice from immigration New Zealand on the visa application process and your likely eligibility before applying https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas.


Band Z (position is graded subject to core competency framework)


Employees in receipt of salary protection and/or on the predecessor Council terms and conditions of employment, please note that the salary protection and/or predecessor Council terms and conditions, including relocation, apply to your current position. Should you change to a new position (other than any secondment) you will be issued with a new employment letter of offer with current Auckland Council terms and conditions.

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.