Reception and Retail Assistant

at Orana Wildlife Trust
Published January 16, 2023
Location Timaru, New Zealand
Category Admin and Clerical  
Job Type Full-time  


Reception and Retail Assistant Orana Wildlife Trust location Canterbury.

Set in 80 hectares, Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch) is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park is home to 1,000 animals representing over 90 different species; the focus of our collection is New Zealand native fauna, domestic animals and African savannah wildlife.

Orana continues to work through our exciting development plan to ensure the Park continues to evolve into the future. Operated as charitable trust, Orana fulfils an important role in managed zoo-based breeding programmes. Construction of a new rhino international quarantine facility is complete, as part of “Project Rhino”, a joint international effort aimed at building a large genetically sustainable insurance population of white rhinos outside of Africa to help save this iconic species from extinction.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a suitably skilled person for a permanent part-time, front-line position with the opportunity for additional casual work during school holidays and other busy periods. You will need to be a highly driven and energetic person, able to show initiative, with a passion for wildlife.

This is a diverse role responsible for providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that quality information is delivered to visitors on entering the Park. The main responsibilities include greeting visitors, admission tickets, promoting key products and merchandise as well as answering ‘overflow’ phone calls. Close liaison with other staff members will be essential to ensure that all front-line requirements are met.

The successful applicant must possess the following attributes excellent communication skills. Good experience in cash handling and retail sales.  Outstanding customer service and people skills. A team player with a “can do” attitude and attention to detail. A positive, polite and friendly personality. A passion for conservation and the aims of the Trust.