Wildlife Keeper

at Kiwi Birdlife Park
Published December 15, 2023
Location Dunedin, New Zealand
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  


Wildlife Keeper Kiwi Birdlife Park location Otago.

Nestled amidst some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in New Zealand, Queenstown has long been regarded as a playground of nature lovers and adrenaline junkies alike.

The Kiwi Park is a family-owned 5-acre wildlife park that has been situated right in the heart of beautiful Queenstown since 1986. We care for over 20 species of native NZ birds and reptiles, and we are involved in a variety of managed conservation programmes. We were the first institute in New Zealand to be awarded a “Positive Welfare Status” from the Zoos and Aquariums Association of Australasia.

“Our mission is to help protect and restore our native taonga species through managed conservation projects and education. We provide a sanctuary for wildlife and show conservation in a natural setting. We aspire to instil hope in our visitors that everyone can make a difference to help wildlife and the environment" The Kiwi Park offers an excellent opportunity for a career within the conservation field whilst having ready access to the Queenstown lifestyle.

About the job this is an exciting time at the Kiwi Park as we are currently launching a significant number of new conservation projects, and because of this our wildlife team is expanding. We are currently seeking a Wildlife Keeper to join our Wildlife Team. Working under the Wildlife Senior Keeper, it will be your responsibility to ensure the care, sustenance, safety, and well-being of wildlife under our care. To ensure the highest possible welfare and husbandry standards both of the individual animal as well as it’s surrounding habitat, as well as contribute to the park’s education and conservation programmes with the public.

Role this is an opportunity to be part of a team that is actively developing our Park’s wildlife sector, to contribute towards ongoing conservation programmes and have the opportunity to work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable species.

About you to be considered for this role, you will need to have a degree in Zoology (or similar). Professional experience working with wildlife (New Zealand wildlife is preferable). Knowledge of NZ horticulture. Strong interpersonal skills ensuring a good fit within the current team. The flexibility to work on a roster that includes weekends and public holidays. The ability to work in a team and as an individual. An outgoing personality and can-do attitude.

What we offer this is a full time 40 hour a week position. We are a seven-day operation so some weekend and public holiday work will be required. A high level of energy will be required to meet the demands of this role.

You will be joining a passionate, enthusiastic, and fun-loving team with a strong desire to achieve the highest standards for the wildlife in our care. If you’re interested in a conservation career then this could be the opportunity for you.

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