Animal Trainer - Presenter

Auckland Council

Auckland, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Jun 18

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He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We are looking for an experienced animal trainer/presenter to join our Animal Experiences team, to provide unique and memorable barrier-free encounters, that will connect visitors with our animals and ignite a passion for wildlife and conservation.


Animal displays and encounters will allow you to share your passion for animals and their natural environment, and communicate our conservation messages in a fun and entertaining way.

Day to day responsibilities will include delivery of public presentations, animal training and conditioning, developing animal training plans, behavioural enrichment programmes and husbandry methods. You will commit to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for animals, staff, and zoo visitors.


He kōrero mōu: About you

Naturally, you will have a passion for wildlife conservation, excellent communication skills and experience with public presentations. You will be flexible with the ability to think on your feet and be self-motivated and able to work well within our team. 


You will bring your experience with behavioural and environmental enrichment programmes and animal encounters, as well as have proven ability in carrying out zookeeping duties to a high standard, ensuring all husbandry and welfare needs are met. A driver's licence recognised in New Zealand is also essential. 


You will also have the following skills/experience:

  • 3+ years' experience in a relevant role with demonstrable expertise in delivering animal encounters, shows and displays for public audiences
  • Expertise in animal training using positive reinforcement with the ability to adapt and think outside the box
  • An aptitude for sharing skills with fellow trainer-presenters to assist in team development


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Our Animal Experiences team are a vital part of our Zoo, and we play an important part in ensuring visitors to Auckland Zoo not only have a memorable experience, but a connection with animals that leaves them wanting to make a positive impact on our environment and the conservation of species within New Zealand, and around the world.


This is a permanent, full-time role and will work 10 days over a 14 day/variable roster system, including weekends and public holidays. 


As part of the Auckland Council whānau, your work will help to enrich the lives of Aucklanders and will directly impact residents and visitors to our city. You will also have access to a large number of partnership benefits and discounts including food and retail, and health services.


Applications close Thursday 1 July 2021


This role is deemed safety-sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.


Auckland Zoo, a CCO of Auckland Council, 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.


Auckland Council is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment of candidates, we will require Police Vetting of candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act.

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