Kiwi Conservation Officer

Te Puia

Rotorua, BayPlenty, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Jul 23

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We are seeking an outstanding individual to join the Kiwi Conservation Centre team at Te Puia in Rotorua. As a result of continued development in our Conservation Centre and our increased participation in conservation programmes, we are looking to appoint a suitably qualified person to be an integral part of this exciting new journey.

Reporting directly to the Kiwi Conservation Centre Manager, you will be assisting in the daily operations of our award winning, new nocturnal facility, and will provide outstanding care to our taonga species, as well as our manuhiri (visitors).

Become an active member in the greater Te Puia / New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts experience, contributing to other activities including, daily keeper talks, research projects and developing strategic opportunities within the conservation environment.

The Kiwi Conservation Centre is actively participating in the Kiwi Captive breeding programme and working closely with industry partners to look at other opportunities. We are looking for another team member to contribute to develop our ambitious ideas to fruition.

Key Tasks

  1. Kiwi Husbandry and general tasks
  • To comply with all kiwi protocols and procedures outlined in the Kiwi Conservation Centre Standard Operating Procedures, and all relevant Kiwi Husbandry and Best Practice manuals, to ensure the highest husbandry standards are always met.
  • To present all display enclosures and viewing areas to the highest standards at all times.
  • To assist with routine health screening procedures on Kiwi
  • To prepare all food for Kiwi, wash food dishes and feed all kiwi daily. Accurately weigh residual kiwi food and record all details to monitor kiwi food consumption daily.
  • To visually check the general wellbeing of all kiwi and record activity throughout the day
  • Carry out thorough daily cleaning of all food preparation areas and cleanliness of building interiors, and enclosures.
  • To carry out regular maintenance of the outdoor kiwi breeding enclosure (e.g., dig overs, metal detecting & pruning).
  • To notify the Kiwi Conservation Centre Manager, or GM of any kiwi health emergencies, or urgent maintenance requirements.
  • To carry out routine kiwi data entry and general computer use.
  • To maintain a high standard of facility and equipment care as outlined by the Kiwi Conservation Centre Documents.
  • Ensure excellent visitor services through creating a welcoming environment and delivering keeper presentations several times daily
  • Food ordering/supply/storage and performing food provision and quality checks as required.
  • To carry out any other reasonable requests as advised by the direct reporting manager
  • To carry out pest control around designated areas on site
  1. Gecko Care and general tasks
  • To comply with all gecko husbandry protocols and procedures, outlined in SOP manual, to ensure the highest husbandry standards are achieved
  • To carry out routine health screening procedures on the geckos
  • To prepare all food for Geckos, wash food dishes and feed geckos
  • To visually check the general wellbeing of the geckos
  • To notify the Kiwi Conservation Centre Manager or GM regarding any gecko health emergencies, or urgent maintenance requirements.
  1. Team Building
  2. Rosters and Security
  3. Public Relations
  • To maintain a good relationship with external stakeholders within the zoological network, DOC Conservancies and community groups.
  • To carry out public speaking to various groups and organisations both on and off site, regarding all Kiwi Conservation Centre activities, as directed
  • To ensure kiwi house customers have the optimum level of interaction with staff while routine tasks are being performed and to provide accurate information to the visitors.
  • To attend conferences, hui and workshops as directed, as part of your ongoing training and development programme.
  • To present kiwi information to schools and other interested groups or sponsors to promote the Kiwi Conservation Centre and the work undertaken there. This may also involve close communication with the Marketing Team and involve the setting up of public displays for conservation week and other events.
  • Assist with new educational projects and initiatives.
  1. Research and industry involvement
  2. Record Keeping
  3. Administration

Person Specifications

  • Have attained the certificate in Captive Animal Management, or Veterinary Nursing.
  • Kiwi Accredited Handler Certificate (KAH) preferred.
  • Have at least two years’ experience in a zookeeping or conservation role.
  • Significant knowledge of the biology and husbandry needs of the North Island Brown Kiwi – TAR in your care as well as good knowledge of other species of kiwi.
  • Specialist knowledge in all areas of kiwi husbandry or as advised (behavior, exhibits, and display theming, kiwi nutrition, environmental or specialist management).
  • Proficient computer literacy including Microsoft 365 and ZIMS.
  • Experience with Building Management software.

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