Animal Care Team Leader of Herbivores and Birds

Vets on Riverbank

Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Oct 16

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Animal Care Team Leader of Herbivores and Birds

About us-

At Wellington Zoo, we are the Zoo with the biggest heart: a creative, innovative and progressive zoo. We are a team of powerfully passionate individuals who are champions for the welfare of all animals - within and beyond the boundaries of the Zoo. We are guided by our kaupapa, “Me Tiaki, Kia Ora!” We must look after our environment, so all things will flourish. 

About the role-

Currently our Animal Care Team have a vacancy for Team Leader of Herbivores and Birds to join them on a permanent, full-time basis. The Team Leader of Herbivores and Birds will report to the Animal Care Manager, and the successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring our Keeping staff are supported and developed. They are responsible for the highest standards of animal husbandry, excellence in animal care and welfare, and providing our visitors with exciting message driven experiences.

What we’re looking for in an applicant-

· A minimum of six years’ experience in animal management, husbandry and working with animals in human care, and a National Certificate in Animal Management - Captive Wild Animals (or equivalent) or University degree in a Zoological related discipline

· Substantial experience providing husbandry care and species management across a variety of ungulate, marsupial and bird species. 

· Experience in habitat maintenance and the ability to design, review and develop habitats that maximise the connections with animals for visitors

· Demonstrated experience motivating, coaching and developing staff

· Effective planning, organising, time management and written and verbal communication skills.

What we’re offering as an employer-

· The opportunity to be part of a passionate and committed team that is dedicated to animal welfare, sustainability initiatives, community engagement and conservation outcomes.

· An exciting and varied place to work. 

· Five days Conservation Leave per year of employment to work on a conservation project. 

· Sick leave entitlement from the start of employment. 

· An extra accrued week of annual leave after 5 years continuous service.

· Yearly allocation of Zoo passes and Zoo Close Encounters that can be shared with family and friends.

· Zoo product discounts.

· The ability to walk around and enjoy the Zoo every day. 

· Annual flu vaccinations.

For more information on this vacancy please download the Job Description. To submit your application, click ‘Apply for this job’ to direct you to our application site. To find out more about Wellington Zoo please visit

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit. 

Wellington Zoo wants a diverse workforce that reflects Aotearoa New Zealand. As an inclusive organisation we welcome everyone to our wild party. We are committed to accepting, valuing and embracing the diversity of all people. We are working towards Rainbow Tick certification.

Applications must be received by close of business Sunday 7th November 2021

For a copy of the Job Description visit JD-Animal-Care-Team-Leader.pdf

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