Assistant Penguin Keeper (Part-time)

Merlin Entertainments

Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand

Part time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Mar 14

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Part-time Assistant Penguin Keeper


SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland

23 Tamaki Drive

Orakei, Auckland


Are you passionate about Animal Husbandry and Welfare? Would you like to spend your day in one of Auckland’s most iconic tourist attractions, ensuring that our penguins receive the highest level of care and our guests have a magical experience?

We are currently looking for an Assistant Penguin Keeper with a passion for animal husbandry to join our fantastic team at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland.


About the Role

All of our roles are focused on ensuring that our guests are having the most amazing experiences, and here at Merlin we have a real focus on FUN!!

As an Assistant Penguin Keeper you will be responsible for assisting with the day to day care and management of our King and Gentoo penguins, their exhibit and life support systems.

Your duties include but are not limited to:

  • Providing a suitable environment for our penguins which offers excellent welfare.
  • Meeting all husbandry requirements of the penguins including cleaning, dietary, veterinary and breeding requirements.
  • Observation and maintaining a high standard of record keeping.
  • Conducting feeding presentations and educational talks to visitors as required.
  • Maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

About You 

The ideal candidate for this role will be passionate about and have an understanding of animals and will display commitment, loyalty and a strong work ethic. Animal husbandry experience/ knowledge would be a definite advantage, in addition to physical fitness as some heavy lifting will be involved.


Great people, great perks! Alongside a fun and collaborative environment, with a competitive salary, you can enjoy our amazing benefits package, including a discretionary company bonus, corporate partnership discounts, and of course, a Merlin Magic Pass, which entitles you and your family and friends free admission to all our attractions worldwide. Perhaps the biggest benefit of joining us however, are the invaluable opportunities for further career training and development across our ever-expanding group.  

About Us

We are MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS, Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator. Merlin operates 106 attractions, eight hotels and three holiday villages in 23 countries and across four continents. We aim to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to our 54 million visitors worldwide, through our iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of our managers and more than 26,000 employees. Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland is an iconic Auckland attraction and gives a totally unique working experience – working alongside penguins, sharks and fish! The Aquarium is made a great experience by our team who endeavour to make every part of the guest experience friendly and informative.

We are all about creating memorable experiences for our guests through animal experiences, fascinating animal facts and offering momentos of your visit.  There’s also a strong conservation message threaded through our experience which is a core value for all our team.

So if you love animals, are a team player who is vibrant, passionate about conservation, love sharing your enthusiasm with others and creating memorable experiences in a great company and team who Love What We Do, we want to hear from you! We will be interviewing applications as we receive them and may close the role when we have found the right person.

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