Team Leader, Birds and Ectotherms- Hamilton Zoo

Posted: 8 August 2023| Permanent| $72,000 per annum| Deadline 28 August| Hamilton City


Hamilton Zoo is a Zoo and Aquarium Associate Australasia (ZAA) accredited and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) accredited too.  Owned and operated by Hamilton City Council we are set in 25 hectares of tranquil surroundings and are home to more than 600 native and exotic animals.

We’re looking for a special kind of team leader to join our Te Kaaroro – Hamilton Zoo team, and lead our Birds & Ectotherms Team.  If you think this could be you lets talk!

Role Profile

  • At least 5 years experience in operational husbandry
  • Tertiary level qualification in animal management or equivalent
  • Proven leadership experience with the ability to take people on a change journey
  • An understanding of modern zoo principals and practices including legislation

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As our team leader you will oversee and actively participate in the daily operation in our Birds and Ectotherms sections. 

You will not only be leading the team, but will also spend some of your time working as a keeper to be present on the ground with the team.

You will oversee the performance of our team and work with them on their development plans, while overseeing animal husbandry on the ground. 

This job is for you if:

  • You are a dynamic people leader
  • You have exceptional communication skills
  • You enjoy working as part of a team, but have the ability to work independently
  • You are available to work on a 7 day a week roster to care for our animals

This job isn’t for you if:

  • You don’t enjoy leading and inspiring your team
  • You don’t enjoy a fast paced and busy environment
  • Interacting with an ever-changing workload doesn’t come easy to you

what we offer

  • Free private medical insurance for you (including cover for pre-existing conditions and no excess) and discounted policies for your family members
  • Two paid wellbeing days each year to make sure you are looking after yourself
  • Learning and Development opportunities to grow yourself and your career
  • Free annual health checks and flu vaccinations

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