Team Leader – Auckland Zoo

Posted: 29 June 2021   |   Full-Time   | Auckland Zoo, New Zealand | Deadline to apply: 12 July 2021

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland is a global city with stunning scenery, wonderful beaches and sub-tropical islands. It is also a city with one of the most progressive zoos in the world. At Auckland Zoo, wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability is at the very heart of what we do. Our mission is “to bring people together to build a future for wildlife” and we do this by demonstrating exceptional care for wildlife, inspiring our visitors to value wildlife, conserving wildlife in the wild and building a high-performance organisation.

We are currently seeking a Team Leader Ectotherms. As a key member of the Zoo’s Animal Care & Conservation team, the Team Leader’s role is to ensure that the staff, facilities and animals associated with the section are managed to achieve excellence. Working under the Curator of Ectotherms, the primary focus of the advertised role is to oversee the care of the Zoo’s reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates, providing best practice husbandry, contributing to our knowledge of these species through research and publication, and delivering world-class animal habitats and meaningful encounters to our 700,000 annual visitors. You will also help to identify, develop and deliver a portfolio of related conservation programs in the field.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of the Zoo’s ectotherm section, to actively contribute to conservation both in the zoo and in the field, and to work with some of the world’s most extraordinary ectotherms including  tuatara, wetapunga and Archey’s frog. The section maintains a growing number of ‘exotic’ species, soon to be complimented by an authentically-themed South East Asian ‘Swamp Forest’ dome, which will be home to Sunda gharial, freshwater turtles, tortoises and thousands of fish. The exciting challenges of bringing this complex project to life is just ahead.

He kōrero mōu: About you

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills
  • Strong management skills with emphasis on working to time and budget constraints
  • Tertiary qualification in zoology/biology/conservation
  • A minimum of five years ectotherm, husbandry experience with a wide variety of relevant taxa
  • A track record of innovative husbandry and research
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver excellent customer service
  • Commitment to and understanding of the World Zoo Conservation Strategy 2015
  • Experience of project planning and management
  • Strong organisational skills, aptitude for creative problem-solving and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Interest in and commitment to undertaking field work

If you have proven relevant animal husbandry experience, leadership skills and can actively manage a team of professional zoo staff, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for.  High priorities for this position include playing a key role in the development and delivery of visitor experiences and contributing to the overall strategic management of the zoo by actively participating as a member of the Animal Care & Conservation team. 

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This is a full-time role, working on a rotating roster system including some weekends and public holidays. A high level of energy and physical fitness will enable you to meet the daily challenges of the role. We are a fun and enthusiastic team, who thrive in this challenging and rewarding area and who work in innovative areas on an international level.

If you have proven leadership and ectotherm husbandry experience and a desire to really achieve conservation outcomes through your zoo-based career, then this is the opportunity you have been waiting for – apply now !

Applications close Monday 12th July 2021

This position is deemed a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment drug testing.

For further information on Auckland Zoo, please visit our website or contact Aimee Johnson at email for a position description.

Please note that if you are applying from overseas, we strongly recommend you seek advice from immigration New Zealand on the visa application process and your likely eligibility before applying

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