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work at the zoo

Auckland Zoo employees over 100 full-time employees and over 200 volunteers.

Zoo roles embrace a diverse range of skills and occupations - from zookeeping, horticulture, marketing, veterinary services, administration, finance and customer service.

The Zoo receives many enquiries from people wanting to find out about becoming a zookeeper - an increasingly popular profession it seems! If you are interested in zookeeping as a career, the information below is a good starting point.

You can also check out volunteering at the Zoo, taking part in the Junior Keeper programme, work experience, veterinary student placements and our zookeeper internships.​​

All vacancies for jobs at Auckland Zoo are listed on the Auckland Council careers website.

How do I become a Zookeeper?

There are very few zoos in New Zealand, and consequently very few zookeeping positions, so it's a good idea to keep your options open. Either working with animals in places other than a zoo, or undertaking other conservation-related work, can be a step in the right direction.

There is no single way to become a keeper, but with so much competition for employment, the more education and experience with animals, the better. Current keeping staff backgrounds are diverse, and include gaining science degrees, veterinary technician qualifications and a wealth of experience working both in overseas zoos and sometimes with animals in the wild - often via other conservation organisations and projects.

U​nitec Institute of Techonology​ offers a Certificate in Animal Mangement (Captive Wild Animals). ​Places are limited.

zookeeper training​

In conjunction with Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland Zoo has limited ​placements each year for students wishing to carry out the Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals).

​All enquiries and applications for Auckland Zoo placements should be directed to Student C​entral at Unitec​.

Zookeeper internships ​

We are looking for highly motivated and committed individuals who want to build a career in wildlife conservation and animal management. ​These internships are designed to help you take that first practical step on the zoo career ladder.

Click here to learn more and apply for our zookeeper internships​.

I'm still at school, what subjects should I be taking?

If you are interested in a career that encompasses conservation, the environment and working with animals, you need to keep your subject choice broad. Preferably, include a science subject such as biology. It is important that you choose subjects that will give you the highest aggregate marks.

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