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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.

​​Auckland Zoo offers six-month unpaid internships within our life sciences team​​. ​You will become a key part of our animal teams, working alongside our keepers in the management and care of our unique animal collection.

Each intern will be assigned to one of our animal teams for the duration of their placement. Experience will be gained through on-the-job training in the management and husbandry of the species they'll work with, and regular assessments and feedback will be provided.

In addition to daily animal husbandry duties, interns will attend a series of lectures that will help give a good theoretical background in important zoo and conservation topics such as; collection planning, cooperative breeding programmes, field conservation, animal training and conditioning, behavioural enrichment, animal health, animal records and animal transfers​.

There will be opportunities to accompany our keeping staff on selected field conservation initiatives in the wider Auckland area. This may involve habitat restoration work on offshore islands, survey and assessment work, or release and translocation initiatives for key New Zealand species.

On completion, interns will receive a Certificate of Achievement for use with future employers.


  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • These are unpaid placements and applicants will therefore need to be able to financially support themselves for the duration of the internship
  • These are full-time positions and interns will be expected to work from 8am to 4.30pm daily and work 10 days out of fourteen, including alternate weekends and public holidays (as ​rostered).
  • The next internship will run from 2 October 2017 to 30 March 2018 and applications are open now (and close 31 May 2017).

To apply

  • Download and complete an application form and return with a cover letter and a CV via email to:
    helen.knigh​​. Please include Internship in the subject line.

  • Your cover letter should cover each of the following points:
    What kind of course work and/or experience do you have working with members of the public?
    What are your career goals and how would this internship help you achieve them?
    In what areas are you most interested in attaining experience through this internship?
    Describe your computer skills.​
    What kind of course work and/or experience do you have working with animals?

  • Downloa​d zookeeper internship position description (pdf)​

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