Auckland Zoo is looking for highly motivated and committed individuals who want to build a career in wildlife conservation and animal management. 

We offer six-month unpaid internships within the Animal Care & Conservation team.  You will become an integral member of the team working alongside our keepers and veterinary staff in the management and care of our unique animal collection.

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

In addition to daily animal care duties, interns will attend a series of lectures that will help give a good theoretical background in important zoo and conservation topics such as species 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 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 detailed record of their training and a Certificate of Achievement.


Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old with a relevant first degree in biological sciences/conservation (preferred) and/or certificate in zoo/wild animal management.
These are unpaid placements and applicants must be able to financially support themselves for the duration of the internship. There is limited on-site free accommodation for which successful applicants may qualify on a case-by-case basis.
These are full-time positions and interns will be expected to work from 8am to 5.30pm daily and work 10 days out of fourteen, including alternate weekends and public holidays (as rostered).
The next internship will run from Monday 4th October 2021 and applications are open until the end of June 2021.

Please note due to border restrictions, applications are only open to New Zealand residents or those eligible to stay in New Zealand until April 2022.


Auckland Zoo Opportunities