We are looking for highly motivated and committed individuals who want to build a career in wildlife conservation and animal management. 

Auckland Zoo offers six-month unpaid internships within the life sciences 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 Certificate of Achievement for use with future employers.


Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old with relevant qualifications in biological sciences/conservation.
These are unpaid placements and applicants must 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).
Check back here for our next intake.

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Auckland Zoo Opportunities