Careers at ZEALANDIA

Come and work for ZEALANDIA – we are an award-winning facility dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story.

We have a small team of staff working in the areas of conservation, operations, education, customer service, office administration, marketing, and volunteer management.

If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to New Zealand’s natural environment and work at one of the country’s most exciting eco-tourism attractions, joining the ZEALANDIA team as a staff member or volunteer could be the right move for you.

ZEALANDIA is a Living Wage Employer.

Job Vacancies


 Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

The connection between people and nature at ZEALANDIA

We are recruiting for a two-year fixed term post-doctoral role within ZEALANDIA Te Māra a Tāne sanctuary’s emerging Centre for People and Nature. We are looking for someone who has led interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences, is seeking impact, and is creative and collaborative in the way they approach their research.

This is a rare not-for-profit research role that can both have an applied impact through working with the conservation and engagement teams at the sanctuary to help shape, design and refine what we do, while also continuing to build on the individual’s research career.

ZEALANDIA’s Centre for People and Nature was established to support and extend the impact of ZEALANDIA, a 225 ha sanctuary surrounded by a predator exclusion fence in Wellington, New Zealand. The Centre’s goal is to transform how people live with nature in cities and beyond, and connect councils, governments, not-for-profits, and anyone else working in this sector with the knowledge they need to achieve this transformation. This role will be the first of its kind in the organisation. 

This role is fixed term to help us deliver projects focused on the various ways people engage with nature and the benefits for biodiversity and people that arise from these; the person in this role will assist and lead elements of this work. They will also have significant opportunity to pursue applied research in urban ecology and/or engagement projects that align with the Centre’s priorities.

The person in this role must have a PhD in ecology, landscape ecology, sociology, psychology or related discipline awarded or recently submitted. Applied experience in biodiversity conservation and/or the social sciences will be beneficial. Quantitative ecological or population health analysis skills or similar are essential. 

To be successful in this role you must be a competent communicator, and an early publication track record will be beneficial.

Position Description

For consideration, please email your CV, application form,  and a maximum of a two-page cover letter highlighting evidence that you have the skills to deliver on three key responsibility areas outlined in the job description.


- Leading the delivery of interdisciplinary research projects (preferably in the people-nature field)

- Communication of complex concepts via multiple channels.

-  Collaboration with, and mentoring of, people.



Applications close 5pm, Sunday 22 March 2020. 




Manager – Rātā Café

ZEALANDIA is an award-winning ecosanctuary and conservation project dedicated to connecting people with nature. We have a 500-year vision to restore 225ha of forest and fresh-water ecosystems within our sanctuary fence, and a 20-year strategy that focuses on our impact and influence beyond the fence. ZEALANDIA is also a place where people’s understanding of New Zealand biodiversity and environmental issues is enhanced through their involvement, enjoyment, learning and experience of the sanctuary.


Rātā Café is an award winning café offering cuisine with a conscience and native twist.  Our ethos is working with what nature provides to make delicious food and drink that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth.  Bees from our beehives are now producing organic honey, a small group of volunteers manage an organic vegetable garden providing produce for our dishes.  Our new Kids Menu is very popular with our younger patrons and has received an endorsements from the Heart Foundation and winning a Munch Food Award for the best kid’s menu in New Zealand.   


The Manager Rata Cafe will lead a hardworking team responsible for delivery of all food and service activities of Rata Café – this includes overall management responsibility for the kitchen, front of house operations and functions activities.  As the Manager interacts with a large number of visitors to ZEALANDIA, staff and volunteers, inspiring a team to deliver excellence in customer service is a must.  It is also advantageous that an applicant has an interest in New Zealand conservation. 


Rate Café’s normal operating hours are 7 days a week from 8am to 5.30pm.  Work outside of these may be required to support functions activities.


Position Description


To apply, please email your CV, application form and a short cover letter to



Applications close 3 April 2020 

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