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



Lead Ranger Science Communication 


ZEALANDIA is a world class ecosanctuary in Wellington, New Zealand, with a team of passionate and committed conservation practitioners and communicators. We are an urban ecosanctuary radically changing the way people connect with nature, and a pioneer for urban conservation and restoration.

We now have a vacancy for a permanent science communicator who can communicate cutting edge science to multiple audiences as well as manage strategic communications projects. This is a new role with a huge opportunity to explore brilliant and creative new ways to tell conservation science and engagement stories to a wide range of audiences. We’re looking for someone who can understand and be a champion for our diverse audiences, ensuring quality, consistency and integrity across our communications and storytelling.

Our new Lead Ranger Science Communication will lead ZEALANDIA’s storytelling, amplifying our work and impact to multiple audiences. They will raise the profile of ZEALANDIA’s Centre for People and Nature and help further promote the position of the as a leader in active conservation, groundbreaking research and connections between people and nature. They will develop, review and ensure delivery of communications strategies, stakeholder engagement initiatives and project-specific communications plans.

The ideal candidate will have the creative and technical expertise to develop and implement innovative ways for us to communicate conservation and research stories to broad audiences; create new tools to improve the reach and impact of communication and develop new multimedia approaches to engage new and diverse audiences.

If you have skills and experience in science communication, strategic communications, interpretation and storytelling, we want to hear from you. Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Proven strengths in translating science content for multiple audiences 
  • Exceptional writing and storytelling skills with a strong focus on accuracy and attention to detail
  • Experience in creating content for multiple formats including both written and visual mediums
  • Proven experience in and coordinating materials from multiple sources into engaging and creative materials for different audiences
  • Experience in both proactive and reactive media management
  • Strong and positive media contacts
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Exceptional teamwork and communication skills

To be successful in this role you must be an enthusiastic, proactive communicator with the ability to identify, craft and deliver innovative, creative and engaging storytelling to a wide range of audiences.

Position Description 

To apply, please email your CV, application form and a cover letter including links to past work, science communication examples, or a portfolio page, to

Applications close 5pm, Monday 20 January 2020



Head Chef

Take a leading approach in creating food inspired by New Zealand’s nature. 

ZEALANDIA’s Rātā Café an award-winning café offering cooking with a nutritious and native twist.  Our ethos is working with what our environment provides to make delicious food and beverages that is not only sustainable, but gives back to the earth. Our vision is to create a menu that is inspired by nature and dishes as well as good selections of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.  If you have a passion for creating and delivering dishes inspired from local fresh produce, we want you.  

ZEALANDIA is an award-winning and conservation project dedicated to connecting people with nature.  ZEALANDIA is a place where people’s understanding of New Zealand wildlife and environmental issues is enhanced through their involvement, enjoyment, learning and experience of the sanctuary.  We have recently been named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 places in the world for 2019.   

The Head Chef will lead a hardworking kitchen team of five people and be responsible for the operational management of the kitchen at Rātā Café.  This will include developing new food concepts for Rātā Café, implementing the food and hygiene standards agreed with the Manager Rata Café, managing food costs to the agreed budget, management and planning for the kitchen and performance development and training of all kitchen staff.  

ZEALANDIA’s Rātā Café operates from 8am to 5pm 7 days per week.  The applicant should be available to work through the week.  Some work  and on public holidays may be required to support long weekends and the occasional function. 

Position Description 

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

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 21 January 2020 



Shuttle Driver Tour Guide

ZEALANDIA is an award-winning eco-sanctuary dedicated to telling a unique conservation story. For almost 25,000 visitors to ZEALANDIA, the Shuttle Driver Tour Guide will be the first and last experience for visitors to ZEALANDIA. On the journey to ZEALANDIA and back again, the Shuttle Tour Guide must be proactive in engaging with passengers to provide a clear and entertaining introduction to ZEALANDIA’s history, conservation and restoration vision and ways that visitors can experience ZEALANDIA through the different tour products available.

  ZEALANDIA is currently seeking a keen individual to join our team of Shuttle Driver Tour Guides for the summer season to transport ZEALANDIA visitors efficiently and professionally between the Wellington i-Site, top of the Cable Car and the ZEALANDIA Visitor Centre. Ideal candidates are passionate about conservation, delivering excellent customer service and enjoy talking with people.

   This is a casual contract from February 2020 with no minimum hours specified. Hours could range from 16 - 32 hours per week. A candidate will not require a "P" endorsed full drivers license in order to apply for this role. However, a successful candidate will require a "P" endorsed full drivers license in order to be appointed to the role. An offer may be made subject to a "P" endorsed full drivers license being obtained.

 Position Description  

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


Applications close  5pm, Tuesday 21 January 2020 


Senior Marketing Advisor


Do you have a creative flair and keen interest in New Zealand conservation. ZEALANDIA is looking for a creative marketing professional to lead the marketing team in building the awareness. ZEALANDIA is a world leading conservation, education, research and tourism. Your key responsibilities will be to develop and deliver ZEALANDIA marketing strategy, marketing plan and marketing campaigns. You will also manage ZEALANDIA's website, social media channels and have opportunities to provide creative input into ZEALANDIA's branded merchandise.  

Position Description

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

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 20 February 2020

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