Living Species Officer - Invercargill City Council

It's an exciting time to be in Invercargill and join a future focused Council.

Waihōpai Invercargill is New Zealand's southernmost city and the heart and hub of Southland. We're known for our lush green spaces like Queens Park, our long summer daylight hours and our local legend Burt Munro. Our city has character, charm and a laidback atmosphere. There's outstanding nature reserves, Ōreti Beach, the Waihōpai River, a lively restaurant scene and a sensible gridded layout with wide streets and a 10-minute drive to work.

We are in a chapter of immense growth, building a vibrant city centre and reinvigorating our culture and spaces, and this is an exciting time to join a Council that is focused on the future of our people and our city.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated Living Species Officer to join our dedicated Parks and Recreation team. This is a permanent full-time position, working on a four-week rotating roster including working one weekend per month.

Reporting to the Team Leader - Parks Environmental, you will work as part of a team responsible for caring for and maintaining our animal, bird and tuatara collection in a manner which meets a high level of performance, statutory obligations and customer expectations.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the Invercargill City Council's native bird breeding programmes and the Queens Park animal reserve, to actively support the development of the new tuatara facility, and to provide exciting visitor experiences.

Being responsible for our displays, your attention to detail and creative flair will be put to good use! You will also demonstrate your excellent communication skills educating the public about our living species and their history, providing educational tours and talks for our community.

The successful candidate will hold a New Zealand Certificate in Animal Care (Level 3) or similar with a minimum two years demonstrated experience in animal husbandry and/or caring for and handling animals. An understanding of laws relevant to their work, such as the Animal Welfare Act is essential for this position.

At Invercargill City Council we pride ourselves on our values - positivity, respect, responsibility and above and beyond. Finding the right fit for our team is really important to us and we work hard to provide an environment reflective of these values.

The Invercargill City Council is committed to the wellbeing and protection of children, the elderly and vulnerable adults. As a component of this role involves interaction with one or more of the above groups, as part of the assessment of candidates, we will require Police Vetting as per the Children's Act 2014 and a Pre-employment Alcohol and Drug Screening test to ensure we are providing a safe environment for our customers and members of the public.

For more information please see the full position description or contact the Invercargill City Council on (03) 211 1777.

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Applications close 4 June 2023. Please note applications will be processed as they are received and we encourage you to apply early as this advert may be removed at any time.

Successful applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand. While all applications will be reviewed, first priority will be given to those applicants who are currently residing in New Zealand.


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