Director, Auckland Zoo – Regional Facilities Auckland – Auckland


  • Full Time
  • Auckland
  • 04/05/2018

Website Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is a well-known iconic visitor and recreational attraction in New Zealand and is seeking a new Director to lead the organisation. 

  • Rare opportunity to lead one of the most impressive Zoos in Australasia
  • Carbon neutral Zoo, setting exemplar standards internationally
  • Execute on the biggest redevelopment program in the Zoo’s history

Auckland Zoo is a well known iconic visitor and recreational attraction in New Zealand. With 170 staff, the Zoo has welcomed over 550,000 visitors a year and has 1,000’s of species and close to 200 animals on their 18.6 ha site.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, the Zoo is leading the way in terms of progression and transformation. The organisation is embarking on a large redevelopment program, called “Nearer to Nature”. Auckland Zoo is investing $120 million over the next ten years to transform the Zoo into an exceptional habitat for animals and creating extraordinary experiences for visitors. Currently, Bug Lab is a blockbuster science exhibition developed by New Zealand’s world-famous museum, Te Papa, with the Academy Award© winning Weta Workshop; that is attracting visitors from far and wide.

This is an exciting opportunity for the new Director to lead an exceptional Zoo and their people. They will have the chance to improve customer experiences, infrastructure and technology, whilst influencing the community to appreciate nature and support wildlife. This role requires an innovative and strategic leader who can focus both operationally and on capital projects. The role reports to the CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland (an Auckland Council Controlled Organisation) and will manage six direct reports.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:

  • Proven experience and achievement in a senior management position preferably within a Zoo, a conservation organisation or botanical garden;
  • Outstanding commercial nous with an ability to identify opportunities for maintaining economic viability, business growth and fundraising successes;
  • Strong people leadership skills with experience in dealing effectively with human resource issues;
  • An awareness of the balance between the emotive and commercial aspects of running a Zoo, balanced with visitor needs;
  • A demonstrated commitment to conservation and sustainability;
  • Ideally an understanding of biology;
  • Manage complexity and can navigate the political environment with strong stakeholder management skills; and
  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline.

For further detail, or to express an interest in this opportunity, please contact Penny Mark of Kerridge & Partners at penny.mark@kerridgepartners.com by Friday 4 May 2018.

To apply for this job email your details to penny.mark@kerridgepartners.com