• Permanent full-time role
  • Based in Wellington (role to be hosted by Wellington Zoo)

The Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) is seeking a Relationships & Collection Development Manager to support the execution of the ZAA strategic pillars in New Zealand, specifically Government Advocacy, Member Engagement and Species Management.

ZAA is the peak industry body representing the zoo and aquarium community throughout New Zealand, Australia, and PNG. The Association has 99 member organisations which include zoos, aquariums, museums, and universities.

The Association participates in a number of New Zealand’s threatened species recovery programmes as well as managing the coordination of breeding programmes and setting the level of professional standards and animal welfare standards and practices for its members.

Across the Australasian region, ZAA members engage with an estimated 22 million visitors and provide education to over 1 million students each year. They support 639 conservation projects across 46 countries around the world, investing over $20m each year on programmes to protect threatened species in the wild. 

ZAA members care for 342 species that are classified as threatened in the wild, and a total of 2,440 species. The Association aims to enhance these activities by enabling and facilitating collaboration across the members.

The Role:

  • Annual plan development for New Zealand Government advocacy, species management, and regional collection planning
  • Relationship development with key government stakeholders in the context of native recovery programmes, species planning, import health standards processes and other relevant standards and guidelines
  • Execution of NZ species programme and a key stakeholder in the regional collection plan
  • Planning, communication, and coordination with local NZ taxon advisory groups and species coordinators
  • Coordination of national recovery programmes in conjunction with relevant stakeholders
  • Contribution as required to ZAA’s regional Australasian Species Management Committee and the ZAA NZ Committee
  • Delivery of New Zealand ZAA member support via professional communication skills, support of their species programme plans and training and coordination of database tools
  • Database management and reporting processes to support species programme management and strategic goals

Role Requirements:

Tertiary qualification in science and/or appropriate experience

Understanding of progressive zoo and aquarium processes and ethos

Knowledge of the principles of small population biology

An understanding of biosecurity

Excellent communication, relationship development, and stakeholder management skills

Proficient in Microsoft office suite and other database tools

Attention to detail

Strong initiative

Managing multiple tasks and prioritisation


To learn more, please visit the ZAA website: https://www.zooaquarium.org.au/index.php/category/employment/

Applications close 9 March 2018 at 5pm