Assistant Manager of Interpreters – (Full-Time)

Posted: March 17, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist the Docent and Interpretation Coordinator with the management of seasonal education interpreters, including interpreters for temporary and traveling exhibits, specifically Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. Duties include interviewing, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating seasonal staff. Assist with the planning and implementation of temporary and traveling exhibits. Work closely with the Docent and Interpretation Coordinator on managing the interpreter budget. Develop and coordinate new programming for the general public, as well as schedule staff in response to the needs and requests of the Education Department and other departments, namely public and private events. Connect visitors, event attendees, and program participants with Zoo animals, nature, and the Zoo through on-grounds interpretation as needed. Maintain accurate records and produce reports regularly and upon request. This position reports to the Docent and Interpretation Coordinator.

Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in Education, Biology/Zoology, Environmental/Informal Education, Theatre/Performance/Improv, Interpretation or related field. Certification from the National Association for Interpretation desired but not required. One to three years of experience in interpretation, customer service or related field preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint required. One to three years of experience in management or leadership required. Work schedule includes both weekend days, some holidays and evening hours.

General Maintenance Laborer – (2 Positions)(Part-Time)(Temporary)

Posted: March 6, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist skilled tradesmen in the Facilities Management Department with various tasks with an emphasis on welding but also including carpentry, fabrication, masonry, painting, and other manual labor jobs as needed. Expected to be able to climb ladders, lift 70 lbs., be able to read a tape measure, and be familiar with the proper use of hand and electric tools. These are temporary positions approved for special Zoo projects.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Education and experience in carpentry, welding, or building maintenance desirable. Knowledge and experience in the operation of construction equipment, power tools, and hand tools including but not limited to backhoe, skid loader, forklift, jackhammer, and roto-hammer preferred. Valid driver’s license required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

General Maintenance Welder – (Part-Time)(Temporary)

Posted: March 6, 2015

Responsibilities: Member of the Zoo’s Facilities Management Department that is responsible for working on all welding projects throughout the Zoo grounds and for special projects. Candidate must be familiar with tools of the trade such as cut off saws, punch press, torches, plasma cutter, etc. Must be able to work with steel, cast iron and aluminum and be able to weld with mig, tig and arc welder. Will be required to make repairs to all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and have the ability to read blue prints and fabricate from them. Position is approved on a temporary basis for certain Zoo projects and exhibits.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current student or graduate of Technical College with welding emphasis preferred. Familiarity with computers and computer welding programs preferred. Familiarity with blueprints and drawings preferred. Valid driver’s license required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Early Childhood Instructor – (Seasonal)

Posted: March 6, 2015
Start Date: May 2015

Responsibilities: During the summer, serve as an instructor for Camp Joey, our day camp program for 4-5 year olds. Lead campers in songs, games, art experiences, and tours. Provide a comfortable, fun, safe and educational environment for campers. Handle small animals for presentation to participants. Convey age appropriate Zoo and conservation messages. Most of the hours for this position will occur in the summer months. Work 40+ hours a week during the summer. If available and interested during the non-summer months, position will serve as a facilitator in the Zoo’s discovery room program geared towards children birth – 8 yrs. Non-summer hours are flexible. Facilitate learning between children and their caregivers. Share the wonders of the natural world with participants. Help provide an educational, fun and safe environment for visitors. Help to maintain the Monsanto Education Gallery area and all activity materials. Perform daily and weekly cleaning regiment of materials. Attend trainings and/or meetings as assigned.  Occasional evenings and holidays required.

Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s degree (course work in early education and science preferred). Experience in early childhood education. Familiarity and comfort with a constructivist, project based approach to learning. Excellent communication skills. Ability to take directions as needed. Ability to work with visitors of all ages. Must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. Must be willing to submit to a background check and TB test. Must have the physical ability to lift and move small furniture. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather and walk across Zoo grounds. Physically able to work with children at their level, including kneeling and sitting on the floor.

Keeper, Antelope/River's Edge – (Full-Time)

Posted: March 6, 2015

Responsibilities: Will be assigned to work in the Antelope or River’s Edge area as needed.  Major tasks include cleaning and maintaining habitats, barns, and service areas; continual monitoring of habitats and visitor areas with attention to detail; feeding and watering of animals; providing assistance in restraining animals for veterinary management and research purposes; participating in the use of behavioral conditioning to train species for husbandry/research purposes; maintaining departmental records; and working on special projects as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and previous keeper experience preferred. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting, bending and working in all types of weather conditions. Successful applicants must have a positive attitude and be self-motivated, resourceful, proactive and forward thinking. Must be a team player and be able to work well with a variety of people and departments. Good keeper safety record required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Railroad Engineer – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 20, 2015

Responsibilities: Drive and serve as a conductor on the Zoo's trains. Assist guests with boarding and disembarking the trains. Inspect and clean the trains. Pull trains out of the tunnel in the mornings and put them back in the tunnels in the evenings. Sell tickets for the train rides. Drive the employee shuttles during peak periods. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma required. Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a Zoo health physical. Must be 18 years of age or older. Good customer service skills, cash handling and computer skills required. Clear, distinct speaking voice for narration of scripted speech. Must have physical ability to work outside in all types of weather. Must be available weekends and holidays (requires at least two weekends per month). Prior railroad experience preferred. Must be able to obtain a Class E driver’s license. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Cook – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 11, 2015

Responsibilities: Support the Zoo’s Executive Chef, his staff and the Catering Department with preparation and execution of all daily kitchen functions. Ability to lead a Zoo event.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. At least five years of cooking experience required. Prior experience in a fast-paced, large volume atmosphere preferred. Must have basic knowledge of measurements, cooking principles and have the ability to follow recipes without supervision. Sauce and soup knowledge is a plus. Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable. Good knife skills are important. Serve Safe Certificate is required. Must be available to days, weekends and evening events. Hourly position. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.