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Employment Opportunities

Part Time positions generally are up to a max. of 25 hours per work week, with some exceptions for seasonal programs.

 

Position: Keeper: Elephants

Schedule: Thursday thru Monday, 7:00am to 4:00pm

Description: The Santa Barbara Zoo is seeking a keeper for our Elephant Team.The person filling this position will carry out all basic aspects of the daily care of the elephants, including, but not limited to: training, enrichment, maintenance of exhibits, and enhancing the guest experience. This position is part of a dynamic and progressive Animal Care team.
Requirements: A strong teamwork ethic and proven enthusiasm is required. You must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and be able to work in a strenuous work environment (near the beach). A Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of 2 years large mammal experience at an AZA-accredited institution required. Pachyderm experience is preferred. The ideal candidate would welcome the challenge of regularly participating in the zoo's local field conservation activities including California condor, island fox, and local herp species.
Compensation: The position may be filled at the keeper, or senior keeper level DOE, with wages ranging from $14 to $17/hr.


Position: Keeper: Birds

Schedule: Thursday thru Monday, 7:00am-4:00pm

Description: The Santa Barbara Zoo is seeking a keeper for our Bird team. The person filling this position will carry out all basic aspects of the daily care of the animals, including, but not limited to: training, enrichment, maintenance of exhibits, and enhancing the guest experience. This position is part of a dynamic and progressive Animal Care team.
Requirements: A strong teamwork ethic and proven enthusiasm is required. You must be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and be able to work in a strenuous work environment (near the beach). A Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred. A minimum of 2 years previous experience in routine animal husbandry in an AZA-accredited institution preferred. The ideal candidate would welcome the challenge of regularly participating in the zoo's local field conservation activities including California condor, island fox, and local herp species.
Compensation: This position may be filled at the apprentice keeper, keeper, or Sr. Keeper level with wages between $13-$17/hr, DOE.


Position: Receptionist, Week-End

Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00AM-4:00PM

Description: The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, positive, organized individual who has strong verbal communication skills, and enjoys engaging with people of all ages. Under general direction of the Director of of Guest Services, the week-end Receptionist is responsible for assisting with phones and other clerical duties.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age and be willing to represent the Santa Barbara Zoo's wholesome, family-friendly brand, and support the Zoo's mission. Must have strong strong customer service skills and be a problem solver. Prior experience working in an office setting, preferably in the customer service field and using the phone.

Compensation: $9.00 per hour


Position: Education Coordinator, Full Time

Schedule: Must be able to work one day of the week-end, holidays, and some evenings when events are scheduled.

Description: The Santa Barbara Zoo seeks a self-motivated and energetic team player with leadership qualities and creative thinking to join our Education team. The Education Coordinator promotes the Zoo and its mission through planning, developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the Zoo’s education programs.

Requirements: The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree (preferably in liberal arts, an education emphasis, conservation, biology, other life sciences) or equivalent experience and a minimum of one year's experience working with children in a formal or informal setting, successfully facilitating education programs (including but not limited to outdoor education, interpretive programs, and classroom teaching) preferably in a zoo, aquarium, museum or nature center setting.

Must be self-motivated, have excellent interpersonal, organizational, analytical, verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and be a problem solver. Applicant must be able to stand/walk for up to eight continuous hours and access all areas of the facility.

Compensation: $14/hour


Position: Teller, Weekend

Schedule: Saturday & Sunday, year round, 8:00-5:00PM (hours may vary based on events)

Description: Under general direction of the Administrative Coordinator, the Part Time Teller counts, tracks and reconciles daily cash receipts and prepares daily banks. Essential duties include investigating and reporting on cash discrepancies and back up to Receptionist as well as assisting other Administrative Dept. functions as assigned.
Requirements:
We are looking for a positive team player, who excels at guest service. Basic cashier and/or teller experience needed.
Qualified candidate must have a high school diploma or equivalent; have prior experience using MS Office; and effective oral and written communication skills. The ability to access all areas of the facility, to regularly stand, walk, sit and lift 30 lbs in the course of normal duty is necessary.
Compensation:
$10-12/hour, DOE.


Job Title: Face Painting Artist (Part-Time)
Schedule: Flexible, 25-hours per week, incl. week-ends,
holidays and for special events.
Description: Do you enjoy creating memorable experiences for others? Are you passionate about the natural world and its living
creatures? Do you like to share your passion and artistic talents with others? We are looking for a creative, outgoing artist who will contribute to enhance our guest experience. Under general direction of the Director of Guest Services, the Face Painting Artist will wow our guests by providing family-friendly face painting designs.
Requirements: Min. 1 year experience in Face Painting & artistic talent. Must be able to provide quality Face Painting in a short time-frame in a potentially fast paced environment. Must be patient, responsible, service oriented, outgoing, with a natural aptitude to relate positively with children. Must have FUN doing face painting. also have the ability to work outdoors, access all areas of the facility and negotiate the zoo work environment. Applicant must complete a succesful DOJ background check.
Compensation: $10/hour


Job Title: Guest Service Operations Coordinator (Full-Time)
Description: Do you have high energy and a passion for serving customers? Are you a person who is organized, detail-oriented, and loves working outdoors in a fun, challenging environment? If so, the Guest Service Operations Coordinator may be the position for you.

Under the direction of the Director of Guest Services, the Guest Service Operations Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative support for the Guest Service Department by working with the Guest Experience Specialist program, team, and its directors. This includes enforcing and improving customer service standards; encouraging staff to achieve high customer service goals; booking, scheduling, tracking, and coordinating birthday parties and group reservations; as well as, coordinating and executing assignments of the Guest Services Department during special or private events. The Guest Service Operations Coordinator is also responsible for scheduling staff and responding to guest and colleague inquiries in a timely manner.
Requirements: Must have a positive, energetic, outgoing personality in addition to a strong sense of team work. Must excel at time management and have successful interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, high level of professionalism, and be detail-oriented. Must have strong communication and leadership skills. Must excel at reading and writing comprehension, critical thinking, analytics, active listening, self and subordinate monitoring, active learning, exceptional judgment and decision making. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, with ability to type minimum of 45 WPM and to work in a shared office environment with interruptions. 2 years of supervisory and sales experience is preferred. Schedule will include occasional week ends, holidays and evenings for scheduled events.

Compensation: $14.00/hour

 

 

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