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Join our fun, educational and professional zoo team in our mission to save the world!
Part Time positions generally are up to a max. of 25 hours per work week, with some exceptions for seasonal programs.
Position: Development Coordinator (Full-Time)
Position: Education Coordinator (Full-Time)
Schedule: Five days per work week, including one day of the week-end, holidays, and some evenings when events are scheduled.
Job Title: Guest Service Operations Coordinator (Full-Time)
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.
Job Title: Train Engineer (Part-Time)
Schedule: Week ends, holidays, and some occasional evenings, usually between hours of 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Description: Do you like trains and working outdoors? Are you a storyteller who enjoys educating and interacting with the public? Under general direction of the Director of Guest Services, the Train Engineer facilitates a positive, safe, and excellent guest experience. Train Engineer must also carry out the Zoo's mission by helping connect guests with animals through education and guest interactions.
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age, self-motivated and have a positive attitude. Basic knowledge of hand tools, mechanical maintenance are necessary, as well as an outgoing and friendly personality, great communication skills and capability to multi-task. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally, climb stairs or ladders, and manipulate basic tools of the job. Must be comfortable approaching guests and initiating conversation. Must be available to work some week days, weekends, holidays, evenings, and during the Santa Barbara Zoo’s busy seasons.
Compensation: $8.50-10.00/hour, DOE
Job Title: Guest Experience Specialist, a.k.a. GES (Part-Time)
Schedule: Week ends and week days, any time between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Some holidays, school breaks, and some evenings for scheduled events.
Description: Are you interested in helping our conservation efforts? Does helping others make your day? Do you like the outdoors and working with children and their families? Do you feel comfortable and excited in engaging in conversations with guests? Under general direction of the Director of Guest Services, Director of Retail Operations or Director of Food Services, Guest Experience Specialist facilitates a positive guest experience by providing excellent service to all visiting the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Requirements: Applicants must be minimum 14 years of age (Work permit required for 17 and under, unless graduated from high school). Outgoing personality with positive attitude required. Customer Service and Cash Handling experience a must! Applicant must be able to stand/walk for up to two continuous hours and access all areas of the facility. Must be able to work week days, some week-ends, holidays, school breaks, and some evenings when events are scheduled.
Job Title: Show Actor (Part-Time)
Schedule: School breaks, Weekends, Holidays and Scheduled Events.
Description: Under the general direction of the Director of Marketing, Show Actor will perform on stage as part of the cast of our show "Dino Doc". The stage show is a behind-the-scenes look at how the experts at the Santa Barbara Zoo care for animals. The show runs twice daily for up to 20 minutes on the Zoo's Rolling Hill Stage. Show Actor accompanies Character Performers during show and meet and greet, ensuring safety and show quality, assisting guests with requests, answering guests questions and other guest service related jobs as needed.
Requirements: Must be at least 16 years of age. Outgoing personality with positive attitude required. Will represent the Santa Barbara Zoo's wholesome, family-friendly brand on stage before large numbers of people and on occasionaal appearances in the community. Must be comfortable approaching guests and initiating conversations. Applicant must be willing to undergo acting training and rehearsal , and follow instructions from Director. Must be able to stand/walk for up to two continuous hours and access all aras of the facility. Previous stage experience through theater, music or dance is a plus!
Job Title: Dino Actor (Part-Time)
Schedule: Every weekend and holidays, special events, any time between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Description: Can you bring a roaring, chomping, blinking, running, growling Dinosaur back to life? Do you want to delight over 200,000 people in a terrific new stage show this year? The Dino Actor will perform on stage as part of the cast of our new show "Dino Doc." The stage show is a behind the scenes look at how the experts at the Santa Barbara Zoo care for animals, and will run up to three times daily for up to 20-minutes on the Rolling Hill Stage. The actor will perform inside an amazing, one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art dinosaure costume designed by a world-class Hollywood special effects studio.
Requirements: Must be at least 17 years old. T-Rex costume requires applicant to be at least 5'10" in height and able to carry a 75-pound backpack device for at least 20 minutes at a time. Applicant must be comfortable with tight spaces and wearing such a costume. Stage, dance, gymnastic and/or athletic experience a plus! Outgoing personality with positive attitude and excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. Must be willing to undergo acting training and rehearsal, and follow instructions from Director. Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, and manipulate basic tools.
Compensation: $10.00/hour, DOE