Zoo Staff Employment

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Thanks for considering employment at the Indianapolis Zoo​​, a national leader in animal conservation and one of Indiana's top tourist destinations. The Zoo is a private, 501(c)3 institution, and we're looking for motivated individuals to join our staff.

We only accept online applications for current job openings. Mailed, faxed and hand-delivered applications will not be considered. Candidates are encouraged to attach a cover letter and résumé to the online application. Please enter the title of the position you're applying for in the "Position Desired" section of the application. Completed applications are reviewed daily and forwarded to management for further consideration. Candidates being considered for employment will be co​ntacted individually. Please do not contact us to "check on" your application.

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​Full-Time Positions​ ​ ​​​​​

Harlan Family Veterinary Internship

Located in the heart of the downtown area, the Indianapolis Zoo has a diverse collection of more than 1,400 animals representing 230 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. Our top priority is to provide those animals with the highest quality care, and we employ one of the best ratios of veterinarians to animal of any Zoo in the country.

The Polly Horton Hix Animal Care Complex is a 12,000 square foot fully equipped veterinary hospital featuring a dedicated surgery suite, treatment room, clinical pathology lab, diagnostic imaging room, hospital and quarantine wards, and necropsy. 

A global leader in animal conservation, we are the largest zoo in the country that receives no direct tax funding. Through a generous philanthropic gift of the Harlan Family Foundation, we are offering this internship opportunity paid with health benefits from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assisting veterinary staff with preventative medicine ,attending to clinical cases and medical record keeping

  • Participation in approved research projects

  • Participation in clinical rounds, journal club and subject rounds

  • Compiling data and initiating actions to resolve recurrent clinical problems within the collection

  • Contributing to the ongoing development of the preventative medicine program

  • Assisting in keeper education

  • Mentoring fourth-year veterinary students

  • Collecting medical history

  • Do diagnostic testing (including sample collection, radiography, ultrasonography and endoscopy)

  • Administering medical treatments, anesthesia, performing surgeries, and necropsies

  • Conducting physical examinations

  • Submit for publication a full length manuscript by the end of the internship

  • Liaison for consulting veterinarians

Requirements

  • Must possess a doctor of veterinary medicine degree

  • Eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Indiana

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in zoological medicine

  • Qualify for DEA registration, as well as federal and state accreditation. 

  • Strongly prefer candidates with at least one year clinical experience.

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) after 90 days of employment. The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug-free/smoke-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

In addition to completing the online application​, please provide a cover letter stating areas of interest in zoo veterinary medicine and professional goals, and attach a current curriculum vitae. Candidates must also provide veterinary school transcripts as well as three letters of professional reference, preferably from a professional who has supervised your work. Letters of reference and transcripts should be sent directly from the individual/institution to the Indianapolis Zoo: Director of Human Resources, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222 or Lgaus@indyzoo.com.

Application deadline is Dec. 15. 

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​Operations Supervisor

In addition to our animal exhibits, the Indianapolis Zoo operates family-friendly attractions and rides, and hosts a variety of special events and meetings. As a part of the Park Operations team, the Operations Supervisor has the opportunity to interface with various personnel throughout the Zoo, vendors, and guests to help our events go smoothly and in a timely manner.

Job Responsibilities:​

  • Manage a small team, and must schedule, supervise, and manage employee performance

  • Event set-up coordination

  • Perform overall basic maintenance of small equipment and tools

  • Respond to emergencies

  • Assist with all set up for all special events, such as Zoobilation, ZooBoo, Christmas at The Zoo, etc.

  • Work with management to ensure required preventative maintenance of all  department small equipment performed in a timely manner, and that supporting documentation of work is maintained

  • Manage inventory and upkeep of all guest amenities including: tables, benches, umbrellas, dumpsters, trash receptacles, all hygiene dispensers and toiletries on grounds

  • Create and maintain operating protocols for cleanliness, chemicals and cleaning equipment and ensure weekly / monthly the Zoo's cleaning needs are completed

  • Recognize problems as they occur and able to contribute to problem solving

  • Partner with operations management as well as Human Resources in selecting and retaining full-time and part time staff

  • Leads all trash removal and recycling efforts

  • Conducts and documents safety training with staff in the proper use of power equipment and chemical dispenser use

Working Conditions:

  • Occasionally lifting medium work, which includes exerting up to 100 pounds of force, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects

  • Will be required to climb ladders and scaffolding

  • Must stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift while on the job

  • Will be exposed to all kinds of indoor and outdoor weather, ranging from -10 degrees to 90+ degrees

  • Will be exposed to sufficient noise, moving mechanical parts, live electrical circuits and cleaning materials

  • Wear proper safety equipment and follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen guidelines as well as human blood borne pathogens

Requirements:

  • A high school degree or GED is required. Post secondary education (associate, bachelor degree) or trade school equivalent from an accredited institution in a related field preferred

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in general maintenance work, and at least two years of supervisory experience

  • Experience in events/hospitality management, rides and event operations strongly preferred

  • Must be proficient with a computer as well as Outlook, Word and Excel

  • Must have, or be willing to obtain, a valid Indiana driver's license, and be insurable by the Zoo's insurance provider

Apply or see additional application requirements below.​​

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General Maintenance Technician

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to employ skilled trades professionals who work behind-the-scenes to keep our mechanical, structural, and equipment needs serviced and running smoothly. Working in the facilities department at a zoo provides unique challenges, and a very interesting working environment.

We have an immediate opening on the first shift for a General Maintenance Technician.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform a variety of routine maintenance such as painting, replacing doorknobs, fixing/replacing a lock, fixture installation and changing filters.

  • Read blueprints and follow instructions (written and verbal)

  • Some weekends, holidays and overtime as needed, as well as being on call to respond to emergencies. Different shift work may be required.

Working Conditions:

  • Required to climb ladders and scaffolding, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and lift.

  • Required to perform physically demanding, heavy work, which includes lifting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Works indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather, exposed to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • Adheres to all safety policies, and wears proper safety equipment (PPE) including dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harness.

  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood borne Pathogens Guidelines. Possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens. 

  • Works around equipment that has a significant noise level. 

  • Works around mechanical moving parts, live electrical circuits, and exposed to dusty conditions and pollens.

  • Indoor and outdoor work environment, Exposed to all kinds of weather and temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • Exposed to various solvents, chemicals, and cleaning solutions.

  • Must be comfortable working at heights while using proper fall restraint procedures and equipment.

  • Compensation for this entry level position ranges begins at $14.50, and is commensurate with experience. Please indicate your hourly rate requirement on the application.​

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma/GED and at least two years of professional work experience in the general maintenance field

  • Knowledge in the fields of electrical, plumbing, carpentry and HVAC

  • Unwavering commitment to safety

  • Must have computer skills and intermediate knowledge in Word, Excel, and Outlook programs.

  • Must be a cooperative team player who will remain flexible in assignments

  • A valid Indiana driver's license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), and have a driving record that is insurable by the Zoo's insurance company.

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​​Interpreter

Personal passion about advancing animal conservation, both locally and globally, is a primary job responsibility of every employee at the Indianapolis Zoo. It is the heart of who we are, and a core value of our employees. Nationally accredited as a zoo, a botanical garden, and an aquarium, the Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader in animal conservation, a top tourist destination in the Midwest, and is located in Indy's vibrant downtown. We currently have an opening for an Interpreter in our Education department. ​

Job Responsibilities:

  • ​Facilitate various on-grounds experiences for the Zoo's Education Department

  • Monitoring and interpreting at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

  • Presenting public chats, feed demonstrations, guiding activities within the new Family Nature Center

  • Acting as a roving interpreter between scheduled programs

  • Will develop interpretive projects for chats, shows and experiences, incorporating theatrical techniques to enhance experiences for on-site guests

  • Conduct research for existing or new experiences, update training materials, or inventories and replenish supplies as needed

  • Acts as shift leader with volunteer Naturalists

Working Conditions:

  • 40 hours/week position. The work schedule will typically be Wednesday through Sunday; daily shifts can vary with programming and attendance throughout the year

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time conducting programs

  • Working on holidays and weekends is required

  • Some work may be done outside, with exposure to outside weather conditions​

Requirements: ​

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in education, environmental science, biology, the performing arts or a related field

  • Formal or informal educational institution experience

  • Working knowledge of interpretive techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas in writing, and in an engaging verbal manner.  Good public speaking skills are essential

  • Electronic media/technology, computer and word processing abilities

  • Prior experience working with the public, especially children preferred

  • Experience in public speaking or theater is preferred

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Can work independently without supervision​​​​

Application deadline is Dec. 5.   

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Mechanic Technician

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to employ skilled trades professionals who work behind-the-scenes to keep our mechanical, structural and equipment needs serviced and running smoothly. Working in the facilities department at a zoo provides unique challenges, and a very interesting working environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Safely operating aerial work platforms, such as boom and scissor lifts

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair the Zoo's rides including the Skyline, train, roller coaster and carousel

  • Maintain the Zoo's vehicle fleet

Working Conditions:

  • Climbing ladders and scaffolding, being able to exert 100 pounds of force occasionally, and lift up to 50 pounds regularly

  • Working outside, in all types of weather conditions

  • Carrying a pager to respond to emergency calls, and operating a 2-way radio

  • On-call availability to respond to emergencies, and willingness to work overtime, different shift work, weekends and holidays

  • Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include your compensation requirement in your attached cover letter, or enter it on the online application.

Qualifications:

  • Five years of work experience in mechanical, electrical or pneumatic field

  • High school diploma/GED. Additional certification/ trade school education preferred

  • Knowledge and skills in hydraulics, PCL and welding different materials

  • Mechanical motor skills as well as knowledge of computer based electrical systems required

  • Must have automotive and small engine technical skills with the ability to troubleshoot and make repairs as needed

  • Experience in amusement ride operation and repair is strongly preferred

  • At least 21 years old

  • Possess a valid Indiana driver's license, and have a driving record that is insurable by the Zoo's insurer

The Zoo is located in the heart of Indy's vibrant downtown area, and our employees a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of employment, immediate paid holidays. Once eligible, new full time employees enjoy 160 hours of paid time off. 

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​​​​​​​​Painter/General Maintenance Technician

Visitors come to the Indianapolis Zoo to enjoy animals, gardens and learning about conservation mission. Behind the scenes, our Facilities team works hard to maintain our beautiful 64-acre campus and keep our mechanical, structural and equipment needs serviced and running smoothly. The Zoo has an immediate opening on the first shift for a Painter/General Maintenance Technician.

Job Responsibilities

  • Primarily focus on painting interior and exterior surfaces, maintaining related equipment, surface preparation, and drywall repair/replacement.

  • Assist with a wide variety of routine maintenance such as replacing light bulbs and doorknobs, fixture installation and changing filters.

  • Adheres to all safety policies, and wears proper safety equipment (PPE) including dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harness.

  • Follows Universal Protection Precautions and Blood borne Pathogens Guidelines. Possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens. 

Working Conditions

  • The work schedule may require working some weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.  Different shift work may be required due to business demands. 

  • Required to climb ladders and scaffolding, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and lift.

  • Required to perform physically demanding, heavy work, which includes lifting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Works indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather, exposed to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • Works around equipment that has a significant noise level, and exposed to strong smelling materials and substances. Exposed to various solvents, chemicals, and cleaning solutions.

  • Works dusty conditions and pollens.

  • Must be comfortable working at heights while using proper fall restraint procedures and equipment.

  • Compensation for this entry level position ranges between $14.50 and $15.25, depending upon experience.  Please indicate your hourly rate requirement on the application.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED and at least two years of professional work experience in residential or commercial painting required.

  • Expert knowledge of different types of paints and surface coatings is required.

  • Must have the ability to read and apply directions that relate to the mixture, use and application of various kinds of coating materials, solvents and pre-coating agents; e.g. paint, varnish, epoxy, Teflon, paint remover, alkali and phosphate compounds, pickling mixtures and anti-growth agents.

  • Must be able to follow instructions (written and verbal), be a cooperative team player and remain flexible in assignments.

  • Must have an unwavering commitment to safety.

  • Must have a valid Indiana driver's license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire), and have a driving record that is insurable by the Zoo's insurance company.

  • Must have computer skills and intermediate knowledge in Word, Excel and Outlook programs.​

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Seasonal Positions​

​​We do not have any seasonal positions open at this time.

​​Part-Time Positions​

General Laborer

The Indianapolis Zoo is one of the state's largest attractions, hosting more than one million guests each year. We have a part time opening for a General Laborer position, who will assist in the day-to-day operations involving the upkeep and cleanliness of the Zoo's grounds and guest facilities. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist in the set-up and tear down of tables, chairs, and A/V equipment for events.

  • Help clean rooms before and after events.

  • Assist with waste handling, recycling, and snow removal.

Working Conditions​

  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors, requiring work in all kinds of weather, exposed to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • There is a significant amount of walking, prolonged standing, climbing ladders and scaffolding, stooping, and kneeling.

  • On occasion, heavy lifting including exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Qualifications

  • Good working knowledge of hand tool and motorized equipment (vehicles, small engines, some heavy equipment) use and repair required.

  • Must be able to verbally converse, and listen with comprehension.

  • Good visual acuity and hearing required.  Finger and hand dexterity of great importance.

  • A willingness to work a non-traditional work week, dependability, and good attendance are required.

  • The successful candidate must be at least 20 years of age, have at least two years of basic work experience.

  • A high school diploma or GED is preferred, but not required.

  • Advanced technical training is a plus.

  • Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license, and be insurable by the Zoo's insurance carrier.

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Program Educator​

Personal passion about advancing animal conservation, both locally and globally, is a primary job responsibility of every employee at the Indianapolis Zoo. It is the heart of who we are, and a core value of our employees. Nationally accredited as a zoo, a botanical garden, and an aquarium, the Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader in animal conservation, a top tourist destination in the Midwest, and is located in Indy's vibrant downtown. We are adding a part-time position to our education department, a Program Educator.  

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee or facilitate various conservation programs for the Hix Education Department

  • Teaching Zoo overnights, workshops, Dolphin In-Water and Animal Art Adventure programs, educational projects and development throughout the year

  • Assisting with other conservation education initiatives as assigned

Working Conditions:

  • Working flexible hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays

  • Willing to work outside in all kinds of weather conditions

  • Physical stamina to stand and walk for long periods of time

Requirements:

  • This position requires a Bachelor Degree in a related field (Biology, Wildlife Mgmt., Conservation, or similar) from an accredited institution

  • Past experience in formal or informal educational institution experience preferred    

  • Extraordinary aptitude for dealing with people

  • A personal commitment to conservation

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work under pressure in a public setting

  • Excellent public speaking skills

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Excellent oral communication skills and writing ability

  • Ability to multi-task; handle stressful situations and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Intermediate user of Outlook, Word, and database programs

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

  • Ability to assess situations, use good judgment and follow through

Application deadline is Dec. 10. Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. 

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​Rides Operators

Our Guest Services employees play a key role in making the Indianapolis Zoo one of the top attractions in Indianapolis. And if you're looking for a part-time job, there's no better place than the Indianapolis Zoo. We operate an array of family-friendly rides in addition to our animal exhibits, gardens and aquariums, and we're looking for seasonal rides hosts to help greet our guests and operate the attractions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a team to operate rides and attractions

  • Keep the Zoo clean and beautiful for our guests and employees. 

  • Provides friendly, professional service to Zoo guests and fellow staff members

  • Supports the Zoo's mission

  • Other duties as assigned by the Manager

Working Conditions:

  • Will work on weekends, special events, holidays, and some late hours

  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions

  • Ability to lift and drag at least 25 pounds of weight

  • Needs the physical ability to walk, stand, kneel, squat, bend, lift and push while performing various jobs

  • Excellent visual acuity and hearing is required

  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens.  Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.).  Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines. 

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must have a valid Indiana's driver's license

  • Needs a high school diploma or GED

  • Experience in customer service is a plus, but not required

  • Ability to communicate and comprehend the English language

  • Have a friendly and courteous attitude

  • Must adhere to appearance guidelines

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​​Ticket Takers

Our Guest Services employees play a key role in making the Indianapolis Zoo one of the top attractions in Indianapolis. And if you're looking for a part-time job, there's no better place than the Indianapolis Zoo. We operate an array of family-friendly rides in addition to our animal exhibits, gardens and aquariums, and we're looking for seasonal ticket takers to help greet our guests and sell parking, rides and general admission tickets.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Sell parking, rides and general admission tickets and rentals

  • Comply with Zoo and departmental policies and procedures

  • Work positively with department volunteers, staff and management

  • Provide friendly, professional service to Zoo guests and fellow staff members

  • Support the Zoo's mission

  • Other duties as assigned by management

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 17 years old

  • High school diploma or GED preferred

  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, special events and some late hours; must be flexible with work hours

  • Able to work outdoors and in all types of weather conditions

  • Experience in customer service is a plus but not required

  • Must enjoy working as a team but be able to work as an individual

  • Friendly and courteous attitude

  • Must adhere to appearance guidelines

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Additional Application Requirements

All applicants must meet the following requirements:​

  • ​When applying, please include the job title as stated above in the "position desired" section of the application.

  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a limited criminal background check, a drug test and pre-employment training on child protection.

  • Some positions require the successful completion of a driving record check.

  • Employees must adhere to our grooming standards (No visible tattoos on the face or neck. Other visible tattoos may not contain offensive or derogatory images or language. No visible piercings, no tongue piercings, no ear gages, etc.)

  • The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free environment.

  • The Indianapolis Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.​​​​​​​​​​​