Zoo Staff Employment

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jobs at the Indianapolis Zoo

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.

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​Full-Time Positions​ ​ ​​​​​​

Attractions Senior Lead​

Millions of visitors each year enjoy visiting the Indianapolis Zoo, from its animals to gardens. Behind the scenes, our Guest Services staff work hard to keep our amenities, exhibits and grounds clean while providing outstanding customer service to our guests. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Guest Services management in the supervision of staff

  • Coordinate work tasks related to the operation of the Attractions department

  • Primarily focused on Custodial Services and supervising custodial staff

  • Responsible for the preparation and organization of all day to day custodial functions including: daily stocking and cleanliness of restrooms, outdoor food service areas, general pathways, landscaping, benches, trashcans, carpeted and tiled areas; weekly rounds, identifying maintenance needs; place check lists for cleaning and supplies in all areas; and responsible for communicating supply needs to supervision

  • Directly carries out hands-on activities as directed by supervision

  • Responsible in working with the management staff to help maintain Zoo grounds, building cleanliness, rides staffing and operation and training staff

  • Monitor the progress of duties assigned to Attractions staff throughout the day

  • Assist in training staff and preparing training checklists

  • Provide general operational support for daily business and special events

  • Responsible for responding to any requests by staff or guests while the Attractions Supervisor is off duty

  • Gives detailed instruction to any part time employee or volunteer working with the Attractions staff

Working Conditions

  • Ensure all Zoo sanitation, chemical handling and safety standards are adhered to

  • Ability to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions

  • Ability to walk and stand for the majority of the work shift

  • Physically required to lift or exert 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.  

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

  • Flexibility in availability is required, as hours on the first and second shift will be scheduled

  • Must be able to work Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Qualifications

  • A high school diploma/GED is required

  • A valid Indiana's driver's license with a driving record of five or fewer points that is deemed insurable by the Zoo's insurer is required

  • Must be able to communicate in and comprehend the English language

  • Must be cooperative and work well with coworkers and supervision

  • Must be highly motivated and, once trained, able to work relatively independently with limited supervision

  • Experience in commercial cleaning/housekeeping is strongly preferred

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. Pay is commensurate with ex perience.
Deadline to apply is May 26.​Apply​ or see additional application requirements ​below.​​[close]

Building Automation Technician

Whether it’s doing routine maintenance on the fire panel in the Tiger exhibit, running electrical wire in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, or checking the PLCs in the Dolphin Pavilion, the Building Automation Technician job at the Indianapolis Zoo offers an amazing environment to work in! ​

Job Responsibilities​

  • Work closely with the Zoo's Honeywell system to monitor temperatures, humidity, ozone, chlorine, and Freon and ozone levels.

  • Routine maintenance for fire panels

  • Run electrical wiring

  • Check PLCs

Working Conditions

  • Physical demands of this position require heavy lifting, climbing ladders and scaffolding, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling and lifting

  • Standing and walking for long periods of time may be required

  • Working outside in all types of temperatures and weather conditions in required

  • Must be able to work on weekends and on holidays

  • Uniforms, PPE and tools are provided.​

Qualifications

  • Basic HVAC and electrical system troubleshooting skills

  • Familiarity with instrumentation and calibration

  • Fire panel systems knowledge

  • Solid experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

  • Knowledge of and compliance with related OSHA regulations

  • Intermediate computer skills

  • A high school diploma or GED is required

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in system or building controls, HVAC and/or electrical work​

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. 
Deadline to apply is May 23.

Apply or see additional application requirements ​below.​​ [close]

Corporate Sponsorship Specialist​

The Indianapolis Zoo, a not-for-profit organization, is a national leader of animal conservation and one of the top tourist destinations in Indiana.  Our animal exhibits, gardens, and aquariums delight our millions of annual visitors who enjoy observing conservation in action.  We are nestled in the heart of Indy's vibrant downtown, and proudly support local, regional and international animal conservation efforts. ​

Our Corporate Sponsorships Specialist position is an advanced sales role within the Zoo's Marketing Department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Attain all Sponsorship Revenue Goals by selling sponsorships for Zoo exhibits, events and promotions.

  • Prospect for new business

  • Develop long-term relationships with sponsors

  • Successfully fulfill all sponsorship commitments

  • Create detailed, well written professional proposals

  • Successfully close sales

  • Provide sponsors with analytical feedback

  • Work closely with the Advertising and Events Manager to execute sponsor advertising tags and promotions

  • Coordinate pre-event sponsor arrangements, and follows up on all on-grounds promotions, including Marketing Department events such as Zoolapalooza and Animals and All that Jazz concerts; Halloween ZooBoo; and Christmas at the Zoo

  • Communicate promotion details to operating departments

  • Keep timely and accurate sponsorship records in Raiser's Edge

  • Complete timely Sponsor Fulfillment Reports

  • Actively participate in Corporate Prospect Meetings

  • Interact, communicate and work jointly with Institutional Advancement Department in prospecting and selling corporate sponsorship programs that best fit the interest of the client and the Zoo

Working Conditions
  • Must be able to work at such events, which includes weekends and evenings as needed

  • Must be able to regularly lift 25 pounds.

  • Some work may be done outside and will entail exposure to outside weather conditions

Qualifications

  • Must have a polished, professional image, outgoing personality and a drive to succeed in marketing event management

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Marketing, Business, or a related field

  • A minimum of two (2) years previous corporate advertising sales experience, preferably in a not-for-profit setting .

  • Demonstrated successful experience in generating business through personal sales calls, telemarketing and cold calls.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications required.

  • Must produce detailed, well written proposals, give presentations, be organized and can close a sale.

  • Must possess an Indiana Driver's License (or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire), and a driving record that is deemed insurable by the Zoo's insurance carrier. 

  • Demonstrated strong speaking/presentation, interpersonal, organizational and writing skills.

  • Extremely organized, deadline and detail driven, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook, and intermediate knowledge of Excel.  ​

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of continuous employment. 

Deadline to apply is June 23, 2017.

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below.​ [close]​

Interpretation (Education) Supervisor

Personal passion about advancing animal conservation is at the heart of our everything our employees do. As a part of the Hix Education Department, the Interpretation Supervisor oversees the Zoo's Volunteer Naturalist program as a whole, serving as a liaison, mentor and supervisor to adult and teen Naturalist volunteers, who provide conservation interpretation throughout the Zoo. This is a full time, 40 hours/week hourly position.  ​

Job Responsibiltiies

  • Develop and cultivate strong relationships with the adult and Zoo Teen volunteers who participate in the Naturalist program

  • Work with the Interpretation Manager and the Director of Education to develop departmental strategies and responses for addressing departmental goals

  • Assist in the development of annual business plan including goals, objectives, action plans, timelines, resource requirements, budgets and risk analysis for the Naturalist program

  • Develop and evaluate on-grounds interpretive experiences and opportunities.

  • Create programs, curriculum and educational for Volunteer Naturalists to engage in, including local conservation projects, career exploration opportunities, and behind-the-scenes tours

  • Work closely with the Interpretation Manager to develop a variety of trainings for the Naturalists

  • Work collaboratively with the Zoo's Manager of Volunteer Services to recruit, select, orient and retain the Naturalist volunteers

  • Work cooperatively with other staff to develop, create and update Naturalist carts, training materials for volunteers and guests, and interpretation training.  Creates fact sheets for carts and trainings

  • Provide on-grounds interpretation to guests in the forms of chats, Nature Center staffing or informal roving

  • Create Naturalist schedules for the year​

Working Conditions

  • Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time

  • Some work may be done outside and will entail exposure to outside weather conditions

  • The work schedule will vary depending on the season, but weekend and holiday availability is essential

  • Daily shift can vary with programming and attendance throughout the year​

Qualifications​

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field such as Education, Non-profit Management, or Museum Studies is required.  Master's degree is preferred

  • Must be an advanced and competent user of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint  Working knowledge of Volgistics preferred

  • Minimum of two (2) years experience working with and/or mentoring volunteers

  • Non-profit or informal educational institution experience

  • Experience working with teens. Knowledge of positive youth development is preferred

  • Demonstrate experience in training staff/volunteers

  • Strong organizational skills required

  • Demonstrate ability to comfortably and effectively interact with people, including managing volunteers

  • Demonstrate problem solving skills

  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate with people of all ages and abilities

  • Demonstrate public speaking skills in an educational format​

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon the completion of 90 days of employment.  Compensation is commensurate with experience. 
The deadline to apply is June 17, 2017.

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below.​ [close]

Major Gifts Officer

During the last half-century, the Indianapolis Zoo has developed into a global leader in animal conservation.  Locally, we are one of the top tourist destinations in Indiana, welcoming more than one million visitors annually. As the largest zoo in the country that receives no direct tax funding, our fundraising team plays an integral role in our organization's success. We create and implement strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors whose support is vital to our mission of advancing animal conservation around the world and close to home.​

Job Responsibilities​

  • Participate as a key member of the Zoo's highly-regarded advancement team

  • Manage a high volume of personal visits with individual contributors to garner support for annual and special project support

  • Actively participate in raising funds for an upcoming capital campaign

Working Conditions​

  • Must be able to work weekends and evenings as needed​

Qualifications
  • Strong experience in fundraising and major gift development;

  • Solid background in working with prospect moves management;

  • Proven record of achievement in the solicitation of major gifts, including annual, capital and special project support;

  • Established ability to maintain effective working relationships with individual donors;

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills;

  • Prefer Indianapolis residency of several years;

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. A degree in a related field (fundraising, business, communications, marketing, and public relations) is preferred.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment.

  • At least five (5) years of professional work experience in fundraising;

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills;

  • Good working knowledge of donor databases, preferably Raiser's Edge, and word processing software;

  • Long term Indianapolis residency is strongly preferred

  • At least three professional references (not relatives) are required.​

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) after 90 days of employment. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include compensation requirement in your attached cover letter or enter it on the online application.

Application deadline is June 30, 2017. 

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below.​ [close]

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. 

Apply
or see additional application requirements​ below.​ [close]​​​

Primate Curator

The Primate Curator will manage and oversee all of our primate areas and staff.  The Curator has oversight of all areas they manage, and will be directly responsible and accountable for all departmental functions.​

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall management of our Primate collection, and develops animal management protocols. 

  • Assists with recruiting, training, supervising, and managing the performance of area managers and staff

  • Develops and oversees the animal husbandry enrichment, and training programs for the collection.

  • Ensures compliance of all Zoo, USDA, and AZA policies, protocols, and standard operating procedures.

  • Speaks to the media and general public

  • Participates in collection and facilities planning, improvements to existing facilities, and the development of new exhibits.

  • Actively participates in education programming, conferences, scientific research and conservation activities.

  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with counterparts in other zoological institutions and conservation organizations regarding acquisitions and dispositions, breeding, and SSP activities.

  • Assists the General Curator in developing area's annual budget, and operates within budget parameters.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions. 

  • Ability to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. 

  • Ability to climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs. 

  • Excellent visual acuity and hearing 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

  • A bachelor's degree in Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university is required. A graduate degree in a related field is preferred.

  • A minimum of 10 years of direct or related experience in a zoo or similar professional setting.

  • At least four years of demonstrated management experience.

  • Temperamentally suited to working with animals

  • Good supervisory, interpersonal, and observational skills. 

  • Proven decision making and problem solving skills.

  • Outstanding public speaking skills.  ​

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off. 

The application deadline is May 31.

Apply or see additional application requirements​[close]​

Part-Time Positions​​

Cashiers

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 and gardens, and we're looking for seasonal admissions cashiers 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

  • Maintains clean work environment and ensures overall park cleanliness

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

  • Support the Zoo's mission

  • Other duties as assigned by management

Working Conditions

  • 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

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 17 years old

  • High school diploma or GED preferred

  • 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

  • Flexible work hours required

  • Must adhere to appearance guidelines

Apply or see additional application requirements below. [close]

​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 and attractions in addition to our animal exhibits and gardens, and we're looking for employees to provide assorted services to our guests.

Job Responsibilities

  • Operate/supervise mechanical rides and attractions (train ride, carousel, 4D Theater, roller coaster, splash park, and playground)

  • Keep the offices, rest areas, and grounds of the Zoo clean and beautiful for our guests and employees. 

  • Set up for special events. 

  • Ensures safety procedures are being followed on train ride, carousel, roller coaster, and playgrounds by both staff and guests.

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

  • Supports the Zoo's mission

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

  • Ability to walk and stand for the majority of the work shift.

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

  • Must have flexible work hours

  • Must adhere to appearance guidelines

Applyor see additional application requirements below.[close]​

Guest Relations Team Member

Each year, more than a million guests visit the Indianapolis Zoo to enjoy our 64 acres of animal exhibits and 3 acres of gardens, all while supporting our animal conservation mission. Our Guest Experiences team provides personal and sincere attention to all guests, exceeding their expectations of quality, cleanliness and service in all areas of guest services. Team members will be counted upon to always provide friendly, courteous, professional services to Zoo guests.

Job Responsibilities

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

  • Communicate effectively and answer guests' questions with clarity.

  • Open and close Oceans shark touch tank, Call Center and Hospitality Cart

  • Performs a wide range of jobs including but not limited to Hospitality exit cart-handling guest inquiries, monitoring shark touch tank, providing useful information to visitors who contact the zoo via email, telephone and or other media formats.

  • Ensures safety procedures are being followed in all areas of the park by both staff and guests. 

  • Accurately report and log all information as to support improvements within the institution.

Working Conditions 

  • Work is performed in all types of weather conditions. Required to dress according to weather conditions, in compliance with IZS dress code, which includes: proper shoe apparel; name tag at all times; khaki pants, shorts or skirts; and IZS issued shirt, clean and tucked in.

  • Must be able to work weekends, special events, holidays and some late hours.

  • Flexibility is needed due to changes in the crowd size and or weather, this may include being asked to work over your shift or go being sent home early.

  • This is an entry-level position. Hours worked are based on business demand and will not exceed 29 hours per week.

Qualifications

  • Previous hospitality or customer service industry related or unrelated work experience helpful.

  • Must be comfortable working with the public, display use of manners at all times.

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.

  • Friendly and courteous attitude

  • Trustworthy, dependable and punctual

  • Neat and clean in appearance;

  • Able to handle large volumes of guests and stay calm under adverse circumstances

  • Able to follow directions.

  • Quick and accurate basic math skills.

  • Some experience with computers or cash registers preferred.

  • Must display good judgment skills and troubleshooting abilities especially when dealing with guests and co-workers. 

  • Must be able to create value for each and every guest by suggestive selling.

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

​The application deadline is April 30.

Please indicate your salary requirements.​ ​Apply or see​ additional application requirements​ below.

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Grounds Maintenance Team Member

The Indianapolis Zoo operates an array of family-friendly attractions and rides, with more than one million guests in attendance each year. Grounds Maintenance team members are important to the operation of one of the most popular family venues in Indiana.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supports the Zoo's mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.

  • Assists with operational support for all major special events, including Zoobilation, ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo, and marketing special events, including Zoopolis 500.

  • Assists with the maintenance and set-up of Audio/Visual equipment throughout the Zoo.

  • Cleans and vacuums event spaces and other spaces to ensure cleanliness standards are maintained.

  • Ensures a quality presentation in event areas.

  • Assists with general storage areas to ensure areas are properly maintained and inventoried.

  • Participates in other duties as requested by Guest Services.

  • Ensures that IZS safety standards are followed.

​Working Conditions

  • Able to work on weekends, special events, holidays, and some late hours.

  • Must be properly trained in the use of the following equipment: Electric pallet jack and hand pallet jack.

  • Will work indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather.  Individual will be in temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

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

  • Must wear personal protective equipment including latex or rubber gloves, dust masks, and goggles.

  • Will be required to climb step-ladders, stoop, kneel, crouch, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift.

  • Must be physically able to do heavy lifting which may include 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

  • High school diploma or GED required

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Indiana drivers license, and insurable by the IZS' insurance carrier.

  • Present professional attitude and interpersonal skills.

  • Interact and communicats with co-workers, supervision, vendors, and the public in a professional, courteous, and cooperative manner. 

  • Must be an intermediate user of Outlook, Word, Excel and IZS Work Order System.

  • Maintains regular attendance. No excessive or unexcused absences or tardiness as per the Zoo's Attendance Policy. 

  • Recognizes problems as they occur and contributes to their resolution. Makes good decisions resulting from sound judgment as related to level of experience. 

  • Must exhibit a professional and positive attitude at all times while interacting with peers, coworkers and the public.

  • Experienced with operating small equipm​ent (power washers, leaf blower, and leaf vacuum) willing to be trained to operate/drive forklift, Kubota and tractor

Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. [close]

​Seasonal Positions​​

​Gardener

If your ideal job is working outside in nature, trimming grass, pulling weeds and providing care for plants, flowers and trees the Indianapolis Zoo is the perfect place for you. With over a million visitors visiting our Zoo each year, our gardeners help keep the grounds beautiful.

Job Responsibilities

  • Help the Horticulture team care for the general landscape of the Zoo's 64-acre campus, exotic plants in the 5,000-square-foot conservatory and 3 acres of formal gardens

Working Conditions

  • Work an average of 40 hours per week, from 7am-4pm, typically from April through mid-August. Usually scheduled Monday through Friday, with the occasional Saturday shift required.

  • Will work outside in all weather conditions and temperatures

  • Perform physically demanding tasks and work at a fast pace

  • Uniform, free parking and an awesome work environment provided

  • Pay for this job is $8.50/hour

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED

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

  • Knowledge of plant and their care, power equipment and irrigation systems is preferred but not required

Apply or see additional requirements​ below. [close]​

​Security Officers

The Indianapolis Zoo depends upon our Safety and Security Team to lead our efforts in providing a safe environment for our guests, employees and animals 24/7. If you have experience in security and want a seasonal position working in a fun environment, there's no better place than the Zoo. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Patrol internal and external Zoo property and investigate unusual or suspicious situations. 

  • Interact with Zoo employees, volunteers and guests, requiring excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Handle parking lot security, school bus and special event parking, monitor entry access to Zoo grounds.

  • Enforce Zoo procedures and regulations

Qualifications

  • Candidates must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time; lift and carry 50 pounds.​

  • Past work experience in law enforcement, security, military or extensive customer service experience is strongly preferred. 

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Have a high school diploma or GED

  • Possess a valid Indiana driver's license with an acceptable driving record

  • Must be available to work any day of the week, on any shift, including evenings, weekends and holidays 

  • Possess proven outstanding customer service skills

  • Good visual acuity is required

  • Fluency in the English language is required, verbal skills in other languages are a plus

Working Conditions

  • Candidates must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time; lift and carry 50 pounds

  • Work is often outside, and officers are exposed to all kinds of weather/environmental conditions

  • The position pays $10.50 per hour.

  • Will work approximately 40 hours per week from April to September; some evenings, weekends and holidays are required

Apply or see additional application requirements below.

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Additional Application Requirements

A​ll 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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​