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​ ​ ​​​​​​

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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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

Qualifications

  • 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

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Security Officer

We depend on our Security team to lead our efforts in providing a safe environment for our guests, employees and animals on a 24/7 basis. The Zoo is looking to expand the team with full-time and part-time opportunities for security officers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Patrol internal and external Zoo property

  • Investigate unusual or suspicious situations and conduct safety/security inspections

  • Maintain records and logs as assigned, and enforce Zoo procedures and regulations.

  • Interact with Zoo employees, volunteers and guests

  • Handle parking lot security, school bus and special event parking

  • Monitor entry access to Zoo grounds

  • Enforce Zoo procedures and regulations, and any other security functions as directed by management

Working Conditions

  • Stand and walk for long periods of time

  • Fast-walk or jog around our 64-acre campus

  • Lift and carry 50 pounds, drag 100 pounds for short distances

  • Repeatedly climb ladders and steps

  • Work outside in all kinds of weather/environmental conditions

Qualifications

  • Three years of professional work experience in security, law enforcement, military or related field

  • Have the ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergencies

  • At least 21 years of age

  • Have a high school diploma/GED

  • Must have excellent verbal communication skills

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

  • Available work any day of the week, on any shift

  • First Responder certification or the ability to successfully pass First Responder course

  • Possess proven outstanding customer service skills

  • Have good visual acuity

  • Have good working knowledge of a PC and be able to learn new software

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

Full-time employees are eligible for insurance benefits begin at 90 days.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes:  medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403b plan; generous paid time off; and paid holidays.

Application deadline is Jan. 30.

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Part-Time Positions​​

​​Admissions 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, gardens and aquariums, 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

  • 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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Butterfly Keepers

Beautiful butterflies will once again be fluttering throughout our Hilbert Conservatory this spring, and part-time Butterfly Keepers will be needed from February through October to care for them. The pay for this position is $8 per hour.   ​

Keepers work throughout the exhibit, answering questions for guests and observing guest/butterfly interactions.  You must be able to patiently provide exceptional customer service and have the ability to learn and explain butterfly behavior.  Butterfly Keepers must have excellent interpersonal skills, maintain a professional demeanor and project a professional appearance. Butterfly Keepers will interact with daily visitors and those attending special events.

Job Responsibilities

  • Receiving and taking inventory of butterfly chrysalis shipments

  • Monitoring chrysalis developmentFee

  • Feeding the butterflies

  • Cleaning office and exhibit spaces

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time

  • Working evenings, week-ends, and holidays

Requirements

  • A high school degree/GE. is required. A bachelor degree from an accredited institution in zoology, biology, animal science, wildlife biology or other life-science field is preferred.  ​

The application deadline is Feb. 3.

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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 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

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​Security Officers

We depend on our Security team to lead our efforts in providing a safe environment for our guests, employees and animals on a 24/7 basis. The Zoo is looking to expand the team with full-time and part-time opportunities for security officers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Patrol internal and external Zoo property

  • Investigate unusual or suspicious situations and conduct safety/security inspections

  • Maintain records and logs as assigned, and enforce Zoo procedures and regulations.

  • Interact with Zoo employees, volunteers and guests

  • Handle parking lot security, school bus and special event parking

  • Monitor entry access to Zoo grounds

  • Enforce Zoo procedures and regulations, and any other security functions as directed by management

Working Conditions

  • Stand and walk for long periods of time

  • Fast-walk or jog around our 64-acre campus

  • Lift and carry 50 pounds, drag 100 pounds for short distances

  • Repeatedly climb ladders and steps

  • Work outside in all kinds of weather/environmental conditions

Qualifications

  • Three years of professional work experience in security, law enforcement, military or related field

  • Have the ability to respond quickly and effectively in emergencies

  • At least 21 years of age

  • Have a high school diploma/GED

  • Must have excellent verbal communication skills

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

  • Available work any day of the week, on any shift

  • First Responder certification or the ability to successfully pass First Responder course

  • Possess proven outstanding customer service skills

  • Have good visual acuity

  • Have good working knowledge of a PC and be able to learn new software

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

Full-time employees are eligible for insurance benefits begin at 90 days.  Our comprehensive benefits package includes:  medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; 403b plan; generous paid time off; and paid holidays.

Application deadline is Jan. 30.

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

Seasonal Positions​

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

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​