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.

Check back often as new employment opportunities are added as they become available.

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​Full-Time Positions​ ​ ​​​​​

​​​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.

Apply​
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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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Park Operations​ Superv​​​isor

The Indianapolis Zoo operates an array of family-friendly attractions and rides, with millions of guests in attendance each year. The Park Operations Supervisor is an important part of the management team operating one of the most popular family venues in Indiana. This position requires 24/7 availability to respond to emergencies, and may be required to work overtime, various shifts, weekends, and holidays as needed.

Job Responsibilities​:

  • Work with the Park Operations Manager to ensure all required preventative maintenance of all Park Operations small equipment is being performed in a timely manner, and that supporting documentation of work is maintained.

  • Manages and maintains "back of house," parking lot and grounds cleanliness, including bathrooms, hard surfaces, carpets and break rooms.

  • Creates and maintains operating protocols for cleanliness, chemicals and cleaning equipment and ensures weekly and monthly Zoo campus cleaning needs are completed.

  • Performs overall maintenance of small equipment, tools, cleanliness of the park and facilities, and managing inventory.

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

  • Assists with all grounds set up for all types of special events: Zoobilation, ZooBoo, CATZ , Etc.

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

  • Partners with the Park Operations Manager as well as Human Resources in selecting and retaining full-time and part time staff.

  • Directly manages a small staff, and must schedule, supervise, and manage staff performance. Required to perform and assist with all operational tasks.

  • Leads all trash removal and recycling efforts.

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

Working Conditions:

  • Able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds of force frequently, 20 pounds of force constantly in order to move objects.

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

  • Able to work in all kinds of indoor and outdoor weather.

  • Able to work around sufficient noise, moving mechanical parts, live electrical circuits and cleaning materials.

  • Able to wear proper safety equipment and follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogen guidelines.

Qualifications​:

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

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

  • Experience in operations/hospitality management, rides and event operations is 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.

  • Must be able to recognize problems as they occur and able to contribute to problem solving.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and cooperatively, build partnerships, and respond to last minutes requests with a "can do" attitude.
  • Must be committed to the zoo's mission of empowering people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conservation.
  • Should display high competency to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks, while directing staff to complete daily tasks.

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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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Great Apes Keeper

The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo, which opened in May 2014, is considered one of the most significant zoo exhibits in the world. We're looking for a part-time primates keeper to care for the growing group of orangutans at the Center with potential assistance with our lemurs and gibbons.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work in animal care, including exhibit and animal holding are maintenance, diet preparation, training animals, record keeping and assisting veterinary staff as needed

  • Involvement in research, education, conservation, training and all aspects of animal care is encouraged

  • Integration into the animal training team

  • Regular visitor contact as well as participation in seasonal keeper chats and media events

  • Create and implement behavioral enrichment techniques and teach new behaviors as directed

  • May assist with exhibit modification

  • Will cross-train in other animal care areas; work includes but is not limited to exhibit and animal holding area maintenance, diet preparation, training animals, record keeping, and assisting veterinary staff as needed.

  • Involvement in research, education, conservation, training, and all aspects of animal care is encouraged

Working Conditions

  • Strenuous physical requirements

  • 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

  • Possibly 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

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in biology, zoology, animal science, wildlife biology, or other life-science field

  • At least two years of professional work experience with apes or other primates; keeper level (keeper, senior keeper) is based upon qualifications and experience

  • Experience or interest in training animals is necessary

  • Highly motivated and, once trained, able to work independently with limited supervision.

  • Must be able to work as part of a small, cohesive team and be able to function cooperatively and make positive contributions as a team member.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and professional appearance

  • Must have proven decision making/problem solving skills, good observational skills

  • Must be temperamentally suited to working with the collection and must be safety oriented

  • Willingness to develop relationship with great apes by treating them as equal partners in the relationship

  • Must demonstrate patience, gentleness, respect and consistency with animals in their care

Please indicate your salary requirements; our offer will not include relocation costs.

The application deadline is Aug. 31.

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​Holiday Lighting Team Member​

The Indianapolis Zoo, rated by Trip Advisor as one of the top 10 zoos in the country, is located in the heart of exciting downtown Indianapolis, and services 1.1 million guest annually. The primary duty of the part-time Holiday Lighting Team Member is to install lighting for our Christmas at the Zoo (CATZ) annual exhibit.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Install lighting for our Christmas at the Zoo annual exhibit.

  • Assist in the day-to-day operations involving the upkeep and cleanliness of the Zoo's grounds and guest facilities.

  • Involved in all stages of CATZ installation, from hanging lights to installing displays.

  • Assist in the set-up and tear down of tables, chairs, and A/V equipment for events, and helps 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 that will expose the team member to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • Significant amount of walking, prolonged standing, climbing ladders and scaffolding, stooping and kneeling.

  • Heavy lifting will be required, including: exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; exerting in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently; exerting in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • May be required to work a non-traditional work week, including weekends.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old. Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license, and be insurable by the Zoo's insurance carrier.

  • Basic maintenance work experience required, with experience in custodial or janitorial positions preferred.

  • A High School Diploma or GED is preferred, but not required.

  • Advanced technical training is a plus.

  • Must have a good working knowledge of hand tool use and motorized equipment use (vehicles, small engines, some heavy equipment).

  • Understanding of audio/video component integration (compatibility, usage, terminations) is preferred.

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

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

  • Excellent attendance and dependability are required.

  • Must be able to work well with others in a team environment, as well as work independently in a productive, efficient manner.

Application deadline is Sept. 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 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.​​​​​​​​