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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.

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​Full-Time Positions​ ​ ​​​​​​​​​

​Annual Giving Officer

During the last half-century, the Indianapolis Zoo developed into a global leader in animal conservation and 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. These talented and dedicated professionals support the Zoo's efforts to save wild things and wild places around the world and close to home.

If you are a results-driven, polished professional possessing creativity, vision and enthusiasm, then we are looking for you to join our team as an Annual Giving Officer.

Job Responsibilities

  • Plans and implements an annual giving program encompassing both individual and corporate donors

  • Coordinate individual giving strategies with the major donor society as well as the Zoo's major and planned giving officers

  • Coordinate corporate giving strategies with the corporate sponsorships specialist and special events manager.

  • Demonstrate leadership in donor cultivation and stewardship, volunteer coordination, and successful solicitation strategies

  • Serve as the liaison to the Zoo's Indy Zoo Council of young professionals and emerging leaders

Qualifications

  • At least five 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

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

  • Provide at least three professional references (not relatives) with your application

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 Oct. 4.

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Aquarist

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be the first in the country to be triple accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. To help care our diverse collection, we are looking for an Aquarist to join the Oceans team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain and care for animals including marine fish, invertebrates, penguins, marine mammals and large carnivores

  • Directly responsible for the health and well-being of the collections assigned to his/her care

  • Perform manual work, which is at times physically demanding and strenuous, involving the care and maintenance of the animals and exhibits under his/her care

  • Complete area daily and weekly reports

  • Know and implement species quarantine procedures as directed by Area Manager

  • Participate in and develop area chats, feeds and behind-the-scenes tours

  • Assist with research projects

  • Assist with exhibit modifications

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds frequently

  • Must follow all safety policies and procedures of the Indianapolis Zoo

  • Will work outdoors in all weather conditions and temperatures

  • Will be required to work mandatory overtime, weekends and holidays

  • Compensation is commensurate with experience

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college/university in life sciences is required

  • Minimum of one year of professional work experience in animal training/care/conservation

  • Experience working with marine fish, invertebrates, penguins, marine mammals and large carnivores is desired

  • Must have SCUBA certification or be able to acquire within six months of hire

  • Minimum of one year of animal training experience is preferred

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, a team-oriented philosophy and demonstrated commitment to the long-term goals of the Indianapolis Zoo are required

  • Must display a professional attitude and appearance to both visitors and co-workers

  • Must be temperamentally suited to work with animals

  • Proven public speaking and presentation skills

  • Strong observational skills required

  • Must have an understanding of water chemistry

Application deadline is Oct. 6.

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​​Area Manager of Deserts

With a primary focus on herpetology, this position demands strong management and supervisory skills and venomous snakes knowledge.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervises staff, adult volunteers, and interns

  • Selection, acquisition and de-acquisition of specimens

  • Assist, plan and directing exhibit modifications

  • Ensure the health and welfare of the collection

  • Submit quarantine arrival forms and, if needed, organize and implement quarantine procedures for animals quarantined in the area

  • Oversee and direct animal introductions and seasonal animal moves

  • Maintain records, permits and licenses

  • Oversee safety and security of the area

  • Fulfill staffing needs

Working Conditions

  • Work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions

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

  • Climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs

  • Heavy visual acuity required and good hearing

  • Follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.

  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens

  • Working with harsh or hazardous chemicals (e.g., chlorine sanitizers or cleaning compounds). Exact chemicals and training will be explained by the area curator.

Qualifications

  • A minimum four years of professional work experience working in a Zoo or similar organization, and at least two years of staff supervisory experience

  • A minimum of four years of professional work experience with venomous snakes

  • Bachelor's degree in zoology, biology, or a related field is required

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • Must be able to use behavioral enrichment techniques to modify/enrich animals within the area

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Intermediate user of Outlook, Excel, E-time, Workorder, Performance Impact, PAT, KDR and Word

When submitting an application, include the names and contact information of three professional (no family or friends) references. Preferably references are current or former supervisors, or someone who can speak knowledgeably about your work, abilities and skills.

Application deadline is Sept. 15. 

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

Building Automation T​​echnician

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 Sept. 25.

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

Elephant Trainer

The Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader of animal conservation with a progressive and internationally respected African elephant program. Our Elephant Department has pioneered research in training, reproduction and artificial insemination, working collaboratively with researchers and scientists around the globe to help ensure a future for this endangered species.

We are looking for an individual with a passion for animal conservation, as well as an interest and knowledge of African elephants for a full-time trainer position in our Elephant Department. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a small, cohesive team to care for a herd of eight African elephants

  • Regularly interact with visitors, and participate in keeper chats and media events

  • Exhibit and animal holding area maintenance

  • Diet preparation

  • Animal training

  • Record keeping

  • Assisting veterinary staff as needed

  • Opportunities to be involved in research, education, conservation, training and all aspects of animal care​

Working Conditions

  • Work outdoors and indoors under all environmental conditions

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

  • Climb and maintain body equilibrium while performing various jobs

  • 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. 

  • Will work overtime, weekends and holidays

  • Salary and trainer level dependent on experience. Please indicate your salary requirements. Our offer will not include relocation costs.

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

Qualifications

  • A bachelor degree in zoology, biology, animal science, wildlife biology or other life-science field is required

  • Prior work experience at a zoo or animal care-related organization is preferred

  • Must be highly motivated, able to function cooperatively and make positive contributions as part of a team

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

  • Excellent visual acuity and hearing required

  • Must be temperamentally suited to working with elephants

  • Must be safety oriented

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanor

Application deadline is Sept. 21.

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Environment, Health and Safety Manager

The Indianapolis Zoo's top priority is the safety of its guests, volunteers, staff and animals, and this position manages and coordinates the day-to-day risks, environmental health, and safety operations for our 64-acre campus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, evaluate, and proactively manage a comprehensive risk management program

  • Ensure compliance with all Federal and Local EHS laws as well as internal standards and practices

  • Actively promote a culture of safety

  • Manage all aspects of workers compensation program to include: conducting injury/accident/near miss investigations; working directly with the Zoo's WC insurance provider, physicians, and PTs; and monitor case status and on-going treatment

  • Maintain all safety records (OSHA, MSDS, FROI), manuals and safety communication materials

  • Identify safety training needs, and work with the VP of HR, Safety and Security, and the Director of Safety and Security

  • Manage PPE needs and supply inventory

  • Conduct all required safety inspections

  • Works closely with Security and HR

Working Conditions

  • Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time

  • Climb, kneel, squat and crawl

  • Able to regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, occasionally up to 50 pounds

  • Exposure to outside weather conditions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in environment, health and safety; occupational health and safety; industrial hygiene or a closely related field from an accredited institution.

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in EHS.

  • Knowledge of HAZMAT, LOTO, and Confined space.

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Certifications as an OSHA 501/503 instructor, American Health and Safety Institute First Aid Instructor is preferred but not required.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 29. Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. [close]​

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.

​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

  • Usually works first shift, but must have some flexibility in scheduling

  • 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

  • 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 basic 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.

Deadline to apply is Sept. 25.
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Manager of Fleet, Equipment and Rides Maintenance

The Manager of Fleet, Equipment and Rides Maintenance has the direct responsibility and accountability for the Zoo's fleet and rides operations, and their maintenance and repair department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of quality and industry standards and all applicable codes for transportation equipment

  • Creates, monitors, and ensures implementation of a preventative maintenance program to assure cost effective maintenance, and a scheduled maintenance program to provide maintenance by manufacturers' specifications

  • Ensures that appropriate Zoo management is continuously made aware of state-of-the-art product, materials, supplies, and methods

  • Creates, implements and maintains a mechanic training program to provide needed technical skills for mechanics in repair of vehicles, rides, and equipment

  • Demonstrates a continued interest in and knowledge of vehicle and rides repair and maintenance.

  • Recognizes problems as they occur, brings them to the attention of the Facilities Director and contributes to their resolution.

  • Monitors and generates status reports

  • Attends projects update meetings

  • Supervises direct reports

  • Assigns work orders

Working Conditions

  • Must safely operate aerial work platforms (boom and scissor lifts)

  • Climb ladders and scaffolding, and work outside in all types of weather

  • Works weekends, holidays and overtime on regular basis; on-call availability

  • Position requires a valid Indiana driver's license (or obtain one within 30 days of hire date), and be insurable by the Zoo's insurance provider

Qualifications

  • Minimum five years of experience in facilities management with emphasis on fleet repair and maintenance. This includes automobiles, utility carts (gas, electric, and diesel), small engines such as chain saws, string trimmers, etc.

  • Experience with amusement park rides such as carousels and roller coasters is preferred, but not required

  • Must have a working knowledge of vehicle repair and maintenance

  • At least three years of previous management of direct reports

  • Makes good decisions utilizing sound judgment.

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

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

  • Mechanical motor repair and troubleshooting

  • Computer-based electrical systems  

  • Automotive and small engine technical skills

  • Ability to prepare, service and repair motorized amusement rides.

  • Knowledge and skills in hydraulics, and welding different materials                          

Deadline for application is Sept. 25.

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Mechanic Tec​​hnician

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. 

Deadline to apply is Sept. 25.

Apply or seeadditional application requirements​ below.​ [close]​​​​

Nutrition Center Technician

Providing the highest quality care for all animals is our top priority, and our dedicated team of highly skilled and extensively trained Veterinary and Life Sciences staffs work tirelessly to meet that goal. We are looking for a motivated individual with a passion for animal conservation to join our team as a technician to provide operational assistance the Nutrition Center.

Job Responsibilities

  • Daily food preparation, including special diet mixes, for our collection, delivery of food, and assisting with commissary related pick-ups and deliveries, both on and off Zoo grounds

  • Consults with the Nutritionist and Nutrition Center Area Manager on animal diets

  • Keep commissary food preparation and storeroom areas including counters, refrigerators, freezers, floors, and equipment clean and sanitary, and in a neat, orderly manner

  • Unloads, stores, and arranges all produce, meat/fish products, and various hays including rotation of these items to assure freshness

  • Will assist with receipt of food products from vendors; check coinciding paperwork against products received; and inspect food items for damage and quality control​

Working Conditions

  • This role is a year-round, full-time hourly position

  • This is a physically demanding job requiring physical strength, stamina and endurance.

  • Repeatedly climb step-ladders, stoop, squat, kneel, bend, crouch, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift.

  • Work outside in all types of weather conditions, and for short periods, in the food freezer (-18C)

  • Lifting 50 to 75 pounds repetitively throughout the day, and ability to stand to perform work tasks for the majority of the work day

  • The Zoo provides a wonderful work environment, paid holidays, a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b, critical illness and accident insurances, and short-term disability), and liberal paid time off.​

Qualifications

  • Two years of related professional work experience, performing food handling or warehouse activities in a zoo, aquarium, or similar institution is required. 

  • A high school diploma or GED is required. Post-secondary education, such as vocational training, or an associate or bachelor degree from an accredited institution in a closely related discipline is preferred.

  • Due to driving requirements, you must have a valid Indiana driver's license, and have a driving record that qualifies you as insurable by the Zoo's insurer.

Application deadline is Sept. 25.

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Primate Curator

With one of the largest groups of orangutans in any American zoo living in our Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, the Indianapolis Zoo clearly has a passion for primates and we're looking for someone who shares our passion! If you have extensive primate work experience and knowledge, then our Primate Manger position might be for you. The Zoo's collection consists predominately of orangutans, gibbons, baboons and lemurs. ​

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and oversee all primate areas and staff, directly responsible and accountable for all departmental functions

  • Responsible for the overall management of the Primate collection, and develop animal management protocols

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

  • Develop and oversee the animal husbandry enrichment and training programs for the collection

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

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

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

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with counterparts in other zoological institutions and conservation organizations regarding acquisitions and dispositions, breeding and SSP activities

  • Speak to the media and general public

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.)

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in biology or related field 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

  • Must have excellent public speaking skills   

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

  • Must be temperamentally suited to working with the collection

  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines

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 Sept. 29.

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

Rides 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 on a regular basis

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

Qualifications​

  • At least 21 years old

  • 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 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

  • Ability to prepare, service and repair motorized amusement rides

  • Experience in amusement ride operation and repair is preferred, but not required

  • ​​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 we offer our employees a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b, critical illness and accident insurances and short-term disability) upon 90 days of employment, and liberal paid time off. 

Deadline to apply is Sept. 25.  

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

Water Quality Specialist

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be the first in the country to be triple accredited as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. Maintaining water quality is of vital importance to the health and wellbeing of our whole collection, and in particular, our Oceans animals.

Job Responsibilities

  • Monitor water quality in all exhibit, holding and storage tanks through testing methods approved by the management

  • Directly responsible for maintaining water quality records as required, and to meet state, local, and federal requirements

  • Responsible for the health and well-being of any collections assigned to his/her care.

  • Purchases lab supplies and maintaining quality and cleanliness of lab.

  • Monitors and maintains life support equipment associated with chlorine, ozone, ORP, and the protein skimmers.

  • Implements fish and invertebrate quarantine procedures in coordination with the Area Manager of Oceans.

  • Performs prescribed routine water testing, troubleshooting water parameter problems

  • Performs routine feeding, cleaning, and general maintenance duties associated with aquatic exhibits.

Working Conditions

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

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

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

  • Visual acuity and good hearing are required.

  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. 

  • Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.)  ​

Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of directly related work (volunteer) experience

  • Must have a strong understanding of water filtration and filter systems

  • Outstanding knowledge of water chemistry, water chemistry parameters, and operating testing equipment

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, able to work independently, and enjoys working in a lab setting

  • Must have or obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid certification

  • Is an intermediate user of Outlook, Excel, KDR and Word

  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines. 

  • SCUBA certification is strongly preferred

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

Application deadline is Oct. 2. 

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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

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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 communicate 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

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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 more than 1.1 million guests annually. The Zoo is currently looking for a part-time Holiday Lighting Team Member for the annual event Christmas at the Zoo.

Job Responsibilities

  • Involved with all stages of installation of our Christmas at the Zoo exhibit, from hanging lights to installing displays

  • Assist as needed with set-up and tear down of tables, chairs and A/V equipment for events

  • Help clean rooms before and after events

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

  • Assist as needed with waste handling, recycling and snow removal

Working Conditions

  • Work is physically demanding

  • Work is performed indoors and outdoors, requiring work in all weather conditions and exposure to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees

  • 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, exerting in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and exerting in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects

  • Willingness to work a non-traditional work week; dependability and excellent attendance required

Qualifications

  • Must have basic maintenance work experience

  • A high school diploma or GED is preferred, but not required; advanced technical training is a plus

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

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

  • Experience in custodial or janitorial positions preferred

  • Good visual acuity and hearing required; finger and hand dexterity is of great importance

  • Must be able to verbally converse and listen with comprehension

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

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must possess a valid Indiana driver's license and be insurable by the Zoo's insurance carrier (no more than 5 points on record)

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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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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​