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

Major Gifts Officer

Are you looking to join a highly-regarded advancement team in Indianapolis? If you are a results-driven, polished professional possessing creativity, vision and enthusiasm, then the Indianapolis Zoo is looking for you to join our team as a Major Gifts Officer.

The Indianapolis Zoo is seeking an experienced, results-oriented Major Gifts Officer to participate as a key member of an advancement team that creates and implements strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gift donors. The Major Gifts Officer will manage a high volume of personal visits with individual contributors to garner support for annual and special project support and actively participate in raising funds for an upcoming capital campaign. 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.

Requirements include:

  • At least five years of professional work experience in fundraising;
  • 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;
  • Confirmed ability to maintain effective working relationships with individual donors;
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills;
  • Good working knowledge of donor databases, preferably Raiser's Edge, and word processing;
  • 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.
  • 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 November 30, 2017. Candidates must apply online. A cover letter and résumé must be attached to the online application.​ [close]

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.

Qualifica​​tions

  • 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.

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 Nov. 30.

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

Harlan Family Veterinary Intern

Candidates are now being considered for a one (1) year veterinary internship in zoological medicine at the Indianapolis Zoo. The program begins approximately July 2, 2018 and ends approximately June 28, 2019. This program has been made possible by the generous philanthropic gift of the Harlan Family Foundation. ​

The Polly Horton Hix Animal Care Complex is a 12,000 square foot fully equipped veterinary hospital featuring a dedicated surgery suite, treatment room, clinical pathology lab, diagnostic imaging room, hospital and quarantine wards, and necropsy. The Harlan intern will join a veterinary department consisting of the following full-time positions: three veterinarians, a nutritionist, three veterinary technicians, hospital area manager, senior keeper, nutrition center area manager and nutrition center technician.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the staff veterinarians in all aspects of veterinary care including preventative medicine and attending to the clinical cases

  • Participate in approved research projects and medical record keeping

  • Participate in clinical rounds

  • Participate in journal club and subject rounds

  • Compile data and initiate actions to resolve recurrent clinical problems within the collection

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the preventative medicine program

  • Involvement in keeper education

  • Mentor third and fourth year veterinary students and pre-veterinary students

  • Management of the clinical caseload requires:

    • Proficiency in history collection

    • Conducting physical examinations

    • Diagnostic testing (includes sample collection, radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy)

    • Administering medical treatments, anesthesia, performing surgeries and necropsies

    • Liaison for consulting veterinarians

  • The intern is encouraged to conduct an independent research project and to submit a manuscript for publication by the end of the internship​

Qualifications

  • Must possess a DVM degree

  • Eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Indiana

  • Demonstrate a strong interest in zoological medicine

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

  • Candidates with at least one year clinical experience are strongly preferred​

Application Process

  • Provide a cover letter stating areas of interest in zoo veterinary medicine and professional goals

  • Thoroughly complete an on-line employment application at http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/contact/employment-and-volunteers/zoo-staff-employment , attach a current curriculum vitae and your cover letter to the on-line application. In the "Position Desired" section of the application, please put "Veterinary Intern."

  • Veterinary school transcripts provided directly from the institution to the Indianapolis Zoo.

  • Three (3) letters of professional reference, preferably from a professional who has supervised your work. These letters may be emailed to Dr. Fayette at mfayette@indyzoo.com; or mailed by U.S. post to:  Director of Human Resources, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. These letters should be sent directly from your professional reference to the Indianapolis Zoo.​

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b; Paid Time Off; paid holidays) after 90 days of employment.​​

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017.  ​

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

​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 Nov. 30.

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

Orangutan-Primates Keeper

The full-time Orangutan-Primate keeper cares for our orangutans, with potential assistance with our lemurs, gibbons and macaques. 

Experience or interest in training animals is necessary as this person will be integrated into the training team. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and professional appearance due to regular visitor contact, keeper chats, and media events. Must have proven decision making/problem solving skills, good observational skills. Must be temperamentally suited to working with the collection. Must be safety oriented.

To work with us as a keeper, you must have a bachelor degree from an accredited college/university in biology, zoology, animal science, wildlife biology, or other life-science field. Great ape experience preferred.

Job Responsibilities

  • Willingness to develop relationships with Great Apes by treating them as equal partners in the relationship.

  • Demonstrates patience, gentleness, respect, and consistency with animals in their care.

  • Must be able to create or implement behavioral enrichment techniques.

  • Must be able to teach new behaviors as directed

  • May assist with exhibit modification.

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.

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. ​

Application deadline is Nov. 24. 

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 Nov. 30.  

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

​Part-Time Positions​​​

​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

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

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​