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​ ​ ​​​​

​​​Buildin​g Automation Technician

Whether it's doing routine maintenance on the fire panel in the Tiger exhibit, running electrical wire in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, or checking the PLCs in the Dolphin Pavilion, the Building Automation Technician job at the Indianapolis Zoo offers an amazing environment to work in! As a part of the Building & Energy Management team, the Building Automation Technician works closely with our Honeywell system to monitor temperatures, humidity, ozone, chlorine, and Freon and ozone levels.

Job Responsibilities

  • Maintains, repairs and calibrates all types of instrumentation and sensors within the Zoo facility. 

  • Must have the ability to perform troubleshooting, repair and custom design work. 

  • Must have the ability to perform troubleshooting and repair of PLC equipment.

  • Troubleshoot and repair fire detection systems.

Working Conditions

  • Standing and walking for long periods of time

  • Will be required to climb ladders and scaffolding.

  • Able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and heavy lift

  • Will be working indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather and temperatures 

  • Work weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. On call 24 hours a day. Different shift work may be required.

Qualifications

  • A high school diploma/GED is required.

  • A minimum of five years working experience in system or building controls, HVAC and/or electrical work.

  • Solid experience with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

  • Knowledge in fire panel systems

  • Knowledge and compliance with related OSHA regulations

  • Skills and knowledge of basic HVAC and electrical system troubleshooting energy management and process controls

  • Familiarity with calibration and instrumentation 

  • Intermediate computer skills ​

The hourly rate is commensurate with experience.  The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of employment.  Other benefits include generous Paid Time Off (160 Hours), paid holidays, free downtown parking, free Zoo membership, and other perks. Uniforms, PPE, and tools are provided.

Application deadline is May 23.
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Custodian

Millions of visitors enjoy learning about animal conservation while viewing our collections, aquariums and gardens on our beautiful 64 acre campus in downtown Indianapolis. Behind the scenes, our Custodians work hard to keep our amenities, exhibits, and grounds clean. Working as a Custodian at a zoo presents interesting challenges and provides a great working environment.​

Job Responsibilities

  • Work 40 hours per week

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

  • Pick up trash and litter, empty trash containers, clean and sweep offices, restrooms and common areas, work with cleaning supplies and set up for special events.

Working Conditions:

  • Strenuous physical requirements of this position, including the ability to lift and drag at least 25 lbs. of weight.

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

  • 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 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 have a high school degree or GED

  • Experience in commercial cleaning/housekeeping is strongly preferred

  • Must be able to communicate and comprehend the English language

  • Must be cooperative and work well with co-workers and supervision

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

  • Must be willing to be flexible, as hours on first and second shift will be scheduled. Absolutely must be able to work weekends and holidays. 

Pay is commensurate with experience. The Zoo offers a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off, paid holidays, 403B plan, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance after 90 days of employment. 

The application deadline is June 1. Apply​ or see additional application requirements​ below. 

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​​​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.

The application deadline is June 3. Apply​ or see additional application requirements below. [close]

Interpreter

Personal passion for advancing animal conservation, both locally and globally, is a primary job responsibility of every employee at the Indianapolis Zoo. It is the heart of who we are and a core value of our employees. Nationally accredited as a zoo, a botanical garden and an aquarium, the Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader in animal conservation, a top tourist destination in the Midwest, and is located in Indy's vibrant downtown. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Facilitate on-grounds experiences for Zoo guests for the Zoo's Education Department

  • Monitor and interpret at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

  • Present public chats, feed demonstrations, guide activities within the new Family Nature Center and act as a roving interpreter between scheduled programming

  • Develop interpretive projects for chats, shows and experiences, incorporating theatrical techniques to enhance experiences for on-site guests

  • Conduct research for existing or new experiences, updates training materials, or inventories and replenishes supplies as needed

  • Act as shift leader with volunteer Naturalists

Working Conditions

  • This position is full time, 40 hours/week and the work schedule is typically Wednesday through Sunday; daily shifts can vary with programming and attendance throughout the year

  • Working on holidays and weekends is required

  • Physical stamina to stand for long periods of time conducting programs

  • Ability to work outside in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in education, environmental science, biology, the performing arts or a related field

  • Formal or informal educational institution experience

  • Working knowledge of interpretive techniques

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas in writing, and in an engaging verbal manner.  Good public speaking skills are essential

  • Electronic media/technology, computer and word processing abilities

  • Prior experience working with the public, especially children preferred

  • Experience in public speaking or theater is preferred

  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills

  • Can work independently without supervision

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

Application deadline is June 10. Apply or see additional application requirements​ below. [close]

Mechanic Technician

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to employ skilled trades professionals who work behind-the-scenes to keep our mechanical, structural and equipment needs serviced and running smoothly. Working in the facilities department at a zoo provides unique challenges, and a very interesting working environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Safely operating aerial work platforms, such as boom and scissor lifts

  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair the Zoo's rides including the Skyline, train, roller coaster and carousel

  • Maintain the Zoo's vehicle fleet

Working Conditions

  • Climbing ladders and scaffolding, being able to exert 100 pounds of force occasionally, and lift up to 50 pounds regularly

  • Working outside, in all types of weather conditions

  • Carrying a pager to respond to emergency calls, and operating a 2-way radio

  • On-call availability to respond to emergencies, and willingness to work overtime, different shift work, weekends and holidays

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

Qualifications

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

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

  • Knowledge and skills in hydraulics, PCL and welding different materials

  • Mechanical motor skills as well as knowledge of computer based electrical systems required

  • Must have automotive and small engine technical skills with the ability to troubleshoot and make repairs as needed

  • Experience in amusement ride operation and repair is strongly preferred

  • At least 21 years old

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

The Zoo is located in the heart of Indy's vibrant downtown area, and our employees a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of employment, immediate paid holidays. Once eligible, new full time employees enjoy 160 hours of paid time off. 

Application deadline is May 20. Apply or see additional application requirements​ below.​ [close]

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.

Application deadline is May 18. See additional application requirements below or apply​.​ [close]​

​​​Seasonal Positions

There are no seasonal opportunities at this time. Please check back as new openings are added as they become available.

​​Part-Time Positions​

​​​​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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Security Officers

We depend on our Security team to lead our efforts in providing a safe environment for our guests, employees and animals. The Zoo is looking to expand the team with a part-time security officer. This job offers the opportunity to patrol Zoo property, assist guests and much more.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist full-time Security Officers with parking lot security, monitoring entry access to Zoo grounds, school bus parking, and enforcing of Zoo procedures and regulations.

  • Assist with patrolling internal and external Zoo property, investigating unusual or suspicious situations, and maintaining records and logs as assigned

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

Working Conditions

  • This is a physically demanding job, with the successful candidate working in all kinds of weather/environmental conditions, and will often work outside

  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time

  • Able to fast-walk or jog around our 64 acre campus

  • Must be able to regularly lift and carry 50 pounds, drag 100 pounds for a short distance and repeatedly climb ladders and steps.

  • Good visual acuity is required

  • Typically scheduled for approximately 25 to 29 hours per week, usually on the first or second shifts. The Zoo's security team is on-grounds 24/7.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • High school diploma/GED required

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

  • Able to work both Saturdays and Sundays, and on holidays

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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.​​