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Thank you for your interest in working for the Blank Park Zoo.

The Blank Park Zoo is a respected leader in animal care, education, and conservation of exotic wildlife. The zoo is the only AZA accredited zoo in the state of Iowa.
Applications will only be accepted for available positions. Please make note on application which position you are applying.

The Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer.
Click here for Internship Opportunities.
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Full-Time Openings:

Grounds Technician II
The Blank Park Zoo looking to hire a permanent, full-time Grounds Technician II to accomplish all aspects of zoo grounds, outdoor and indoor horticulture, equipment maintenance, and snow removal.

Duties: 

  • Follows all protocols to maintain safe working conditions for staff, visitors and animals.
  • Under supervision, completes tasks related to all aspects of grounds maintenance: grass mowing, weed-eating, leaf raking, trimming, pruning, tree removal, turf maintenance, etc.
  • Provides general labor as required.
  • Supervises: seasonal staff and volunteers.
  • Participates in snow removal on zoo grounds/on-call as needed
  • Assist any emergency situation as needed (guest or staff illness, weather, etc.)
  • Assists with design and development of landscapes in and outside of animal exhibits, plant care protocols, plant collection plan
  • Assists with the implementation of all aspects of zoo grounds: landscape maintenance, floriculture, plant selection and trimming, indoor conservatory management including integrated pest management, maintenance of facilities, etc.
  • Supervises: seasonal staff and volunteers.

Education:
Completion of two years of college/Trade school with major course work in grounds maintenance, horticulture or related field and one year of experience in grounds maintenance or related area OR any combination in which education and experience are interchangeable at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience.

Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in horticulture field preferred.
  • Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
  • Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Foundation
  • Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays, have a valid Iowa’s driver’s license, and work in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and perform all physical tasks related to horticulture, maintenance, and snow removal.

 

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to: ZooHr@blankparkzoo.org or mail: Blank Park Zoo, Human Resources, 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315


Part-Time Openings

Custodian

The Blank Park Zoo is seeking a reliable individual for the position of custodian. Candidates will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the zoo facility on a daily basis. Hours vary from 12 – 40 hours per week depending on the time of year.

Essential Duties:

  • Cleans and restocks restrooms and checks them regularly throughout the day.
  • Empties all trash containers daily and as needed.
  • Cleans all litter on Zoo grounds, parking lot, and park property.
  • Assists with set-up for events, banquets, and rentals.
  • Cleans floors, windows, and garbage in lobby, rental spaces, and other public places.
  • Empties trash and recycle containers in the office building.
  • Assists with Zoo’s recycling program.
  • Maintains a clean and safe atmosphere for guests.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Great customer service and communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Neat and organized
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, special events, and evenings.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Proven reliability.
  • Ability to pass background check.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Pay Rate: $8 / hour

To apply:
Please submit a Blank Park Zoo application by e-mail: zoohr@blankparkzoo.org or mail: Blank Park Zoo, Human Resources, 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

 
 


 
Seasonal Openings:

Temporary Grounds Crew
Accomplish all aspects of zoo grounds maintenance, outdoor and indoor horticulture, equipment maintenance, and snow removal.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.
  • Responsible for all aspects of zoo grounds maintenance: mowing, trimming, turf maintenance (including fertilization and weed control), watering, edging and leaf removal.
  • Specific duties include daily watering, trimming, pruning, planting / transplanting and daily housekeeping.
  • Responsible for all snow removal on zoo grounds(on call). This includes maintaining safety of zoo grounds, parking lots and drives during inclement weather.
  • Operation of grounds maintenance equipment and related machinery.

Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Previous work experience in horticulture field preferred.
  • Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
  • Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Foundation (up to 40 hours in the summer and fall). Winter hours will vary based on weather and position will be on call.
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma.
 
Language Ability 
Ability to communicate effectively to all ages of visitors and staff.
 
Competencies
Ability to understand modern grounds management, ability to research all applicable topics.
 
Certificates
Iowa motor vehicle license
 
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, etc. to perform horticulture/maintenance/snow removal tasks.
 
Environmental Adaptability
Ability to function in all types of weather.
 
To Apply:
Send Blank Park Zoo application to:

Blank Park Zoo
Attn: Human Resources
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
 
Or drop off application to the Zoo during regular business hours.
 

 Internship Opportunities  


Spring 2015 Animal Care Internships
The Blank Park Zoo is now accepting applications for 2015 spring internships. Internships are open to college students with an interest in exotic animal care, and looking to fulfill an internship for college credit.    Internships are nonpaid; housing and transportation are the responsibility of the intern. 

Internships are available in the Aquatics, Avian & Reptiles, Small mammal & Kids Kingdom (domestic), Education, and Large mammal/hoof-stock areas. 

Interns are required to be here for a minimum of ten weeks and a maximum of twelve weeks.  

Animal Care Interns will be introduced to general animal husbandry practices, including:

  • Daily cleaning and disinfection protocols
  • Animal observation and record keeping
  • Proper diet preparation
  • Exhibit maintenance
  • Public & volunteer interactions
  • Introduction to behavioral enrichment and training
  • Animal restraint and handling
  • Veterinary procedure participation
  • Problem solving

Requirements:

  • College student in good standing, studying zoology, ecology, conservation biology, or related field
  • Proof from university that the internship will be for college credit
  • Negative TB test
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs.
  • Willing and able to work in all weather conditions
  • Available to work 16 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 12 weeks, including weekends and holidays
  • Previous animal care experience preferred, but not required
  • Select and execute a project with the help of animal care staff, which will be presented at the completion of the internship.
  • Complete BPZ intern courses

To apply:
Please send an Animal Care Intern Application, resume and cover letter indicating department of interest to: Christine Eckles, Volunteer Manager, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315 or email: cneckles@blankparkzoo.org. 

Click here for the 2015 Spring Animal Care Intern Application

Application Deadline: November 1, 2014

 


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