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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.
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Full-Time Openings:

There are no full-time openings available at this time

 


Part-Time Openings

There are no part-time openings available at this time

 


 
Seasonal Openings:

 

Guest Services Associate
The Blank Park Zoo is seeking customer service oriented individuals to work in various areas around the zoo. Candidates will work a varied shift and perform a variety of assignments related to all guest service operations. Candidates work under the general supervision of the Guest Service Manager. 

Essential Duties:

  • Work in the entire guest service department including but not limited to: Admissions, Rides and Interaction areas:
  • Admissions – Cashier, Assist guests with questions
  • Rides – Cashier, assist guests with loading and unloading, operating ride
  • Interaction Areas – Cashier and administer rules for feeding areas such as Kids Kingdom, giraffe and parakeet
  • Birthday Parties – set-up, tear-down, animal presentation, greets guests, and serves as hospitality attendant
  • Assist guests with questions, problems, or emergencies
  • Ability to handle cash and balance drawers

Qualifications:

  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Great customer service and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing personality
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others  
  • Basic computer skills
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, special events, and evenings
  • Proven reliability
  • Ability to pass background check
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Some areas require the ability to stand for long periods of time

Pay Rate: $7.25/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 or drop off in person during regular zoo hours.
 

 

Retail Associate
The Blank Park Zoo is seeking customer service oriented individuals to work in the gift shop and retail outlets around the zoo. Candidates will work a varied shift and perform a variety of assignments related to retail operations. Candidates work under the general supervision of the Retail Manager. 

Essential Duties:

  • Ability to operate a computer to complete a sales transaction
  • Ability to handle cash and balance drawers
  • Assist guests with retail inventory
  • Stock shelves
  • Straighten inventory
  • Dust, vaccum and other cleaning in store
  • Assist guests with questions, problems, or emergencies

Qualifications:

  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Great customer service and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing personality
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others  
  • Basic computer skills
  • Able to work weekends, holidays, special events, and evenings
  • Proven reliability
  • Ability to pass background check
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Some areas require the ability to stand for long periods of time

Pay Rate: $7.25/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 or drop off in person during regular zoo hours.

 

 

Safari Grill Staff 
The Safari Grill is looking for employees available to work March through September. Positions offered include: Cashier, busser, and line cook.  We are currently accepting applications. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are common on a daily basis in addition to specific job function responsibilities.  Additional tasks may be necessary.

  • Cashier - Assisting quests in a polite and courteous way, adequate ordering/serving of guests, cleaning, stock as needed
  • Busser – Clearing tables, assisting with garbage removal, assisting quests as needed, stock as needed 
  • Line Cook – Food preparation/cooking, cleaning, stock as needed 

Qualifications:

  • Accountably 
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Work well in a fast pace environment 
  • Cash handling
  • Willing to work weekends, holidays, and selected evenings 

To Apply:

Click here download the HOA application.  Once completed, send to:

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

 


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