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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:

Assistant Retail Manager
Reports to:  Retail Manager
Status:    Non exempt

General Statement of Duties:
A successful candidate will be a self-starter that will work in all capacities of the retail operation including, but not limited to inventory control, stocking, supervising staff and customer service. This is a full-time, permanent position working 35 – 40 hours per week, including weekends. Position is eligible for benefits. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Assist guests with questions, problems, or emergencies
  • Operate a cash register and balance cash drawers
  • Stock, organize and display retail items in various outlets throughout the zoo
  • Clean and straighten various retail outlets on a daily basis
  • Supervise and train seasonal staff that work in the retail department
  • Troubleshoot problems such as inventory discrepancies, customer complaints, and point of sale system problems
  • Assist with product ordering
  • Model exceptional customer service 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience: 

  • Two year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • Cash handling experience preferred
  • Management experience preferred
  • Experience in a retail setting, in particular organizing and displaying products on retail floor preferred

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Exceptional customer service and communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing personality
  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others  
  • Ability to work in a team setting while providing direction to seasonal staff of all ages and backgrounds
  • Skill to multi-task and remain calm under stressful situations
  • Positive attitude
  • Basic computer skills
  • Proven reliability

Physical Ability

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to bend, twist, and lift to stock and move displays
  • Ability to stand for long periods
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions

Other Requirements

  • Ability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and special events
  • Ability to pass a background check

To Apply for Position
Please submit cover letter and resume to: 
Blank Park Zoo, Attn: Human Resources, 7401 SW 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315 
Or e-mail: zoohr@blankparkzoo.org

 

 


Part-Time Openings

There are no part-time openings available at this time

 


 
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.

 


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

 


 Internship Opportunities  

There are no internship opportunities at this time

 


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