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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:

Administrative Coordinator

Works under the direction of the Director of Finance and carries out a variety of support functions relating to general administration.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answer all incoming phone calls to the general Zoo line.
  • Provides support to the Education Department by handling the duties of Registrar for all education programs including registrations, payments and refunds.
  • Performs duties of Receptionist including greeting guests to the office, processing mail and assisting zoo directors and staff with projects.
  • Answers inquiries from the zoo’s website or coordinates responses that involve more information. 
  • Arranges for meeting logistics, meeting reminders and meeting materials. 
  • Responsible for ordering and maintaining office supplies and arranging for office equipment maintenance.
  • Oversees and handles all operations associated with the Administration Building – maintenance, custodial, organization - as well as administrative support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in office setting, phone skills and customer interactions
  • General understanding of non-profit fund raising beneficial
  • High level of proficiency in grammar and spelling.  
  • Proficiency with personal computers including Microsoft Office and Excel, Outlook (e-mail and calendar), internet searches, and fund raising and data base software.
  • Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments.
  • Ability to perform basic mathematics including computing ratios and percentages.
  • Ability to deal with the public and work with individuals from varied backgrounds as a representative of the Zoo and the Zoo’s policies and code of ethics.
  • 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 including occasional evening and weekend hours.

Physical Demands:

  • The ability to drive an automobile to drop off and pick up materials, supplies, and mailings involving printers, other vendors, and the U.S. Postal Service. 
  • The ability to lift 25 pound boxes. 

​Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

 

 


Part-Time Openings

Event Setup Coordinator 
Part-time Position

Job Summary: 
Blank Park Zoo is looking for a reliable self-starter who is highly motivated to assist with event setup and tear down. The Event Setup Coordinator is responsible for providing direct support to the events team. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain all rental spaces and adjoining public spaces to be in excellent condition at all times
  • Follow daily worksheets and checklists through to completion
  • Set up and tear down a variety of rooms in various styles and shapes
  • Responsible for safely and punctually transporting event equipment (tables, chairs, screens, podium, arch, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Maintain a strong relationship and good communication with the event staff, janitorial staff, maintenance staff, volunteers and Zoo’s preferred caterer
  • Always maintain a professional demeanor and attitude
  • Refresh room as needed through a variety of tasks including vacuuming, washing floors and removing garbage
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of formal education of some high school and minimum one year job-related experience preferred
  • Previous meeting and event setup and tear down experience is a plus
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Capable of lifting at least 50 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions including but not limited to heat, cold, rain and snow
  • Requires evening,  weekend, and early morning  hours
  • Average is 15 – 20 hours / week with opportunities for more hours during busy event weeks

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made. 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include those required for cleaning and room set-up. Employee will be required to work outside in various weather conditions. 

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to zoohr@blankparkzoo.org or the address below:

Blank Park Zoo
Attn: Special Events Manager
7401 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315

 

 


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.
 
 
 
 
 
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 and Retail Manager.

Essential Duties:
  • Work in the entire guest service department including but not limited to: Admissions, Attractions, and Gift Shop:

    Admissions – Cashier, Assist guests with questions
    Attractions – Cashier, Attendant to help load and unload rides, and assist with animal feeding opportunities
    Gift Shop – Cashier, Stock as directed
     
  • 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
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

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

 Internship Opportunities  

There are currently no internship opportunities available.
 


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