Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$20 adults, $15 children

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Open Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$20 adults, $15 children

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Seasonal Cash Room Attendant

Date Posted
April 4, 2024

Job Details

FLSA Classification: Nonexempt
Salary Grade: To Be Determined
Reports to: Cash Room Supervisor
Department: Operations


The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.

Position Purpose

The Seasonal Cash Room Attendant is responsible for supporting zoo operations and guest experiences with cash management. This employee works a varied shift Sunday through Saturday March through October, averaging 35-40 hours per week April through September, and 15-25 hours March and October. Additionally, the Cash Room Attendant supports our Zoo Mission which is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research, and recreation.  


Essential Functions

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

  • Hands out cash drawers and other resources to cashiers at beginning of the day and checks them in at the end of the day
  • Makes sure all drawers and resources are accounted for and secured at the end of the day
  • Reconciles safe balance daily and “End of Shift/Day” reports for all cashier areas 
  • Compiles deposits daily and transports to the bank as needed
  • Delivers cash to cashiers in the zoo when they need change throughout the day
  • Builds cash drawers for future days 
  • Services beverage vending machines and other coin machines regularly as needed


  • Detail oriented – Must be observant and detailed in tasks and interactions with others.
  • Resourceful – Understanding of, or has the ability to, research all applicable topics as they relate to cash management.
  • Flexible – Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintaining composure in an environment that can be stressful.
  • Independent – Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative, and demonstrate a capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Positive – Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  • Communicator – Communicates clearly, both verbally and written. Effective listening skills.
  • Critical Thinker – Ability to make decisions while under pressure or solve complex problems that arise daily.
  • Innovative – Ability to propose solutions to areas of concern as related to cash management.
  • Efficient – Ability to complete tasks in a thorough but quick manner.
  • Customer-oriented – Always exercises professional customer service skills. Interacts with many different types of people and situations. 

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities


Work Environment

While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is required to work both indoors and outdoors with exposure to seasonal weather conditions. The incumbent is regularly required to sit or stand at a counter for extended periods of time, stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use a computer mouse and keyboard and other office equipment. This individual will be exposed to computer monitors. The incumbent will be required to spend long amounts of time in a small office. The incumbent will be required to travel to other locations. The noise level is moderate.  

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions. 
Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly    

Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Adjusting or moving objects up to 50 pounds in all directions.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Communicating with others to exchange information.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Operating machinery and/or power tools.
☒ Never         ☐ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly 

Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly 

Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
☐ Never        ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly 
☐ Never        ☒ Occasionally           ☐ Constantly

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling –
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly 

Reaching with hands and arms.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly 

Tasting or smelling.
 ☒ Never         ☐ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

☒ Close vision;  ☒Distant vision;  ☒ Color vision;  ☒ Peripheral vision;  ☒Depth perception;  ☒ Ability to adjust focus

Lifting Requirement.
☐ > than 50 pounds    ☒ Up to 50 pounds    ☐ Up to 40 pounds    ☐ Up to 25 pounds     ☐ Up to 10 pounds

Required education and experience

  • Cash handling experience is required.
  • Intermediate word processing skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Additional eligibility requirements

  • Must be insurable to drive a zoo vehicle. 
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo
  • Must be able to maintain calm and act professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest interactions.
  • Must be available to work a varied shift Sunday through Saturday, holidays, special events, and evenings.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.


  • Valid Iowa motor vehicle license or ability to obtain.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and gives employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking, and seek fulfilling employment. In return, Blank Park Zoo offers competitive income, benefits, and an excellent working environment. 

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