Employment Opportunities

Full-Time & Part-Time Openings

Zoo Instructor – ZSI Program (part-time)

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is searching for a part-time Zoo Instructor for the ZSI (Zoo Scientific Inquiry) Pilot Program. This grant-funded initiative places the Zoo Instructor in area 4th grade classrooms weekly for nine weeks to deliver hands-on, inquiry-based lessons.  The Zoo Instructor will create lessons and supporting materials to align with Academic Standards; collaborate with teachers to modify lessons as needed; develop pre-and post-lesson assessment tools; and evaluate the program’s effectiveness.  The successful candidate will have classroom teaching experience; a passion for science; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License.  Read a complete job description.

This is a temporary, part-time position, requiring approximately 24 hours per week through the 2014-2015 school year.

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, three references, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Zoo Instructor – ZSI Program), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 1

 

Zoo Instructor – Animal Tales Program (part-time)

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is searching for a part-time Zoo Instructor for the Animal Tales Program.  This grant-funded program visits early childhood classrooms with zoo programs, which include live animals and literacy activities.   The successful candidate will have teaching experience, either in the classroom an informal learning environment; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License.

This is a temporary, part-time position, requiring approximately 16 hours per week through the 2014-2015 school year.  Read a complete job description.

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, three references, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Zoo Instructor – Animal Tales), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 1

 

Zoo Keeper: Indonesian Rain Forest (Part-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a part-time zoo keeper in the Indonesian Rain Forest. This position is responsible for the daily husbandry of reptiles and amphibians, including but not limited to: Komodo dragon, various snake species, and various frog species, as well as mammal species as required. Applicants should enjoy working with others and possess strong communication and organizational skills. Previous reptile experience is preferred. Click here to see a complete job description.

This is a part-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week during the zoo season (Apr-Oct) and a 32-hour work week during the off-season (Nov-Mar) (including weekends and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and  application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Indonesian Rain Forest), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 15

 

Maintenance and Operations (Part-Time)

Applications are being accepted for a part-time position in the Maintenance and Operations Department. This position assists in daily operations and maintenance duties of the zoo, including but not limited to: ride operation, grounds maintenance, and janitorial service tasks such as cleaning restrooms, emptying and washing trash cans, picking up trash, and hosing paths. Applicants should enjoy working with others and possess strong communication and organizational skills. Previous maintenance experience and customer service experience are preferred, but not required. Click here to see a complete job description.

This is a part-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week during the zoo season (Apr-Oct) and a 32-hour work week during the off-season (Nov-Mar) (including weekends and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Maintenance and Operations), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 15 

 

Summer Jobs

Most of the zoo’s temporary summer jobs have been filled by applicants who attended our Job Fair, which was held on March 8.  We will consider new applications if openings become available.  We’re looking for energetic, upbeat individuals who can help us provide excellent experiences for the 500,000 guests who will visit the zoo in 2014.  All openings are temporary summer positions, ranging from 15 to 40 hours per week. More details are below.

ZOO ASSISTANT

Zoo Assistants help guests at the admission
gate, rides, and throughout the zoo.

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Sell admission, memberships, and ride passes
Assist guests at rides and activities
Operate rides
Assist with horticulture duties such as
mowing, weeding, and watering
Housekeeping duties such as cleaning restrooms and emptying trash & recycling
Perform other duties as necessary
Work outdoors in all weather conditions
Weekends and holidays are required
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October
15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & Print Application

GIFT SHOP SALES ASSOCIATE

Sales Associates work at the Wild Things
Gift Shop, Stroller Rental, and other retail locations at the zoo.

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Greet and assist guests
Serve guests quickly and efficiently
Adhere to SSA customer service program
Stock and display merchandise in shops
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
Uphold policies and procedures
Oversee quality and control of product
Maintain accurate cash drawers
Perform other duties as necessary
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October
15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & Print Application

FOOD SERVICE ASSOCIATE

Food Service Associates work at restaurants,
concession stands, and concession carts at the zoo.

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Greet and assist guests
Serve guests quickly and efficiently
Adhere to SSA customer service program
Food preparation and service
Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment
Uphold policies and procedures
Maintain accurate cash drawers
Perform other duties as necessary
Temporary position: Mid-April to Mid-October
15 to 40 hrs/week
Starting pay: $7.25/hour
Must be at least 16 years of age
Download & Print Application

 

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Statement of Equal Opportunity
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is operated by the Fort Wayne Zoological Society through a cooperative agreement with the City of Fort Wayne’s Department of Parks and Recreation. All employees and volunteers work for the Fort Wayne Zoological Society.

The Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all applicants, employees, and volunteers without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, mental or physical disability that does not preclude performance of essential job duties, or any other status protected by law. The Society will offer all reasonable accommodations required by law to employees and volunteers with known disabilities.

The Society supports and promotes diversity in its workforce and on its Board of Directors and strives to foster a work environment of respect and inclusiveness where the diversity and contributions of all applicants, employees, volunteers, and visitors are valued and recognized.