Employment Opportunities

Full-Time & Part-Time Openings

Director of Operations (Full-Time)
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is announcing a new Director of Operations position, creating senior-level leadership for all guest service, maintenance, and support service functions.  Areas under this position’s management will include admissions, membership, rides, guest food service and retail (out-sourced), maintenance, housekeeping, horticulture, safety and security, and other support services.

Based on a strong guest experience, FWCZ serves 550,000 guests per year, including 13,500 member families, and it covers all operating expenses with earned revenue.  The 47-acre zoo houses 1000 animals and employs 93 year-round employees. The new Director of Operations will play a large role in the continued success of the zoo. Read the complete job description.

This is a full-time, exempt position requiring at least 40 hours per week year-round (including weekends and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Director of 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, March 20

Zoo Instructor: Wild Nights (Seasonal)
The zoo is searching for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to lead our popular Wild Nights sleepover programs. The successful candidate will have experience working with youth in a program setting; a desire to share the zoo and its animals with children; and a positive attitude. Licensed teachers or pre-service teachers preferred. Read a complete job description..

This is a part-time, seasonal position. The Instructor will lead two to four programs per month, Thursdays through Saturdays, from late April through mid-October as program demand dictates, overnights from 5pm to 10am, plus evening training classes in April.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Zoo Instructor: Summer Safari (Seasonal)
The zoo is searching for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to serve as Instructors for our popular Summer Safari Day Camp. The successful candidate will have experience working with youth in a program setting; a desire to share the zoo and its animals with children; and a positive attitude. Licensed teachers or pre-service teachers preferred. Read a complete job description.

This is a seasonal position. The Instructor will teach up to eight weeks of camp, Mondays through Fridays, June 8–July 31, 8am–4pm, plus attend evening and weekend training classes in May and June.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Zoo Instructor: Camp Director (Seasonal)
The zoo is searching for an organized and enthusiastic individual to serve as Camp Director for our popular Summer Safari Day Camp. The successful candidate will have experience working with youth in a program setting; a desire to share the zoo and its animals with children; and experience overseeing a peer group. Licensed teachers or pre-service teachers preferred. Read a complete job description.

This is a seasonal position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week for a 9-week period during June – August, including some evenings and weekends, plus possible training classes in May and June.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Z-TEAM Teen Volunteer Supervisor (Seasonal)
The zoo is searching for an energetic individual to oversee the daily activities of Z-TEAM teen volunteers age 13-17 during the zoo summer season. This position provides supervision, instruction, fosters growth and leadership, contributes to positive guest experiences, and performs other duties as required. The successful candidate will have strong organizational, communication, and detail-oriented skills and experience working with teens in an educational setting. Licensed teachers or pre-service teachers preferred, but individuals with comparable experience will be considered. Read the complete job description.

This is a seasonal position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week for a 9-week period during June – August, including some evenings and weekends, plus possible training classes in May and June.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Education Weekend Supervisor (Seasonal)
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is searching for an energetic and dependable individual to serve as Education Weekend Supervisor. The Education Weekend Supervisor provides support to the education department by overseeing the daily activities of instructors and volunteers on weekends during the zoo season. The individual supervises the adult volunteers, teen volunteers, and part-time staff on the weekends, assisting with check in, providing general supervisory support, monitoring activities, providing guest service, and problem-solving as needed. A high school diploma and valid driver’s license are required. Previous supervisory experience or administrative experience is preferred. Excellent communication skills are required, as is the ability to work with minimal supervision. Read a complete job description.

The Education Weekend Supervisor works Saturdays and Sundays during the zoo season (April 25 – October 11, 2015).

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Group Sales Manager (Full-Time)
The zoo is announcing the creation of a Group Sales Manager position in the Guest Service Department. The Group Sales Manager seeks and develops relationships with local companies, groups, and organizations to grow the group sales business. The manager will aggressively pursue prospects through outbound telemarketing, personal appointments, and onsite FAM tours. Secondary responsibilities include meeting a personal sales quota through developing long-term business by prospecting and selling to recognized larger and strategic group sales accounts. The Group Sales Manager works closely with fellow department staff as well as other zoo and food service staff to successfully fulfill sales as needed. The Group Sales Manager works with Zoo Management to insure products sold and price points are attractive and in line with the market offerings. Read the complete job description.

This is a full-time, exempt position requiring at least 40 hours per week year-round (including occasional work on weekends and holidays).

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6

Zoo Keeper: Indonesian Rain Forest (Full-Time)
Applications are being accepted for a full-time primate keeper for the Indonesian Rain Forest. This position is responsible for the daily husbandry of a variety of primate species. Applicants should enjoy working with others and possess strong communication and organizational skills. Previous primate experience and customer service experience are preferred. Read the complete job description.

This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round (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, Monday-Friday; or email to employment@kidszoo.org.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Zoo Keeper: African Journey (Full-Time)
Applications are being accepted for a full-time keeper working with primates and small carnivores in the African Journey. This position is responsible for the daily husbandry of a variety of primates for half of the week and responsible for the daily husbandry of a variety of small carnivores the other half of the week.  Applicants should possess strong communication, organizational, and team-orientated skills. Previous animal care and customer service experience are preferred. Read the complete job description.

This is a full-time position requiring availability for a 40-hour work week year-round (including weekends and holidays).

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Zoo Keeper: African Journey (Part-Time)
Applications are being accepted for a part-time zoo keeper to work with the giraffe herd. Primary responsibilities include, but not limited to: the daily husbandry and operant conditioning of the giraffe herd. As this position also requires assisting at the giraffe feeding platform during the zoo season (April through October), applicants need to be outgoing and comfortable interacting with large groups. Interested applicants must be willing to perform physical labor and possess a strong team work ethic. Hoofstock experience and/or operant conditioning experience are preferred. Read a complete job description.

This is a part-time position requiring availability for a 28-hour work week year-round (including weekends and holidays).

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

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13

Zoo Instructor (Part-Time)
The zoo is searching for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to lead educational programs for the zoo both on-site and off-grounds. The successful candidate will have experience working with youth in a program setting; a desire to share the zoo and its animals with children; and a positive attitude. Teaching experience and previous work in a zoological setting are preferred. Read a complete job description.

This is a part-time, year-round position. The Instructor will hold a highly flexible schedule, including weekends and some evenings, with availability of 2-5 days per week, depending on the season.

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 22

Summer Job Fair

Saturday, March 14
9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Franke Park Pavilion #1

Join the zoo team this season! 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 2015.

We’re hiring for three summer positions:  Zoo Assistant, Gift Shop Sales Associate, and Food Service Associate.  All openings are temporary summer positions, ranging from 15 to 40 hours per week between mid-April and mid-October. Read the job descriptions below to learn more. Download the application(s) for the job(s) you wish to apply for. Print the applications, fill them out, and bring them with you to the Zoo Summer Job Fair on March 14. You may apply for one, two, or all three opportunities. Interviews will be held during the job fair as time and capacity allow.

Note: Please complete the correct application(s) for the position(s) you are applying for, as Zoo and Service Systems Associates application forms are different.

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-October15 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.