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Zoo Job Fair

Saturday, March 9, 2024

9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.*

*upon completing the pre-registration below

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is hiring for the 2024 season!

The Zoo opens for the season in April and we are searching for friendly and outgoing individuals to join our team! Opportunities are available with the Zoo as well as with our onsite retail and concessions partner Service Systems Associates.

Together We Are Better

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is proud to be part of a vibrant and diverse community. We value our team members, volunteers, guests, and supporters. We welcome their unique perspectives and experiences. Our strengths lie in these differences. Together, we inspire people to care about nature and one another.

You belong here!

Every employee is an important part of the mission and success of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. As a member of our team, you’ll be a vital part of our mission to connect kids and animals, strengthen families, and inspire people to care.

Pre-Register AND Apply Online In Advance

FORT WAYNE CHILDREN’S ZOO: SEASONAL STAFF POSITIONS 

Register for the Zoo Job Fair HERE.

  • Seasonal or part-time positions, April through December
  • 15 to 40 hours per week
  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Education Interpreter: Education Interpreters enhances the guest experience at some of the zoo’s most popular exhibits by providing exciting information about the animals, insight into their care, and relevant conservation messaging. High school diploma or GED and experience in a zoo, museum, camp, or family attraction is preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Education Programs Counselor: Education Programs Counselors deliver hands-on educational programming through the discovery of animals, nature, conservation, and more during the zoo’s popular Kids for Nature Summer Camp or Teens for Nature Leadership programs. Education Programs Counselors provide support and supervision to program participants while contributing to positive guest experiences. High school diploma or GED is required. One to two years of experience teaching or program planning is preferred. 40-hour per week availability is required, weekdays June through July. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Guest Services Associate: Guest Services Associates welcome guests into the zoo by performing admission, membership, and other point of sale transactions at the zoo entrance. High school diploma, cash handling experience, and previous retail experience are preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Horticulture Associate: Horticulture Associates performs work necessary to provide a clean, vibrant, and healthy landscaped environment for zoo guests to enjoy. High school diploma or GED is required. Must be at least 18 years of age. Click here for a full job descriptionApply here.

Operations Associate: Operations Associates provide guests safe and memorable experiences by operating and assisting at zoo rides, as well as ensuring a safe and clean environment by performing housekeeping and cleaning duties throughout the zoo. Previous guest service, hospitality, or retail experience is preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Operations Associate: Bamboo Forest: Bamboo Forest Operations Associates provide guests safe and memorable experiences by focusing on harnessing and general course safety as guests climb, swing, and balance high above the zoo in our two story ropes course. Previous guest service, hospitality, or retail experience is preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Operations Associate: Facepainting: Facepainting Operations Associates provide guests safe and memorable experiences by assisting at the facepainting experience. Previous guest service, hospitality, or retail experience is preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Operations Shift Lead: Operations Shift Leads assist the leadership team with day-to-day operations; assists with ride operations, janitorial operations, and other daily operations; and performs Operations Associate duties and supports team members as needed. One year of guest service, hospitality, or retail experience is required. High school diploma or GED is preferred. Click here for a full job description. Apply here.

Security Ranger: Security Ranger performs multiple duties throughout the zoo including perimeter and gate checks, clearing the zoo of daytime guests, monitoring zoo grounds during and after hours, and preserving the safety of guests, animals, and property. One year of previous security, guest service, loss prevention, or hospitality experience and high school diploma or GED are required. CPR/AED certification and EMT experience is preferred. Must be at least 18 years of age. Click here for full job description. Apply here.

SERVICE SYSTEMS ASSOCIATES: SEASONAL STAFF POSITIONS

Food Service Associate: Food Service Associates help concession stands, carts, and picnics deliver quality food and beverages for Zoo guests during their visit. Apply here. 

Gift Shop Sales Associate: Gift Shop Sales Associates welcome and assist guests during their visits to the Wild Things Gift Shop, stroller rental, and retail locations inside the Zoo. Apply here. 

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Pre-Registration And Apply Online In Advance

  • Pre-Registration spaces will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as capacity allows.
  • Pre-Registration is required to attend and interview at the Job Fair. Register HERE

If you are unable to participate on March 9, applications will also be accepted prior to and following the Job Fair via our website. If you need assistance completing your registration online, please call the Zoo at 260-427-6800.

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Perks for Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Employees

Team Member Perks

    • One free meal during each of your workdays in the zoo season
    • 50% discount on other zoo concessions during your workdays in the zoo season
    • Free fountain drink refills during your workdays in the zoo season
    • Guest service and job-specific training
    • Learning and development opportunities
    • Recognition and appreciation events and programs
    • Individual Staff Membership
    • One single day digital guest admission pass redeemable during each visit
    • Free ride wristband for you and one accompanying guest redeemable during each visit
    • Select discounts on guest event admission
    • 20% discount on zoo gift shop purchases
    • 50% discount on Kids for Nature campers in your immediate family

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.

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