Employment

ANIMAL ADVENTURE APPLICATION PROCESS & INSTRUCTIONS

Animal Adventure is an equal opportunity employer and hires on a seasonal basis.
(May – End of October). Year-round positions possible.

Animal Adventure is committed to exceptional customer service. Applicants should be affable, energetic & motivated.

All positions require working weekends and holidays. Seasonal positions may or may not be full time. Schedules vary weekly and we cannot guarantee set hours and days at time of hiring.

Applications for review may or may not get a call/email for interview due to volume.

If you do not complete the application process correctly, you will not be considered.

Please be specific on which position(s) you are applying.

TO APPLY:

Email: [email protected]
Email Subject: Application – (Indicate Specific Position(s))
Body of Email
– Name & Contact Info
– Specific Position(s) applying for
– When will you be available for interview in person and/or Skype
– Day/Hours availability from April 15th – October 30th
– Vacation/Travel/Commitments May 1st – October 30th
– Feel free to include a cover letter in email body or as attachment

Resume as an attached document
– Contact information
– Education
– Prior work experience
– Specific skills pertinent to position
o If Animal Care – List species, and depth of work with each
– Three professional references

DEPARTMENT: ANIMAL CARE

Candidates must be experienced in animal care field
Hours vary by position/seasonality
Must be able to be physically active for long periods in extreme conditions
Lift 50 lbs, push or pull 100 lbs, stay on feet for long periods of time
Position requires extreme time/day flexibility for shifts

*POSITION: ANIMAL CARE – EXPERIENCED KEEPER

Must have prior zoo/animal park experience.
We are a growing facility, with an expanding collection.
Applicants to have prior experience with carnivores, primates, and/or Asian / African stock. In resume, list species worked with and responsibilities.

Seasonal Position; 30-40+ hours per week
Possible Seasonal Full Time
Possible Year Round Full Time

Position requires:

  • Intense physical labor
  • Attention to detail
  • High standard for cleanliness and care
  • Compassion & Patience
  • Sociable personality with eagerness to interact and educate guests
  • Knowledge of USDA regulations & standards

*POSITION: ANIMAL CARE – ENTRY LEVEL

Must be experienced in animal care / farming / equine / zoo / animal husbandry field.
In your resume, list species worked with and responsibilities for their care.

Position specific to care of children’s zoo, and non-dangerous hoof stock & small animals.

Seasonal Position; 20-30+ hours per week – Possible Seasonal Full Time

Position requires:

Intense physical labor
Attention to detail
High standard for cleanliness and care
Compassion & Patience
Sociable personality with eagerness to interact and educate guests

DEPARTMENT: FOOD SERVICE

– Hours vary, but may be all of; 8:30 am – 5 pm
– Must be able to lift 50 lbs, stand for long periods of time

*POSITION: CONCESSIONS & GRILL COOK

We offer a basic but enjoyable menu for guests. Set-up and menu comparable to that of a stadium, bowling alley, or school snack stand.

Base Camp Concessions & Safari Grill provide our guests full meal options and snack items. Position is specifically based around food prep and cook to order grill. Grill and flat top options include burgers, dogs, spiedies, grilled cheese, and more. 

This position may also cross train to assume other positions with Guest Services.

Seasonal Position: 20-40 Hours per week, Target Start April 20th

THIS POSITION REQUIRES:
  • Food preparation
  • Food/beverage/dry good stocking
  • Inventory control
  • Maintaining a clean work area, Health Department compliancy
  • Knowledge of food handling safety

Guest Service & Cashier experience a plus!

DEPARTMENT: GUEST SERVICES

Hours may vary, but may be all of 9 am – 6 pm
Must be able to lift 50lbs, stand for prolonged periods of time

Guest Services positions are the point of contact for inquisitive guests in the park, animal feed sales, ride/attraction ticket sales, and souvenir purchases. Considered a hub of information and services; individuals must be able to work fast paced, multi task, and maintain the highest level of guest service and satisfaction.

Position/location can rotate within the park per the day; Welcome Center, Gift Shop, Animal Feed & Fun, Train Station, Giraffe Encounters, Concession Registers

Seasonal Positions: 20-40 Hours per week, Park opens May 1st (training prior)

THIS POSITION REQUIRES:

  • Cashier experience
  • Inventory control
  • Stocking
  • Maintaining a clean work area
  • Superb communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Ingenuity
  • Able to lift 50lbs
  • Stand/remain on feet for long periods of time

DEPARTMENT: BUILDING & GROUNDS

This position is responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the park and facilities. Daily responsibilities will be trash removal, restroom care, landscape/mowing, basic labor, minor construction and repair, general park cleanliness and upkeep. Individuals must maintain a strong focus on attention to detail and job tasks while also being a source of general park knowledge for guests. This is not a behind the scenes position, you will work among the guests during the course of normal daily routine. Position will require individuals that are active and outgoing.

Seasonal Position: 20-40 hours per week, Target Start April 1st
Year-round Full Time Position: 40 hours per week, Immediate Opening 

THIS POSITION REQUIRES:

  • Physical labor in extreme weather conditions
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to adhere to and maintain Park Standards
  • Knowledge of mower and trimmer operation and maintenance
  • Knowledge of basic tool use and operation
  • Problem Solving
  • Ingenuity
  • Ability to remain on feet and remain active entire shift
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs

 


ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK INTERN PROGRAM 2020

Animal Adventure Park is a zoological facility that is mainly open for the summer months (May-September). Throughout this time during the year our park becomes a booming hub of action with guests visiting from all corners of the world. 

Animal Adventure Park prides itself on providing our guests with educational experiences through animal interactions. Through this policy, our guests are not merely visiting our facility, they become involved in our facility by being allowed the opportunity to remain up close and personal with out animal residents. 

This season Animal Adventure Park would like to extend our reach and provide educational experiences to students who have a deep interest in becoming zoo professionals. Our facility would like to open its doors to outstanding upcoming professionals that share in our passion for animals, as well as our passion for educating our guests.  

We would like to begin our season offering six openings for professional internships with four main rotations:

  • Education/Outreach: This rotation will encompass caring for our children’s zoo animals, as well as the education animals, which include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The intern in this area will have the opportunity to learn from our keeper staff not only how to care for these animals on a daily basis, but also be directly involved with educating our guests during offsite and onsite shows, as well as our up close animal encounters.  
  • Africa/Giraffe: This rotation would follow close with our main Giraffe keepers. Providing care for our two giraffe barns housing our 4 giraffes we have at the facility. This intern will also get to care for a variety of other African mammals that our giraffe keepers also care for.  
  • The Americas: This rotation will include carnivore species, hoof stock, birds and primate species throughout the park. If you are interested in becoming well rounded with a variety of species and if you love enrichment this is the place for you!

     

  • Asia and Australia: This rotation would include our macropods, in addition to several mammal species, and birds. Another opportunity to become well rounded with several different species. 

 Experience you can expect to gain while interning:

Learning safety procedures, diet preparation/nutrition, animal management, behavioral observation, enrichment techniques/implementation, record keeping, and assisting with exhibit maintenance.  

Interns will also be educated on proper delivery of formal and informal public presentations that keep guests interested, engaged, and intrigued by animals. Providing our guests with a deeper connection to the animals in the facility which allows for them to have more of an interest in their wild counterparts and conservation efforts. This will be a large part of your internships at our facility, being that guest experience and involvement is one of our top priorities. 

Each intern will be expected to perform daily keeper chats throughout the zoo during their internship. As well as make an approved enrichment item for an animal of their choosing. You will have the opportunity to work hands on with our keepers and side by side with management staff to learn training  and enrichment techniques, and many other “tricks of the trade.” 

Interns will be expected to maintain a safe environment for both animals and guests, maintain clean and sanitary work areas, and keeper spaces. 

Adhere to all Animal Adventure Park rules, policies, and procedures, and function as an integral team member of the department and park.

While on site for work each intern will approach guests in a confident and friendly manner while spreading the mission of Animal Adventure Park enriching their experience with knowledge of the park and our animals.  

REQUIREMENTS

  • Outgoing, approachable and positive attitude
  • Individuals must be 18 years of age or older
  • Working on (or completed) a degree in Bio, Zoology, or other wildlife related field
  • Public speaking or performance experience preferred
  • Must be able to lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds
  • Must be available to work 40 hours per week including weekends, and holidays
  • Must be able to work while exposed to outdoor weather conditions
  • Must be able to remain active and on their feet for long lengths of time. 

OTHER RELEVANT INFO

  • Candidates seeking academic credit must have arrangements agreed upon between AAP and their school before beginning the internship.
  • All offers are contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background screening and execution of a required hold harmless/liability release agreement, and confidentiality agreement.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance coverage for illness or injury.
  • At a minimum; Internships will begin June 1st, 2020 and end August 1st 2020. All candidates must commit to this schedule and be available to work a regular 40 hour work week including holidays and weekends. If a candidate would like to begin before June 1st, or stay past August 1st arrangements can be made. 

BENEFITS

Internships are unpaid and are designed to meet academic requirements, as applicable, and provide valuable real-world experience for participants.

Successful completion of an internship may also yield letters of recommendation upon request.
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All qualified applicants; please submit a resume and cover letter and a numbered list expressing which rotation they would be most interested in as well as a second and third choice. These will be reviewed by management and ownership for placement.  

Please have all resumes submitted to Animal Adventure Park Curator, Erin Lien, at [email protected], by February 15th, 2020.
If you are a candidate for our internship program you will be contacted for an interview.  

Thank You for taking an interest in joining our team. We look forward to working with you in our 2020 season!