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Employment Opportunities

 We are not hiring at this time.


A few quick things to ask yourself before applying

  • Do you have reliable means of transportation & communication?

  • Our animals and visitors depend on you. Are you able to arrive to work on time?

  • Do you have good customer service skills?

  • Are you self-motivated and have a great work ethic?

Join our team and enjoy these perks while employed!

  • Free admission to the park

  • Anytime you visit one friend or family member gets free admission.

  • 20% of Gift Shop Merchandise

  • 5 free day passes to give to family & friends (after 30 days of employment)


Safari Team Member (Seasonal, Full, and Part Time)  We are not hiring at this time


  • Assist with all aspects of day-to-day zoo operations.  

    • Actively engaging with the Zoo’s visitors, while making sure guests are following zoo rules and protocols during park open hours.

    • Rule enforcement is a vital part in keeping our animals, staff, and visitors safe.

    • Cleaning Duties may include but are not limited:

      •  Animal pens and public areas

      • Cleaning restrooms and visitor areas

      • Gift Shop, enclosed areas, off exhibit areas, etc.

    • Entry level animal care which may include:

      • Feeding

      • Watering

      • Enclosure maintenance

    • Assisting with lawn and zoo ground maintenance

    • Assisting with gift shop/ admission operations


  • Must be at least 16 years old to apply, no exceptions.

  • Full-Time Candidates: Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, and holidays throughout entire season.

  • Part-Time Candidates (which includes High School & College Student Applicants): High school applicants need be able to work weekends and holidays. Part-Time candidates are expected to be available during open hours on days they desire to work.

  • All successful candidates for this position may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

  • Must have reliable transportation and communication

  • Working experience with animals and/or prior customer service experience is preferred, but not required.  

  • Excellent communication skills!

  • Must be able to work outside in all environments throughout the season (cold, heat, rain, and various air quality conditions).

  • Physical requirements:

    •  Job requires you to be on your feet and moving for long periods of time throughout most of the day.

    • Able to lift 50 lbs and perform tasks such as pushing and dumping loaded wheelbarrows.

  • If you have any experience in lawn care or cash register experience, please let us know on your application.

  • For full time Safari Team Members there are possibilities of career advancement within Big Joel’s Safari. Opportunities to work in specialized aspects of the park (for example animal care) and year-round employment will be based on job performance and work ethic after an extended period of employment.


Safari Ambassador (Seasonal & Part Time) Not available at this time.


  • Assisting and supervising zoo guests.

    • We need our ambassadors to actively engage our customers! We want customers to learn and have a fun time while following our park rules and protocols.

    • Rule enforcement is a vital part in keeping our animals, staff, and visitors safe.

    • Provide customers with basic park information such as to where park exhibits & features are. You will be taught animal facts about our animal residents, park history, park operations, and more you can share with guests.

    • Ambassadors especially play an important role for our younger field trip visitors.

  • Light duty park maintenance during open hours, no heavy lifting required.

    •  An example of light duty maintenance would be picking up litter dropped by guests in your section throughout the day.


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Prior experience in customer service or educational field preferred. This position is great for retirees from all backgrounds. Especially those who have always wanted to be in the animal career field, but never had the opportunity before.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this position and must be available to work mainly weekdays throughout the entire season during open hours. Applicants available for summer only will NOT be considered for this position.

  • Excellent customer service skills!

  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Must be able to work outside in all environments (cold, heat, rain, and various air quality conditions), except in extreme weather conditions of course! Big Joel’s Safari is mainly an outdoor attraction.

​​How to apply for a position?

First:       Click on the Microsoft Word document to the right to download our job application.

               Please fill out the application form completely







Second: Send us an e-mail to with "Big Joel Safari Hire"

               in the subject line. Please attach your Big Joel's Safari Job Application, Resume,

               and a cover letter to this email as an attachment.

Please use Microsoft Word for job applications, resume, and cover letters or we will not be able to view them.

Third:     You will get "Application Received" email back within 24 hours of sending us your application. Be aware that you may get an email back saying your e-mail was rejected or our email is full.  We are having a problem with our system, but do not worry we are still receiving emails and are working to find the problem.

Please follow our application process correctly, if not we will not accept or follow up on your application.

We will not respond to applications sent via social media such as Facebook.

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