Employment Opportunities

All 2019 positions have been filled.  Please check back in 2020.

If you are looking for a unique employment opportunity that requires a lot of hard work but offers a whole lot of fun and the chance to work on a great team.  We are looking for energetic, responsible, and service oriented applicants. 


Safari Ambassador (Full and Part Time)
Position is seasonal.


Responsibilities: Assisting and supervising zoo guests with light duty zoo maintenance. Duties include serving the public with basic information, directions, and park history, helping ensure all zoo visitors follow park rules and protocol, helping with special events and new exhibit areas, and light cleaning & zoo maintenance detail. Ambassadors will play an important in educating and guiding field trip groups and supervising certain areas of the park.
 

Qualifications: Prior experience in the customer service or the educational field preferred. Must have great attention to detail and be able to relay new information quickly. Must be able to work weekdays, with some weekends, holidays, & special events. Must have high school diploma or equivalent, reliable transportation to work, reliable means of communication, & must be 18 years of age to apply for this position.

Lead Safari Team Member (Full Time)
Position is a year round full time position


Responsibilities: Assist with all aspects of day to day zoo operations.  Interact and supervise the Zoo’s visitors.  Duties may include but are not limited to cleaning animal pens and areas, feeding and watering, organizing the feed and barn areas, assisting with the preparation work, cleaning restrooms and sanitization areas, stocking supplies and gift shop, lawn and ground maintenance, working on minor maintenance projects, working a cash register, handling animals, and assisting the Supervisor on other tasks as assigned. Lead Safari Team Members primary duties include animal diet preparations, feeding, intermediate level animal species enclosure maintenance, animal handling and training, and high priority tasks.
 

Qualifications: Working experience with animals and animal handling preferred, but not necessary. Prior customer service experience is preferred.  Must be able to take direction and work independently when applicable.  Must have flexible work hours. Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, some nights, and holidays.  Must have the physical ability to work on your feet and be able to walk the Zoo grounds for several hours at a time.  Must be able to handle outdoor weather extremes in all seasons. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. All candidates must be 18 years of age, have a High School Diploma or equivalent, have reliable transportation to work, and reliable means of communication.
Wage: $10-12.00 hour (depending on experience) 

Safari Team Member
Full Time & Part Time Seasonal Position


Responsibilities: Assist with all aspects of day to day zoo operations.  Interact with the Zoo’s visitors.  Duties may include but are not limited to cleaning animal pens and areas, feeding and watering, organizing the feed and barn areas, assisting with the preparation work, cleaning restrooms and sanitizing areas, stocking supplies and gift shop, lawn and ground maintenance, working on minor maintenance projects, working a cash register, handling animals, entry level animal species enclosure maintenance, and assisting Lead Safari Team Members and/ or Supervisors on other tasks as assigned.  


Qualifications: Working experience with animals preferred, but not needed. Prior customer service experience is preferred.  Must be able to take direction and work independently when applicable.  Must have flexible work hours. Must have the physical ability to work on your feet and be able to walk the Zoo grounds for several hours at a time.  Must be able to handle extreme outdoor temperature extremes in all seasons. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.  
 

Additional Information

Full-Time Candidates: Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, some nights, and holidays.  All Safari Team Members that are 18 years old have the potential to move up to Lead Safari Team Member.


Part-Time Candidates: High school and college students work schedules include weekends and holidays in the spring & fall. Weekends, weekdays, some nights, and holidays in the summer.


All successful candidates for this position may be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. All candidates must be 16 years of age, have reliable transportation to work, and reliable means of communication.
 
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Hours

Monday

see below

Tuesday

closed

Wednesday

closed

Thursday

9 am - 5 pm

Friday

9 am - 5 pm

Saturday

9 am - 5 pm

Sunday

11 am - 5 pm

Open 9am - 5pm ​on Mondays from Memorial Day thru Labor Day in addition to regular days and hours of operation

Admission

Admission

$8 per person ages 2 to adult

children under 2 are free

Single person season pass $35*

3 person season pass $95*

4 person season pass $130*

Additional season passes can be added to the four pack for $30* each.

* plus taxes

Contact & Location

636-745-3031

bigjoelsafari@bigjoelsafari.com

13187 State Hwy M
Wright City, MO 63390

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