Employment Opportunities

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, Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo & Educational is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2021 Season! As always, we are looking for energetic, responsible, and service oriented applicants. Whether this is your first job ever or if you are seeking an opportunity as a retirement job we may have the opportunity for you. Big Joel's Safari regular season is April 3rd thru November 21st, 2021. We are also open during the holiday season for Big Joel’s Winter Wonderland.

Safari Ambassador

Position is seasonal (April 3rd – November 21st) and possibly during Big Joel’s Winter Wonderland


  • Assisting and supervising zoo guests.

    • Duties include serving the public with basic information, directions, and park history, and helping ensure all zoo visitors follow park rules and protocol.

    • Ambassadors will play an important in educating and guiding field trip groups and supervising certain areas of the park.

  • Light duty cleaning and basic park maintenance.


  • 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 during the season. There may be opportunities for some weekends, holidays, or possible special events.

  • Must have high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this position.

  • Please note this is not a position for High School Applicants or college applicants.


Safari Team Member

Position is seasonal (April 3rd – November 21st) and possibly during Big Joel’s Winter Wonderland


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

    • Interacting with the Zoo’s visitors while making sure guests are following zoo rules and protocols.  

    • 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, entry level animal species enclosure maintenance, and assisting Lead Safari Team Members and/ or Supervisors on other tasks as assigned.  


  • Working experience with animals and prior customer service experience is preferred, but not needed.  

  • Must be able to take direction and work independently when applicable.

  • Must have flexible work hours. Holidays and weekends are required.

  • 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 are required to work weekends and holidays during the spring & fall.

    • During the summer season students are required to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays during the summer.

    • Preference will be given to individuals who can work throughout the entire season, not just summer.

  • 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 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 16 years of age.

    • There are no exceptions for those under the age of 16 and we do not except volunteers at our facility currently.

  • Must have reliable transportation to work.

  • Must have a reliable means of communication.

 ​How do you apply for a position?

First: Download our job application located to the right       Big Joel's Safari Job Application

         and fill out. Click on the icon

        (must provide two professional references)





Second: Please email the job application and provide a cover

               letter to bigjoelsafari@bigjoelsafari.com

               Use "Big Joel Safari Hire" in the Subject line of e-mail

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

Third: After submitting the following to us, you will be sent back an email stating we have                    received your application within 24-48 hours. We will be accepting applications for a                  few weeks and will contact you if we are interested in an interview.

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.


















  • Adults 13 & over   $10

  • Ages 2-12              $8   

  • Ages under 2         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



13187 State Hwy M
Wright City, MO 63390

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