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Big Joel’s Safari Petting Zoo & Educational Park is Hiring for the 2022 Season! Our regular season runs from April 9th thru November 20th and continues from November 25th thru December 30th with Big Joel’s Winter Wonderland before closing for the winter season. Come join our team for our 10th season open! 

 

A few quick things to ask yourself before applying

  • Do you have reliable transportation and means of 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?

  • Can you unplug? Meaning can you function without your cell phone during the workday.

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

  • Employee appreciation events throughout the season

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

 

Safari Ambassador (Seasonal Full & Part Time, Multiple Positions Available)

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

  • 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) as Big Joel’s Safari is mainly an outdoor attraction.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this position and available to work throughout the entire season. Those available for summer only need not apply for position.

Safari Team Member (Seasonal Full and Part Time, Multiple Positions Available)

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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 during the spring & fall season. Then all potential student employees need to be able work weekdays, weekends, and holidays after school ends for the summer. 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.

 

Animal Care Position (Full-Time, One Position Available)

Responsibilities:

  • A large majority of this position is animal care and husbandry. However, all Employees at our facility are expected to assist in all aspects of day-to-day zoo operations when needed.

    • 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.

    • Assisting with lawn and zoo ground maintenance

  • Animal Care & Husbandry

    • Feeding of the animals, including diet preparation.

    • Delivering food, haybales, bedding, and animal supplies to buildings.

    • Behavior observation and health assessments of the animals

    • Enclosure maintenance

    • Providing animal enrichment for the animals

    • Cleaning & assisting with the upkeep of the facility.

    • Interacting with the public such as Keeper talks and assisting with VIP animal encounters

    • Be able to be comfortable and willing to work with all animal species including animal prey items

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years or older and have a valid driver’s license to apply.

  • Experience working with Livestock & Hoof stock required  such as bovine species, cervid species, and other ungulates.

  • Excellent communication, time management, and attention to detail.

  • Must be able to care for animals outside year-round in all seasons (cold, heat, rain, snow, and various air quality conditions).

  • Physical Labor:

    •  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., easily handle haybales, and perform tasks such as pushing/dumping loaded wheelbarrows.

  • Available to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays

  • 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.

  • Must be able to comfortably operate machines such as golf carts, utility vehicles (UTV’s), and trucks daily. Operating heavy equipment such as tractors, skid loader, & etc is not required, but applicants must possess a willingness to learn.

 

 

 

 

 

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 bigjoelsafari@bigjoelsafari.com 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 still                           are 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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