Job Openings and Employment Opportunities at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo is always looking to add to our team of dedicated and hardworking employees.

A great place to work, we are strongly committed to being a workplace free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. There are a variety of employment opportunities and job openings throughout the year. Whether you like to work with animals or people; indoors or outdoors... there's something for everyone!

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Actual days and hours may vary, but will include weekends and holidays.

SALARY: DOE

START DATE: ASAP

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
Performs routine, intermediate and advanced, maintenance and repairs. This position may be extended into regular full-time in future, but currently is running as a temporary position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Performs routine, intermediate and some advanced construction, maintenance and repair of Zoo structures, vehicles, equipment, and irrigation.
  2. Assists Maintenance Staff with other basic tasks (e.g. inspecting devices and minor repairs, assist with construction or general maintenance and upkeep of exhibits or similar projects, change fixtures, etcetera)
  3. Performs other duties as requested
  4. Demonstrates superior customer service with both internal (i.e. co-workers) and external (vendors, park visitors, contractors, etc) guests
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Must be able/willing to read and comprehend manuals, directions, and be able to order parts for the job at hand, as required.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, be a self-starter and work with little or no supervision.
  • Must possess skills in the safe use of tools and equipment associated with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and welding trades; ability to operate powered equipment normally found in maintenance operations.
  • Basic knowledge/skill/ability needed in maintenance projects/work.
  • Basic knowledge of general construction practices.
  • Ability to work effectively with little or no direct supervision.
  • Active CA Driver's License with clear DMV record (ability to obtain authorization to drive from Zoo's insurance carrier).
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing 75 lbs or more.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, sometimes in or around excessive dust or dirt.
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High school diploma or GED (or greater), due to the need to read and interpret complex instructions and manuals.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • At least two years of formal maintenance experience.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to bob@oaklandzoo.org and cc: dan@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • 2 professional references

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open until filled


GROUNDSKEEPER
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Regular Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Sun through Thurs, 7:30a - 4:00p; 40 hours per week

SALARY: DOE

START DATE: ASAP

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
Maintains the Zoo Grounds and Rental Facilities. Upholds the mission and values established the East Bay Zoological Society (the "Zoo") and adheres to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Maintains plants, shrubs, trees, lawns, parking areas, and public pathways.
  2. Responsible for weed abatement, and trash pick-up.
  3. Sets up for Zoo special events; also prepares and sets up for parties/meetings in rental facilities.
  4. Operates small power tools.
  5. Demonstrates superior customer service with both internal (i.e. co-workers) and external (vendors, park visitors, contractors, etc) guests
  6. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Must be able/willing to read and comprehend manuals, directions, and be able to order parts for the job at hand, as required.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, be a self-starter and work with little or no supervision; follow simple instructions.
  • Must possess skills in the safe use of tools and equipment associated with landscaping and grounds.
  • Good driving skills and clean DMV record/valid Class C Driver's License (must be cleared to operate Zoo vehicles).
  • Active CA Driver's License with clear DMV record (ability to obtain authorization to drive from Zoo's insurance carrier).
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing 75 lbs or more.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, sometimes in or around excessive dust or dirt.
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High school diploma or GED (or greater), due to the need to read and interpret complex instructions and manuals.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • No formal experience required, but previous Grounds and landscaping experience preferred.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to mlacombe@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • Professional references preferred

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open until vacancy filled


JANITOR
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Actual days may vary, but generally will be Wed through Sun (9:00a - 5:30p); 40 hours per week

SALARY: $12.00/hour

START DATE: ASAP

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
Under the direct supervision of the Janitorial Manager, the Janitor performs all necessary janitorial duties as required. The Janitor performs these duties at one or more designated areas. Upholds the mission and values established the East Bay Zoological Society (the "Zoo") and adheres to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. General office maintenance, including, but not limited to: trash removal; dusting; cleaning and re-stocking supplies in restrooms, break-rooms; sweeping and mopping floors; vacuuming; window washing; buffing floors; stripping and waxing floors; carpet cleaning.
  2. Utility work as directed by supervisor including, but not limited to moving furniture, assisting in loading, unloading and distribution of supplies, servicing of lobbies and high public use areas, servicing complaints and performing special cleaning.
  3. Ensure daily cleaning assignments are completed and that routine checks are conducted/completed to maintain cleanliness throughout Zoo.
  4. Monitor and help maintain supplies and equipment inventory as directed; keep janitor closets clean and orderly.
  5. Complete and submit accurate time/log sheets; work adjusted schedules and/or overtime as required.
  6. Maintain a safe working environment and report any unsafe conditions to supervisor. Report accidents, and any out-of-order equipment in the buildings (e.g., leaking or broken fixtures) to supervisor and/or Maintenance Dept.
  7. Read and follow label instructions on chemicals/cleaning materials, follow proper operating instructions for powered equipment, and wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  8. Operate powered equipment typically used in janitorial operations; performing simple preventive maintenance on equipment as needed or directed.
  9. Drive Zoo carts (and other Zoo vehicles as directed).
  10. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.
  11. Demonstrates superior customer service with both internal (i.e. co-workers) and external (vendors, park visitors, contractors, etc) guests
  12. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Ability to operate powered equipment normally found in janitorial operations
  • Ability to organize work, prioritize and follow schedules and instructions.
  • Ability to work around and positively interact with the public.
  • Ability to work effectively with little or no direct supervision, and alternately as a member of a team.
  • Active CA Driver's License with clear DMV record (ability to obtain authorization to drive from Zoo's insurance carrier).
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing 50 lbs or more.
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High school diploma or GED (or greater), due to the need to read and interpret complex instructions and manuals.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • At least one years of formal janitorial experience.
  • Knowledge of total hard floor care, carpet care and general office maintenance preferred
  • Must be 18 years or older.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to pepper@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • 2 professional references

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

  • Pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etcetera, back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open until vacancy filled


SEASONAL ZOOCAMP INSTRUCTOR
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: 8:15 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. This is a day camp program without overnight activities.

SALARY: $12.25 - $15, DOE

START DATE: 35 hours of mandatory planning/training June 8-13; position begins June 15 and runs through August 14, 2015.

END DATE: August 14, 2015

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
ZooCamp is a summer day camp program run by the Education Department at Oakland Zoo. Each session is one week long and programs repeat multiple times each summer. The ideal candidate for this position has a love for young children and animals. Prior experience working with elementary school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is especially desirable. For summer 2015, we have six open positions working with our campers in grades 1st-5th. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades 1st-5th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-15 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to animals and nature through science projects, art, games, exploration and observation.
  3. Implement programs that are imaginative, fun, hands-on, and centered on animals and ecology (based on the given theme).
  4. Leave campers with a greater sense of ecological wonder, connection, respect and stewardship.
  5. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  6. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.
  8. Handle small animals (reptiles, mammals, invertebrates) while giving educational presentations to small groups of campers.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education
  • Experience working with children in an educational setting
  • Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  • Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens
  • Experience camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Training in wilderness survival skills preferred
  • Ability to manage participant behavior and the social environment within a small group of preteen participants
  • Ability to maintain a safe environment
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and think on your feet
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Dependability and promptness
  • Ability to walk the zoo grounds and be outside for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry more than 50 lbs
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)
  • Must provide recent TB screening results prior to employment
  • First Aid/CPR certification preferred

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High School diploma required, teaching credential(s) desirable.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Experience working with children in an educational setting

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to llow@oaklandzoo.org, along with:

  • PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to use "ZooCamp Instructor" in your subject line! (Failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party.)

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
March 1, 2015


Emergency Medical Technician
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Temporary Part-time

DAYS/HOURS: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday/Weekends are mandatory

SALARY:

START DATE: ASAP

END DATE: March 2015

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
Responds to radio calls and provides Basic First Aid / Life Support as needed. Upholds the mission and values established the East Bay Zoological Society (the "Zoo") and adheres to policies and procedures as set forth by the Zoo.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Responds to radio calls and provides assessment of on-view situations associated with injury or illness.
  2. Provides Basic First Aid / Life Support as needed while determining whether Advanced Life Support is necessary.
  3. Contacts or confirms contact is made with Fire / Ambulance whenever Advanced Life Support is required and provides those responding with information regarding the victim
  4. Maintains supplies in Facility First Aid and Disaster Kits.
  5. Monitors Fire Extinguisher readiness, certification, and placement.
  6. Assists in developing Disaster Preparedness Plans.
  7. Locates Lost Guests.
  8. Performs weekly tours of the Zoo / Park to document Safety Hazards.
  9. Recruits and trains new Volunteer E.M.T.'s.
  10. Professionally utilizes and exercises care for a hand held radio transceiver.
  11. Extends professional courtesy and assistance to the public and other employees while immediately reporting dishonest ones.
  12. Prevents, points out, and reports illegalities and policy violations. Assists with Internal Investigations.
  13. Provides access at Zoo Entrances whenever possible while greeting and thanking Guests.
  14. Completes Daily Activity Logs.
  15. Initiates and writes Accident/Incident/Hazard Reports and various other documentation required to protect Zoo assets and liability.
  16. Conducts vehicle and foot patrols relative to opening and locking gates, Robbery Prevention, Public Safety, and Building Security.
  17. Conducts vehicle and foot patrols relative to opening and locking gates, Robbery Prevention, Public Safety, and Building Security.
  18. Participates in Rental Facility Event Security (optional).
  19. Sets and responds to alarms.
  20. Conducts, reports and logs: Gift Shop and Food Stand / Restaurant Receipt Checks, cashier ticket audits, stop sign ticket checks, lost and found items, etcetera.
  21. Performs and logs Cashier Ticket Audits / Stop Sign Ticket Checks.
  22. Conducts Employee Personal Property Checks, Food Stand Walkthroughs, and Break Room / Warehouse Checks.
  23. Performs Revenue Escorts.
  24. May serves as or relieve the Main Gate guard; assists in the control of Parking and Traffic Flow (with support of the Grounds Dept.). Places and retrieves traffic cones, temporary signs, and barriers.
  25. Monitors and reports Zoo and Employee vehicle excessive speed violations and improper or careless use of Zoo Equipment.
  26. Maintains post and vehicle cleanliness; controls litter zoo-wide.
  27. Cones off and issues rules to users of Picnic / Party Areas; clears / closes Zoo, Rides Area, Picnic / Party Areas.
  28. Finds and re-unites lost children with their parents / guardians.
  29. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of behavior.
  30. Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Over 21 years of age.
  • State of California E.M.T. Certification.
  • Clear Police Record.
  • Must be able to problem solve and effectively read, write, and take directions in English.
  • Must agree to utilize a time clock / hand scan to document personnel arrival and departure times as well as lunch periods.
  • Must comply with a Dress Code that includes properly wearing a prescribed uniform and being neatly groomed.
  • Must have a current California Driver's License and maintain a good D.M.V. Driving Record (that satisfies the Zoo's Insurance Carrier).
  • Must be reliable, dependable, honest, courteous, and professional while ensuring confidentiality when necessary.
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays unless otherwise authorized.
  • Able to bend and twist, lift, stand, kneel, sit, walk, bend, stoop and speak regularly and for long periods of time (8 hour shifts)

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • High School Graduate or G.E.D. plus Certification referenced above.
  • Current State of California Security Guard Card preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Patient / Customer Service experience
  • Previous Security experience preferred.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to adavis@oaklandzoo.org

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website http://www.oaklandzoo.org (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:
Open untilled filled


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