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!

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: $12.86 - $15, DOE No Benefits

START DATE: 35 hours of mandatory planning/training June 6-10; position begins June 12 and runs through August 11, 2017.

END DATE: August 11, 2017

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 2017, we have seven open positions working with our campers in grades PreK-5th. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades PreK-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.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credentials desirable, high school diploma required.)
  • Experience working with children in an educational setting required
  • 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 children
  • 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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required 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:
Open until filled


SEASONAL WILD SURVIVOR 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: $12.86-15.50/hour, DOE

START DATE: June 12, 2017

END DATE: August 11, 2017

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 tweens/preteens and the outdoors. Prior experience working with middle school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Personal experience hiking, camping, backpacking, and with wilderness survival skills is especially desirable. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is also a plus. For summer 2017, we have one open position working with our Wild Survivor program. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades 6th-8th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-12 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to survival skills such as water collection, fire building, shelter building, plant identification and orienteering.
  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. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.
  6. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desireable, high school diploma required.)
  • Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting required
  • 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
  • Excellent 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 50 pounds
  • 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 camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Experience working with middle school students 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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required 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: Application should be emailed to llow@oaklandzoo.org address posted

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


GONDOLA MAINTENANCE/ELECTRICIAN
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Regular Full-time

DAYS/HOURS:

SALARY: DOE

START DATE: As soon as possible

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Performs inspections, testing, maintenance, and repair of Lifts, carnival rides, buildings, exhibits, vehicles, and equipment while demonstrating safe operating proceedures.
  2. Assists Maintenance Staff with general troubleshooting, repair, replacement, and installation of mechanical parts that may include establishing vendors and contractors, ordering, and project management.
  3. Routinely demonstrates superior internal and external customer service.
  4. Supports the Zoo's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, safety procedures, and codes of behavior.
  5. Performs additional duties as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Ability to read, write, and clearly communicate in English
  • Possess an active Class C California Driver's License with a clean driving record
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing75 lbs.
  • Availability to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Possess training and skills in the safe use of power tools and equipment associated with mechanical and electrical trades.
  • Ability to interpret blueprints and schematics.
  • Ability to bend, twist, stand, kneel, sit, walk, and stoop in foul weather, excessive dust and dirt.
  • Must not have a fear of heights.
  • Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and repair computerized electrical systems
  • Familiarity with operational safety inspection
  • Recognition, identification, and correction of unsafe operating conditions
  • Proficient in shock prevention, lift emergency procedures/rescue and evacuation
  • Measurement and inspection of haul ropes, track ropes, and counterweight cables
  • Proficient in complex/high tension rigging, block reeving, heavy lifting scenarios, as well as stand-by and evacuation motors
  • Completion of maintenance logs and records
  • Understanding of lift physics
  • Responding to state inspections and service bulletins
  • Adhering to Electrical Code and Tramway Board requirements
  • Design and fabrication of parts
  • Familiarity with AC and DC Drives/Motors up to 1,000 H P and PLC Control Systems
  • Configuration of PMD Display Unit program upload and testing
  • Familiarity with drive functions and settings
  • Bull Wheel bearing replacement
  • Installation. of mechanical upgrades and performance of major repairs on phone systems, communication lines, diesel engines, transformers, heating, lighting, 480V 3 Phase Power Distribution Systems, and 3 Phase generators
  • Proficient in time dependent repairs, tower alignment, brake and terminal adjustment, drive interface wiring replacement, and carrier/grip work
  • Troubleshooting Pilz System, low voltage hydraulic mechanical systems, lift and aux controls
  • Demonstrating dynamic and acceptance test
  • Performing advanced rigging and conduit bending, DC Analog and Digital Drive testing
  • Programming, maintaining, and upgrading touch screens
  • Installation of remote monitoring devices

MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

  • Must have at least a High School Diploma or GED equivalent and Trade School Certification(s) that include welding
  • Applications of Word, Excel, and Macola Processes
  • Be over 21 years of age

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Possess at least 2 years of related experience
  • Lock-out/Tag-out Procedures
  • Comprehensive understanding of ANSI B77 Codes
  • Radio Protocol
  • MSDS Training
  • Confined Space Training
  • Hazardous Material handling, storage, and disposal
  • Spill Prevention control and countermeasures
  • Fall Protection and High Angle Rescue methods
  • Rigging/Signals Training
  • Extreme heat and open flame safety

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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required 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 randy@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 Until Filled


Horticulturist
 

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Regular Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Varies

SALARY: DOE

START DATE: As Soon As Possible

CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY:
Installs, monitors, and maintains plants, trees, and shrubs located primarily within the Zoo and around the Lower Park Creek. 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. Participate in the removal of invasive plant species.
  2. Collect data for annual reports to City and State agencies for the CA Trail project

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • 2 years of minimum study of plant identification-botanical names and design uses
  • Minimum study or practical experience of repair and installation of drip and lawn spray irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of pruning plant material
  • Skills in safe use of landscape maintenance equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of plants including identification, proper placement, maintenance, and irrigation.
  • 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.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • A valid Class C Drivers License.
  • 1 to 2 years of experience working in landscaping or horticultural work
  • 1 year of experience in Planning and implementing of habitat revegetation work.
  • Experience of pruning plant material

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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required 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 randy@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 until filled


SEASONAL ZOOART 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: $12.86-15.50/hour, DOE

START DATE: June 12, 2017

END DATE: August 11, 2017

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 tweens/preteens and art. Prior experience working with middle school students in day camp or childcare settings is required. Personal experience drawing, painting, sculpting, or other art skills is especially desirable. Formal training in biology, zoology, ecology, or environmental science is also a plus. For summer 2017, we have one open position working with our ZooArt program. To learn more about ZooCamp, please visit our ZooCamp page.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Teach a small group of campers grades 6th-8th under the supervision of the ZooCamp Director. In this capacity, be the primary care-giver and supervisor for a group of 10-12 children each week.
  2. Utilize the zoo and the beautiful surrounding park and creek to introduce campers to survival skills such as water collection, fire building, shelter building, plant identification and orienteering.
  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. Mentor Teen Assistant volunteers in the skills required to work successfully with young children.
  6. Be a supportive team member by sharing ideas, assisting others, and participating in weekly staff meetings.
  7. Follow Department Operating Principals and ZooCamp Protocols.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • Background in biology/zoology/environmental studies/related field or education (teaching credential desireable, high school diploma required.)
  • Experience working with middle school students in an educational setting required
  • Zoo/nature center/museum/camp interpretive experience preferred
  • Ability to relate with warmth and enthusiasm to preteens
  • Experience in creative 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
  • Excellent 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 50 pounds
  • 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 camping, backpacking, or other outdoor activities preferred
  • Experience working with middle school students 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 an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel for this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be required 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: Application should be emailed to llow@oaklandzoo.org address posted

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


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