Manager, Operations - Attractions

About the Position

The Manager, Operations – Attractions plays a vital role in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone who visits the attractions at the zoo. They oversee the daily operations of the Oakland Zoo Rides Area and the rides personnel associated with Gondola Transport to the California Trail. The Manager, Operations - Attractions has extensive knowledge of the operation of all amusement rides and works closely with maintenance in support of gondola transport operations. They ensure the safety of all visitors, answers guest questions and provide consistent, friendly, and helpful guest service.







Application Deadline:

Priority Application Deadline: 12/7/22


The Oakland Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package, including Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Flexible spending account, Retirement plan, Paid time off, Employee Assistance Program, and A Family Zoo Membership.


Essential Job Duties

·      Oversee management and performance of rides area and gondola transport, including hiring and staffing, appearance of area, managing special events within area, training of staff, and other managerial duties.

·      Ensure appropriate staff coverage of rides area and gondola transport during all operating hours.

·      Supervise, develop, train, and motivate assigned team members; maintain and enforce high standards of quality control, hygiene, health, and safety.

·      Monitor customer service/customer relations. Address, respond to and resolve customer needs, questions, and complaints.

·      Responsible for hiring, dismissal and performance evaluations for Attractions team members, providing coaching, support & development and elevating concerns to the Senior Manager, Operations when necessary.

Who You Are

·      Experience supervising a team of at least 10 staff

·      Demonstrated ability to navigate complex customer service situations

·      Able to instruct staff in and hold them accountable to policies and procedures

·      Able to learn to operate various rides and trouble-shoot problems with ride operation

·      Able to read, write and count accurately

·      Possess basic math and computer skills

·      Able to bend and twist, lift, stand, kneel, sit, walk, bend, stoop and speak regularly and for long periods of time (up to8-hour shifts or more)

·      Valid Driver’s License required for train operation

·      The Oakland Zoo requires full Covid vaccination (including up-to-date boosters)

Required Education

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities

May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

·      Communication – communicates respectfully and effectively with stakeholders across identities, both verbally and in writing

·      Collaboration – builds trusting relationships with both internal and external stakeholders across our organization and community-wide and approaches differences of opinion with curiosity and humility

·      Dependability – demonstrates trustworthiness and reliability, including while working with little or no direct supervision

·      Flexibility – nimbly adapts to evolving priorities and urgent needs; handles intervals of high pressure while maintaining perspective and humor

·      Inclusive Culture - fosters a culture of mutual respect, transparency, collaboration and belonging which allows all employees to feel appreciated, included, and valued

·      Organization – strong attention to details and able to build and/or maintain efficient systems

·      Passion – wholeheartedly believes in, represents, and models Oakland Zoo’s mission and PRIDE values at all times

·      Wildlife Aware - understands mission to support the conservation and welfare of animals at The Zoo, locally and globally. This is demonstrated by a willingness/passion to reflect this mission in all actions and to continue to learn how to take action for wildlife

·      Sustainability – oriented toward the mission and values of theOakland Zoo and able to put those into practice by finding creative and resourceful ways to develop sustainable practices within your role and department

Who We Are

The Oakland Zoo (managed by The Conservation Society of California) is an award-winning facility stretching 100 acres and overlooking the city of Oakland atop the hills of beautiful Knowland Park. Our mission is to inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world, while providing a quality visitor experience. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), The Zoo is part of the largest conservation organization in the nation. Our employees take PRIDE in our values of being Positive, Respectful, Inquisitive, Driven and Effective members of a team who places the care of our animals, stewardship of the natural environment, and the experience of our guests at the forefront of all that we do.

Oakland Zoo’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

We believe that all people should have safe access to the Zoo and culturally relevant and responsive experiences with our staff, programs, and curriculum. The Oakland Zoo is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and valued for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement toward a vision of equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community in which we exist and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Conservation Society of California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status or other characteristics protected by law. The Conservation Society of California also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.