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Full-Time

Last updated: January 11, 2019

Full-Time Web Developer

Responsible for development, management, and maintenance of The Toledo Zoo’s external and internal website(s). Creates an external web site experience that drives new and repeat attendance by attracting and engaging key audiences. Creates and maintains an internal web site/web applications to serve as a main resource and communication tool for Zoo staff. Responsible for overall facilitation & all aspects of the Zoo’s web sites (internet & intranet) including site development, architecture, functionality & maintenance. Will also build both front end and backend application code for internal use open source software. Design applications that excel in their design sensibility, user experience, and utility. May require evenings, weekends &/or holidays.
 

Bachelor's degree in Web Development/Design, Visual Communications Technology, or related field, with a minimum of two years previous experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary in designing, deploying, & maintaining an interactive web site & online content. Front-end and back-end development capabilities are a must. Responsive web design, HTML, CSS, Scripting, Content Management Systems such as WordPress. Confidently utilize server-side languages (such JavaScript) and back-end languages for databases (such as Node.js, Python, and PHP). Relational databases (such as RESTful API, MS SQL, NoSQL, Postgres) Proven ability to write clear and concisely documented code.

Adventure Course and Amusement Manager

The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is currently looking for an Adventure Course and Amusement Manager to lead and direct the overall operations of the Aerial Adventure Course, Zip Line, Amusement Rides and Special Projects and staff at the Toledo Zoo. 

 Adventure Course and Amusement Manager responsibilities include:

 

  • Lead, train and motivate teams for success while delivering the best possible guest experience
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the market and ensures organizational compliance with new regulations, new technologies and proper procedures
  • Researches and analyzes current trends
  • Assist Park Operations Manager during the colder seasons with the management of special events such as Lights Before Christmas
  • Interacts and communicates with zoo staff and personnel Bachelor's degree in business management, hospitality / tourism or other related study with at least two years’ experience in adventure tourism management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in ride operations management preferred. Prefer a minimum of 400 logged hours of ‘working at height’ with height rescue training. ACCT Practitioner Certification preferred. Current CPR, First Aid and AED Certification preferred or ability to obtain such certification within 6 months of employment. Must have a valid drivers’ license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. Aggressive compensation package, excellent vacation, bonus and holiday time, 403b plan with employer match and employee contribution, as well as other great benefits. 
    If interested submit a resume by the deadline Thursday, January 24th.

 

Full-Time Lead Keeper - Reptile

In addition to all the responsibilities and duties of the Zookeeper, under the direction of the Curatorial Staff, the Lead Keeper may perform the following functions. 

• Maintaining staff time records and time off requests
• Responsible for maintaining standards set by USDA APHIS as well as records and SOP’s
• Assist with department scheduling
• Delegating designated tasks to keepers 
• Monitoring staff performance and reporting performance or problems to department head
• Counseling animal care staff on minor job performance issues
• Scheduling tours
• Creating and tracking orders
• Other operational, husbandry, human resources and communications responsibilities as needed

Bachelor’s degree in related field, one to two years zookeeper experience with at least 2 years of venomous experience, experience with invertebrate husbandry and knowledge of APHIS regulations, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities preferred. Must possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. The Toledo Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, a drug and alcohol free workplace and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested applicants should apply and submit resume by January 24.

Full-Time Purchasing Assistant

The Toledo Zoo is currently seeking an enthusiastic, and self-reliant Purchasing Assistant. Under limited supervision, responsibilities are to obtain competitive pricing, look for new vendor opportunities, purchase goods and services recommended by purchasing manager and maintain supply of stock items to meet the zoo’s requisition needs. The Purchasing Assistant will prepare purchase requisitions for multiple departments following the purchasing policy requirements.

 Candidate must be computer literate with excellent data entry skills, including creating excel reports, outstanding phone etiquette, detail oriented, and able to work with internal and external customers. High school diploma required. Prefer previous experience in warehousing, food purchasing, stocking, inventory control, shipping and receiving, and other related areas, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. This position is a non-exempt salary position under the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires forty hours per scheduled work week. Interested applicants may apply by January 23rd.

Part-Time & Seasonal

*NOTE TO APPLICANTS:

PART-TIME

• Requires working flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
• May require working in all weather conditions, the ability to stand for extended periods and walk extensively on Zoo grounds.
• Can work up to 125 hours a month.

Seasonal

• Typically begin in the spring and end in the fall.
• Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
• May require working in all weather conditions, the ability to stand for extended periods and walk extensively on Zoo grounds.
• Can work up to 40 hours a week during their designated season.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, unless stated otherwise.

In some cases a resume may also be requested.

You can also pick up an application daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Zoo's Administration building at 2605 Broadway Street.

Last updated: January 4, 2019

Security Officer

(Part-time)

Effectively carry out safety and security policies that provide for protection of visitors, employees, animals and zoo assets. Duties will include but are not limited to monitoring and reporting on the following: air & water temperatures, water filtration systems, intruder/fire detection and camera surveillance equipment. Prefer candidates with law enforcement or fire science background and a minimum of one year experience.  Applicants must be available some holidays and weekends. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier.

Blanding’s Turtle Technician

(Seasonal)

Are you self-motivated with a positive attitude? The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is seeking dedicated Blanding’s Turtle Technicians. We are seeking seasonal field technicians 4/01-9/01 for the first year of a two-year project to determine the distribution and status of Blanding’s Turtles in Ohio in support of regional conservation efforts. These efforts are part of a partnership with the Ohio DOW and OSU’s Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership (OCBP). Survey sites are centered in the coastal wetlands of the Western Lake Erie Basin, an area recognized for its ecological significance to a variety of species, notably migratory birds and reptiles. Technicians are expected to provide their own transportation, but work-related mileage will be reimbursed. This position will entail:

  •          Setting and checking aquatic funnel traps
  •          Conducting visual encounter surveys
  •          Collecting demographic and morphometric data
  •          Collecting blood samples
  •          Inserting passive integrated transponders (PIT)
  •          Recording locations using a GPS unit
  •          Assessing habitat
  •          Recording data
  •          Additional zoo-related tasked assigned

Qualifications for this position include willingness and ability to work in inclement weather with exposure, ability to lift 50 lbs. and traverse irregular terrain, and possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Zoo’s fleet insurance carrier. Click the link to apply by January 31, 2019. Please include a cover letter and resume.

 

Warehouse - Merchandise Assistant

(Part-time)

Looking for a motivated individual to assist with merchandise transfers and ticketing. This position requires you to lift up to 65 pounds occasionally and up to 30 pounds continuously, ability to climb ladders and be on your feet for long periods of time. Will also assist with receiving, tagging, picking and stocking of merchandise. The position reports directly to the warehouse manager. The Zoo is an EOE and a drug/alcohol free workplace. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age. 

Horticulturist

(Temporary - January to April 1st)

Under general supervision, provides duties necessary to complete horticulture activities and projects for the Toledo Zoo. Coordinates, maintains, and assists with various operational departmental activities. Installs and maintains plants in exhibits, annual flowerbeds and landscapes, maintain turf areas and applies pesticides and fertilizers, oversees special projects using proper horticultural methods while considering conservation related programs. Will also maintain areas throughout the season including weeding, watering, pruning, mulching, mowing and trimming and will perform spring and fall clean up. Will work with animal keepers from other departments to coordinate necessary maintenance or installation work in animal exhibits in assigned areas. Performs snow removal and salt application. Assists with the coordination and removal of lights for “Lights Before Christmas” light show. Will also assist with proper care and maintenance of the greenhouse and Ziems Conservatory and will be responsible for supervising and working with seasonal and part time employees. 

Reports to the Curator of Horticulture. This position is a temporary position and requires forty hours per the scheduled workweek. Associate’s Degree or additional technical education in horticulture or a related field, 1 - 3 years of previous landscape/horticulture experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience to satisfy the required skills and knowledge for the position. Must possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. Landscape/horticulture supervisory experience required. Must possess or obtain Ohio pesticide applicators license. The Toledo Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, a drug and alcohol free workplace. Interested applicants may apply by clicking the link to the right.

Full-Time

Last updated: January 11, 2019

Full-Time Web Developer

Responsible for development, management, and maintenance of The Toledo Zoo’s external and internal website(s). Creates an external web site experience that drives new and repeat attendance by attracting and engaging key audiences. Creates and maintains an internal web site/web applications to serve as a main resource and communication tool for Zoo staff. Responsible for overall facilitation & all aspects of the Zoo’s web sites (internet & intranet) including site development, architecture, functionality & maintenance. Will also build both front end and backend application code for internal use open source software. Design applications that excel in their design sensibility, user experience, and utility. May require evenings, weekends &/or holidays.
 

Bachelor's degree in Web Development/Design, Visual Communications Technology, or related field, with a minimum of two years previous experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary in designing, deploying, & maintaining an interactive web site & online content. Front-end and back-end development capabilities are a must. Responsive web design, HTML, CSS, Scripting, Content Management Systems such as WordPress. Confidently utilize server-side languages (such JavaScript) and back-end languages for databases (such as Node.js, Python, and PHP). Relational databases (such as RESTful API, MS SQL, NoSQL, Postgres) Proven ability to write clear and concisely documented code.

Adventure Course and Amusement Manager

The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is currently looking for an Adventure Course and Amusement Manager to lead and direct the overall operations of the Aerial Adventure Course, Zip Line, Amusement Rides and Special Projects and staff at the Toledo Zoo. 

 Adventure Course and Amusement Manager responsibilities include:

 

  • Lead, train and motivate teams for success while delivering the best possible guest experience
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the market and ensures organizational compliance with new regulations, new technologies and proper procedures
  • Researches and analyzes current trends
  • Assist Park Operations Manager during the colder seasons with the management of special events such as Lights Before Christmas
  • Interacts and communicates with zoo staff and personnel Bachelor's degree in business management, hospitality / tourism or other related study with at least two years’ experience in adventure tourism management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in ride operations management preferred. Prefer a minimum of 400 logged hours of ‘working at height’ with height rescue training. ACCT Practitioner Certification preferred. Current CPR, First Aid and AED Certification preferred or ability to obtain such certification within 6 months of employment. Must have a valid drivers’ license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. Aggressive compensation package, excellent vacation, bonus and holiday time, 403b plan with employer match and employee contribution, as well as other great benefits. 
    If interested submit a resume by the deadline Thursday, January 24th.

 

Full-Time Lead Keeper - Reptile

In addition to all the responsibilities and duties of the Zookeeper, under the direction of the Curatorial Staff, the Lead Keeper may perform the following functions. 

• Maintaining staff time records and time off requests
• Responsible for maintaining standards set by USDA APHIS as well as records and SOP’s
• Assist with department scheduling
• Delegating designated tasks to keepers 
• Monitoring staff performance and reporting performance or problems to department head
• Counseling animal care staff on minor job performance issues
• Scheduling tours
• Creating and tracking orders
• Other operational, husbandry, human resources and communications responsibilities as needed

Bachelor’s degree in related field, one to two years zookeeper experience with at least 2 years of venomous experience, experience with invertebrate husbandry and knowledge of APHIS regulations, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities preferred. Must possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. The Toledo Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, a drug and alcohol free workplace and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Interested applicants should apply and submit resume by January 24.

Full-Time Purchasing Assistant

The Toledo Zoo is currently seeking an enthusiastic, and self-reliant Purchasing Assistant. Under limited supervision, responsibilities are to obtain competitive pricing, look for new vendor opportunities, purchase goods and services recommended by purchasing manager and maintain supply of stock items to meet the zoo’s requisition needs. The Purchasing Assistant will prepare purchase requisitions for multiple departments following the purchasing policy requirements.

 Candidate must be computer literate with excellent data entry skills, including creating excel reports, outstanding phone etiquette, detail oriented, and able to work with internal and external customers. High school diploma required. Prefer previous experience in warehousing, food purchasing, stocking, inventory control, shipping and receiving, and other related areas, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. This position is a non-exempt salary position under the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires forty hours per scheduled work week. Interested applicants may apply by January 23rd.

Part-Time & Seasonal

*NOTE TO APPLICANTS:

PART-TIME

• Requires working flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
• May require working in all weather conditions, the ability to stand for extended periods and walk extensively on Zoo grounds.
• Can work up to 125 hours a month.

Seasonal

• Typically begin in the spring and end in the fall.
• Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays.
• May require working in all weather conditions, the ability to stand for extended periods and walk extensively on Zoo grounds.
• Can work up to 40 hours a week during their designated season.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, unless stated otherwise.

In some cases a resume may also be requested.

You can also pick up an application daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Zoo's Administration building at 2605 Broadway Street.

Last updated: January 4, 2019

Security Officer

(Part-time)

Effectively carry out safety and security policies that provide for protection of visitors, employees, animals and zoo assets. Duties will include but are not limited to monitoring and reporting on the following: air & water temperatures, water filtration systems, intruder/fire detection and camera surveillance equipment. Prefer candidates with law enforcement or fire science background and a minimum of one year experience.  Applicants must be available some holidays and weekends. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier.

Blanding’s Turtle Technician

(Seasonal)

Are you self-motivated with a positive attitude? The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium is seeking dedicated Blanding’s Turtle Technicians. We are seeking seasonal field technicians 4/01-9/01 for the first year of a two-year project to determine the distribution and status of Blanding’s Turtles in Ohio in support of regional conservation efforts. These efforts are part of a partnership with the Ohio DOW and OSU’s Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership (OCBP). Survey sites are centered in the coastal wetlands of the Western Lake Erie Basin, an area recognized for its ecological significance to a variety of species, notably migratory birds and reptiles. Technicians are expected to provide their own transportation, but work-related mileage will be reimbursed. This position will entail:

  •          Setting and checking aquatic funnel traps
  •          Conducting visual encounter surveys
  •          Collecting demographic and morphometric data
  •          Collecting blood samples
  •          Inserting passive integrated transponders (PIT)
  •          Recording locations using a GPS unit
  •          Assessing habitat
  •          Recording data
  •          Additional zoo-related tasked assigned

Qualifications for this position include willingness and ability to work in inclement weather with exposure, ability to lift 50 lbs. and traverse irregular terrain, and possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Zoo’s fleet insurance carrier. Click the link to apply by January 31, 2019. Please include a cover letter and resume.

 

Warehouse - Merchandise Assistant

(Part-time)

Looking for a motivated individual to assist with merchandise transfers and ticketing. This position requires you to lift up to 65 pounds occasionally and up to 30 pounds continuously, ability to climb ladders and be on your feet for long periods of time. Will also assist with receiving, tagging, picking and stocking of merchandise. The position reports directly to the warehouse manager. The Zoo is an EOE and a drug/alcohol free workplace. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age. 

Horticulturist

(Temporary - January to April 1st)

Under general supervision, provides duties necessary to complete horticulture activities and projects for the Toledo Zoo. Coordinates, maintains, and assists with various operational departmental activities. Installs and maintains plants in exhibits, annual flowerbeds and landscapes, maintain turf areas and applies pesticides and fertilizers, oversees special projects using proper horticultural methods while considering conservation related programs. Will also maintain areas throughout the season including weeding, watering, pruning, mulching, mowing and trimming and will perform spring and fall clean up. Will work with animal keepers from other departments to coordinate necessary maintenance or installation work in animal exhibits in assigned areas. Performs snow removal and salt application. Assists with the coordination and removal of lights for “Lights Before Christmas” light show. Will also assist with proper care and maintenance of the greenhouse and Ziems Conservatory and will be responsible for supervising and working with seasonal and part time employees. 

Reports to the Curator of Horticulture. This position is a temporary position and requires forty hours per the scheduled workweek. Associate’s Degree or additional technical education in horticulture or a related field, 1 - 3 years of previous landscape/horticulture experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience to satisfy the required skills and knowledge for the position. Must possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by the fleet insurance carrier. Landscape/horticulture supervisory experience required. Must possess or obtain Ohio pesticide applicators license. The Toledo Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, a drug and alcohol free workplace. Interested applicants may apply by clicking the link to the right.

The Toledo Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug and alcohol free workplace and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Pre-employment screenings required.

Job Fair

We offer a job fair to fill more than 200 part time and seasonal positions in a variety of departments across Zoo grounds. March 7th 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Employee Benefits

Full-Time Employees
  • Medical, prescription, vision and dental insurance
  • Short and long term disability plan
  • Life insurance
  • Pension plan
  • Sick days
  • Paid vacation
  • Holidays/bonus days
  • Education assistance
  • Toledo Zoo membership
  • In-park merchandise and food discounts
Part-Time Employees
  • Free Zoo admission
  • Ticket discounts
  • In-park merchandise and food discounts
  • Part-time and seasonal employee events
  • Flexible scheduling

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