Employment Opportunities

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Thank you for considering a position with the Zoo. 

Please see below for current position openings, or visit our Volunteer or Internship pages to learn more about those opportunities. 


Public Area Associate

Department: Guest Services
FLSA Status: Non-exempt, full-time

The Public Area Associate is responsible for the upkeep of public areas. Duties may include but are not limited to maintenance of zoo grounds; pickup and removal of all litter; cleaning of restroom facilities, rental equipment, picnic and playground areas; upkeep of signs, benches, and surrounding areas; and assistance with special events. Work is performed under the direction of the Guest Services Manager. Additional guidance is received through established policies and procedures, plus verbal and written communications.

Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekdays and weekends. Later hours will be requested on occasion for special events. Benefits offered to full-time employees after 90 days of employment include health insurance and paid time off; 403(b) retirement plan match offered after one year of employment.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Must provide a negative drug test result.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Recognize hazards involving traffic, insects, and other potential hazards in parking lots and open spaces.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Must wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment as necessary.
  • Possess excellent communication and other interpersonal skills.
  • Must be receptive to verbal and written direction.
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings.

High school diploma or equivalent required. Previous experience in a hospitality-related field is preferred. Must have a valid Florida State driver license.

Please send a resume to Jessica Johanson, Guest Services Manager, at jjohanson@centralfloridazoo.org. Only candidates being considered will be contacted. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.


Zoo Teacher Position


Department:  Education  

FLSA Status: Non-exempt, part time

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is currently seeking an individual for a part time Zoo Teacher position. Zoo Teachers work as a team to teach a variety of programs during the year including kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade curriculum-based programs, boy scout and girl scout programs, preschool age programs, and camp programs during school breaks and summer. This position requires the ability to interact with a wide age range and diversity of people and the handling of several different species of animals. Excellent communication and teamwork skills are necessary. Attention to detail and the ability to complete tasks promptly and accurately are also essential.   

College degree required, teaching experience preferred. Hours are approximately 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. during the school year, but vary during the summer. Days vary and can include weekend work also.

Special requirements include:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain Zoo standards of insurability
  • Must successfully pass a background check

EOE / DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates to apply for this position.

For consideration, please send a resume with cover letter to Dawn Danzi, Education Manager, at dawnd@centralfloridazoo.org. Only qualified candidates being considered will be contacted. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.


 

Zoo Educator Position

Job Title:  Zoo Educator - Outreach and Discovery Courtyard Animal Encounters
Department:  Education  

FLSA Status: Non-exempt, part time.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is seeking energetic, innovative Zoo Educators to join our growing Education department. This position has primary responsibility for the execution of the following programs:

Outreach - Conducting educational programming with our education collection Animal Ambassadors at off-site locations such as libraries, schools, special events, etc.

Animal Encounter - Conducting daily scripted educational programming with our education collection Animal Ambassadors on-site for scheduled groups.

Regular workdays will be Monday through Saturday. A typical day may include teaching, program development and animal handling.

To qualify for this position, you must:

Possess a Bachelor’s Degree with a strong background in biology, zoology or life science. Have worked for a minimum of one year as a teacher with children in an informal setting (Zoo, Museum, Nature Center, Parks Department, etc.). Experience utilizing animals in program settings is preferred.

Skills and Abilities required:

  • Comfortable with public speaking, including speaking over a microphone or loud speaker.
  • Ability to operate as a member of large, diverse team
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work irregular hours (weekends, evenings and holidays)
  • Ability to work special events and functions as required
  • Ability to work outdoors in heat, cold and inclement weather
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to traverse Zoo grounds on foot
  • Must be able to bend, squat, sweep and lift 40 lbs. without difficulty

Special requirements include:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license with acceptable motor vehicle record to maintain Zoo standards of insurability
  • Must successfully pass a background check

EOE / DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates to apply for this position.

For consideration, please send a resume with cover letter to Dawn Danzi, Education Manager, at dawnd@centralfloridazoo.org. Only qualified candidates being considered will be contacted. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission.

For additional information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, please visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.

Equal Opportunity Notice

The Central Florida Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer and makes decisions related to compensation and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender orientation, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic, military status or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited by the CFZS.    


Additionally, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a Drug-Free Workplace, a pre-employment drug test will be performed.