Careers

Want to work at the Zoo? Interested in a position listed below?  

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are in need of the following:


JOB TITLE: Campus Technician 
 
REPORTS TO: Manager of Facilities
 
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Part-time, hourly
 
JOB PURPOSE: Participates in all aspects of landscape construction and exhibit construction as pertains to the Zoo. Has some carpentry and building construction experience and is an all-around handy person Operating machinery including mowers, hedgers, weed-whackers, chainsaw, roto-tillers, backhoe loaders, tractors, snow blower, and sod cutters.  Perform all aspects of ground maintenance. Performs related work as required. 
 
We are looking for enthusiastic people that are willing to learn on the job and have a minimum level of competency with basic knowledge of maintenance
 
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESULTS:
 
- Has some carpentry experience and is an all-around handy person.
- Frames, repairs, and paints walls and will alter offices and public spaces.
- Maintains flooring, ceilings and other commercial surfaces.
- Performs minor carpentry functions as required.
- Maintains Zoo grounds and egresses in operable condition.
- Helps out all members of the Facilities department whenever needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Facilities Manager.
- Participates in the installation, repair, and removal of exhibits and the construction of new exhibits.
- Provides preventative maintenance and repair for ground and buildings.
- Follows maintenance schedules and checklists.
- Assists with installation and removal of temporary and permanent exhibits.
- Assists with the fabrication of new exhibits and/or prototypes.
- Performs equipment and vehicle maintenance.
- Assists with deliveries 
- Fills in as needed, and supporting the guest experience.
- Any other miscellaneous projects/assignment assigned by facilities manager.
 
QUALIFICATIONS:  
 
Must have at least one year of work related experience. Must possess a willingness to help other co-workers with projects.  Must be flexible and receptive to change. The schedule will include weekend days and holidays. Must be able to work late evenings on occasion. Must be willing to support Racine Zoo’s Mission statement.  Willing to help out other departments in emergency situations or where additional staff is needed. Basic maintenance and landscaping skills desired.
 
Willingness and ability to learn:  Basic operation of machinery, basic first-aid and CPR, to work overtime and be available based on special needs/circumstances on a 24-hour basis, work outdoors, lift heavy objects, and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.  Ability to work on a team and with volunteers, and to work with a variety of people in a professional and pleasant way.
 
DRIVING REQUIREMENTS: 
Driving is required. –
Must have a valid driver's license and clean driving record. 
All employees that drive a company vehicle/equipment must provide a verified MVR that is acceptable per Racine Zoo’s auto liability insurance carrier’s guidelines to perform this function). 
Physical Demands: Must be able to lift 50+ lbs on a daily basis. (A pre-employment physical is mandatory for this position). 
 
Work Environment: Employee will expect to work outside 50% of the time, must be comfortable working in cold and hot weather conditions. 

How to Apply

Please send via email, a cover letter and resume to:

Beth Heidorn

Bheidorn@racinezoo.org

This position is open until sufficient applications have been received.


Operations--Grill 

We are looking for someone with a friendly and outgoing personality that is motivated for excellence and is not afraid to work hard.  This position is responsible for creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for the Racine Zoo guests in our two food service locations.  Tasks include opening and closing duties, running the register, preparing food items, maintaining a clean environment throughout the building, excellent communication with the leadership team and excellent customer service to our guests.  

How to Apply

Please send via email, a cover letter and resume to:

Kristina Pearson

kpearson@racinezoo.org  

This position is open until sufficient applications have been received.


JOB TITLE: Camp Counselor 

REPORTS TO:  Conservation Education Manager of Public Programming

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Seasonal – Full-time

JOB PURPOSE: The primary responsibility of a Camp Counselor position at the Racine Zoo is to create a fun and engaging summer camp experience for our guests. This includes interacting with the campers (ages 3-13), overseeing the day to day operations of the summer camp, creating unique educational opportunities and providing information about our animals and exhibits. The Camp Counselor is responsible for ensuring guest and animal safety while assisting with summer camp and working in various public positions throughout the Zoo. The season runs from June 19th, 2017 – August 19th, 2017. There is mandatory onboarding training on June 8th, 2017. 

 TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESULTS:

  • Ensure animal and guest safety is a top priority.
  • Provide engaging educational experiences for summer campers that support our vision and mission through the use of messages and conversation.
  • Guide the guest experience to ensure a memorable and positive visit; this includes ensuring comfort and safety of visitors while fostering educational growth.
  • Set up and breakdown equipment and activities related to summer camp.
  • Work to ensure guest satisfaction, notifying appropriate personnel about challenges and successes.
  • Coordinate daily camp activities and animal encounters.
  • Maintain inventory of craft and snack supplies for camp.  
  • Responsible for behavior management of camp.  
  • Be an active part of the Racine Zoo team.
  • Perform other duties as workload necessitates.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Prefer College Degree in biology, psychology, education, recreation or related field.
  • One year experience working with school-aged children preferred.
  • CPR and first aid certification are preferred.
  • Must pass background check & drug screening.
  • Must be available to work up to 40 hours per week from June 19th, 2017 – August 19th, 2017 
  • Must be able to attend all required training.
  • Must be able to work with a variety of animals. 
  • Must possess or be able to obtain valid a Wisconsin’s driver’s license.
  • Requires strong speaking and organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task. 
  • Proven ability to interact with other staff, guests, and/or volunteers, and to maintain an energetic and positive attitude.

Willingness to work overtime and be available based on special needs/circumstances on a 24-hour basis, work outdoors, lift heavy objects, and risk periodic exposure to fairly predictable and controllable hazards associated with wild animals and zoonotic diseases.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to:
Julia Lampe, Conservation Education Manager

Racine Zoo

200 Goold Street

Racine, WI 53402

Or email to  jlampe@racinezoo.org