Children’s Zoo Barnyard Show Assistant

Organization: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, community & future. We look forward to having you join the team!

Position Summary: The primary responsibility in this position is to assist the head trainer in the Blakely’s Barnyard Bonanza show. This individual will assist in the training of the animals involved in the show. During the show, they will interact closely with the audience and assist with animals on and off stage. This individual will be required to perform the show in the absence of the head trainer or when asked by the head trainer. Between show periods, this individual will assist in animal walks and demonstrations with several different domestic animals, including the llama, alpaca, goats, miniature donkeys, Australian Sheppard dog and miniature pigs.

This position is a part-time 25 hours/week seasonal job within the Children’s Zoo, and will run from May through September. The ideal candidate will have previous show experience and will be comfortable handling, walking, and training large and small hoof stock in the Zoo environment. A high comfort level with public speaking both in a formal and informal environment is required.

Working Conditions: Will be required to be outdoors, in all weather conditions, and sit/stand/walk for significant periods of time during your shift. Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer, pre-employment drug & nicotine screen and background check. The position requires an individual with a flexible schedule and weekend work is required.

To apply for this position: Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at Cover letter and resume, and salary requirements should be included in your online application.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with the intent of filling the position as soon as possible with the best candidate.

Founded in 1873 and officially open in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest Zoo in the United States. Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was rated the #1 attraction in Cincinnati and one of the top five zoos in the nation by Zagat Survey. It has also been recognized by Child Magazine as one of "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids." The Zoo is an accredited member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), and is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants, and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is an equal opportunity employer and does not and will not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or other protected status.