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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Food Service Clerk - Part Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Are you inspired to be a part of an organization committed to protecting wildlife around the globe? San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a mission-based, non-profit wildlife conservation organization with two world famous front doors where we unite our passion for wildlife, expertise in wildlife care, and conservation science to save species from the brink of extinction. Our commitment is to provide visits to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park as opportunities to learn about and engage with best-in-class conservation work, and how that work is changing outcomes for wildlife everyday.  


The Food Service Clerk will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission of saving species worldwide by preparing, serving and selling food items. This position reports to the Food Stand Lead, Supervisor and Manager. A Food Service Clerk is assigned and responsible for one or more areas of food preparation, service, sales and maintenance.


  • Prepares and sells food items
  • Assists with daily preparation of food items as needed
  • Assists with the daily set-up and closure of assigned location
  • Operates food service equipment and machines safely
  • Assists with maintaining a safe and sanitary work area
  • Keeps all necessary food items and supplies stocked
  • Practices safe food handling procedures
  • Follows cash handling protocol and procedures
  • Operates a cash register and handles cash accurately
  • Make Customer Service a top priority
  • Provides information to guests or directs to a knowledgeable source
  • Professionally handle difficult situations with employees or guests
  • Good work ethics and meets Organization performance standards
  • Assists new personnel as needed
  • Assists Lead, Cooks, Manager and Supervisor as needed
  • Compliance with SDZWA and Health Departments uniform standards
  • Maintains a passing grade on the Environmental Health Department tests
  • Adheres to all SDZWA and department policies and practices
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required


The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Retail Department is seeking friendly and motivated employees with excellent guest service skills. Applicants must be available weekends and at least two weekdays. This position requires standing for extended periods of time. Periodic heavy lifting up to 40 pounds and cleaning and maintaining all areas and equipment. Scheduled work hours will vary, approximately 15-30 hours per week. 


  • Methods, materials and equipment used in food service
  • Food presentation and portion control of food items served in their location
  • Basic inventory controls and best practices
  • Basic usage and care of standard kitchen equipment and utensils
  • Safety rules and regulations
  • Guest service standards and policies and uniform standards
  • Operate food service equipment and machines safely
  • Operate a cash register accurately and effectively
  • Operate assigned tools and equipment safely
  • Multi-task and prioritize to meet the demands of business
  • Communicate effectively (verbal and written)
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with guests and employees
  • Work effectively in a team environment
  • Understand and carry out both verbal and written instructions
  • Work in a high volume, fast-paced environment
  • Work competently with large diverse groups of people


  • Location: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Union Position: Starting hourly wage $14.00
  • If selected, there are union fees and dues to be paid to the Union
  • Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description may be requested at that time





SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance makes every effort to ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals and abides by EEO and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

Join our team and build a career protecting wildlife around the globe with your passion for wildlife!

How to Apply

Food Service Clerk - Part Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Career Portal (

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 16192311515

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