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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Security Officer

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Security Officer in the Security department. There is one full-time benefited position and one part-time temporary position to be filled at this time.


Maintains the safety and welfare of zoo staff, premises, collection, equipment and visitors. Provides 24 hour coverage, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Provides First Aid (and EMT as applicable) services to staff and public. Teaches First Aid, First Responder and CPR classes to staff.  Patrols grounds via foot, bicycle or vehicle.


  • Patrol grounds on foot, on bike or in vehicle including parking lots and associated parks.
  • Provide assistance and service to zoo visitors and staff.
  • Ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
  • Enforce zoo rules and regulations, city codes.
  • Provide First Aid to zoo visitors and staff.
  • EMTs provide advance medical evaluation and assistance.
  • EMTs teach First Aid, CPR and First Responder training to staff yearly.
  • Frequent, consistent use of zoo radio system.
  • Responsible for maintenance, upkeep and distribution of zoo radio system.
  • Contact department for Security System monitoring company.
  • Maintain records for both radio and security systems.
  • Maintain accident/incident report and daily security report files.
  • Monitor facility for property damage, potential safety hazards.
  • Work with SFD and SPD on incidents and investigations.
  • Investigate incidents and write reports.
  • Participate in zoo emergency drills.
  • Serve on zoo Emergency Response Team.
  • Check security of facilities overnight, including perimeter, buildings and equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to successfully complete a physical examination.
  • Ability to work with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to drive a zoo vehicle; ability to ride a bike preferred.
  •  Ability to deal with guests in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Ability to regularly work a non-standard/flexible schedule that may include weekends, evenings/graveyard shift and/or holidays. 
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


Associate’s degree from an accredited two-year college or technical school; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Valid US driver’s license required.
  • CPR/First Aid Certification Required
  • Successful completion of physical examination and background investigation is required.
  • OC Pepper Spray, Handcuffing & Defensive Tactics Certification Preferred


Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office required.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to have a sense of smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; wet/humid conditions, work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration and proximity to potentially dangerous animals, although in a controlled situation. This position may come into contact with potentially abusive/threatening people in enforcement of regulations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be acceptedCover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.



How to Apply

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave N Seattle
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 2065482428

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