Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Seasonal Employment Opportunities

This position is responsible for implementing and coordinating pre-written curriculum for assigned sessions of summer day camps for children ages 3 - 17. Work hours are between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, some overtime hours may become available.

  • Must be available to work the entire summer: June 27 through August 19, 2022. This includes staff training days prior to opening of camp during the week of June 20.
  • Assists with planning of programs with Zoo Camp Director.
  • Implements and evaluates camp programs as designed by Zoo Camp Director with primary focus on chosen themes.
  • Develops and coordinates use of age-appropriate activities, resources, and materials for camps.
  • Prepares required materials, including supplies, crafts, and snacks.
  • Maintains records of materials needed and submits requests in a timely manner.
  • Coordinates daily class activities, including tours of the zoo, games, crafts, guest speakers and animal demos.
  • Adheres to zoo policies and protocols

Skills / Knowledge Required:  

  • College course work in education, biology, environmental science, art or a related field.
  • Previous experience in program development and instructional design.
  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children in a school, zoo, nature center, childcare or other educational setting with a focus on implementing curriculum.
  • Ability to demonstrate and communicate scientific and conservation messages to children in a lively, engaging manner.
  • Excellent public speaking and organization skills; self-directed, flexible, good record keeping ability.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as with a team, and achieve established goals.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected].

Zoo Camp Instructor

This position is responsible for implementing and coordinating pre-written curriculum for assigned sessions of summer day camps for children ages 3 - 17. Work hours are between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, some overtime hours may become available.

  • Must be available to work the entire summer: June 27 through August 19, 2022. This includes staff training days prior to opening of camp during the week of June 20.
  • Assists with planning of programs with Zoo Camp Director.
  • Assists with implementation and evaluation of camp programs as designed by Zoo Camp Director with primary focus on chosen themes.
  • Works with lead instructor to develop and coordinate use of age-appropriate activities, resources, and materials for camps.
  • Works with lead instructor to prepare required materials, including supplies, crafts, and snacks.
  • Works with lead instructor to coordinate daily class activities, including tours of the zoo, games, crafts, guest speakers and animal demos.
  • Adheres to zoo policies and protocols.

Skills / Knowledge Required:

  • A minimum of one-year experience working with children in a school, zoo, nature center, childcare or other educational setting.
  • Ability to demonstrate and communicate scientific and conservation messages to children in a lively, engaging manner.
  • Excellent public speaking and organization skills; self-directed, flexible, good record keeping ability.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as with a team, and achieve established goals.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected].

Position Description: Assists Birthday Party Supervisor in providing fun, safe, activities during birthday parties for children; Part-time, non-exempt position; Employment pending criminal and driver history records; Promotes the Zoo and its mission.

Responsible to: Event Manager

Essential Job Functions:

  •  Assists in providing safe, enjoyable and manageable parties for children.
  • May be assigned to parties in the Banquet Room, Alcove or Gazebo.
  • Prepares party space for children and families.
  • Assists children in completing hands on activities.
  • Cleans party area following each party; prepares party area for next party.
  • Adheres to Zoo policies and protocols

 Additional Responsibilities:

  •  Attends departmental meetings and trainings as requested.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Desired Training and Experience:

  •  Previous experience working with children.
  • Works well with supervisor and other staff.
  • Communicates regularly with Event Coordinator.

 Skills / Knowledge Required:

  •  Must be organized.
  • Must have excellent customer service skills.
  • Must communicate well with children and adults.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]

Job Functions:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Learn and operate software programs
  • Process handwritten sales
  • Learn the SKU book
  • Handle money with accuracy; able to make change
  • Straighten and/or clean the areas around register
  • Learn all merchandise and how to properly stock.
  • Clean and straighten as needed
  • Organize the backroom and assist in maintaining it
  • Price, sort, and stock merchandise.
  • Adhere to Zoo policies and protocols

Skills:

  • Previous retail experience preferred
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with customers and staff
  • Follow directions and take initiative, when applicable
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as with a team and achieve established goals
  • Must be trustworthy and able to handle large amounts of cash with accuracy
  • Must be able to lift heavy items (50 lbs.)
  • Basic computer skills

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate exceptional guest service when selling food and beverage items to guests or staff by being responsive to customer questions and providing recommendations and information about methods of preparation and items on sale.
  • Follow Honey Bee Café cash handling procedures when operating the cash register and/or cash bank.
  • Keep assigned area stocked, orderly, clean, and sanitized and be proactive with cleaning the outside dining area as needed.
  • Practice proper food handling and equipment maintenance. Deliver food and beverages to guests in a timely manner.
  • Answer the café telephone politely and promptly, receptive to customer questions and prepared to take their order.
  • Attempt to control food costs, throw away, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must take PRIDE in the workspace and thrive in a team environment.
  • Previous Fast Casual experience is a plus.
  • Previous Food & Beverage or any type of guest service experience a plus.
  • Must have the ability to ring in orders and settle checks on Point-of-Sale system.
  • Must possess the ability to count money and make correct change.
  • Ability to work safely in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to speak English.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates the ability to produce food orders in a timely, neat and organized manner to the specifications of each dish and needs of the guest.
  • Prep proteins, chop, slice, dice, peel, and portion fruits and vegetables, following portion control, food quality, and safe food handling standards.
  • Safely operate and sanitize food slicer.
  • Wear PPE throughout shift which may include mask, gloves, hairnet/hat, apron, and non-slip shoes to ensure safety.
  • Follows approved recipes while ensuring proper cooking techniques and the highest quality standards.
  • Understands the importance of controlling product costs by managing product waste.
  • Seeks to provide a memorable experience in all guest interaction opportunities, culminating in the “Best Day Ever” for our guests.
  • Operates according to high sanitation, food handling and safety procedures.
  • High level quality control of all inventories including food and kitchen equipment, ensuring that all product/inventory are properly rotated.
  • Ensures that all hand skill techniques involving culinary utensils (knives, peeler, etc.) are applied while following safety standards.
  • Demonstrates the ability to keep workstation organized and produces required quantity according to demands of station. Identifies, utilizes and builds knowledge base of specific culinary terms per assigned outlet (i.e. grilling, dicing, etc.).
  • Practices ‘clean as you go’ habits, and leaves the workspace clean, organized, and sanitized.
  • Adheres to all Honey Bee Cafe policies and Health Department Guidelines.
  • Strong communication with Supervisor for approval to leave assigned area for breaks, any guest service concerns, broken equipment or problems with the kitchen areas.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must take PRIDE in the workspace and thrive in a team environment.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Previous fast casual food production or any type of culinary experience a plus.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs, push, pull, stock, and stand for long hours
  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to be safety oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.
  • Must be able to speak English.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate exceptional guest service when selling food and beverage items to guests or staff by being responsive to customer questions and providing recommendations and information about methods of preparation and items on sale.
  • Follow Honey Bee Café cash handling procedures when operating the cash register and/or cash bank.
  • Keep assigned area stocked, orderly, clean, and sanitized and also be proactive with cleaning the dining area as needed.
  • Practice proper food handling and equipment maintenance.
  • Answer the café telephone politely and promptly, receptive to customer questions and prepared to take their order.
  • Attempt to control food costs, throw away, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must take PRIDE in the workspace and thrive in a team environment.
  • Previous Fast Casual experience is a plus.
  • Previous Food & Beverage or any type of guest service experience a plus.
  • Must have the ability to ring in orders and settle checks on Point-of-Sale system.
  • Must possess the ability to count money and make correct change.
  • Ability to work safely in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to speak English.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate exceptional guest service when selling food and beverage items to guests or staff by being responsive to customer questions and providing recommendations and information about methods of preparation and items on sale.
  • Prepare a variety of food and beverage items according to the recipe and standards of the Honey Bee Café and ensure all food handling protocols are followed.
  • Operate cash register with accuracy while engaging with the customer.
  • Ensure assigned area is kept orderly, clean and sanitize. Clean seating area, bar area and all equipment as needed.
  • Has a proactive approach when keeping cases clean, filled and stocked.
  • Uses proper storage and care when handling cafe equipment.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of “Back-Bar Checklist” to ensure all necessary items are present and accounted for. Retrieves required items as needed.
  • Always uses FLAG protocol when serving alcoholic beverages to guests under the age of 35.
  • Consistently adheres to Honey Bee Cafe policies and NYSLA Laws.
  • Accurately identifies signs of intoxication and stops service to guest in an appropriate manner.
  • Attempts to control food costs, waste, and throw away.
  • Immediately notifies Supervisor of any guest service concerns, broken equipment or problems with the bar areas

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Must take PRIDE in the workspace and thrive in a team environment.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Previous Bartending / Barista experience is a plus.
  • Craft beer and wine knowledge is a plus.
  • Previous Food & Beverage or any type of guest service experience is a plus.
  • Must have the ability to ring in orders and settle checks on Point-of-Sale system.
  • Must possess the ability to count money and make correct change.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.
  • Must have the ability to speak English.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Part Time

If you are interested in working in a fast-paced, unique environment, Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo is looking for you!

We are accepting applications to fill part-time positions in both the cafè and other concessions on zoo grounds. Must have availability Monday-Friday and weekend availability is a must. Available hours will be 10-20 per week.

We are seeking candidates who are energetic, customer- and team-oriented. Candidates with food and beverage, customer service or parks experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Job Functions:

Expected to be at workstation at start of shift and adhere to dress code.

  • Responsibilities may include sales, prep work, cleaning, sanitation, restocking or other jobs as assigned.
  • Staff may be required to work in café or other venue sites on zoo grounds.
  • Determines assigned job position using the daily assignment sheet.
  • Stocks assigned area/s to prepare for customers.
  • Maintains sanitary conditions at work site and proper level of product.
  • Cleans and restocks all areas for the following day.
  • Work site must be checked and approved by management prior to end of shift.
  • Adheres to zoo policies and protocols.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Must be flexible; May be required to change work schedule.
  • Must be committed to quality of product and customer service.
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as with a team, to achieve established goals.

Completion of a successful background check is required for employment.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Part Time - hourly plus tips

Position Description: On call staff for events; Seasonal, part-time, non-exempt position; Employment pending criminal and driver history records; Promotes the Zoo and its mission.

Responsible to: Event Manager, Event Coordinator, House Coordinator             

Essential Job Functions:

  • Sets up facilities for events including dishware, glassware etc.
  • Cleans china/silverware.
  • Maintains clean tables and banquet area.
  • Takes orders from customers.
  • Serves courses in timely manner.
  • Assists in breaking down tables after events.
  • Assists in training new staff, when necessary, as directed by Director of Food and Beverage.
  • Provides high levels of customer service at all times.
  • Adheres to Zoo policies and protocols.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as requested.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Two years serving experience.
  • Food and beverage experience preferred.

Skills / Knowledge Required:

  • Customer service oriented; Team player; Self-motivated; Able to work in fast paced environment; Able to handle difficult customers.
  • Able to lift moderate to heavy items (50-75 pounds); Continuous standing and walking while carrying items; Shifts may include days, nights and/or weekends.

Completion of a successful background check is required for employment.

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Part-time

Details: The ZooGuide Coordinator manages teen ZooGuide interns on-site as well as Senior ZooGuides. This position reports to the Senior Education Coordinator and the Director of Education and Volunteer Services

Essential Job Functions:

  • Creates weekly/monthly ZooGuide work schedules
  • Coaches ZooGuides as they develop skills
  • Regularly evaluates ZooGuide performance and completes written evaluations as per schedule
  • Serves as a mentor to ZooGuides
  • Serves as liaison between ZooGuides, zoo staff and community partners
  • Coordinates ZooGuide Open House event for family members and community partners
  • Works as a team with partner ZooGuide Coordinator and Senior Education Coordinator
  • Adheres to zoo policies and protocols

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Will be required to work weekends and some evenings
  • Meets regularly with partner ZooGuide Coordinator, Director of Education and ZooGuides
  • Meets with community partners as needed
  • Required to work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Performs other duties as requested

Desired Training and Experience:

  • Associate degree in education, human services, or a related discipline
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Interest in conservation and educating the public about endangered species
  • Multi-lingual

Skills / Knowledge Required:

  • A minimum of one year’s experience working with teenage youth in a mentoring, coaching, or teaching capacity
  • Must possess a passion for youth development and an optimistic outlook
  • Excellent public speaking and organizational skills
  • Ability to be self-directed, flexible, work as a team player and maintain accurate records
  • Must be able to work autonomously, as well as with a team, and achieve established goals

To Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

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