Job Opportunities

Open Positions

Check out the job openings below and submit your online application.  Keeper internships available under the tab ‘Get Involved’. Please note that only thoroughly completed applications will be accepted. Wildlife Safari is a drug-free workplace and applicants must pass a drug screen (including for Marijuana) prior to being offered a position.


Animal keeper and veterinarian positions are posted on AZA’s website as well as ZAA’s website as they become available.


In early Spring, we will be hiring for seasonal customer service positions for the Spring and Summer!

Summer Educator | $12.50 an hour | Full Time, Seasonal

 Position Overview

Currently accepting applicants with great people skills, a passion for animals, and an energetic, positive personality to fill the 2
Junior Zookeeper Program Coordinator positions for the 2023 summer season (beginning May – September).
Working together alongside the Education Department, these positions are responsible for the implementation of the 2023 Junior Zookeeper Program. Duties include but are not limited to: training Juniors to handle and care for the education animal collection, creating and implementing fun activities for Junior Zookeepers ages 10-17, creating and distributing a work schedule for program participants, planning and overseeing the day-to-day activities of Junior Zookeepers (animal care, education ambassador booths, structured lessons, animal encounters, etc), and assisting with the daily operation of the Education Department.
The ideal candidate will work well within a team setting as well as independently, demonstrate strong communication skills, have the ability to multi-task, and posses a
strong desire to work with junior high and high school students. This is a unique, exciting and hands-on opportunity to further one’s career in Zoo education.


  • Bachelor’s degree or currently obtaining a degree in a field complementary to Wildlife Safari’s mission; Zoology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, or related field
  • Experience as a formal or an informal educator or interpreter, including creating and implementing Conservation Education curriculum preferred
  • Experience working with junior high and high school students
  • Exotic animal handling and husbandry experience preferred
  • Must be willing to work overnight camps
  • Able to speak to the public both individually and in a presentation setting
  • Good people skills
  • Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Negative TB and drug test
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week
  • Certification in CPR/First Aid preferred but not required
  • Required to work outdoors and indoors in extreme weather conditions; ability to lift up to 50 (fifty) pounds


To apply send cover letter, resume, 3 references and one letter of recommendation to:

Wildlife Safari, Education Department
PO Box 1600, Winston, OR 97496
or email to
*Please include ‘Summer Educator’ in subject line if applying via email

This is a temporary, full-time position, $12.50/hour.

Start and end dates range from end of May to mid-Sept and are flexible. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.


Customer Service Clerk | $12.50 an hour | Full Time/ Part Time

Position Overview

Join Wildlife Safari as a seasonal staff member! Our seasonal staff makes the park work as they check guests in, sell enrichment encounters, serve food, drive the train, and more! Help families build life long memories as you take on the role of a seasonal staff member. There are multiple departments that are customer service oriented including Booth Department, Restaurant, Guest Services, and Gift Shop. You will mainly be in one department with expectation to assist other departments as needed; breakdown of departments and responsibilities are at the end. Weekends are required for all positions. Wildlife Safari is a drug-free workplace and requires a clean drug test prior to position hire.

Position Goal

The goal of the Customer Service Clerk is to create a positive, fun, and professional impression of the park. In many instances, the Entrance Clerk is the only interaction that members and guests will have with park staff; therefore, the incumbent must demonstrate outstanding customer service skills, up-sell the park’s benefits and services as appropriate, and acquire extensive park knowledge to answer questions and advise guests as required.


  • Welcome guests in enthusiastic and sincere manner
  • Open and close entrance gate (when working entrance booth)
  • Transact sales; distribute tickets, receipts, maps, etc.
  • Accurately handle cash and credit card sales
  • Explain the park rules
  • Inspect vehicles to assure guest, animal and keeper safety
  • Answer guest questions
  • Up-sell park products and services as appropriate e.g. memberships, encounters, facility rental, etc.
  • Sell guidebooks, kennel locks, cameras, batteries, etc.
  • Respond as required to park codes
    • Gate operation at a fast pace
    • Radio communication
    • Guest communication
  • Maintain cleanliness of booth(s) and stock supplies
  • Collect guest data for finance, marketing, or other research projects
  • Balance daily receipts
  • A food handlers card may be required depending on the location
  • Weekends are required
  • Be available to work multiple departments as needed


  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass a drug test, including for marijuana
  • Candidates for this position must agree to a background check
  • Outstanding customer service skills including friendliness and tact
  • Preferred one year previous experience in a retail environment handling cash and credit sales

Department Breakdown

  • Guest Services: The Guest Services Clerk assists with the scheduling of group tours, animal encounters, facility rentals, special events, and memberships while delivering outstanding customer service. Guest Services Clerks work mostly indoors, stand & walk throughout the day, and must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Answering phone calls and doing gift shop transaction sales are a daily task.
  • Safari Guide: The Safari Guide greets park guests, hands out village schedules, promotes events and answers basic guest questions. They also direct guests to Guest Services for registration, memberships, encounters or more in depth questions. Safari Guides drive the Safari Village Train and drive guests through the park for animal encounters. Safari Guides work mostly outdoors, stand & walk throughout the day, and must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Due to the driving component of this position, Safari Guides are required to have a three-year clean driving record and valid drivers license.
  • Gift Shop Clerk: The Gift Shop Clerk welcomes guests into the gift shop, assists Guest Services, answers questions about park products and services, directs guests to appropriate resources, and handles cash and credit sales. Gift Shop Clerks work between indoors and outdoors, stand & walk throughout the day, and must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Booth Clerk: The Booth Clerk welcomes guests to the park, transacts sales, verifies memberships, provides park rules and information to guests, and may work in a variety of settings including Admissions, Camel Ride Booth, Feed Cup Booth, Aviary Attendant, and more. Booth Clerks work mostly outdoors, stand & walk throughout the day, and must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • Food Services: The Food Services team at Wildlife Safari is responsible for preparing and serving a menu of items including grilled, deep fried, and cold items, along with soups, pastas and chili. Staff will also be responsible for taking/running orders, cashiering, serving ice cream, cooking, cleaning tables & dishes, etc. The Food Services Team works mostly indoors in a high-temperature environment, stand & walk throughout the day, and must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds. Part of the team runs the Snack Shack; an outdoor concession stand.
Maintenance Worker | $14.00 an hour | Full Time, Permanent

Position Overview

The Maintenance Technician performs installation, repair and improvements of park equipment and facilities. Also assists the Project Manager in the completion of capital and other special park projects. This position requires more advanced maintenance ability including ability to work with electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems.

Position Goal

The goal of the maintenance technician is to maintain the utility of the park and its facilities by performing more advanced maintenance tasks as assigned by the department supervisor or as needed by the project manager.


  • Performs general maintenance of drive-through including road, fence, and building repairs
  • Performs general maintenance of village area including exhibits, walkways, and fence repairs
  • Assists in the construction of park buildings including pens, shelters, and feeders
  • Performs digging, trenching, shoveling, and other manual labor
  • Responds to service calls requiring more advanced maintenance knowledge and skill
  • Assists in the installation, repair, and upgrade of park equipment
  • Operates park machinery and equipment
  • Hauls various materials throughout park
  • Cleans, organizes and properly stores tools and equipment
  • Variety of other maintenance tasks as assigned


  • Must be able to pass a drug test, including for marijuana
  • Candidates must agree to a background check
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and be able to bend and lift
  • A minimum high school diploma or equivalency
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • At least two years previous experience performing general maintenance

Wildlife Safari will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Wildlife Safari will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of physical or mental disability in regard to any position for which the applicant is qualified.

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