Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the Southwick’s Zoo team!
In accordance with Massachusetts child labor laws, please no applicants under 16 years of age.
All positions require working weekends and holidays. Seasonal positions are not full time. Schedules vary weekly and we cannot guarantee set hours and days.
Applications for review may or may not get a call for interview. Please review the position descriptions available below to determine which position you are best suited for.
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Available Seasonal Positions
General Team Member (18+)
This position is perfect for the person who wants to work in more than just one area of the zoo. General Team Members are trained for a few different positions including custodial, rides, etc. Applicants must be motivated, hardworking, and have an upbeat attitude. Applicants must also be comfortable working outdoors and able to work on his or her feet for extended periods of time. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Kiddie Ride Operator (18+)
Note: Kiddie Ride Operators work with our mechanical kiddie rides, and this position does not include the Skyfari Ride, zipline, pony rides, or camel rides.
Kiddie ride applicants must be safety conscious and enjoy working with the public, particularly children. This position requires a positive and upbeat demeanor while providing a safe and respectful environment for all visitors. Applicants must also be comfortable working outdoors and able to work on his or her feet for extended periods of time. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Custodians are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the zoo’s grounds. They help provide a clean, safe, and welcoming environment for our visitors. Responsibilities will include cleaning restrooms, restocking supplies, picking up and disposing of trash, sweeping and mopping floors, and other assigned tasks. Applicants must be able to follow oral and written instruction. Applicants must also be comfortable working outdoors, able to work on his or her feet for extended periods of time, and able to comfortably lift up to 50lbs.
Applicants 18 years+ preferred.
Zipline Operator (18+)
Employees in this position operate our Soaring Eagle Zipline ride. Prior experience with ride operation is preferred, but we are willing to train. Zipline operators must be friendly, safety conscious, and comfortable interacting with zoo visitors. Applicants must be able to work on their feet, outdoors for extended periods of time. Applicants must also be able to bend frequently, so this position is not recommend for those with any back issues. Zipline operators may also work with our Skyfari Ride. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Skyfari Operator (18+)
This position includes both operation and maintenance of our Skyfari ride. Applicants must have experience with machinery and some mechanical knowledge. Applicants must be comfortable interacting with visitors and have the ability to work quickly and safely with others in a supervisory capacity. This position may require early mornings and working outdoors for extended periods of time. Skyfari operators may also work with our Zipline ride. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Please note that, while we are accepting applications, at this time we do not have any zookeeper openings. To inquire about other zookeeper employment opportunities at Southwick’s Zoo, please call 800-258-9182 ext 209 or mail your cover letter (addressed to Betsey Brewer), resume, and two professional references to:
Attn: Animal Care
2 Southwick’s Street
Mendon, MA 01756