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2020 Season: May 25-October 31

Employment

*If you are looking for information regarding Animal Care or Education Internships with EARTH Limited and Southwick’s Zoo, click HERE.

*If you are looking for information about employment at Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern (front of house, back of house, and event staff positions), click HERE.

Seasonal Positions

Requirements For All Seasonal Positions

Seasonal positions are part-time, and schedules will vary weekly for most positions.

Please review the position descriptions below before completing your application to determine which position you are best suited for. In accordance with Massachusetts child labor laws, please no applicants under 16 years of age.

  • Availability: Applicants must be available to work during our normal season (April through October) including weekdays, weekends, holidays unless stated otherwise.
  • All applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Please note that some positions require a minimum age of 18 years.
  • All applicants must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions unless otherwise stated in the job position requirements.
  • All job positions can be assigned additional duties as required by management.

Available Seasonal Positions

Please review the positions below to determine which position you are best suited for. Please do not apply for positions unless you meet both age and job requirements. Sorry, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to consider applications that do not meet all requirements, and not all applicants will be contacted.

Click position titles to expand for full descriptions and requirements.

General Zoo Crew (Applicants must be 18+)

Overview

This position is ideal for those looking for variety! Employees in this position may work in many areas of the park including parking, ride operations, and more.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Per MA law, must submit and pass a CORI check.
  • Weekend availability is a priority.
  • Must be safety conscious and have a strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Must enjoy working with people, particularly children.
  • Must have a positive and upbeat demeanor.
  • Must have strong customer service and communication skills.
  • This position would require regularly standing and walking. Applicants must be able to use both hands, reach with hands and arms, kneel, crouch, or crawl occasionally, and be able to lift or move up to 60 pounds.

Safety and Security (Applicants must be 18+)

Overview

Safety and Security Officers aids the public in emergency and nonemergency situations, helps to protect the zoo property, and enforce Southwick’s Zoo safety policies and procedures. This position will provide that applicants obtain TIPS and Crowd Manager Certification. The applicant must be able to work inside the park, outside the park in the Parking lot, along with during the day, night, weekends and holidays as needed in the park as well as at Events.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and on a team.
  • Position would require regularly standing, sitting, and walking for long periods of time.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain First Aid, CPR and AED certification.
  • Applicants will need to consent to a background check, which includes a criminal history and driving records check.
  • It is recommended to submit a resume and cover letter with the application.

Kiddie Ride Operator (Applicants must be 18+)

Overview

Kiddie Ride Operators are responsible for operating the mechanical amusement rides within the zoo. They must ensure a safe environment for zoo visitors while providing excellent customer service. Operators board and secure guests, operate rides, enforce zoo safety rules and regulations, and perform additional tasks as required by management. May also assist with parking as needed.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Per MA law, must submit and pass a CORI check.
  • Weekend availability is a priority.
  • Must be safety conscious and have a strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Must enjoy working with people, particularly children.
  • Must have a positive and upbeat demeanor.
  • Must have strong customer service and communication skills.
  • This position would require regularly standing and walking. Applicants must be able to use both hands, reach with hands and arms, kneel, crouch, or crawl occasionally, and be able to lift or move up to 60 pounds.

Skyfari Ride Operator (Applicants must be 18+)

Overview

This position includes both operation and maintenance of our Skyfari ride. Skyfari Operators are required to follow proper safety and operational procedures which include loading and unloading riders, responsibly operating the ride, enforcing safety rules, and reporting concerns as they arise.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Per MA law, must submit and pass a CORI check.
  • Must have experience working with machinery and have mechanical knowledge.
  • Must be friendly and comfortable interacting with visitors, including answering questions.
  • Must be safety conscious and have the ability to work quickly and safely with others in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must complete yearly safety training.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and ability to maintain effective communication.
  • This position requires regularly standing and walking. Applicants must be able to use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl occasionally, and be able to lift or move up to 60 pounds.

Zip Line Ride Operator (Applicants must be 18+)

Overview

Employees in this position operate our Soaring Eagle Zip Line ride. Zip Line operators are responsible for ensuring the safety of our visitors while providing a fun and exciting experience. Zip Line Operators handle ride payments, assist guests with boarding the ride, ensure that they are safely restrained, operate the ride, and explain and enforce all ride safety rules and regulations.

 Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Per MA law, must submit and pass a CORI check.
  • Must be safety conscious and have strong attention to detail.
  • Must be friendly and comfortable interacting with zoo visitors of all ages.
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years mechanical experience.
  • Prior ride operation experience is preferred, but we are willing to train.
  • This position requires regularly standing and walking. Applicants must be able to use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl occasionally, and be able to lift or move up to 60 pounds.

Please thoroughly read position descriptions and requirements before applying. Sorry, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to consider applications that do not meet all requirements, and not all applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Animal Care Positions

Please note that we do not have any zookeeper openings at this time. To inquire about future animal care 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
Southwick’s Zoo
2 Southwick’s Street
Mendon, MA 01756

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