Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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Year-Round Employment Opportunities

Assist managers in the operation of the Gift Shop.

Part Time $15/hr

Essential Job Functions:

  • Excellent and positive customer service is always required.
  • Comfortable with raising Funds at register for “Conservation in Action” fund by asking guests to donate.
  • Learn all functions of the software program, including which functions can only be performed by a manager, i.e., tax-exempt sales.
  • Comfortable with computers.
  • Study and learn how to look up SKUs in Square, especially merchandise that is similar in appearance, to promote accurate scanning.
  • Handle money with accuracy; able to make change.
  • Straighten and/or clean the areas around register between customers.
  • As directed by the managers, complete other tasks while working at the register.
  • Learn how the backroom is organized and assist in maintaining it, including correcting anything that was not done in accordance with the organizational structure.
  • Price, sort, and stock merchandise.

Desired Training and Experience:

  • Previous retail experience preferable.
  • 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.) and climb ladders.

To Apply: Please submit resume via email to [email protected].

Rate of Pay: $15/hr

Location: Skaneateles

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates exceptional guest service skills.
  • Operates cash register ensuring accuracy when making change.
  • Seeks to provide a memorable experience in all guest interaction opportunities, culminating in the “Best Day Ever” for our guests.
  • Is responsive to guests questions regarding food items, prices, methods of preparation, items on sale and availability of food and beverage products.
  • Ensures that assigned area is kept orderly and continually cleans and sanitizes counter in designated areas.
  • Ensures proper procedures are followed when working with food and cooking equipment.
  • Prepares various products and ensures that the proper maintenance for the equipment is completed.
  • Assists with cleanup service when needed.
  • Accepts food orders and delivers food to guests in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be able to speak English.
  • Previous Food & Beverage or any type of guest service experience a plus.
  • Must take PRIDE in the workspace and thrive in a team environment.
  • Safety oriented.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

To Apply: Please submit resume via email to [email protected].

Full Time- $17/hr 

Creates and delivers interactive educational programs, on and off-site, using animal biofacts and robotics; Travels throughout Central New York; Regular, full time nonexempt position; Employment pending criminal and driver history records; Promotes the zoo and its mission.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Will be assigned primary responsibilities (registration, program development, delivery and evaluation) for designated programs, and will be cross trained to assist with delivery for other programs as needed.
  • Works with Education and Conservation Program Manager to achieve established program goals, including program impact and revenue
  • Supports teammates in delivering assigned programs when needed, providing program plans and materials
  • Works with community partners and clients to ensure success of programming
  • Adheres to Zoo policies and protocols

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attends regular staff meetings, including Education Staff, All-Staff, individual meetings with Education and Conservation Manager and Friends of the Zoo meetings
  • Required to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends as needed. Must be able to work one weekend day.
  • Required to work and drive in a variety of weather conditions
  • May be required to drive personal vehicle to programs when zoo vehicle is not available (mileage reimbursement provided)
  • Performs other duties as requested

Desired Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, zoology, biology, environmental science or a related field.
  • A minimum of one year’s experience working in an educational capacity in a school, zoo, aquarium, nature center or similar organization.
  • Knowledge of NYS Learning Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards
  • Previous experience working with grades K-2  and camp programs preferred
  • Previous knowledge in interactive virtual learning a plus

Skills / Knowledge Required:

  • Ability to demonstrate and communicate scientific and conservation messages in a lively, engaging manner to diverse audiences from infants to adults
  • Excellent public speaking, organizational, record keeping and writing skills
  • Ability to be self-directed, flexible, work as a team player, achieve established goals and maintain accurate records
  • Proficient with computer programs, including Microsoft Office
  • Capable of lifting 50 pounds
  • Must have a valid NYS Driver’s License, reliable transportation and a registered and insured vehicle.  Must be able to use personal vehicle for work purposes.  NYS DMV Clearance.

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

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