Job Opportunities

Join us because Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a great place to work and grow!

It takes an incredible team of talented people to operate one of America’s best zoos. Be a part of what makes Riverbanks Zoo and Garden so remarkable! Riverbanks and Service Systems Associates offer a variety of full- and part-time job opportunities at the Zoo and Garden in an exciting and dynamic work environment.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden — Administration, Animal Care, Education, Guest Services, Grounds, Horticulture, Housekeeping, Maintenance and Public Safety

An exciting multi-million dollar major expansion is underway at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, promising a world-class guest experience at every turn. Come grow with us! Riverbanks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Benefits of Employment with Riverbanks vary for full-time and part-time employees.

  • State health and life insurance plans.
  • State retirement plan.
  • State credit union eligibility.
  • Sick and vacation leave.
  • 50% discount in riverbanks restaurants.
  • 20% discount in riverbanks gift shops.
  • Employee of the month recognition program.
  • Employee activities and celebrations.
  • Employee membership.
  • Free guest passes each year.

Current Job Openings with Riverbanks (last updated on February 17, 2015)

Riverbanks accepts applications via an online submission process only for current open positions; walk-in applications are not accepted. To apply, click on the online application button for the position you are interested in below. All applicants will receive notice of receipt of their application by an electronic auto-response; however, only the top candidates for each position will be contacted via telephone. If you are not contacted for an interview, please be assured that your resume will be kept on file for one year should a similar opportunity arise.

Guest Services Representative

Part-time
Posted: 12/15/14
Grade 1
Salary: $7.80/hr

Duties: Under direct supervision, provides consistently high quality guest service to Riverbanks’ guests and Society members. Works in a variety of guest services locations throughout the park including admissions (ticket booth), carousel, giraffe feeding platform, lorikeet aviary booth, Ropes Course, etc. Handles purchase transactions and manages cash/tokens. Communicates with the public about Riverbanks exhibits, attractions, services, and policies. Reports to the Guest Services Manager and the Director of Guest Services.

Requirements: High school diploma and 4-6 months of work experience in customer service or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Cashier experience and strong customer services skills are required. Must be available week days and weekends.

Apply today! Submit an online Employment Application.

Veterinary Technician

Full-time
Posted: 12/15/14
Grade 10
Salary: $29,411/yr

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for providing assistance to the Senior and Associate Veterinarians and to provide support in the evaluation and treatment of animals. Performs diagnostic tests and radiographs of animals, maintain record keeping, hospital cleanliness, will assist in surgical procedures on our collection animals, and provide care to wild native birds of prey at the BB&T Raptor Clinic.

Requirements: High school graduate with Associate's or Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology and one to two years of experience in animal care. Supervisory experience in a veterinary treatment environment preferred. Must be licensed in the state of South Carolina within one year of start. Must possess a valid S.C. driver's license. Excellent written, oral and group presentation communication skills. Must be proficient in MS Office, Word, Excel. Must be energetic and detail oriented.

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Children’s Garden Horticulturist

Full-time
Posted: 12/19/14
Grade 7
Salary: $11.52/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, is directly responsible for maintaining the children’s garden and the various botanical education programs offered. These programs include on-site interpretation and presentations, garden camps, guided tours, school services programs, outreach programs to garden clubs and similar organizations, and special events. Performs a wide variety of duties necessary for the horticultural care of the children’s garden, including planting, monitoring pests, pruning, pesticide application, watering plants, mowing grass and removing weeds. Assists horticulture staff with extensive gardening projects in the Zoo and Garden when required.

Requirements: Associates degree in Horticulture with two years of experience in a horticultural area; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Preference is for a Bachelor's degree in horticulture, education, or a related field. Ability to work productively on a team and independently. Prefer experience in a public garden. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.

Apply today! Submit an online Employment Application.

Parking Attendant

Part-time
Posted: 1/9/15
Grade 2
Salary: $8.18/hr

Duties: Under general supervision monitors Riverbanks parking lots and aids with traffic flow. Works to relieve traffic congestion, properly route deliveries and arrivals and maintain a clean, safe parking facility. Maintains good customer service and strives to provide our guests with a quality experience. May be cross-trained in other Guest Services positions such as ticket taker, Carousel Operator, Tram Driver, attendant, Dive Tender, etc. Reports to the Public Safety Manager.

Requirements: High school graduate with one to two years experience as a security officer; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess a valid South Carolina driver's license.

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Bird Keeper

Full-time
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 8.5
Salary: $12.62/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of a taxonomically diverse collection within the Bird Department. Feeding and watering birds, cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining exhibits and some public areas, observing animals for illness, injury, and abnormal behavior. Working with veterinary staff to monitor and treat injuries and diseases. Monitoring animal behavior and welfare. Participate in avian capture and restraint. Participate in artificial incubation and hand-rearing. Prepare animal shipping crates and paperwork, participating in internal and external animal moves. Working with power tools to build and maintain exhibits. Maintaining detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interacting with Riverbanks guests, and speaking to the public in a variety of formal and informal educational settings. Gaining certification for and participating as member of Riverbanks dive team. Conducting behavioral enrichment and operant conditioning. Providing assistance and guidance volunteers assigned to the department. Serving as Mentor to Bird Department Interns. Works cooperatively with other departments including maintenance, horticulture, education, and events. Performs other duties as assigned. Reports to the Senior Bird Keeper and the Curator of Birds.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required (in one of the Biological Sciences), and two to three years of experience working with animals, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

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Groundskeeper

Part-time
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Under general supervision is responsible for the routine maintenance and upkeep of park grounds and facilities. Works to maintain a high level of cleanliness throughout Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Operates trucks, forklift, sweeper, blowers and various grounds maintenance tools to perform tasks. Reports to the Grounds and Housekeeping Manager.

Requirements: High school graduate or equivalent, with five to eleven months of experience in grounds maintenance, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must possess a valid S.C. driver's license.

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Housekeeper

Part-time
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Under general supervision is responsible for the routine maintenance and upkeep of Riverbanks facilities. Works to maintain a high level of cleanliness throughout Riverbanks Zoo and Garden by following cleaning routines and responding to non-routine cleaning issues. Reports to the Grounds and Housekeeping Manager.

Requirements: High school graduate or equivalent, with five to eleven months of experience in grounds maintenance, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must possess a valid S.C. driver's license.

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KinderCamp Counselor - FT

Full-time (Temporary - May 30 – August 14, 2015)
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Leads summer camp educational programs. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to: zoology, botany, ecology, conservation, behavioral science, and other natural & physical sciences. Supervises and motivates groups of 15 children (ages 4-5 years old) per week. Enthusiastically presents planned activities, leads zoo and garden tours in an age-appropriate manner that is fun and engaging. Manages group behavior and demonstrates a passion for nature and children. Acts as positive role model for campers, parents, and fellow staff, inspiring progressive conservation actions throughout activities and lessons.

Requirements: Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking secondary education program, with one to two years experience working with children in an educational or instructional setting (formal or informal teaching, camp staffing, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc) or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must be comfortable handling small animals (reptiles, birds, small mammals, insects) and have a good knowledge of natural science. Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license. Must have and be able to provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification and a negative TB test by the first day of training. Must be available for all training dates May 30, June 1-4 from 8am to 5pm. Must be available at least 9 out of 10 weeks of camp – June 8 through August 14 working Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 3:30PM.

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KinderCamp Counselor - PT

Part-time (Temporary - May 30 – August 14, 2015)
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Leads summer camp educational programs. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to: zoology, botany, ecology, conservation, behavioral science, and other natural & physical sciences. Supervises and motivates groups of 15 children (ages 4-5 years old) per week. Enthusiastically presents planned activities, leads zoo and garden tours in an age-appropriate manner that is fun and engaging. Manages group behavior and demonstrates a passion for nature and children. Acts as positive role model for campers, parents, and fellow staff, inspiring progressive conservation actions throughout activities and lessons.

Requirements: Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking secondary education program, with one to two years experience working with children in an educational or instructional setting (formal or informal teaching, camp staffing, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc) or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must be comfortable handling small animals (reptiles, birds, small mammals, insects) and have a good knowledge of natural science. Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license. Must have and be able to provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification and a negative TB test by the first day of training. Must be available for all training dates May 30, June 1-4 from 8am to 5pm. Must be available at least 9 out of 10 weeks of camp – June 8 through August 14 working Monday – Friday 7:30AM – 12:30PM.

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Summer Camp Counselor

Full-time (Temporary – May 30 – August 14, 2015)
Posted: 2/17/15
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Leads summer camp educational programs. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to: zoology, botany, ecology, conservation, behavioral science, and other natural & physical sciences. Supervises and motivates groups of 15-25 children (between the ages of 6 and 12 years old) per week. Enthusiastically presents planned activities, leads zoo and garden tours in an age-appropriate manner that is fun and engaging. Manages group behavior and demonstrates a passion for nature and children. Acts as positive role model for campers, parents, and fellow staff, inspiring progressive conservation actions throughout activities and lessons.

Requirements: Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking secondary education program, with one to two years experience working with children in an educational or instructional setting (formal or informal teaching, camp staffing, tutoring, coaching, lessons, etc) or any equivalent combination of training and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must be comfortable handling small animals (reptiles, birds, small mammals, insects) and have a good knowledge of natural science. Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license. Must have and be able to provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification and a negative TB test by the first day of training. Must be available for all training dates May 30, June 1-4, from 8am to 5pm. Must be available at least 9 out of 10 weeks of camp – June 8 through August 14 working Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 3:30PM with one day per week until 5:15 pm.

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SSA — Food Service, Catering, and Retail

Service Systems Associates (SSA) is the on-site provider of culinary and retail experiences at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. SSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a variety of full- and part-time positions at Riverbanks throughout the year. Benefits will vary.

Please complete and mail the Application for Enrollment (PDF), along with your cover letter and resume.

Current Job Openings with SSA (last updated on September 9, 2014)

Concessions

Part-time (Weekend work required.)
Posted: 10/29/13

Description: SSA currently has positions open for concession stand sales at Riverbanks Zoo. Ideal candidates will enjoy working with the public in a fast paced environment, have some customer service experience and be committed to detail and maintaining a clean work environment. A positive attitude is mandatory in this position and previous retail sales experience is preferred. Please send a resume to the email address provided.

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Retail Sales Associates

Full-time (Weekday and Weekend availability.)
Posted: 10/29/13

Description: SSA is currently hiring for Fall season retail sales positions at Riverbanks Zoo. Candidates must be energetic and outgoing with the public, detail oriented and can work in a fast paced environment. Previous customer service or retail sales experience is preferred. Candidates must be available weekdays and weekends as work schedules could vary. Please send a resume to the email address provided.

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