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 (within three organizations) to operate one of America’s best zoos. Be a part of what makes Riverbanks Zoo and Garden so remarkable! Riverbanks, Service Systems Associates and ARAMARK 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 — Animal Care, Horticulture, Guest Services, Education, Maintenance and Administration

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 July 28, 2014)

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.

Tram Driver

Part-time
Posted: 1/10/14
Grade 2
Salary: $8.18/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, operates multi-car tram along assigned routes to transport guests of the zoo and garden to and from central loading areas. Provides assistance to guests. Practices safe driving techniques to ensure the safety of passengers and pedestrians. Handles vehicle servicing as necessary. Maintains records and prepares reports as required. Must also be available to work evening events as needed. Reports to the Senior Public Safety Officer.

Requirements: High school graduate and a minimum of two years previous passenger transportation experience. Excellent customer service skills a must. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.

Apply today! Submit an online Employment Application.

Veterinary Technician

Full-time
Posted: 1/31/14
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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Horticulturist

Full-time
Posted: 6/12/14
Grade 7
Salary: $11.52/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, performs horticultural duties for the purpose of beautifying and maintaining gardens, exhibits, animal habitats, plant collections, and/or public displays. Must be eager to learn about our collection and have ability to demonstrate creativity and teamwork. Works outdoors year-round in all weather conditions. Reports to the Curator of Zoo Habitat Horticulture.

Requirements: Associates degree in Horticulture, bachelors degree preferred with two years experience in a horticultural area; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Prefer professional horticulture experience and/or training. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.

Apply today! Submit an online Employment Application.

Events Technician

Part-time
Posted: 6/19/14
Grade 2
Salary: $8.18/hr

Duties: Under limited supervision is responsible for preparing the park for various special events. Tasks include building, painting, erecting and dismantling props and lighted images and “wrapping” trees with lights. This work is very physical; tasks are hands-on and require attention-to-detail. Must be able to follow directions and work independently. Also prepares AV equipment for events and functions. Insures the safety of the public by preparing displays and structures that are structurally sound. Maintains Riverbanks reputation for high quality events and aesthetics. Reports to the Senior Events Technician and the Events Manager.

Requirements: Must have some electrical or construction experience and be able to demonstrate good planning, organization, and teamwork skills. Must be able to work from a ladder and on a man-lift/boom at significant heights. Must be able to work in all weather conditions. Must be able to lift 30 pounds. Must have a valid SC driver’s license and be trained (or eligible for certification) to operate a forklift and a 60 ft boom.

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Mammal Keeper – Gorillas/Small Mammals

Full-time
Posted: 6/23/14
Grade 8
Salary: $12.62/hr

Duties: Under general supervision is responsible for the proper care of mammals in Riverbanks’ animal collection. Works primarily with Great Apes, various primates, and other small mammals. Feeds animals, cleans and maintains exhibits, works with veterinary staff to monitor and treat diseases, monitors animal behavior, and provides enrichment and training. Maintains detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records and reports. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team to provide top quality animal care. Reports to the Senior Keeper and the Assistant Curator.

Requirements: Requirements: Associate's degree, Bachelors preferred, in biology, zoology or wildlife management and one to two years experience working with zoo/exotic animals in a professional setting, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Experience working directly with gorillas and other primates preferred. Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

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Parking Attendant

Part-time
Posted: 6/23/14
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 Senior Public Safety Officer.

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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Education Program Instructor

Part-time (Part-time – class schedule varies, classes are offered Mon-Fri from 9:30 am-2:00pm)
Posted: 7/11/14
Grade 4
Salary: $9.42/hr

Duties: Facilitate education programs for groups of children of various ages preschool through college. Supervise children while leading them through various student-centered classroom and hands-on activities. Implement lesson plans that are written in accordance with national and state education standards. Interact with school teachers, chaperones, parents and members of the Education team. Conduct program evaluations and respond to feedback. May also facilitate overnight programs if desired. Reports to the Coordinator of School Programs.

Requirements: Must be enrolled in or be a graduate of a Bachelors program in Education or Science related field with some teaching experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Must have a strong base knowledge of science as it relates to animals and plants. Must be comfortable handling animals (small mammals, reptiles, and birds) and animal artifacts. Must be CPR/First Aid certified. Must demonstrate enthusiasm and a commitment to high quality programming and care of our guests.

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Guest Services Representative

Part-time
Posted: 7/11/14
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.

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Public Safety Officer

Part-time
Posted: 7/11/14
Grade 7
Salary: $11.52/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, maintains security of Riverbanks grounds, picnic area, and parking lots. Patrols and monitors gate entrances and exits. Provides security services during non-public hours for special events. Maintains good customer service and strives to achieve excellent public relations. Assists visitors by providing directions, locating missing persons, assisting stranded motorists, locating lost personal property, handling complaints or inquiries, providing first aid, etc. Prepares and maintains required reports. Controls keys and locks for all Riverbanks facilities and property. Must also be available to work evening and special events. Reports to the Senior Public Safety Officer and the Director of Guest Services.

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 demonstrate professionalism, customer service experience and strong communication skills. Must possess or be eligible for a valid South Carolina driver's license.

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Ropes Course Attendant

Part-time
Posted: 7/11/14
Grade 2
Salary: $8.18/hr

Duties: Under direct supervision, is responsible for the successful operation of the Sky High Safari attraction at Riverbanks. Works well with a team to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the course and consistent high quality service to all guests. Routinely performs and practices important tasks such as course inspections, harnessing, and emergency procedures. Works well with guests of all ages and abilities. Reports to the Senior Ropes Course Attendant and the Attractions Supervisor.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma. Some college education is preferred. Must have excellent communication and customer service skills. Must be comfortable working at great heights. Must demonstrate good decision-making and the ability to work well with a team.

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Associate Veterinarian

Full-time
Posted: 7/22/14
Grade 18
Salary: $60,000/yr

Duties: Under limited supervision is responsible for diagnosing and treating illness and injuries and administering preventive medicine programs for Riverbanks Zoo’s animal collection. Exercises skill and responsibility in anesthesia, surgery, quarantine protocols, radiology, nutrition, parasite management, and necropsy. Manages medical records using MedArks program. Communicates effectively with animal care staff and works closely with hospital team. Reports to the Senior Veterinarian.

Requirements: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university, with at least one year of post-graduate training, at least two years of veterinary experience within a zoological institution; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Residency training preferred. Excellent communication skills, ability to react well in crisis situations, and a strong desire to promote and provide top quality animal care in a zoological setting. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC State Veterinary license and driver's license.

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Maintenance Technician

Part-time
Posted: 7/28/14
Grade 8
Salary: $12.35/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for the repair and maintenance of a variety of Riverbanks structures, facilities, and equipment. Performs maintenance duty assignments such as plumbing, carpentry, and electrical. May operate medium to heavy equipment such as a forklift, backhoe, skid steer, snorkel lift, trencher, etc. Participates in renovating, building, and repairing structures for the containment of zoo animals and for public use. Receives, reviews, and responds to assigned maintenance requests, projects and work orders. Reports to the Maintenance Supervisor.

Requirements: High school graduate with vocational/technical training in construction technology/engineering and one to two years of experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must be able to work independently and work well with a team on a variety of tasks and priorities. Hands-on experience in commercial electrical and/or HVAC a plus. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license. Must be available to work weekends on a rotating schedule and be available for emergency call in as needed.

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Maintenance Technician-HVAC

Part-time
Posted: 7/28/14
Grade 8
Salary: $12.35/hr

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for diagnosing, maintaining and repairing various heating, air conditioning and refrigeration devices and systems. Replaces or repairs various other industrial equipment, heat pumps, air conditioning units, electric strip heat, gas boilers, domestic refrigerators, water coolers, cold generators, window units, ventilation systems, chill water units, and life support systems for various animals, fish, and reptiles. Works as a member of the maintenance team on various projects, doing HVAC and general maintenance and construction tasks. Is responsible for on-call weekend duty on a rotating basis. Reports to the Maintenance Supervisor.

Requirements: High school graduate with vocational/technical school training in HVAC courses with three to five years of experience in troubleshooting, repairing and installing HVAC systems; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must be certified to purchase and recycle refrigerant gases. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license.

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SSA — Food Service, Catering, or 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 June 18, 2014)

Catering Prep Cook

Full-time (Work hours vary based on events.)
Posted: 10/29/13

Description: SSA is seeking energetic, hardworking, experienced prep cooks to join our kitchen team. Must be able to perform in a fast-paced/high volume environment. Job Duties include: preparing fresh menu items while adhering to the recipes provided, properly maintaining the kitchen, equipment and food in a safe and sanitary manner. Previous cooking experience in a restaurant or catering environment is required. Please send resume to email address provided.

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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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ARAMARK — Grounds or Housekeeping

ARAMARK is the on-site provider of grounds and housekeeping services at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. ARAMARK is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Benefits will vary. Please visit ARAMARK’s Web site for employment opportunities at Riverbanks.

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