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 SSA Group offer a variety of full- and part-time job opportunities at the Zoo and Garden in an exciting and dynamic work environment.

Riverbanks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Benefits of Employment with Riverbanks

The following vary for full-time and part-time employees:

  • State health and life insurance plans.
  • State retirement plan.
  • Sick and vacation leave.
  • 50% discount in Riverbanks restaurants.
  • 20% discount in Riverbanks gift shops.
  • Employee recognition programs.
  • Employee activities and celebrations.
  • Employee membership.
  • Free guest passes each year.

Current Job Openings with Riverbanks (last updated on February 29, 2024)

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 after submission; 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.

Summer Camp Counselor

Full-time (Full-time Temporary: May 28 - August 2, 2024 (Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm, shifts may vary)
Salary: $$12.00/hr
Posted: 2/29/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: 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 16-20 children (between the ages of 5 and 12 years old) per week.  Enthusiastically presents planned activities and 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 a positive role model for campers, parents, and fellow staff, inspiring progressive conservation actions throughout activities and lessons.

Education and Experience: Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking 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 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.

 

 

Fleet Mechanic Technician

Full-time
Salary: $25.00-$28.00/hr; Commensurate with Experience
Posted: 2/22/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under general supervision, is responsible for general repair and maintenance to a variety of structures, equipment, vehicles, and facilities at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.  Maintenance duties will vary daily and can include assignments such as general repair, general mechanic work, and preventative maintenance. Fleet mechanic duties to include but not limited to the following:

Essential Functions:

  • Use diagnostic equipment to evaluate mechanical problems in vehicles.
  • Perform mechanical repairs.
  • Service all vehicles according to an established preventive maintenance schedule. Change oil and filters; lubricate vehicle parts; inspect and replace hoses, belts, mirrors, lamps; and maintain all fluid levels.
  • Maintain accurate, updated records of preventive maintenance.
  • Inspect all vehicles and evaluate the condition of systems, equipment, accessories, and lights; service as needed.
  • Assist with all aspects of fleet maintenance and fleet management to include staff training.
  • General maintenance duties as needed unrelated to fleet maintenance as assigned by manager. 

Fleet Mechanic Technician will be required to operate medium to heavy equipment such as a forklift, backhoe, skid steer, trencher, etc. as necessary to complete maintenance work assignments and for service and repair of vehicles. Must be available for on-call duty after hours and be available some weekends. 

Education and Experience: High school graduate with vocational/technical training in vehicle and industrial equipment repair. ASE certification(s) preferred. Three to five years of experience as a maintenance mechanic or technician or tradesmen; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license.

Staff Veterinarian

Full-time
Salary: $80,000-$90,000/yr; Commensurate with Experience
Posted: 2/15/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Given objectives set by the Director of Animal Health, is responsible for diagnosing and treating illness and injuries and administering preventive medicine programs for Riverbanks Zoo & Garden’s animal collection and birds presented to the Truist Raptor Center. Exercises skill and responsibility in anesthesia, surgery, quarantine protocols, radiology, nutrition, parasite management, and necropsy. 

  • Manages medical records using Zoological Information Management Software. 
  • Communicates with animal care staff to ensure optimal health care for the collection and works with them to monitor and treat animal diseases.
  • Works with the animal care staff to develop necessary modifications in animal habitat, diet, training, and enrichment. Remains well informed of changes in policies, animal care, supply needs and equipment and ensures compliance with established policies.
  • Cultivates and maintains a positive working environment. Effectively interacts and communicates with senior staff, employees, interns, volunteers, and other zoo and garden departments.
  • Contributes to various organization-wide initiatives and projects. Participates in dangerous animal escape procedures and drills.
  • Participates in relevant AZA conservation and science committees/activities. Some travel required to attend meetings, professional development opportunities or conferences.

Education and Experience: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university, with a minimum of one year of post-graduate training required. At least one year of veterinary experience within a zoological institution preferred; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Residency training preferred.

The ideal candidate will be able to work independently without close oversight, but also be a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority. Strong communication, interpersonal, and supervisory skills are required in this role. Must maintain a flexible schedule for weekend, holiday, and after-hours assignments. Must be dedicated to excellence with 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 SC driver’s license.

 

Herpetology Supervisor

Full-time
Salary: $21.66/hr
Posted: 2/15/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under the general supervision of the Curator of Herpetology, oversees the staff members and is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks’ reptile and amphibian collection. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supervises, trains, and leads the work of the herpetology keepers and monitors their performance.
  • Supervises the recruitment, training and safety of interns and volunteers.
  • Schedules keeper time off, including holiday, vacation, and sick days.
  • With the Curator, plans and implements animal transfers.
  • Conducts husbandry duties according to departmental guidelines, including feeding animals, cleaning, maintaining, designing, and constructing exhibits.
  • Monitors and maintains life support and lighting systems.
  • Monitors animal health and behavior and develops the proper enrichment and operant conditioning principles.
  • Maintains detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records.
  • Takes proper measures to ensure the security of animal enclosures.
  • In the absence of the Curator, may be called upon to supply the appropriate antivenom for an exotic snakebite. Will be familiar with the various antivenoms that Riverbanks holds and the type of snakebites they treat. 
  • Ensures supply closet is stocked and orders new supplies as needed.
  • Conducts tours of the Aquarium Reptile Conservation Center and presents educational programs for school groups, college-level classes, and Society members.
  • May be involved in various AZA, conservation, and other professional activities.
  • Works cooperatively with other departments including maintenance, horticulture, education, marketing, and events.
  • Works closely with the veterinary team to monitor health and treat animal health concerns.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: Associate degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management; Bachelor’s degree preferred, with three to five years’ experience as a herpetology keeper; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.  Previous experience working directly with reptiles in a professional setting preferred. Must have a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working with venomous reptiles. Previous experience working with Komodo dragons, elapids, and large viperids preferred. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license.

 

Bird Keeper

Full-time
Salary: $17.25/hr
Posted: 2/15/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: The Riverbanks Bird department is looking for a motivated and inspired team member to work with over 300 birds representing ~ 70 species! Under general supervision is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks animals in area of assignment.  Conducts husbandry duties, according to departmental guidelines, including feeding animals, cleaning, and maintaining exhibits. Monitors animal health and behavior and uses proper enrichment and animal training principles. Maintains detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records. Takes proper measures to ensure the security of animal enclosures. Assists with upkeep of all facilities. May be involved in various AZA, conservation, and other professional activities. Works cooperatively with other departments including maintenance, horticulture, education, and events. Performs other duties as assigned. Reports to the Curator of Birds.

This position includes opportunities to:

- Be trained to work on all 5 avian runs.

- Participate in artificial incubation, hand rearing and parent assist rearing for Lorikeets, Flamingos, Penguins and much more! 

- Become open water and dry suit dive certified and join the Riverbanks Dive Team. 

- Participate in a schedule rotation providing periodic weekends off.

Riverbanks is committed to providing a thriving work environment with staff appreciation and ample opportunities for growth and professional development.

Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree (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. SCUBA and First Aid/CPR certifications are desirable. Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

 

Commissary Technician

Full-time (Tuesday & Wednesday days-off)
Salary: $14.09/hr
Posted: 2/2/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under general supervision is responsible for the timely preparation and delivery of animal diets and feeds according to precise instructions and fixed schedules. Proficiently uses knives and other kitchen equipment to produce animal diets with correct weights, measures, and ingredient sizes. Handles produce, meat, fish, and a variety of other animal food items.  Ensures acceptable condition of items and rotates stock. Capable of meeting work deadlines when short-staffed.  Unloads feed deliveries, delivers completed diets to animal areas in vehicles/on foot, maintains a clean and sanitary work environment.  Provides assistance and information to co-workers and keeper staff.  Reports to the Commissary Supervisor and the Commissary Manager. 

Education and Experience: High School graduate who is at least 18 years old and possesses a valid driver’s license.  Previous kitchen/food prep experience is a plus.  Requires standing for long periods of time performing repetitive food chopping and ingredient weighing.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, must be willing to learn and follow instructions.  Must be a team player who can manage a large workload in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, deadline-driven work environment.  Must be able to employ basic math skills on a regular basis. Must be dependable, punctual, organized, and conscientious. Five-day work week: 7:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday days-off. Work schedule will include weekends, holidays, and inclement weather days.

Public Safety Officer (1st Shift)

Part-time (Shift Availability: 8:15am-5:30pm)
Salary: $12.00/hr
Posted: 2/1/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation. 

Responsibilities: Under general supervision, maintains security of Riverbanks east and west campus, picnic areas, and parking lots. Patrols and monitors gate entrances and exits. Assists with operation of Waterfall Junction, 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 evenings and special events as needed. Reports to the Public Safety Manager.

Education and Experience: 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. 

Maintenance Technician

Full-time
Salary: $19.00/hr
Posted: 2/1/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.  

Responsibilities: Under general supervision, is responsible for general repair and maintenance to a variety of structures, equipment, vehicles, and facilities at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.  Duties will vary daily and can include assignments such as general repair, preventative maintenance, carpentry, minor plumbing/electrical/HVAC, welding, excavating, fence repair, etc.  May be required to operate medium to heavy equipment such as a forklift, backhoe, skid steer, snorkel lift, trencher, etc. as required to complete assignments. Also, may participate in renovation or construction projects. Must be available to work occasional evenings when needed for special projects or zoo events. Must be available to work on weekends. Must be available for on-call duty after hours.

Education and Experience: High school graduate with vocational/technical training in equipment repair/trade or Associates Degree in related field, and three to five years of experience as a maintenance worker or tradesmen; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Must possess or be eligible for a valid S.C. driver's license.

 

Events Technician

Full-time
Salary: $14.14/hr
Posted: 1/31/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation. 

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Events Manager, will be responsible for helping to ensure high quality special events and positive guest experiences through hands-on, detail-oriented tasks including:

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with Events team, guests, and other departments at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.
  • Provide personalized assistance, resolving guest needs for events; providing fast and accurate responses to guest requests, ensuring high standards of customer service.
  • Proactively handles and troubleshoots any technical issues that arise prior to, during, and after the event.
  • Oversees and inventories stock and maintenance of supplies for specific programs and events as needed, alerting the Events Manager when supplies are low or damaged.
  • Maintaining proper lighting and audio for special events and daytime operations.
  • Constructing, assembling, and dismantling event components and audio/visual equipment.
  • Preparing displays that are structurally sound and safe.
  • Operating golf carts, forklifts, and aerial lifts.
  • Must be available to work occasional evenings when needed for special projects or zoo events.

Education and Experience: High school diploma with some electrical or construction experience required, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate good planning, organization, and teamwork skills. Must be comfortable working from a ladder and aerial lifts at significant heights. Must be able to work in all weather conditions and be able to lift at least 50 pounds. Must possess or be eligible for a South Carolina driver’s license.

 

 

Mammal Keeper- Farm/Ambassador

Full-time
Salary: $17.25/hr
Posted: 1/25/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Under general supervision is responsible for the proper care of animals in Riverbanks’ animal collection. Works with domestic and exotic animals housed in our interactive farm setting and ambassador animal collections, including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, invertebrates, and birds. Main responsibilities include feeding animals, cleaning and maintaining habitats, working with veterinary staff to monitor and treat diseases, and monitoring animal behavior. Duties also include providing enrichment, and training animals for use as ambassador animals as well as for husbandry and medical purposes. Candidate must be able to maintain detailed behavioral, reproductive, and medical records using ZIMS as the primary record keeping tool.  Candidate must be able to cooperate within a team to provide top quality animal care, communicate and work cohesively with other departments, and interact with Riverbanks guests. Reports to the Supervisor and Curator of Mammals.

Education and Experience: The ideal candidate will have an associate degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management; Bachelor’s degree preferred, 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 ambassador animals and in a high guest contact situation preferred.  Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

Housekeeper

Part-time
Salary: $13.00/hr
Posted: 1/2/2024

Shift Availability: 8:00am-4:00pm, 2:00-8:00pm

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.  

Responsibilities: 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 Environmental Services Manager.

Education and Experience: High school graduate or equivalent, with three to six months of experience in grounds maintenance, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. The ideal candidate will enjoy working outdoors in all weather conditions and be able to stand for long periods of time. Must possess a valid S.C. driver's license.

SSA Group — Food Service, Catering, and Retail

SSA Group 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.

Search for current job openings with SSA.