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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

The following 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 August 7, 2020)

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.

Mammal Keeper – Farm/Zebra/Ostrich

Full-time
Grade 8
Salary: $12.62/hr
Posted: 8/7/2020

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

Responsibilities: Under general supervision and is responsible for the proper care of mammals in Riverbanks’ animal collection. Works primarily with the domestic animals at the farm, ostrich, zebra and other designated mammal areas as needed. 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 Mammal Curator.

Education and Experience: Associate's 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 domestic and/or exotic hoofed animals preferred. Must possess or qualify for a valid SC driver's license.

Senior Bird Keeper

Full-time
Grade 9.5
Salary: $13.86/hr
Posted: 8/5/2020

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

Responsibilities: Under general supervision of the Bird Curator, is responsible for supervising the exceptional care of animals within Riverbanks’ bird collection. Has an advanced knowledge of avian biology and aviculture. Trains, delegates, and supervises the work of Bird Keepers, interns, and volunteers. Maintains engaging and productive exhibits and functional, orderly work areas. Implements breeding recommendations/protocols. Reviews and updates Standard Operating Procedures. Oversees procedures including capture, restraint, and introductions. Works with veterinary staff to diagnose and treat animal illness and injury. Assists in animal transports.  Maintains accurate and effective animal and staff records. Leads welfare monitoring, enrichment and operant conditioning programs within Department. Leads Department participation in Riverbanks Dive Program (penguin exhibit maintenance/management). Submits and tracks facilities work orders. Liaises with other Departments.  Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology or Wildlife Management and three to five years of experience working with exotic birds in a professional setting, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities. Must have experience working directly with exotic birds in a professional setting. Supervisory experience a plus. Must be a self-starter with excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Excellent communication and customer service skills required. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.  Must be, or be willing and able, to be trained to participate in the Riverbanks Dive Program (open water SCUBA, dry suit/cold water dive, First Aid/CPR/AED/Oxygen Provider certifications).

 

HVAC Technician

Full-time
Grade 13
Salary: $18.90/hr
Posted: 7/29/2020

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

Responsibilities: Under general supervision, is responsible for diagnosing, maintaining, and repairing various heating, air conditioning and refrigeration devices and systems.  

• Replaces or repairs various 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.  

• Performs regular maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks, such as charging systems with refrigerant, replacing parts, changing filters, lubricating motors and parts, cleaning fan coils, blowing out condensation lines, etc.  

• Monitors and maintains energy management system to include, entering weekly schedules for facility and rental events, analyzing data from system for troubleshooting, monitoring system from home via mobile device.  

• Receives and reviews various records and reports such as maintenance requests, billing invoices, shipping invoices, technical study reports, architectural drawings, electrical diagrams, pressure temperature charts, etc. 

• Utilizes a wide array of tools such as sheet metal tools, carpentry tools, electrical tools, mechanical tools, masonry tools, plumbing tools, HVAC tools, computers, refrigerant recovery machine, various electronic testing equipment, leaks detectors, phones system testing and analyzing equipment, etc.  

• Works as a member of the maintenance team on various projects, completing HVAC and general maintenance and construction tasks.  

• Responsible for responding to after hours and weekend HVAC equipment outages per the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor. Reports to the Director of Facilities Maintenance.

Education and Experience: 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. Must be available to work weekends and on call as needed.

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.

Search for current job openings with SSA.