Teen Volunteer (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 17, 2017
I enjoyed by time at the Birmingham Zoo as a Volunteer. I worked there the last two summers (2015 and 2016). I really enjoyed my experience and interacting with the public. While volunteering, I learned a great deal of information about the animals.
tour guide (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 4, 2016
1. A typical day at work for me is surrounded by the noise of joyful kids and the beauty of nature and being around different animals. 2. I learned how to care for other animals and learn more about there habitat. 3. I work well with everybody, i kept my job professional and got along with everybody. 4. My co-workers were nice,respectful,and fun to hang around. 5.The hardest part of the job was speaking in public. 6. The most enjoyable part of the job was being surrounded by kids and helping them learn about different animals and there habitat.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – January 13, 2016
I learned a lot about myself and what I could do at the zoo as a volunteer. It was very fun to be able to have the chance to meet the people I've met. I also learned more about working as that was my first place of employment (volunteer or non-volunteer)
Zoo Keeper (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – November 13, 2013
Most of the reviews that you see online are from "Work Study" or from Paid Volunteer positions.
The Birmingham Zoo is a terrible place to work for Professionals seeking advancement.
Termination for employees is common at the end of the probationary period, and Human resources doesn't have a neutral point of view regarding arbitrating professional conduct.
Extreme amount of in-fighting amongst the staff. Leadership from the Top Down is ineffectual. Accountability for subordinates behavior and laziness is intolerable. If you are looking for supervisory role where you can shine or an opportunity to work in this field... You can find much better opportunities elsewhere.
If you decide to roll the dice and work there. Don't make any permanent or sacrificial life decisions because you will most likely not make it a year. HR has no active helpful role in resolving any issue.. meaning there is no protection from incompetent leadership.
Large Funding Base, Number One Attraction In The State Of Alabama
Helping zoo camp teachers, ticket booth workers, and zoo shop. I became a part of the zoo when I was the Division of Youth Services FOX6 Jobs for Kids
Teachers Aid and Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – June 25, 2012
Even though I can't get a clear memory, I believe a typical day before I worked in the ticket booth and zoo shop was to help the teachers and volunteers teach about animals in the zoo. Then, we would go around the zoo, teaching and looking at different animals. The kids would play at the play ground. Later, we eat, talk about what we learned and saw, and then head home. I learned about the different animals of the zoo. The management and my co-workers were fantastic. The most enjoyable part was learning.
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Birmingham, AL – November 10, 2015
It was very enjoyable volunteering at the Birmingham Zoo this fall. Being able to assist in making happy memories for children in a positive environment was a reward within itself, aside from gaining work experience.
operations (Former Employee) – birmingham, al – November 15, 2013
I had high hopes for the working at the Birmingham Zoo but they were quickly dashed by a horrible working environment and a management team that is shameful. Honestly of all my positions in my career I have never been treated this way.
African Hoofstock and Pachyderm Internship (Former Employee) – Birmingham, AL – August 19, 2012
I did an internship here which is basically like having a job but being unpaid. It was a lot of hard work but I have learned things that I would never learn anywhere else and I am so fortunate that I received the experience.
working closely with amazing animals, discounts to other zoos