Great Starter Job with Opportunity for Advancement
Admissions Team Member (Former Employee) – Powell, OH – January 12, 2015
I worked in the Columbus Zoo Admissions Dept. for 4 years, seasonally. It was my first job, and I feel very lucky for that. The dept. is very well organized and friendly, training is comprehensive, and pay is very good. If you stay a few seasons and are a self-starter, you're likely to be offered a team lead position.
I started when I was 17, got a $0.25 raise at 18, then one for the next four years, on top of rises in minimum wage. I started at around $7.25 and when I left made $8.75.
Since the dept is so big, everything is very organized and procedural. I loved this, as it meant I always knew what was going on in the park that day, that I would be guaranteed my breaks, and always had someone above me to help if need be. Training was comprehensive, both in a classroom setting and on-the-job.
Everyone in admissions is always extremely friendly, management very approachable, and there are fun events for the crew throughout the year, as well as free access to the parks on off days.
The park gets ridiculously busy in the summer and during zoo lights, so it gets draining dealing with several hundred to a thousand customers in a day.
Standing in the hot or cold is tiring, but you're always allowed to rotate in and out to cool off/warm up and leads frequently make hot cocoa or water runs.
10% off merchandise, 40% off food, free zoo/Zoombezi Bay passes
often out in the elements, on feet much of the day