Park Ranger (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 15, 2017
I love the environment and the people that work at the zoo. Everyone is there because they love what they do and are passionate about similar things. It makes for a very productive working environment and going to work is a joy. Low pay but still a great place to work.
EXHIBIT GUIDE (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – September 10, 2017
The Phoenix zoo is a place that allows you to grow as an animal enthusiast, educator, and service representative.It is competitive which keeps you on your A-game but everyone is supportive and there is honestly no better place to work.
Ambassador (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – July 24, 2017
It was an ok job. Not too good but not too bad. Great employees, but if you were working alone in an area you couldn't use the bathroom at all even if it was super slow. It does work around your schedule but you don't get many hours a all.
Anonymous (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – June 13, 2017
This place has so much potential but the management could be better with development of the staff. Upper management should guide and help middle management but it would appear as if they don't. The turnover rate in most departments is something that should be looked at and seriously considered. It is appaling. Something is not right. This is not just that its hot or that it does not pay the best issue, this is a management issue. This is a non-profit Zoo, the pay discrepencies between upper management and the rest of the people who work so hard, show up everyday and keep the zoo running is also very unbalanced.
Cashier/Cook (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – April 8, 2017
I worked here to get by my freshman year of college. The pay was okay for it being my first job but hours were awful. During the holidays I'd work doubles due to it being short staffed and would sometimes have to miss class in order to help out.
Guest Service Ambassador (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – February 23, 2017
Working for the phoenix zoo was a fun experience. While I worked there, I learned how to be efficient and manage large crowds. There was a large quantity of employees, so being a team player s most definitely a requirement.
great place if your're just starting out or looking to retire
Zookeeper/Animal Trainer (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – February 6, 2017
I loved my time at the Phoenix Zoo and wouldn't trade it for the world. I wish that more full time opportunities had been available when my new supervisor took over. A change in management was exactly what our department needed, but by that time, I was burnt out from working two part time jobs, that I needed to part ways. I would also like to see the zoo offer some benefits to part time employees. However, every zookeeper know the sacrifices we make to take care of these animals and it's one worth making.
work with best animals, great supervisor, great work experience
Guest Service Ambassador (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – July 8, 2016
first off you get into the zoo for free for as long as you work there. You can get a lot of the exhibits for free as well, and if you want food all you have to do is show that you work there and you get an amazing discount which really helps out. people there are fun and helpful, easygoing when they can be but mostly just business when they need to be.
Phoenix Arizona, Birthday Party Coordinator (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – March 30, 2016
How can you not love walking into work and looking out over the savannah. I have worked for the zoo for 15plus years both full time and part time. I call this my fun job and would say the hardest part of the job would be leaving it.
LEAD INSTRUCTOR (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – October 22, 2014
Set up and tear down camps Prepare food Delegate and organize nightly duties to instructors Greet campers Set expatiations for Staff, campers, teachers and parents Teach and educate groups conservation and natural environments for animals. Handle animals with safety protocols Lead night hikes Handle guest concerns Communicate with Rangers and Supervisors any concerns that may arise. Complete proper paperwork for each shift. Ensure that all duties have been completed at the end of shift.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – May 7, 2014
A typical day consists of a lot of heat and a lot of faces. Constant contact with customers as you're giving them directions or showing them where the animals in a certain exhibit are. You learned something new about the animals everyday. Management is really easy going, since it was self-scheduled you only showed up when you wanted to. Co-workers were really nice, since it was volunteer, only people who wanted to be there were there. The hardest part was dealing with the heat, in the summer it was really difficult to walk all the trails constantly. The most enjoyable part was just being there, seeing all the animals, learning about them and the general atmosphere.