Volunteer (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 12, 2015
Fun and exciting, this job is a job for those who are huge animal lovers. Medium level job, memory of the zoo layout would be a good thing to have. All staff are friendly and positive, most customers are pretty easy to entertain.
Admissions (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 12, 2015
WPZ is doing amazing work with wildlife conservation all around the world, as well as an extraordinary job educating over a million visitors per year on how they can help as well. WPZ is a perfect example of how a Zoo should be. Its naturalistic exhibits and animal care are the best. Whatever position you work you work in at the Zoo, you still feel like you are a part of something special.
Seeing exotic animals everyday, behind-the-scenes tours, great work culture.
General Admissions (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 11, 2015
There is alot of variety in the daily work there, which helps keeps things interesting. The crew is amazing and the management truly listens and takes action in a timely fashion. It is ridiculously fun to make the day of the zoo guests a bit more fun and education. The hardest part was that it was just a temporary position.
No longer exists (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – October 9, 2015
This review is about the animal management side, not operations.
WPZ used to be a leader in the zoo world for advancements in animal welfare (first to implement naturalistic enclosures) and technology (their website is zoo.org after all). Unfortunately, it's been riding on that reputation for the last 30 years without much continued progress.
The wages are unusually high for the industry, which leads to increased job loyalty and a very experienced and knowledgeable staff, which is great in many ways. This also means that new positions are rarely available, change or progress is extremely difficult, and money is always tight.
There is a huge emphasis on cutting spending. Staff are expected to do the work of 2 people in half the time. If you go overtime because unexpected things happen, you're scolded for not being more efficient. Those that are naturally more efficient are promoted to positions that do the work of 3 or 4 people so that other positions can be cut - leading to burn out, possible injury, or inevitable failure (which is scapegoated on the individual employee, not poor management). There is a huge lack of trust, respect, and general professionalism on almost all levels.
All this is exacerbated by the current (2015) changeover of CEOs and the new "interim" CEO wanting to show off at the expense of staff safety, business growth, and animal welfare. I sincerely hope they get a new CEO in there who actually cares about animal welfare, the advancement of zoos and conservation science, and the professional growth and safety of the staff.
Union positions equal good wages, Great environment for animal lovers and conservation enthusiasts, Front line staff care deeply about their animals and/or roles
Very difficult to get a benefitted position, Management is powerless and panicky, Business infrastructure is dated and updates are slow and difficult to implement
Seasonal Admissions Associate (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 2, 2015
Although I wasn't there for long, I had a lot of fun with my coworkers. The job itself was probably the easiest as people just want to get their ticket and get inside, but the only annoyance was working in the lot. I got forgotten one night in the North lot and was lucky I ran into Scott. My phone, wallet, and keys were inside. I was pretty upset.
Overall, great place to work. Management is supportive and the guests aren't too bad.
Cart Runner (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 10, 2015
it was fun working at the zoo. they give you probably to much responsibility but you learn to handle that really fast. made a lot with tips for zoo tunes and had a blast as well. would go back and work for them if asked.
Caricature Artist (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – February 17, 2014
I had the opportunity to draw caricatures here, and I loved it! My manager taught me how to make my drawings more dynamic. My coworkers were great and clearly loved what they were doing. I made a ton of friends
Zoo Corps Intern (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – August 22, 2013
Working at Woodland Park Zoo was the most fun I've ever had at a job. I was a part of Zoo Corps (a teen program) that helped out in almost every area of the zoo: food prep., keeper assistance, classes and camps, training volunteers, the petting zoo, customer service, and educational stands/animal handling. Working here provided me with a variety of experiences that are widely applicable and almost impossible to find in any one place (other than the zoo) especially in an entry level position. The management was great; helpful, educational, kind, patient, and they had fun too. And my co-workers were my peers, we all got along and no one wasn't having a good time. To be honest, I can't remember one thing I didn't enjoy about working at the zoo.
great people, they were all so welcoming and helpful
Volunteer Crew Member (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – December 1, 2012
when i volunteered at wood land park zoo i was very surprised to see such a diverse group of young adults also volunteering with me and we all got along so well. it was a dream job with the most helpful supervisor's and manager,s and counselor's. it was great.
Zoo Corps Intern (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – August 4, 2012
I volunteered and worked at Woodland Park Zoo as part of a youth development program. All of the adults I worked with were really passionate about their jobs, as well as helping to shape the professionalism and office behavior of the teens. The hardest part of the job is maintaining a professional environment while working with good friends.
Zoo Service Associate (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 10, 2012
I loved working at the Zoo. Management was almost, they got things done, worked conflicts well, but knew how to have fun. Co-workers was also so much fun. It was very busy but it was a very fun place to work.