March 9, 2011

Summer jobs with the Toronto Zoo

Anybody that's ever lived or gone to school in the Greater Toronto Area has probably visited the Toronto Zoo at least once. Since opening in 1974, millions of people have visited the zoo and witnessed the polar bears swim in frigid waters, the giraffes reach for leaves up high, and monkeys swing effortlessly across a jungle gym.

And if you like animals, have great customer service skills, and are flexible enough to work days/evenings/weekends/holidays during the summer, then take a look at the various summer jobs that the Toronto Zoo is currently recruiting to fill.

Currently, the Toronto Zoo is accepting applications for the following summer jobs:

- Admissions – Cashiers (must have previous cash handling/customer service required)
- Maintenance-Custodial, Painters (must have previous related experience - a full G license in good standing an asset)
- Materials Collection (must have full G license in good standing)
- Gardeners (must be currently enrolled in a Horticulture related program and/or previous experience)
- Membership Sales (must have previous cash handling and customer service experience - sales experience an asset)
- Retail Sales (must have previous cash handling/retail experience/customer service experience)
- Rides Operators (must have previous customer service experience and a full G license in good standing)
- Security & Safety Officers (must be currently enrolled in related program and must have full G license in good standing and first aid and CPR certification)
- Splash Island Attendants (must have first aid and CPR certification)
- Animal Nutrition (must have full G license in good standing)

In order to be considered for a summer job with the Toronto Zoo, you must:

1. Be at least 16 years of age
2. Have worked in or have experience in one of the above-mentioned work areas
3. Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and teamwork skills
4. Be available to work days, evenings, weekends, and statutory holidays
5. Meet the requirements for the job you're applying for (e.g. if involved in the handling of money or payments, a police reference check is required; if assigned to operate a zoo vehicle, a full G driver’s license with a good driving record is mandatory)

INSIDER'S TIP: If you have Standard First Aid and/or CPR certification, make sure you mention it in your cover letter and/or resume. With the amount of traffic the Toronto Zoo sees each year, having skills required in the event of a medical emergency are definite assets. The same thing goes for experience in the trades - given the nature of the zoo, being able to perform trade duties (e.g. construction) will help you stand out from other applicants.

Positions run from March 1 or May 1 until Labour Day. There is also a possibility of a contract extension until the Thanksgiving weekend in October, but that depends on staffing requirements.

The salary for all Toronto Zoo summer jobs is currently $10.51 per hour.

If you're interested in applying for a summer job with the Toronto Zoo, send your resume and cover letter indicating the position you are applying for to:

Human Resources
Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue
Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 5K7

You can also fax your application to 416 392 5934 or email it to hr@torontozoo.ca.

Good luck!

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