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Rides Operator - Part Time

Work for the WILDEST employer in Indiana!

Why should you apply?

  • Free admission for employees with the option to bring up to four (4) family members/ friends.
  • Flexible scheduling (Student & Retiree Friendly).
  • Complimentary Zoo passes.
  • Free admission and discounts to other downtown culture venues such as the Children's Museum, Indiana Beach Amusement Park, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and so much more!
  • Complimentary parking for downtown events and access to local colleges.
  • Unique, FUN working environment. How many people can say they are able to visit an orangutan on their lunch break or pet a shark?


What is the job?

Put the FUN back into work and join our Attractions Team! From greeting our guests at our exhibits to operating our thrilling rides and ensuring safety procedures are followed, the FUN never stops for our part-time variable hourly (20-29 hours per week) Rides Operators in our Guest Experience department.

Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world. Though this position is not responsible for animal care, our Attractions team is vital to the Zoo's operations. By providing above and beyond customer service and ensuring a family-friendly, safe environment, our Attractions department is integral to our operations. A cooperative and team-oriented personality, along with a friendly and courteous attitude is highly desirable. Though this is an entry level position, any experience working in customer service or housekeeping is a plus! A High School diploma or equivalent is highly desired. Pay rate for this exciting position is $13.00/ hr.


Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Indiana driver's license with a record insurable through the Zoo's insurance.
  • Operates/ monitors mechanical rides and attractions (train ride, carousel, roller coaster, and sky ride).
  • Works as a greeter/ attendant at our bird aviaries, Race-A-Cheetah exhibit, and kangaroo doors.
  • Ensures safety procedures are being followed at all attractions and rides by both staff and guests.
  • Provides friendly, professional service to Zoo guests and fellow staff members; guides, directs, and engages guests with a detailed and pleasant manner.
  • Must enjoy working as a team but be able to work independently as well.

To apply:

  • Interested candidates must complete an online application.
  • Attach a resumé and cover letter to your application to increase your chances!


Employment at the Indianapolis Zoo is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a background check, motor vehicle check (if applicable) and a drug test.