Join the Seasonal Team!

Written by Hannah Tulloch, Digital Media Coordinator, North Carolina Zoo

There’s a reason the North Carolina Zoo has returning seasonal employees; they love what they do and the place they get to do it. The Zoo takes a village to run smoothly and successfully, and we are so glad to have seasonal employees as a part of that village.

Imagine being able to watch the baby southern white rhinos grow up or even see a newborn Oryx take its first steps! Thomas Mecimore, a seasonal transportation employee since 2018, has been able to experience these by being a Zoofari driver, “I do love working here and absolutely enjoy being able to watch these animals grow up and see their social behaviors.” Zoofari is an exclusive guided tour of the 40-acre Watani Grasslands aboard a specially outfitted, open-air vehicle. Being a Zoofari driver requires you to be a transportation driver for at least one year at the Zoo, “It’s nice but a lot of responsibility, both the people on board Zoofari and the animals,” Thomas says.

Zoofari truck tour driver

Thomas Mecimore driving Zoofari, ready to head out on Watani Grasslands!

Another seasonal transportation employee, Ronnie Lucas, says he continues to work at the Zoo for the people. “The Zoo is a nice place to be. I taught school and get to see my old students sometimes. I love to interact with people, that’s what makes the Zoo tick – the people.” Ronnie has driven all positions in transportation, the tram, Zoofari, and the parking lot shuttle buses.

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Ronnie Lucas making sure everyone gets safely loaded onto the tram!

If you are looking for a little adventure, then look no further! Austin Roberts, a seasonal Air Hike Lead, has been coming back to work at the Zoo since 2015. He loves his job and says, “I like meeting new people and helping them get over their fear of heights, being able to talk them through it,” is the reason he returns.

Guests getting trained for ropes course entry

Austin Roberts telling guests how to have the best time on AirHike!

Some seasonal employees have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our animals, like Brent Robbins. Brent helps manage Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, an additional attraction for purchase where you can get a treetop view of the giraffes and possibly feed them lettuce! Giraffe Deck is weather-dependent, and masks are required. Brent has found the perfect job to combine his love for animals and provide education to guests. He says, “It’s great to be here at the Zoo and enjoy coming into work. It doesn’t feel like a job!”

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Brent Robbins sorting the lettuce before it's fed to the giraffe!

Loving to interact with people is a common trait of seasonal employees, and Hannah Joyce is no exception. She has been a seasonal entertainment employee since 2016. She continues to learn new things on the job, “I have mostly been at butterfly this season, and I have learned a lot about butterflies!” The Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden is another attraction for purchase with beautiful walk-through habitat full of native and exotic butterflies located in Junction Plaza. Hannah also compliments her managers at the Zoo, “The management is great! They are very understanding and always work well with me. I couldn’t say anything better about the managers; they are phenomenal.”

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Hannah Joyce at the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Garden!

The Zoo is looking to hire seasonal positions in the Entertainment and Transportation areas of the Zoo. All current seasonal openings will be for work from hire date through November. Applicant requirements for positions vary.

So that brings the question: Are you ready for a wild job? Apply today and join our seasonal team!