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The Great Plains Zoo is now hiring for the following positions:


  • Seasonal Attractions Team Members
    Come join us for the spring, summer and into fall at the Great Plains Zoo as a Seasonal Attractions Team Member! This position assists in achieving the Zoo's mission by engaging our guests in various attractions and interactive animal exhibits.  You will be creating memorable experiences for our guests while monitoring and interpreting our Walkabout Australia kangaroo exhibit and Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm, and providing an outstanding and safe experience on our Savannah Express Train Ride and Sanford Carousel.  Click the position title to read the full job description.

Come join our team and apply today!

FOR ALL POSITIONS LISTED ABOVE USE THIS FORM. Please list which position you are applying for. Email HR with any questions or difficulties.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship or immigration status will be required upon employment. Criminal convictions are not an absolute bar to employment, but will only be considered in relation to specific job requirements.




Admissions, retail or food service

If you are interested in working in the admissions, retail or food services areas of the Great Plains Zoo, please use the link below to apply with SSA, our external partner for these services.

Apply with SSA    Keyword: South Dakota

Job opportunties at the Butterfly House & Aquarium are listed on their website:

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.