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Human Resources Specialist

The Human Resources Specialist, in conjunction with the Director of HR & Administrative Services, supports the Great Plains Zoo with HR and administrative processes such as recruitment, benefits administration, employee relations and vendor management.  Focus areas for the HR Specialist will include administrative support, employee recordkeeping, recruitment, new employee orientation, employee health & safety, recognition programs, and payroll.

Duties will include:

  • Support recruitment efforts by posting jobs, scheduling interviews, attending job fairs, processing background checks, generating offer letters, ensuring completion of new hire documentation.
  • Coordinate new hire orientation.
  • Coordinate employee recognition events.
  • Assist with executive meeting preparation.
  • Coordinate annual required CPR/AED training and vaccinations for staff.
  • Assist with benefits, payroll and HRIS administration.
  • Respond to employment verification requests.
  • Maintain employment files.



  • At least 3 years of HR experience - prefer experience in benefits, payroll or employment practices
  • Proficiency in MS Office products (Word, Outlook, Excel and Powerpoint).
  • Experience with a HRIS/payroll system is required (Experience with Kronos is a plus).
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Must have initiative, drive and ability to complete work with specified deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times.
  • Supervior verbal and written communication skills.


The Great Plains Zoo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of our natural world through Education, Conservation, Recreation and Discovery.  The Great Plains Zoo cares for more than 1,000 animals from around the world and offers up-close views of animals often not found in larger zoos, including giraffes, tigers, black rhinos and a national award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit.  The Zoo is an accredited member of the AZA and sees over 300,000 visitors annually.

The 45-acre Great Plains Zoo is located in Sioux Falls, SD, a growing community with:

· A metro population of 259,000

· A healthy economy and a robust art, food, and cultural scene

· Ranked #7 in the list of 100 Best Places To Live by (2019)

· Ranked #1 by Forbes as best small city for business and careers (Nov 2017)

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.



  • 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.