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Seasonal Attractions Team Members

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  Face-to-Face Farm, and providing an outstanding and safe experience on our Savannah Express Train Ride and Sanford Carousel.  


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Loading, unloading, and driving the Savannah Express Train Ride while providing a safe and engaging experience.
  • Safely operating the Sanford Carousel while providing an engaging and entertaining experience.
  • Monitoring guests and interpreting animals in our Walkabout Australia kangaroo exhibit.
  • Engaging and supervising guests in the Face-to-Face Farm.
  • Use hand-held scanners and counters to accurately count and record attendance numbers (cash handling is not required).
  • Providing outstanding guest service.
  • Answering guest questions and providing directions as needed.
  • Communicating professionally and positively with guests, staff, volunteers and others.


Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age. (Must be at least 18 to operate the Train.)
  • Must be willing and able to work hours the Zoo is open including weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • The desire and ability to welcome, interact and engage guests of all ages and abilities as they delight in a day at the Zoo.
  • Previous experience in a customer service role is preferred.  
  • The ability to work well alone and as part of a team.  
  • Maturity, sound judgment and good decision-making skills.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, be able to lift 50 lbs., and be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must have a valid driver's license to operate the train.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check.  


The Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is creating connection and protecting our natural world. The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a leader in conservation, education, and discovery in Sioux Falls! The Zoo’s collection includes tigers, giraffe, rhinos, zebras, and an award-winning snow monkey exhibit.    


To apply, fill out the application below:

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.