San Antonio Zoo
  • 30-Jan-2020 (CST)
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • 8.40
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

Employee discounts on merchandise, food, and entry including a zoo membership after 30 days of employment.

As a Rides Operator in Kiddie Park, you will perform a variety of tasks related to the safe operation of all rides within Kiddie Park. You are expected to learn minor maintenance that would require inspection of the rides before operation.  You will have constant direct guest interaction and must always exhibit awesome guest service.

Essential Functions

  • Learn to safely and properly operate all rides owned and operated by the San Antonio Zoo.
  • Ensure all complete opening and closing cleaning procedures for all operating rides.
  • Ensure that each guest has purchased tickets before getting on the rides and punch/tear tickets.
  • Ensure rides and all related equipment are kept neat, clean, and sanitized.
  • Wash down rides using appropriate means for cleaning.
  • Operate leaf blowers, steam cleaners, and pressure washers when needed.
  • Ensure exterior areas of rides, which include the sitting, loading, and surrounding areas is clear of any trash or debris.
  • Remove trash and debris from public areas.
  • Monitor rider safety and take necessary measures to ensure a rider's behavior does not endanger themselves, zoo employees, or other passengers.
  • Assist with light maintenance on trains, including checking fluid levels, pressure gauges, and making necessary adjustments.
  • Report any unsafe conditions to proper staff.
  • Remove debris from the train track, carousel, and surrounding areas.
  • Perform daily safety runs of rides before opening to guests.
  • Safely operate ride controls while giving tour information or speaking with guests.
  • Ensure each guest before loading rides meet rider height/age safety requirements.
  • Operate train switches, as needed.
  • Assist our guests with mobility issues with getting on and off the rides. Operate the wheelchair ramp features for passengers.
  • Ensure rides are ready at opening time.
  • Ensure all opening and closing pre-operations and safety logs for each ride daily.
  • Follow all SOP procedures and ride rules.
  • Consistently exhibit an attitude of service inside and outside of the zoo, showing hospitality to all.
  • Be fully committed to the mission of San Antonio Zoo to create awareness that inspires action to care for the wild world we steward and animals we protect. 
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Able to effectively communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Spanish speaking is a plus!
  • Knowledge of essential gardening tools preferred.
  • Ability to operate the rides and equipment safely.
  • Ensure all guests are safely secure in the ride before operations. 
  • Effectively communicates information to internal and external guests.
  • We are a weekend-only operation; however, it will be open during peak seasons such as spring break and summer. 


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