Requirements For ALL Positions

     • Virginia Safari Park is a non-smoking workplace.

     • Must have a neat, clean appearance.
     • No visible tattoos or piercings.
     • Must have great people skills.
     • Apply in person or email resume to appropriate

 When: Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm
 Where: Virginia Safari Park Gift Shop 

Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available

Guest Services Manager

Virginia Safari Park is looking for an experienced, energetic, and enthusiastic person to manage the Guest Services Department.  This is a full-time position.  Weekends and holidays are required as part of the normal schedule.

This position requires a professional and very neat appearance, following our company guidelines, and past experience in customer service.

Position Requirements:

  • Managing and budgeting of hiring and scheduling all seasonal Gift Shop/Admissions, Snack Bar, and Wagon Tour staff.
  • Handling the bookings for schools, groups, and birthday parties.
  • End of day cash handling and deposits.
  • Updating POS system and working a cash register as needed.
  • Gift/merchandise ordering and all inventory duties.
  • Maintaining monthly reports for Director and CEO.


We will provide training as needed, but applicants are expected to have appropriate experience.



Full Time | Seasonal Zoo Keepers

Virginia Safari Park, a 180-acre drive through zoo and breeding center, is expanding and searching for additional keepers. We maintain an inventory of 1000+ specimens comprised of large groups of hoofed stock as well as a “Safari Village” comprised of primates, large cats, a walk-through aviary, reptiles, and domestic petting area.

We currently have full time openings in our safari area and a full time and seasonal openings in our village area. These positions require a person with excellent observational skills and a strong work ethic. All keepers will be responsible for the daily care of the animals. Full time keepers are required to maintain their animal records as well as assist in breeding programs.


  • BS in an animal science, biology, or science related field is preferred
  • Experience may be substituted for a degree
  • For the safari: domestic hoof stock experience is acceptable
  • Minimum of 6 months paid animal care experience
  • Strong work ethic, good physical conditions and a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to adhere to our strict personal appearance requirements
  • Maintain a non-smoking work environment
  • Have the ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Experience in using or willing to learn to use trucks, tractors, and other types of equipment
  • Valid Drivers license 
  • Weekend and holiday work are required
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs

Competitive salary, insurance, paid sick/vacation time, and 401k options available.

Please send resumes to: Sarah Friedel

Guest Services Cashier

Gift Shop attendants work with the guests in a friendly and personable manner on a day-to-day basis. The Gift Shop attendant will also run the concessions, and cash register for ticket and gift sales. 


  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Non-smoking
  • No visible tattoos or piercings
  • Must have a desire to serve the public and be able to deal positively and effectively with the public.
  • Must have good communication skills and actions.
  • Must be a positive role model in behavior and actions.
  • Must work weekends, holidays, and any school breaks.
  • Be able to reach, stoop, and stand for long periods of time.
  • Be able to lift 50lbs or more.

We will provide some on-the-job training for particulars as needed, but applicants are expected to have experience in the above listed duties.

Applicants should e-mail resumes to:

Wagon Driver

The wagon driver drives a tractor pulled wagon throughout the drive thru park while presenting an informative narration on the Zoo's features. This position has the responsibility of conducting up to 3 to 4 tours daily in a safe, orderly and expedient manner while educating the public and maintaining the Zoo's image of goodwill.


  • Preference to those 21 years of age or older
  • No visible tattoos or piercings
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Copy of driving record required if hired
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing, and great with the public
  • Public speaking experience preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Peak tours:  weekends, holidays, and other school breaks during the hours of operation
  • The park operates tours daily from mid-March thru Thanksgiving weekend
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs or more

Essential Job Functions:

  • Operates tours on a tractor pulled wagon, tractors are easy to learn to drive.
  • Presents educational and entertaining narrative simultaneously while driving a tour vehicle on our built in P.A. systems
  • Presents a positive, friendly, and outgoing image
  • Conducts tours in an organized, safe and timely manner
  • Interacts with tour patrons continuously
  • Arrives early to set up and fill feed buckets for tours, Loads and unloads tour vehicles
  • Educates the public and maintains the organization’s image of goodwill
  • Conducts tours on designated roads throughout the drive thru
  • Conducts special tours as required, these may be after regular park hours
  • Distinguishes animals in their natural habitat, makes the tours fun and adventuresome 
  • Answers questions regarding animals and main features of the Drive thru and walk thru areas
  • Observes and reports unusual conditions in the park or animal behavior to animal staff


Phone: 540-291-3205 ext. 6

Other Positions


Degree, or advanced training, in horticulture preferred. Will be responsible for the overall appearance, planting and care of all plants. Will include mulching, some mowing as needed, etc. May be full-time or part-time.

Maintenance Department: Persons with trade skills, i.e. construction, mechanical, etc.

Construction: Must be familiar with common building practices and regulations. Must be able to work unsupervised, and see issues as they arise. Will work with existing crew members.

Mechanical/automotive: Be able to maintain fleet of vehicles and equipment, including basic maintenance of tractors, mowers, etc. 

Parking attendants (weekends)

Seasonal, part-time work assisting guests with parking. Must be energetic and very visitor friendly.


Maintains park grounds. Cleans walkways, railings, etc. Picks up and empties trash, insures grounds are continually monitored.


General custodial duties as needed throughout the park to maintain a clean facility for our guests.