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Employment at Safari West

We are always looking for enthusiastic and friendly faces to join our Safari West team. There are many different employment opportunities at Safari West. Examples of possible employment include, but are not limited to guest services positions in the front office or reservations clerks, safari guide drivers, animal caregivers, event planners and openings in our culinary department. Hospitality experience preferred.

For future consideration, you may submit your resume to human resources at hr@safariwest.com.

Please understand we will review your resume and contact you if we have a current position to match your qualifications. We do regret that we are unable to respond to each email. Thank you in advance for your interest in employment at Safari West.

Current Openings

Compensation: $15 to start with much room for growth
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West:
An African adventure in the heart of California wine country. The mission of Safari West is to actively promote conservation, environmental education, and share knowledge that will help each individual make personal choices in regards to the environment and conservation efforts.

Hoofstock Float Keeper:
Safari West is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated animal keeper to join our team as a float keeper working with a large variety of hoofstock and a few bird species. This is a very demanding job; we are looking for a dedicated keeper who has a strong work ethic with a willingness to learn; please explore our website to see what species we currently house. The applicant will be expected to have knowledge of or be able to efficiently learn the natural history and behavior of the animals under their care. The applicant needs to have good communication skills, the ability to multi-task, a positive attitude, and the ability to function in high stress situations if need be. This position has numerous physical daily requirements, including lifting and maneuvering weights of over 50 lbs, and traversing uneven terrain; the applicant must have the ability to accomplish these demands. The applicant must be able to adhere to all safety protocols including proper lifting procedures, handling of dangerous materials, and movement around animals.

This position will have interactions with guests, interns and other staff members from various departments. The applicant will be expected to interact with others in a professional, respectful and positive manner at all times.

All current safety protocol followed such as social distancing, facial covering – mask, disinfecting, etc.

Job Tasks:
Job tasks will include, but are not limited to, diligent care of collection animals, upkeep and maintenance of animal habitats, behavioral enrichment, animal training, potentially aiding in veterinary treatment and medical procedures including the possibility of capture, restraint and transport, and documentation of daily activities.
You will be expected to follow the assigned training, enrichment, cleaning and feeding protocols put in place by management staff. You may need to perform routine maintenance on exhibits as needed and report any severe issues to your supervisor to get fixed in a timely manner.

Experience Required:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of experience in exotic animal keeping. A 4-year biology related degree is preferred, but not a necessity if the applicant has comparable experience. The applicant should be versatile, flexible, and have a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm. We require a professional appearance and demeanor as well as a valid Driver’s license and clean DMV record.
Salary
$15/hour with much room for growth

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, with dates worked and references to hr@safariwest.com
Background check required if contingent offer made.

Seasonal
compensation: $14.00/ hr. plus generous gratuity
employment type: employee’s choice

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to join our safari guide team. Our safaris traverse nearly 400 acres through the Mayacamas Mountains in Santa Rosa on vintage military-grade Dodge Power Wagons. Manual transmission experience is preferred but not required.
Guide duties include; confirm to Safari West policies, procedures and Safety Regulations. Interpret natural history and conservation of African animals as well as native flora and fauna. Lead guests on three-hour educational safaris and 90 minute educational treks. Safaris typically run about 3 hours and include a walking trek and game drive component. This position is a physical job and requires the ability to work in all types of weather, safely navigating off-trail dirt roads, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Our Guides are responsible for engaging guests in discussions about each species and their greater ecological role including conservation programs for endangered African species. Guides are additionally responsible for the safety of guests and animals on property while on safari. With daily changing weather and animal conditions, safari guides are expected to be flexible with changing priorities and be a willing and collaborative team member. Opportunity to make generous gratuities.

We observe all recommended safety protocol regarding social distancing, barriers, masks, and disinfecting.

Position Requirements

  • Comfortable with Public speaking
  • Be a willing and collaborative team player
  • Interpretation and/or Teaching experience is a plus
  •  Working knowledge of wildlife/biology/naturalism
  • Working knowledge of guest hospitality
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions
  • Must live within forty-five miles of Safari West
  • Experience driving manual transmission and larger vehicles is preferred

Required application Documents:

  • Resume with dates worked at each position and Cover Letter

At time of a contingent job offer:

  • Three professional references needed
  • A background check will be completed
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

ANIMAL KEEPER

Compensation: $15 to start with much room for growth
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West:
An African adventure in the heart of California wine country. The mission of Safari West is to actively promote conservation, environmental education, and share knowledge that will help each individual make personal choices in regards to the environment and conservation efforts.

Hoofstock Float Keeper:
Safari West is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated animal keeper to join our team as a float keeper working with a large variety of hoofstock and a few bird species. This is a very demanding job; we are looking for a dedicated keeper who has a strong work ethic with a willingness to learn; please explore our website to see what species we currently house. The applicant will be expected to have knowledge of or be able to efficiently learn the natural history and behavior of the animals under their care. The applicant needs to have good communication skills, the ability to multi-task, a positive attitude, and the ability to function in high stress situations if need be. This position has numerous physical daily requirements, including lifting and maneuvering weights of over 50 lbs, and traversing uneven terrain; the applicant must have the ability to accomplish these demands. The applicant must be able to adhere to all safety protocols including proper lifting procedures, handling of dangerous materials, and movement around animals.

This position will have interactions with guests, interns and other staff members from various departments. The applicant will be expected to interact with others in a professional, respectful and positive manner at all times.

All current safety protocol followed such as social distancing, facial covering – mask, disinfecting, etc.

Job Tasks:
Job tasks will include, but are not limited to, diligent care of collection animals, upkeep and maintenance of animal habitats, behavioral enrichment, animal training, potentially aiding in veterinary treatment and medical procedures including the possibility of capture, restraint and transport, and documentation of daily activities.
You will be expected to follow the assigned training, enrichment, cleaning and feeding protocols put in place by management staff. You may need to perform routine maintenance on exhibits as needed and report any severe issues to your supervisor to get fixed in a timely manner.

Experience Required:
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2 years of experience in exotic animal keeping. A 4-year biology related degree is preferred, but not a necessity if the applicant has comparable experience. The applicant should be versatile, flexible, and have a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm. We require a professional appearance and demeanor as well as a valid Driver’s license and clean DMV record.
Salary
$15/hour with much room for growth

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume or CV, with dates worked and references to hr@safariwest.com
Background check required if contingent offer made.

Seasonal
compensation: $14.00/ hr. plus generous gratuity
employment type: employee’s choice

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates to join our safari guide team. Our safaris traverse nearly 400 acres through the Mayacamas Mountains in Santa Rosa on vintage military-grade Dodge Power Wagons. Manual transmission experience is preferred but not required.
Guide duties include; confirm to Safari West policies, procedures and Safety Regulations. Interpret natural history and conservation of African animals as well as native flora and fauna. Lead guests on three-hour educational safaris and 90 minute educational treks. Safaris typically run about 3 hours and include a walking trek and game drive component. This position is a physical job and requires the ability to work in all types of weather, safely navigating off-trail dirt roads, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Our Guides are responsible for engaging guests in discussions about each species and their greater ecological role including conservation programs for endangered African species. Guides are additionally responsible for the safety of guests and animals on property while on safari. With daily changing weather and animal conditions, safari guides are expected to be flexible with changing priorities and be a willing and collaborative team member. Opportunity to make generous gratuities.

We observe all recommended safety protocol regarding social distancing, barriers, masks, and disinfecting.

Position Requirements

  • Comfortable with Public speaking
  • Be a willing and collaborative team player
  • Interpretation and/or Teaching experience is a plus
  •  Working knowledge of wildlife/biology/naturalism
  • Working knowledge of guest hospitality
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions
  • Must live within forty-five miles of Safari West
  • Experience driving manual transmission and larger vehicles is preferred

Required application Documents:

  • Resume with dates worked at each position and Cover Letter

At time of a contingent job offer:

  • Three professional references needed
  • A background check will be completed
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $15 an hour
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Guest Resort is currently seeking full-time seasonal position for two Deli Attendants to stock shelves, serve guests, and be able to close the Deli/Snack-bar. Hours are roughly between 11 AM – 7:30 PM and must include a weekend day. Must be 21 years or older to serve alcohol and be experienced with retail transactions and cash registers. Must have the ability to learn our reservation system. A positive and customer-oriented mindset with a comfort level working with large groups of people while providing excellent customer service is also required. Our guests often ask questions about other places to visit in Sonoma and Napa Counties so local knowledge is a big plus.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for providing guests with food and drinks throughout the day.
  • Have knowledge about Safari West operations.
  • Responsible for the appearance of the deli, both inside and out.
  • Maintain a clean and organized area at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills; be a positive and enthusiastic team member
  • Experience in hospitality and in the handling retail transactions a plus
  • Attention to detail
  • Be dependable and have reliable transportation

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and stand for 8 hrs.
  • Food handler and alcohol certified (can be acquired on the job)

Please send a resume and cover letter. Background checks will be required.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $14 an hour plus gratuities
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is seeking a morning and a evening-shift dishwasher(s) who can work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. This role may also include some stock management duties and deep cleaning. We are looking for flexibility in working week-ends and holidays as needed. Applicant must have reliable transportation.

This is also a good position to use as a stepping stone for a prep-cook.

Job Duties:

  • Operate and maintain cleaning equipment and tools, including the dish washing machine, hand wash stations pot-scrubbing station, and trash compactor.
  • Wash and disinfect kitchen and store room areas, tables, tools, knives, and equipment. Receive deliveries, store perishables properly, and rotate stock.
  • Ensure clean wares are stored in appropriate areas.
  • Inspect, pull, and stack cleaned items, send soiled items back for re-scrubbing and re-washing.
  • Sort, soak, and wash/re-wash silverware; Breakdown dirty bus tubs.
  • Empty and maintain trashcans and dumpster area.
  • Clean and mop all areas in assigned departments.
  • Break down cardboard boxes and place them and other recyclables in the recycle bin.
  • Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures; report maintenance needs, accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to manager.
  • Protect company assets.
  • Speak with others using clear and professional language; develop and maintain positive working relationships with others; support team to reach common goals.
  • Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.

Physical Requirements:

  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 50 pounds without assistance. Stand, or walk for an extended period of time. Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping. Perform other reasonable job duties as requested by Supervisors.

Please email your resume for review. If selected, a background check will be required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

SNACK SHOP DELI ATTENDANT

Compensation: $15 an hour
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Guest Resort is currently seeking full-time seasonal position for two Deli Attendants to stock shelves, serve guests, and be able to close the Deli/Snack-bar. Hours are roughly between 11 AM – 7:30 PM and must include a weekend day. Must be 21 years or older to serve alcohol and be experienced with retail transactions and cash registers. Must have the ability to learn our reservation system. A positive and customer-oriented mindset with a comfort level working with large groups of people while providing excellent customer service is also required. Our guests often ask questions about other places to visit in Sonoma and Napa Counties so local knowledge is a big plus.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for providing guests with food and drinks throughout the day.
  • Have knowledge about Safari West operations.
  • Responsible for the appearance of the deli, both inside and out.
  • Maintain a clean and organized area at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills; be a positive and enthusiastic team member
  • Experience in hospitality and in the handling retail transactions a plus
  • Attention to detail
  • Be dependable and have reliable transportation

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. and stand for 8 hrs.
  • Food handler and alcohol certified (can be acquired on the job)

Please send a resume and cover letter. Background checks will be required.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $14 an hour plus gratuities
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is seeking a morning and a evening-shift dishwasher(s) who can work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. This role may also include some stock management duties and deep cleaning. We are looking for flexibility in working week-ends and holidays as needed. Applicant must have reliable transportation.

This is also a good position to use as a stepping stone for a prep-cook.

Job Duties:

  • Operate and maintain cleaning equipment and tools, including the dish washing machine, hand wash stations pot-scrubbing station, and trash compactor.
  • Wash and disinfect kitchen and store room areas, tables, tools, knives, and equipment. Receive deliveries, store perishables properly, and rotate stock.
  • Ensure clean wares are stored in appropriate areas.
  • Inspect, pull, and stack cleaned items, send soiled items back for re-scrubbing and re-washing.
  • Sort, soak, and wash/re-wash silverware; Breakdown dirty bus tubs.
  • Empty and maintain trashcans and dumpster area.
  • Clean and mop all areas in assigned departments.
  • Break down cardboard boxes and place them and other recyclables in the recycle bin.
  • Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures; report maintenance needs, accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to manager.
  • Protect company assets.
  • Speak with others using clear and professional language; develop and maintain positive working relationships with others; support team to reach common goals.
  • Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.

Physical Requirements:

  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 50 pounds without assistance. Stand, or walk for an extended period of time. Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping. Perform other reasonable job duties as requested by Supervisors.

Please email your resume for review. If selected, a background check will be required.

We look forward to hearing from you.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $14 an hour plus generous gratuities
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve – Ever wanted to work somewhere truly wild? Then we’d like to welcome you to Safari West, where everyday is an adventure! With 400-acres of property and over 1,000 animals, this wildlife preserve and conservation breeding facility is like nowhere you’ve ever worked before. With animals to be cared for, guests to guide, tents to maintain, a gift shop, a restaurant, and more, there are a million things to do each day. We need hardworking individuals with a passion for the wilder side. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a part of the Safari West family then send us your resume today!

We currently have an immediate full-time opening for a “seasonal” day shift server; typically from 7 AM – 3:30 PM.

Our season typically runs through the holidays.

Candidates must be of legal age to serve alcohol. Bartending and cash register experience is a plus as is knowledge of wines. The candidates must enjoy working with large groups of people, be personable, and have experience in the hospitality industry with a passion for excellent customer service. Knowledge of wineries and other places to visit in Sonoma and Napa Counties is a benefit for our guests.

Servers must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed. Must be able to lift up to 40-50 lbs., walk and stand for up to 8 hours; dependable transportation is a must.

We observe all recommended safety protocol regarding social distancing, barriers, masks, and disinfecting.

Food and Alcohol Handler certifications are a plus but can be acquired on the job.
Please include dates worked at each position on resume. References and a background checks will be required.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: Negotiable/DOE
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West is a privately owned wildlife preserve and guest resort. We offer daily Safari Tours, overnight accommodations, BBQ buffet lunch and dinner plus special group events.

We are looking for a hard-working, customer service-orientated Cook to join our Safari West Savannah Grill Kitchen Team. This position is “seasonal” and full-time, spanning the afternoon/evening shift. Hours are roughly between noon to 8:30 PM. Our typical “season” runs from March through December and may expand depending on demand.

Candidates must be able to work a hot line/buffet; BBQ experience is a plus. Must love working with people, have excellent guest service skills, be dependable and have reliable transportation. Candidates must be detail orientated as well as have a passion for cooking! Ability to maintain a safe and clean environment is a must. A minimum of two to four years restaurant experience is needed.

The Cook is responsible for preparing meals and needs to be able to cook for large events and interface with the event and reservation staff on a regular basis. Prefer applicants to be experienced at ordering, as well as portion control. Flexibility in our restaurant is imperative. Working weekends and holidays are required.

***All current safety protocol followed such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, disinfecting, limited number of guests, etc.

Bonus Qualifications:
* Knowledge of local health departments, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies.
* Serve Safe Certified (may be acquired on the job)

Please email an updated resume with dates worked at each position.

Three professional references and a background check are required upon hire.

We look forward to hearing from you!

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $15 plus gratuity to start
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West is a privately owned wildlife preserve and guest resort. We offer daily Safari Tours, overnight accommodations, BBQ lunch and dinner plus special occasions.

We are looking for a hard-working, customer service-orientated Prep Cook to join our Safari West restaurant team. This position is full-time and covers the afternoon/evening shift.

Prep Cooks help the cooks prepare daily meals for small and large groups and help the server staff and dishwashers as needed – BBQ experience is a plus. Must love working with people, have excellent guest service skills, be dependable and have reliable transportation. Candidates must be detail orientated as well as have a passion for work, this is a great pathway for becoming a cook. Ability to maintain a safe and clean environment is a must.

A minimum of two years of restaurant experience is needed.

Flexibility in our restaurant is imperative. Working weekends during our busy season and most holidays are required.

Candidates must also be able to correctly and safely use standard kitchen equipment: Chefs’ knives, ovens, meat and cheese slicing machines, steamers, mandolins, grills, broilers, etc. and follow all safety protocol and participate in training as appropriate. Personal hygiene and kitchen cleanliness a must!

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of local health departments, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Serve Safe Certified (may be acquired on the job)

Please email an updated resume with dates worked at each position.

Three professional references and a background check are required upon hire.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

RESTAURANT SERVER - DAY

Compensation: $14 an hour plus generous gratuities
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West Wildlife Preserve – Ever wanted to work somewhere truly wild? Then we’d like to welcome you to Safari West, where everyday is an adventure! With 400-acres of property and over 1,000 animals, this wildlife preserve and conservation breeding facility is like nowhere you’ve ever worked before. With animals to be cared for, guests to guide, tents to maintain, a gift shop, a restaurant, and more, there are a million things to do each day. We need hardworking individuals with a passion for the wilder side. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a part of the Safari West family then send us your resume today!

We currently have an immediate full-time opening for a “seasonal” day shift server; typically from 7 AM – 3:30 PM.

Our season typically runs through the holidays.

Candidates must be of legal age to serve alcohol. Bartending and cash register experience is a plus as is knowledge of wines. The candidates must enjoy working with large groups of people, be personable, and have experience in the hospitality industry with a passion for excellent customer service. Knowledge of wineries and other places to visit in Sonoma and Napa Counties is a benefit for our guests.

Servers must be willing to work weekends and holidays as needed. Must be able to lift up to 40-50 lbs., walk and stand for up to 8 hours; dependable transportation is a must.

We observe all recommended safety protocol regarding social distancing, barriers, masks, and disinfecting.

Food and Alcohol Handler certifications are a plus but can be acquired on the job.
Please include dates worked at each position on resume. References and a background checks will be required.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: Negotiable/DOE
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West is a privately owned wildlife preserve and guest resort. We offer daily Safari Tours, overnight accommodations, BBQ buffet lunch and dinner plus special group events.

We are looking for a hard-working, customer service-orientated Cook to join our Safari West Savannah Grill Kitchen Team. This position is “seasonal” and full-time, spanning the afternoon/evening shift. Hours are roughly between noon to 8:30 PM. Our typical “season” runs from March through December and may expand depending on demand.

Candidates must be able to work a hot line/buffet; BBQ experience is a plus. Must love working with people, have excellent guest service skills, be dependable and have reliable transportation. Candidates must be detail orientated as well as have a passion for cooking! Ability to maintain a safe and clean environment is a must. A minimum of two to four years restaurant experience is needed.

The Cook is responsible for preparing meals and needs to be able to cook for large events and interface with the event and reservation staff on a regular basis. Prefer applicants to be experienced at ordering, as well as portion control. Flexibility in our restaurant is imperative. Working weekends and holidays are required.

***All current safety protocol followed such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, disinfecting, limited number of guests, etc.

Bonus Qualifications:
* Knowledge of local health departments, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies.
* Serve Safe Certified (may be acquired on the job)

Please email an updated resume with dates worked at each position.

Three professional references and a background check are required upon hire.

We look forward to hearing from you!

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com

Compensation: $15 plus gratuity to start
Employment Type: Full-Time

Safari West is a privately owned wildlife preserve and guest resort. We offer daily Safari Tours, overnight accommodations, BBQ lunch and dinner plus special occasions.

We are looking for a hard-working, customer service-orientated Prep Cook to join our Safari West restaurant team. This position is full-time and covers the afternoon/evening shift.

Prep Cooks help the cooks prepare daily meals for small and large groups and help the server staff and dishwashers as needed – BBQ experience is a plus. Must love working with people, have excellent guest service skills, be dependable and have reliable transportation. Candidates must be detail orientated as well as have a passion for work, this is a great pathway for becoming a cook. Ability to maintain a safe and clean environment is a must.

A minimum of two years of restaurant experience is needed.

Flexibility in our restaurant is imperative. Working weekends during our busy season and most holidays are required.

Candidates must also be able to correctly and safely use standard kitchen equipment: Chefs’ knives, ovens, meat and cheese slicing machines, steamers, mandolins, grills, broilers, etc. and follow all safety protocol and participate in training as appropriate. Personal hygiene and kitchen cleanliness a must!

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of local health departments, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Serve Safe Certified (may be acquired on the job)

Please email an updated resume with dates worked at each position.

Three professional references and a background check are required upon hire.

How To Apply: Applications may be submitted electronically via email at hr@safariwest.com