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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

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is looking for wildlife enthusiasts, witty entertainers, and welcoming hosts to join our safari guide team! The primary responsibility of guides is to lead 3 hour safaris across nearly 400 acres in the rolling oak woodlands of the Mayacamas Mountain Range outside of Santa Rosa, California.

Our safaris include a walking trek and game drive component, and are focused on sharing our diverse collection of more than 100 animal species from Africa and beyond with tour guests. Safaris are completely unscripted, each guest is different, and many of our animals roam around large habitats, so no 2 tours are the same! Safari guides have the opportunity to tailor their tour to their own interests while engaging guests in conversations about zoology, ecology, anthropology, conservation, and much more. But, this is not a lecture position—making sure our guests are safe, comfortable, and entertained is just as important as teaching them about wildlife.

Our business is seasonal—peak season is April – October. We are open every day of the year except Christmas, but work availability is dependent on guest attendance so year-round full time work is not guaranteed.

Starting salary is $15/hr. Skilled guides have the opportunity to make generous gratuities.

Breakdown of Job Responsibilities:

80%

  • Providing informative & entertaining tours to our guests

20% 

  • Pre-tour preparation and post-tour clean-up
  • Minor maintenance as needed (hosing down our aviary paths, cleaning trucks, etc.)
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisors

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must live or plan on living within 45 miles of Safari West
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be a willing and collaborative team player
  • Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Must be responsible for the safety of guests and animals on property while on safari

Desired Qualifications:

As part of our rigorous training process, we will teach you all of the skills and knowledge needed to give our tours, but any prior experience in these areas will be beneficial in the application process:

  • Public speaking experience
  • Interpretation and/or teaching experience
  • Working knowledge of wildlife, biology, and the natural world
  • Working knowledge of guest hospitality
  • Experience driving manual transmission and larger vehicles

At the time of a contingent job offer, a background check will be completed.

How To Apply:

  • Send a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 professional or personal references to hr@safariwest.com
  • Please send your application documents as PDF attachments, with your last name included in the title.
  • Please mention in your application email which job board you found this posting on.
  • OPTIONAL: Instead of a cover letter, applicants may submit a short video (less than 4 minutes) telling us your first and last name, what draws you to this position, and share a few facts or stories about your favorite animal (individual or species).

Hiring Timeline:

  • We plan on starting a cohort of guides at the beginning of January 2022, and a cohort at the beginning of March 2022.

Salary: Negotiable

This position oversees the veterinary care for the zoo’s diverse animal collection of approximately 900 animals on 400 acres. Creates and administers preventative veterinary medicine programs, including quarantine protocols, vaccinations, nutrition, annual physical exams, postmortem examinations, treatment for sick and injured animals, etc. Advises on nutrition, husbandry, animal welfare, pest control and zoonotic disease prevention. Maintains excellent medical records and all relevant regulatory compliance. Oversees purchasing for the hospital including supplies, equipment, and the maintenance thereof, and maintains a veterinary medical budget. Supports conservation initiatives and is part of the zoo’s management team. Works closely with the owners, Peter and Nancy Lang and our executive director, Keo Hornbostel. Supervises veterinary support staff, which is comprised of our animal management team and keeper staff. There is an opportunity to participate in research projects and writing, publishing, and presenting papers. On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you have regular two days off per week.

Experience Required
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university. At least four years of working experience within a zoological institution. Experience with primates and birds as well as hoofstock a plus! Postgraduate training in zoological medicine, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid California State Veterinary License at time of hire, valid driver’s license and must obtain or be able to acquire a valid DEA license with a CARF rider. Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and medical equipment, be able to meet the physical demands of this position, which includes being able to lift up to 60lbs and be able to work in all weather conditions.

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Paid Time Off (PTO) and sick leave as well as free and discounted services.
hr@safariwest.com.

How To Apply: Please submit your resume/CV and three professional references to hr@safariwest.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Summary:
Manages and coordinates the operations and activities of the Housekeeping Department, which includes tents, offices, all non-animal public areas, indoor and outdoor dining areas, service areas such as the futon storage areas, the classroom and the laundry room. Trains, supervises, motivates, and develops staff; manages schedules and workflow. Assigns duties and monitors quality of work; as well as perform daily tasks with staff. Assures staff conforms to Safari West policies and procedures and safety regulations. Provides day-to-day guidance and oversight to employees and oversees inventory; keeping an appropriate inventory of cleaning supplies as well as supplies for maintaining dining rooms. Actively works to promote and recognize performance and teamwork.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop weekly schedule for housekeeping staff that takes into account the numbers of day and overnight visitors as well as those dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Schedule a minimum of two housekeepers per line of ten tent cabins.
  • Encourage housekeepers to pace themselves by working a full shift with two breaks and a lunch, unless approved for part-time.
  • Liaison between office and housekeepers.
  • Each morning prepare laundry bundles, etc. for the housekeeping lines.
  • Update the computer system as needed with tent status, etc.
  • Weekly meetings with staff.
  • Assist in tent cabin cleaning as needed.
  • Daily inspections of random of tent cabins from each line when cleaned.
  • Responsible for inventory control.
  • Review and submit orders for cleaning supplies, equipment, and furnishings for housekeeping division.
  • Review safety procedures with housekeeping staff and ensure that staff is adhering to all safety protocol, including proper dress for extreme weather conditions, keeping hydrated, etc. Submit safety concerns to Safari West Safety Coordinators.
  • Provide day-to-day guidance and oversight of employees; actively works to promote and recognize performance and takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed.
  • Respond to staff and co-workers in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.
  • Coordinate training with new staff.
  • Complete all necessary projects and paperwork; maintains files and records.
  • Organization of non-animal storage areas throughout the facility.
  • Oversee preparation of breakfast for overnight guests as needed.
  • Oversee set up for all other meals as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a supervisor or lead housekeeper; experience with scheduling.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards; models teamwork and collaboration.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours.
  • Strong Spanish and English communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with an acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50-75 lbs.
  • Must be able to drive golf cart to get to remote tent-cabins.

Please send resumes and cover letters to: hr@safariwest.com

SAFARI GUIDE

Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is looking for wildlife enthusiasts, witty entertainers, and welcoming hosts to join our safari guide team! The primary responsibility of guides is to lead 3 hour safaris across nearly 400 acres in the rolling oak woodlands of the Mayacamas Mountain Range outside of Santa Rosa, California.

Our safaris include a walking trek and game drive component, and are focused on sharing our diverse collection of more than 100 animal species from Africa and beyond with tour guests. Safaris are completely unscripted, each guest is different, and many of our animals roam around large habitats, so no 2 tours are the same! Safari guides have the opportunity to tailor their tour to their own interests while engaging guests in conversations about zoology, ecology, anthropology, conservation, and much more. But, this is not a lecture position—making sure our guests are safe, comfortable, and entertained is just as important as teaching them about wildlife.

Our business is seasonal—peak season is April – October. We are open every day of the year except Christmas, but work availability is dependent on guest attendance so year-round full time work is not guaranteed.

Starting salary is $15/hr. Skilled guides have the opportunity to make generous gratuities.

Breakdown of Job Responsibilities:

80%

  • Providing informative & entertaining tours to our guests

20% 

  • Pre-tour preparation and post-tour clean-up
  • Minor maintenance as needed (hosing down our aviary paths, cleaning trucks, etc.)
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisors

Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must live or plan on living within 45 miles of Safari West
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be a willing and collaborative team player
  • Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
  • Must be responsible for the safety of guests and animals on property while on safari

Desired Qualifications:

As part of our rigorous training process, we will teach you all of the skills and knowledge needed to give our tours, but any prior experience in these areas will be beneficial in the application process:

  • Public speaking experience
  • Interpretation and/or teaching experience
  • Working knowledge of wildlife, biology, and the natural world
  • Working knowledge of guest hospitality
  • Experience driving manual transmission and larger vehicles

At the time of a contingent job offer, a background check will be completed.

How To Apply:

  • Send a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 professional or personal references to hr@safariwest.com
  • Please send your application documents as PDF attachments, with your last name included in the title.
  • Please mention in your application email which job board you found this posting on.
  • OPTIONAL: Instead of a cover letter, applicants may submit a short video (less than 4 minutes) telling us your first and last name, what draws you to this position, and share a few facts or stories about your favorite animal (individual or species).

Hiring Timeline:

  • We plan on starting a cohort of guides at the beginning of January 2022, and a cohort at the beginning of March 2022.

Salary: Negotiable

This position oversees the veterinary care for the zoo’s diverse animal collection of approximately 900 animals on 400 acres. Creates and administers preventative veterinary medicine programs, including quarantine protocols, vaccinations, nutrition, annual physical exams, postmortem examinations, treatment for sick and injured animals, etc. Advises on nutrition, husbandry, animal welfare, pest control and zoonotic disease prevention. Maintains excellent medical records and all relevant regulatory compliance. Oversees purchasing for the hospital including supplies, equipment, and the maintenance thereof, and maintains a veterinary medical budget. Supports conservation initiatives and is part of the zoo’s management team. Works closely with the owners, Peter and Nancy Lang and our executive director, Keo Hornbostel. Supervises veterinary support staff, which is comprised of our animal management team and keeper staff. There is an opportunity to participate in research projects and writing, publishing, and presenting papers. On-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you have regular two days off per week.

Experience Required
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited university. At least four years of working experience within a zoological institution. Experience with primates and birds as well as hoofstock a plus! Postgraduate training in zoological medicine, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must possess a valid California State Veterinary License at time of hire, valid driver’s license and must obtain or be able to acquire a valid DEA license with a CARF rider. Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and medical equipment, be able to meet the physical demands of this position, which includes being able to lift up to 60lbs and be able to work in all weather conditions.

Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Paid Time Off (PTO) and sick leave as well as free and discounted services.
hr@safariwest.com.

How To Apply: Please submit your resume/CV and three professional references to hr@safariwest.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Summary:
Manages and coordinates the operations and activities of the Housekeeping Department, which includes tents, offices, all non-animal public areas, indoor and outdoor dining areas, service areas such as the futon storage areas, the classroom and the laundry room. Trains, supervises, motivates, and develops staff; manages schedules and workflow. Assigns duties and monitors quality of work; as well as perform daily tasks with staff. Assures staff conforms to Safari West policies and procedures and safety regulations. Provides day-to-day guidance and oversight to employees and oversees inventory; keeping an appropriate inventory of cleaning supplies as well as supplies for maintaining dining rooms. Actively works to promote and recognize performance and teamwork.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop weekly schedule for housekeeping staff that takes into account the numbers of day and overnight visitors as well as those dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Schedule a minimum of two housekeepers per line of ten tent cabins.
  • Encourage housekeepers to pace themselves by working a full shift with two breaks and a lunch, unless approved for part-time.
  • Liaison between office and housekeepers.
  • Each morning prepare laundry bundles, etc. for the housekeeping lines.
  • Update the computer system as needed with tent status, etc.
  • Weekly meetings with staff.
  • Assist in tent cabin cleaning as needed.
  • Daily inspections of random of tent cabins from each line when cleaned.
  • Responsible for inventory control.
  • Review and submit orders for cleaning supplies, equipment, and furnishings for housekeeping division.
  • Review safety procedures with housekeeping staff and ensure that staff is adhering to all safety protocol, including proper dress for extreme weather conditions, keeping hydrated, etc. Submit safety concerns to Safari West Safety Coordinators.
  • Provide day-to-day guidance and oversight of employees; actively works to promote and recognize performance and takes appropriate disciplinary action when needed.
  • Respond to staff and co-workers in a courteous, respectful and professional manner.
  • Coordinate training with new staff.
  • Complete all necessary projects and paperwork; maintains files and records.
  • Organization of non-animal storage areas throughout the facility.
  • Oversee preparation of breakfast for overnight guests as needed.
  • Oversee set up for all other meals as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a supervisor or lead housekeeper; experience with scheduling.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards; models teamwork and collaboration.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours.
  • Strong Spanish and English communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with an acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
  • Professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50-75 lbs.
  • Must be able to drive golf cart to get to remote tent-cabins.

Please send resumes and cover letters to: hr@safariwest.com