Volunteer opportunities for adults and teens will also be described. A number of the Zoo’s animal creatures are to make appearances. The Santa Barbara Zoo’s free Job Fair, held on a weekend for the first time due to popularity, is Sunday, February 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Zoo, 500 Niños Drive, Santa Barbara, just off Cabrillo Boulevard at East Beach.
Parking is free for participants, who should check-in at the front gate. No reservations or appointments are necessary.
The Zoo’s Guest Experience Specialist program won the first ever Youth Serving Organization Award from the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce’s Business Star Awards in 2011. Participants as young as age 14 rotate between jobs in three areas: guest services, the restaurants and retail stores.
“This program is intended to be a ‘first job’ for youth and a fun job for others,” points out the Zoo’s Director of Human Resources Corinne Santini. “Participants are also introduced to work ethics and basic skills, such as how to provide excellent customer service, write a resume or be in a job interview, needed when embarking into the business world.”