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Train Operator - Part Time (seasonal)

Santa Barbara Zoo

Train Operator - Part Time (seasonal)

Santa Barbara, CA
Part Time
  • Responsibilities

    Note: Applicant must be minimum 18 years of agePosition Status: Part-Time, Regular, Hourly, Non-ExemptSchedule: Up to 25 hours per week, weekends, holidays and special eventsCompensation: $16.00/hourYou must also complete the Zoo's Official Employment Application on the next page in order to be considered for the position


    Under general direction of the Director of Business Operations, the Train Operator facilitates a positive guest experience by providing excellent service and customer satisfaction, a safe environment and train ride to all passengers and guests visiting the Zoo.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

    Reports to assigned area at scheduled time.

    Sells tickets and collects fees from guests.

    Operates and drives C.P. Huntington narrow gauge train

    Observes and guides guests boarding train to ensure they are safely seated without being overcrowded

    Narrates points of interest during the train ride.

    Monitors activities to ensure adherence to rules and safety procedures to protect environment and maintain order, and manage unruly patrons

    Performs routine maintenance of miniature train(s) and railroad right-of-way

    Maintains the train by keeping it clean and polished at all times

    Maintains appearance of landscaping around miniature train by cleaning the grounds and trimming plants.

    Maintains area in and around train station to ensure it is clean and litter free

    Ensures that all daily inspections forms are in order filled accurately in a timely fashion and filed away in appropriate folder/binder

    Reports any and all mechanical problems to the maintenance supervisor and Train Leads promptly

    Provides reads of banks after shifts, verify totals and reports any discrepancies

    Ensures that inspections and light maintenance is completed on time and is scheduled regularly

    Reports to the Director of Business Operations or Train Leads of any challenges with staff, equipment, guests or facility

    Assists with maintaining the train barn and train work stations organized, clear of hazards and welcoming. Organizes, updates and files documents pertaining to the trains and train staff

    Provides reports to train mechanic or Director of Business Operations, as needed

    Assists with any railroad maintenance and repairs

    Adheres to all Guest Services and Cash Handling procedures as outlined in policies & procedures

    Adheres to Zoo’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual.

    Applies and Exemplifies “green” (sustainable) practices whenever possible

    Reflects the qualities outlined in the Guest Relations Statement, our Core Values, and the Employee Pledge.


    Greets every Guest with a warm smile.

    Ensures the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work area clean, picking up trash while out in Zoo, and reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions.

    Maintains a neat and clean appearance and adheres to the Zoo’s dress code policy.

    Responds to all guest inquires, comments and criticisms in a timely manner, in accordance with the guest relation’s procedures.

    Associates with guests to share information, identify their needs, and make their experience a more personal one.

    Takes responsibility to stay informed about happenings at the Zoo, such as reading employee communications, weekly memo, and attending meetings.

    Thanks the guests for their visit and continued support of the Zoo.

    Other guest services duties as assigned by Director of Business Operations, Guest Service Manager, or Attractions Manager.

    Other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and environmental characteristics described below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, and working and physical elements required of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Education and Experience:

    At least 18 years of age

    Customer service and cash handling experience preferred

    Must have general working knowledge of Microsoft Office

    Experience driving

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    Ability to operate C.P. Huntington narrow gauge train throughout shift in a safely manner

    Basic knowledge of hand tools and mechanical understanding preferred

    Ability to follow verbal and written directions

    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, and our guests

    Simple arithmetical calculations without the use of a calculator

    Effective oral and written communication skills

    Possess an outgoing and friendly personality, with a natural ability to collaborate

    Self-motivated and able to work without direct supervision

    Capacity to perform several job duties at once, and multi-task successfully

    Ability to problem solve and prioritize

    Ability to make sound decisions quickly in stressful situations

    Ability to exercise safe working habits

    Accurate cash handling such as making change and counting banks

    Availability and ability to work weekdays, weekends, holidays and some evening for events.

    License, Certification, or Preferred Qualifications:

    Valid California drivers license and a good driving record

    Willing and able to certify in First Aid, CPR/AED

    Must pass a DOJ LiveScan background check successfully

    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    Ability to meet the physical requirements necessary to ride the train

    Ability to operate trains safely at all times

    Requires the ability to access all areas of the department

    Must be able to participate in operational practices and emergency responses: includes ability to lift 50 lbs., climb stairs or ladders, and manipulate basic tools of the job

    Ability to handle emergencies in a calm and professional manner

    Must be able to stand/walk for two continuous hours

    Must have the ability to sit and twist at waist repeatedly when driving the train

    Must have good vision and hearing, with a strong awareness of surroundings

    Involves working indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions

    Supportive and open employment culture

    Tools Used:

    C.P. Huntington narrow gauge train (gasoline powered)

    Various hand tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers

    Hand operated gasoline pump

    Various landscaping hand tools such as racks, pruning shears, and shovel.

    Cash register POS system


    Fork Lift

    Office equipment, including laptop/computer

    Please make sure to check your spam folder if you do not see an email response from the Zoo.

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    The Zoo reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description does not constitute a contract for employment, and does not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. The job description does not in any way alter the at-will employment relationship.At this time, the Zoo does not sponsor employment or internship visas.