Seasonal Zoo Security Officer

Recruitment #041719-MXGC04-400305



Come work at The Brandywine Zoo which is managed by Delaware State Parks with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. This quaint facility is home to a variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. At Brandywine Zoo, visitors return again and again to see our animals in natural settings. Come see our Golden Lion Tamarins, red pandas, Andean condors, Florida bobcat, sandhill crane, burrowing owls, pygmy goats, llama, rhea, and the world's largest rodent, the capybara. And little ones love the petting zoo!

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Summary Statement

The Zoo Security Officer is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for the zoo's animal collection and office buildings in accordance with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) standards and policies. Walking patrols will occur during all hours of the day and night and in all weather conditions. In addition, the Zoo Security Guard is expected to support the zoo's mission of exceptional animal welfare and conservation by adhering to safety and observation standards specific to the Brandywine Zoo.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Patrol zoo using security keying/check-in system on an hourly basis in all weather conditions year round.
  • Observe zoo thoroughly and critically during evening and overnight hours for any out of the ordinary activities.
  • Patrol and ensure all gates and perimeter are locked and secure at all times.
  • Close zoo at the end of the public day, escort patrons out and lock all gates.
  • Station at and open employee gate in mornings and monitor employees entering.
  • Station at and open employee gate at the end of the work day and close up employee gate after all are gone. 
  • Communicate verbally and in writing concerns, events out of the ordinary and other issues that occur when zoo managers are not present.
  • Keep nightly written record of patrol shift.
  • Assist with adverse events and weather conditions as they occur while on duty, including communicating with zoo managers, emergency responders and DNREC Park Rangers Assist with security at afterhours events.
  • Participate in necessary Division and State required trainings.
  • Maintain a safe environment for the animal collection when animal staff are not present.
  • Respect zoo policies and protocols regarding animal welfare, staff safety and confidentiality.
  • Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability, and good communication skills.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Other duties as required.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Zoo Security Officer

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training. Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:  

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 05/30/19 upon filling the vacant position.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.    

Applicants must provide proof of negative Tuberculosis test within the last 12 months before start date.

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.  

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.