KC Zoo’s one-day hiring event, Scout Nights, and more

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Catch the last weekend of the KC Zoo Penguin March. // Courtesy of the KC Zoo

Kansas City Zoo will host a hiring event this Friday, March 3, from 2-5 p.m. for positions in their guest services and grounds department. This is the first of a slew of job and kid-friendly events the zoo is hosting this month.

Work at the KC Zoo

The zoo will host on-site interviews and some instant job offers during the event. All applicants must be at least 15 years old and provide a valid photo I.D. Part of the event will be held outdoors and applicants should be prepared to walk around the park. 

The team member positions that they are looking to fill are in admissions, group events, retail, or rides. All of these positions directly influence daily visitor experience and will give you the chance to help friends and families create memorable experiences at the KC Zoo. 

Anyone interested can get more information and a leg up by applying early on the KC Zoo recruiting website. 

Applications for the zoo’s longest-running volunteer program are also being accepted until March 5. The Zoo Docent program places volunteers in different animal habitats as educators and interpreters for visitors.

All applicants must be 18 years old and undergo training. Thirty hours is the required minimum for volunteers during their first year, then 60 hours each year after, but schedules are flexible. For more information you can visit the Docent page on their website.

Fun at the KC Zoo

It is the last weekend to catch the winter penguin march at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza. This is the perfect opportunity to see adorable penguins up-close. 

The march starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and with the weather getting nicer definitely arrive early so you can stake out a prime spot to see the parade. There is a $5 discount for all advance tickets purchased online.

For all the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in the family the zoo is hosting day and night events. Cub and Scout BSA Day is March 18 and Girl Scout Day is April 1.

All members in uniform on their respective days will receive free admission to the zoo and a $3 discount for one guardian. From 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. there will be activity stations throughout the park and the education department will provide information about scout programs, workshops, and overnights.

There will be overnight experiences held for each organization this month as well. Cub Scout Night will be held March 17, 6:30-8 p.m. and will include camping, night hikes, and stations where scouts can take steps to earn badges.

Girl Scout Night will be March 31, 6:30-8 p.m. with night hikes and opportunities to learn about STEM subjects and environmental conservation.

Participants must provide their own overnight gear for both events, and be prepared for rain or shine. Registration for Cub Scout Night and Girl Scout Night includes a $50 fee and a form for campers to choose if they’d like to sleep outside or inside.

In addition to Scout events, the Zoo will be hosting single-day school’s out camps throughout March. If you find your kids, ages 5-12, have a free day from school send them to the zoo for tours, games, crafts, and to visit the animals.

The cost is $65 per camp. For more information and to see what days the camp is being offered visit the zoo’s website.

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