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Ark Encounter Jobs

Come be part of the Ark Encounter team! There are a number of positions available at Ark Encounter with a variety of available shifts and schedules.

Employment Opportunities

Join Us at a Job Fair

Join us for a job fair at the Grant County Career Advancement Center (2020 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY). We will be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday May 12, and Friday May 19. Questions? Please call 859-727-2222 ext. 275.

Ark Encounter employees are on a mission to create the best experience possible for our guests. The ideal candidate is passionate about the Ark Encounter’s vision and serving others, enthusiastic, energetic, an excellent multi-tasker, and able and willing to fill or change positions quickly. Bilingual skills are a plus.

All Ark Encounter employees must be able to sit/stand for long periods of time, perform duties in varied weather conditions (e.g., extreme heat/cold, rain), pass a felony/misdemeanor background check, confirm agreement with Ark Encounter’s Statement of Faith, and adhere to our drug-free workplace policy.

Read the descriptions of the positions available below.

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Available Positions

Food & Beverage

Team Overview

The Food and Beverage Team is responsible for maintaining high quality of food and service for all Ark guests. All Food and Beverage Team members provide excellent customer service and learn the menu items, portions, accompaniments, and prices. Must follow all proper procedures for sales and service, and must ensure that food preparation and dining areas are clean.

*ALL team members must pass food-handling and cash-handling training upon hire.

Food & Beverage Team Lead

The Food and Beverage Team Leads develop Food and Beverage Team members to ensure Ark guests receive outstanding service and memorable experiences. This hands-on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees, and facilitating daily operations of assigned food and beverage locations/functions at the Ark Encounter.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Prior food services/supervisory experience preferred.

Food & Beverage Team Member

The Food and Beverage Team members are responsible for greeting guests and creating an exceptional dining experience. Food and Beverage Team members are required to complete transactions using a POS system (cash register), follow all cash-handling policies, maintain clean work environment, and follow all food safety and sanitation policies and procedures. May be required to cook and assemble food items based on our specifications.

(Minimum Age: 16)

Qualifications: Prior food services experience preferred but not required.

Guest Services

Team Overview

Guest Services creates the first impression for all guests throughout their visit at the Ark Encounter. Guest Services Team members are primarily located at the Ark entry/exit points, ticketing kiosks, and the parking lot. The Guest Services Team members’ responsibility is to ensure a seamless entry/exit for our all guests and provide Ark knowledge and event information with guests.

*ALL team members must pass cash-handling training upon hire.

Admissions Team Lead

The Admissions Team Leads develop and manage the Guest Services and Admissions team members to ensure guests are easily able to complete entrance transactions. This hands-on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees, and is also responsible for daily cash handling and ticketing operations at entry points throughout the Ark (i.e., admissions, kiosks, rides, and so on).

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Prior hospitality or customer service AND managerial/supervisory experience preferred.

Admissions Team Member

The Admissions Team members’ primary responsibility is to ensure a seamless entry for all our guests, provide Ark knowledge, and maintain accurate cash drawer for ticket and membership sales.

(Minimum Age: 16)

Qualifications: Basic math skills and excellent customer service skills to assist our guests in a friendly and welcoming manner.

Parking Lot Team Lead

Parking Lot Team members are front-line positions that start our guests’ day in the best possible way! The Parking Lot Team Leads develop and manage the Parking Lot Team members. This hands-on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees, and ensuring that traffic is safely directed in and out of parking lots and that guests are efficiently able to access the ticketing kiosks, shuttles, and so on.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Prior customer service AND managerial/supervisory experience preferred.

Parking Lot Associate

Parking Lot Associates are front-line positions that start our guests’ day in the best possible way! The Parking Lot Associates are responsible for safely directing traffic in and out of parking lots, ensuring safety of pedestrians utilizing crosswalks, and ensuring that guests are efficiently able to access the ticketing kiosks, shuttles, and so on.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Prior customer service experience preferred but not required; must have an outgoing personality and be able to assertively direct and enforce traffic flow.

Guest Services Team Lead

The Guest Services Team Leads develop and manage Guest Services Team members to serve as Ambassadors for the Ark. This role is primarily located at the Ark’s entry and exit points. This hands-on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees, meeting and greeting guests, seeking out guest interaction, and resolving guest questions or concerns.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Prior hospitality or customer service AND managerial/supervisory experience preferred.

Guest Services Team Member

The Guest Services Team members are primarily located at the Ark entry/exit points, may also support Admissions Team members at the parking lot as needed. Guest Services Team members meet and greet guests, provide Ark knowledge and event information, proactively seek out guest interaction, and resolve guest questions or concerns.

(Minimum Age: 16)

Qualifications: Must have an outgoing personality, be able to proactively interact with guest, and assist our guests in a friendly and welcoming manner.

Housekeeping

Team Overview

The Housekeeping Team ensures the day-to-day cleanliness of the Ark facilities and grounds. In addition, Housekeeping Team members should anticipate guest needs and help address questions/concerns.

Housekeeping Associate

The Housekeeping Associates are responsible for the overall cleanliness throughout the Ark property, buildings, and grounds in accordance with Ark standards. Remove and dispose of trash/recyclables according to policy. May also assist with set up and break down for special events, meetings, and so on.

(Minimum Age: 16)

Qualifications: Prior custodial/grounds keeping experience preferred, must be self-motivated and a proactive team player.

Transportation

Team Overview

The Transportation Team is responsible for proper and safe operation of shuttle buses while transporting passengers to and from the Ark and parking lot.

*ALL Transportation Team members are subject to DMV/MVR check as part of the background check process. Drivers must possess a valid state driver’s license with CDL passenger endorsement.

Bus Assistant Supervisor

The Bus Assistant Supervisor is responsible for the proper and safe operation of shuttle buses: transporting passengers to and from the Ark and parking lot. This hands on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees, and providing all Ark guests with prompt and friendly transportation throughout their visit.

(Minimum Age: 21)

Qualifications: Minimum of two years of bus or other heavy duty vehicle driving experience AND prior supervisory/managerial experience preferred.

Shuttle Driver

Shuttle Drivers are responsible for the proper and safe operation of shuttle buses: transporting guests to and from the Ark and parking lot. Shuttle Drivers provide all Ark guests with prompt and friendly transportation throughout their visit, greet guests, and provide on-boarding assistance (wheelchairs, strollers, and so on).

(Minimum Age: 21)

Qualifications: Minimum of one year of bus or other heavy duty vehicle driving experience.

Merchandising & Retail

Team Overview

Merchandising and Retail Team provides excellent customer services, assist guests with purchase selection, and complete transactions using POS systems (cash registers). The Merchandising and Retail Team is responsible for ensuring accurate pricing, tracking inventory, maintaining displays and cleanliness of the store, and re-stocking.

*ALL team members must pass cash-handling training upon hire.

Retail Team Lead

The Retail Team Lead develops and manages the Retail Team members. This hands-on position has a strong emphasis on training new team members, creating a safe and efficient work environment for employees; ensures that purchases are done in a quick and efficient manner; and ensures that guests receive a best-in-class retail experience and assistance with product inquiries.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Minimum experience of one year in retail/cashier environments and prior supervisory/managerial experience preferred.

Retail Team Member

The Retail Team Members are responsible for providing a best-in-class retail experience by engaging directly with guests to assist with product inquiries and transact purchases in a quick and efficient manner. Retail Team Members also interact directly with guests using effective selling techniques, engage with guests asking open-ended questions to assess needs, and anticipate guest needs with directions, event schedules, and Ark information.

(Minimum Age: 16)

Qualifications: Minimum experience of one year in retail/cashier environments preferred but not required.

Maintenance/Facilities

Team Overview

The Maintenance/Facilities Team is responsible for the upkeep, care, and stewardship of the Ark Encounter throughout the property.

*ALL team members must complete a TB clearance as part of the pre-employment process.

Maintenance Associate

The Maintenance Associates are responsible for general maintenance activities such as basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry, welding, and metal fabrication. Maintenance Associates also assist in preventative maintenance programs such as changing furnace filters, cleaning HVAC units, and routine maintenance of facilities.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Minimum experience of one year in maintenance/facilities environments highly preferred.

Inventory / Logistics

Team Overview

The Logistics Team is responsible for maintaining warehouse support in pulling, cleaning, and staging product for shipment along with shipping and receiving product to and from vendors.

*ALL team members must pass forklift operating training upon hire.

Logistics Associate

The Logistics Associates load and unload products and/or equipment as shipments arrive at the Ark property, pull and put stock away in accordance with specification using appropriate equipment (e.g. forklift, pallet jack, and so on), pack, stock, organize, and rearrange products in the warehouse. May perform on-grounds deliveries throughout the Ark property, provide assistance with commissary operations, and support maintenance/general upkeep of warehouse facilities.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Minimum experience of one year in shipping and receiving environments highly preferred.

Zoo

Team Overview

The Zoo Team is responsible for the animal care on the Ark property. Team members are expected to be involved in all facets of the Ark’s animal care program.

*ALL team members must complete a TB clearance as part of the pre-employment process.

Zoo Associate

The Zoo Associate functions as a member of the animal care team. This unique opportunity offers the chance to gain valuable knowledge in the workings of zoological institutions and the basics of animal husbandry techniques. Since it is a hands‐on position, the Zoo Associate is expected to be involved in all facets of the Ark’s animal care program. May clean animal enclosures (e.g. rake, hose, sweep, disinfect, remove manure, clean building), operate contact areas, and prepare animal diets/drink under the guidance of the Keeper staff.

(Minimum Age: 18)

Qualifications: Minimum experience of one year in animal care environment and pursuing an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in zoology or related field preferred.

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