Santa Barbara Zoo

Accepting Resumes for Future Openings:

Show Actor (Part-Time, Seasonal)

Location

Santa Barbara, CA

Type

Part Time

Under the general direction of the Director of Marketing and Director of Guest Experience, Show Actor will perform on stage as part of the cast of our shows “How to Train your Dinosaurs” and “California Tales.”

Be a part of the team that performs for over 50,000 people this summer at the Santa Barbara Zoo in our one-of-a-kind stage shows.  “California Tales” is an Avenue Q type puppet show that teaches kids about animals using folks tales from California and around the world.  “How to Train Your Dinosaurs” features state-of-the-art dinosaur puppets and explores what zoo keepers do behind-the-scenes at the zoo to care for rare and exotic creatures.”

The stage shows are a family-friendly, 15-minute lively presentation with human hosts and character performers. The shows run twice daily on the Zoo’s Rolling Hill Stage.

Show Actor accompanies Character Performers during show and meet and greet, ensuring safety and show quality, assisting guests with requests, answering guest questions, and other guest service-related jobs as needed.

Essential Duties:

  • Memorizes scripts
  • Helps stage setting with props
  • Performs on stage on the Zoo’s Rolling Hill Stage, generally three times daily for up to 20-30 minutes at a time
  • Improvises, when applicable
  • Portrays specific costumed or un-costumed character roles, performs atmosphere
  • Performs show with training and educational purposes in mind
  • Approaches guests and initiates conversation
  • Conveys a behind-the-scenes look at how the experts at the Santa Barbara Zoo care for animals
  • Answers guests promptly and professionally
  • Meets and greets with our Guests, may sign autographs and pose for photo
  • Follows instructions from Director and Show Lead
  • Cooperates in professional manner with Show team
  • Insures the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work areas clean, picking up trash, reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions promptly.
  • Keeps stage and backstage areas in good condition and organized
  • Treats stage equipment with care
  • Is prepared to play alternate roles on stage
  • Is available for publicity appearances at the Zoo and off-site.

Requirements: 

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Outgoing personality with positive attitude required
  • Will represent the Santa Barbara Zoo’s wholesome, family-friendly brand on stage before large numbers of people and on occasional appearances in the community
  • Must be comfortable approaching guests and initiating conversations
  • Applicant must be willing to undergo acting training and rehearsal, and follow instructions from Director
  • Must be able to stand/walk for up to two continuous hours and access all areas of the facility
  • Previous stage experience through theater, music, or dance is a plus!

Schedule: Must be available week-ends and some week days, any time between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some holidays, school breaks, and some evenings for scheduled events.

Compensation: $10.50/hour

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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