Can you bring a roaring, chomping, blinking, running, growling dinosaur to life? How about unveiling California Tales with native California animals?
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 a puppet show in the style of Disney’s Finding Nemo stage show, a Bunraku/Muppets style of puppetry where the audience can see the performers along with the puppets. California Tales teaches kids about animals using folk 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 Character Performer will perform on stage as part of the cast of our Dino show, “How to Train your Dinosaurs,” and as a Grizzly Bear in “California Tales.” The stage show is family-friendly, 15-minute lively presentation with human hosts and character performers. The character performer will perform inside an amazing, one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art Dinosaur costume and/or Grizzly Bear costume designed by a world-class Hollywood special effects studio. 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.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- T-Rex costume requires applicant to be at least 5’10” and able to carry a 75-pound backpack device for at least 20 minutes at a time
- Applicant must be comfortable with tight spaces and wearing such a costume
- Stage, dance, gymnastic and/or athletic experience a plus!
- Outgoing personality with positive attitude and excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
- Must be willing to undergo acting training and rehearsal, and follow instructions from Director
- Must be able to climb stairs and ladders, and manipulate basic tools
Schedule: Must be available weekends and weekdays, any time between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some holidays, school breaks, and some evenings for scheduled events, through Memorial day weekend.
Compensation: $12.00 per 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.
Santa Barbara Zoo
Join our fun and professional team in our mission of preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation!
The Santa Barbara Zoo is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos, and is located on 30 acres of lush botanic gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Santa Ynez Mountains. It is home to over 146 species with more than 500 animals exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. Our wonderful collaborative team includes up to 220 employees and 500 volunteers.
Company Website: www.sbzoo.org
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