Bamboo Cutter or Handler ($14.55/hour)

    • Job Tracking ID: 512699-829043
    • Job Location: Atlanta, GA
    • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
    • Level of Education: High School/GED
    • Job Type: Seasonal
    • Date Updated: August 25, 2022
    • Years of Experience: Less Than 1 Year
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Zoo Atlanta lives by the phrase, "a fun place to work and play," and is unique among workplaces in that our heart and soul is the daily care of more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Where else in the city can you go to work alongside giant pandas, gorillas, elephants, and many more? Our mission sets us apart, and every day at Zoo Atlanta is an opportunity for discovery, a chance to contribute to conservation, and a way to make a difference in the lives of the people of our community

Job Perks (Seasonal and Part-Time):

As an Animal Nutrition team member, you will enjoy a fun fast paced environment and great teammates as well as:

  • Flexible schedule: Work 3 shifts per week, with opportunities to work additional shifts
  • Retirement Savings Plan (403b)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • FREE park admission for family and friends
  • Discounted pricing on individual and family education programs, such as Safari CampTwilight TrekNightCrawlerSurvival Safari, and much more!
  • Join the standby list for free behind-the-scenes encounters with elephants, lemurs, giant pandas, aldabra tortoises!
  • 50% off Zoo Atlanta memberships. Gift up to 5 others with 50% off Zoo membership.
  • Park discounts on food, gift shop merchandise, etc.
  • Local discounts and free admission to partnering attractions, such as the Georgia Aquarium, Dollywood, and more!


Job Purpose: The Animal Nutrition Bamboo Prep Tech I reports to the Manager of Animal Nutrition. To cultivate, propagate, identify and harvest bamboo on locally identified sites for the purpose of animal food.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible for digging and planting bamboo as required.

Harvest (chop down) bamboo from locally identified sites in a manner appropriate for animal consumption.

Maintaining quality control of the bamboo. This includes washing, cleaning, weighing, tagging, and delivery to animal areas.

Responsible for daily record keeping of bamboo species harvesting logs.

Cultivation and propagation of sites for the purpose of harvesting for animal consumption.

Assist with continued development of the local harvesting program, including site evaluation and species identification.

Maintenance of all departmental vehicles, tools and equipment.

Lead tours of Animal Nutrition Department for educational purposes.

Consulting with keeper staff to assess animal area bamboo requirements.

Assisting the diet preparation operation as needed.

Must be willing to support Zoo Atlanta’s Vision, Mission and Values statement

Any other miscellaneous projects/assignment assigned by Zoo Atlanta’s Animal Nutrition management team.


Experience and Skills:



Must demonstrate the ability to work well with a team and independently with minimal supervision.

Horticulture experience a plus.

Special Skills and Abilities:

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.


EDUCATION: High school diploma or equivalent.

Certificates/Licenses/Registrations: n/a

Driving Requirements:

Must have a valid Georgia driver’s license

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to drive standard transmission vehicle and repeatedly lift 50 pounds.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.


WORK SCHEDULE: Day shift (7:00 AM - 3:30 PM)


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, the employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor or other management. The company reserves the right to revise or change job duties as business requirements dictate. It is mutually agreed that this job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Zoo Atlanta is an EOE and provides a Smoke-free and Drug-free Work Environment

If you are hired, we will require you to prove that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated

Updated 5/16/2022