Detroit Zoological Society
  • Park Safety
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • Hourly
  • Seasonal - Part Time

The Park Safety Officer is responsible for performing or assisting with the following duties, access control, emergency response, crowd control, performing escorts and courtesy transports, criminal investigations, answering phones, writing reports, maintaining logs, performing inspections, investigations, dispatch and overseeing contract security personnel. This position will be located at the Belle Isle Nature Center in Detroit, MI. 

The Park Safety Officer will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society, maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies, and always preserve a high level of confidentiality.

This job description is by no means all inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership.  This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.

Authority and Accountability

The Park Safety Officer has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities and is accountable to the Park Safety Supervisor.  The Park Safety Officer will have the authority to refuse access to guests, visitors, contractors or any person seeking to gain entry without proper authorization or identification. The Park Safety Officer will be held accountable for following and enforcing the policies and procedures of the Detroit Zoological Society and for reporting violations in the established reporting process in a timely and accurate manner.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform foot and/or vehicle or bicycle patrol of facility
  • Respond to all emergencies, incidents, alarms, and/or situations as requested
  • Investigate all incidents and create accurate and timely incident reports
  • Be observant and provide visible deterrent to crime and disruptions
  • Be a guest service centered officer that provides assistance to guests, staff, and volunteers in a courteous and professional manner
  • Provide necessary first aid and/ or CPR if and when needed (Must be willing to be CPR/AED, First Aid, and Stop the Bleed trained)
  • Escalate emergency situations using Incident Command protocols and notify, assist, and direct external emergency personnel as needed
  • Monitor access levels of staff and volunteers using CCTV and security analytic software
  • Enforce and comply with all Zoo policy and procedures
  • Complete safety checks of patrol areas to ensure safety equipment is compliant and in working order
  • Provide assistance with crowd control and parking as needed
  • Must be willing to work at satellite campuses as needed
  • Must be willing to use a motorized vehicle during high traffic and/or stressful situations utilizing defensive driving techniques.
  • Ability to monitor and respond to multiple radio channels
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions

The regular work schedule will include weekends, evenings, early-mornings and holidays. Work is performed in an environment that has a high volume of traffic, requires the ability to deal with stressful and sometimes abusive situations. The officer will be required to work in rain, snow and extremely hot and cold temperatures.

Physical Requirements

The officer will be required to stand and sit for extended periods of time; must be able to multi task. Must be able to walk or ride a bicycle for an entire shift. A high degree of writing will be required and exposure to the elements. The officer should be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds. Bending, squatting, walking and running will be required. The officer will be required to pass and entry level drug screen and may be subjected to periodic drug tests.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Excellent phone skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Must be a team player and worker who will work well with and support co-workers and supervisors
  • Cooperative, professional demeanor
  • Good oral and writing articulation skills
  • Accurate record keeping ability
  • No felony, drug related, child/spouse/animal abuse or theft convictions. Must pass the State of Michigan State Police Criminal Background check or equivalent from other states of residence.
  • Able to work varied hours and extended shifts



  • Previous experience in a customer service position.
  • Previous experience in a security position.
  • Above average computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access
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