Security Guard

Posted on 02/17/2022

Security Guard
Oklahoma City Zoo – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Employment Status: Part-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Experience Required: General security experience.

Minimum Education Requirements: High School diploma or G.E.D.

Department: Security.

Direct Supervisor: Security Supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibility: Direct (0); Indirect (0)

Primary Work Location: Zoo setting both indoors and outdoors.

Certification: Possess a valid Oklahoma motor vehicle driver’s license and pass a driver’s history check to operate Zoo vehicles.

Other: This position is safety sensitive. It is subject to pre-employment and/or periodic background checks and drug testing. Must have ability to pass annual TB tests.

Job Summary: The Security Guard ensures the Zoo is secure 24 hours and the employees, guests, and animals at the zoo are safe. May assist and/or provide medical care for Zoo guests and employees.

Essential Job Functions
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:

  • Inspect buildings and grounds for all safety conditions and report issues to appropriate Zoo personnel.
  • Check the temperatures of buildings required to maintain an assigned temperature.
  • Check perimeter and parking lot; escort vehicles when needed.
  • Respond to non-emergency medical needs of guests and employees; render first aid or call for emergency medical assistance.
  • Patrol Zoo grounds to ensure the safety of Zoo guests, staff, animal collection, and buildings.
  • Interact and communicate with Zoo guests to ensure a positive Zoo experience (e.g. responding to questions, transporting during emergencies, locating missing persons).
  • Provide traffic control on Zoo grounds and in parking lot.
  • Assume custody of lost or found articles and maintain records.
  • Respond to Zoo “Code” emergencies and drills in accordance with Zoo policy.
  • Provide crowd control.
  • Assist with accidents, disturbances, or other emergency situations on Zoo grounds; document and maintain records.
  • Update and maintain zoo security logs and animal temperature logs.
  • Maintain security and monitor Zoo events.

Non-Essential Job Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) for Position
An employee in this class must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities upon application:


  • General customer services principles and techniques.
  • Standard security practices and procedures for ensuring visitor and employee safety.
  • Standard practices and procedures for ensuring that buildings and facilities are secure.
  • Operation of a variety of computer software, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Oklahoma City Zoo's programs, activities, exhibits, and events (to be acquired within thirty days of hire).
  • Policies and procedures of the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Security Department (to be acquired within thirty days of hire).


  • Identifying unsafe activities, behaviors, and facility defects.
  • Preparing a variety of records, reports, and correspondence using appropriate format and computer software.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Understanding and following complex instructions and directions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Communicate information clearly and concisely.
  • Work independently for extended periods of time.
  • Make sound judgements under stressful conditions.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Practice and foster safe work methods, identifying work place hazards, and using appropriate safety equipment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, professional colleagues, and the public.
  • Be outgoing and friendly making guests feel welcome and comfortable.
  • Work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays and during emergency situations such as dictated by weather.

Physical Demands

  • Required to walk, sit and stand for periods of time.
  • Push, lift, and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Bend, stoop, kneel, and move intermittently throughout the day.
  • May be exposed to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles.
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.

**This position description is a general guideline for work behavior and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all job duties.  Therefore, it is also not, nor can it be implied to be, a contract of employment.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. Must be able to successfully complete an intense background investigation.

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