Retail Sales Associate

Smithsonian National Zoo
Washington, DC
Nov 23, 2022
Nov 30, 2022
Full Time
Have fun, earn income, have your commuting expenses paid, and work at the amazing Smithsonian National Zoo!The retail stores within the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC are currently seeking outgoing and enthusiastic individuals who love animals, enjoy working with children, and are excited about the opportunity to promote a positive guest experience by creating lasting memories at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. A normal day in the zoo as a Retail Associate is filled with connecting with zoo guests, providing exceptional service through relationship building, sharing product information, and presenting a clean, and a safe well-maintained store environment. To support store and Zoo goals, Retail Associates also process sales on a POS cash register, assist with the movement of guests throughout the park, and are occasionally responsible for attentive operation of the carousel. Our Associates are passionate, energetic, and professional. Acting as a Zoo ambassador, you will exemplify general knowledge of exhibits, wildlife, and amenities while finding creative ways to inspire guests to support our mission.What you bring:* At least 6 months of retail and/or customer service experience* Superior Customer Service Skills* Merchandise Replenishment* Shipping and Receiving* Visual Merchandising* Loss Prevention* Accurate Cash HandlingWe are looking for upbeat and outgoing personalities, and dependability is a must! A knowledge of, interest in, or a love for animals a definite plus!We offer a commuter assistance subsidy to help with metro rail/bus commuting expenses, a competitive wage, an exciting work environment and a convenient, metro-accessible location.Important stuff:Candidates must be available Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays - no exceptions.Retail Associates may be working outside under varying and sometimes extreme weather conditions - both hot and cold, will be standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven terrain, and may work in a confined and limited space.Candidates must be able to lift up to 25 lbs., possess and maintain a valid United States driver's license, and have the ability to operate a computerized cash register.To apply, please forward a resume and cover letter letting us know why you would be a great addition to our team.Attention: Retail RecruitmentThe Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, and values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."Applicants selected for interview will be given a retail math skills test.Final candidate selection will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a pre-appointment background check and subsequent background investigation for a position designated as Low Risk. Employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit for salary payment and may serve a one-year probationary period. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. This is not a federal service position.To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Smithsonian Institution will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. The Smithsonian Institution may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.Job Type: TemporaryPay: $16.75 per hourShift:* Day shift* Evening shift* Morning shiftWeekly day range:* Weekend availabilityWork Location: One location