Working as an interpreter at the Saint Louis Zoo sounds fun! What's a daily work schedule like?

Working as an interpreter at the Saint Louis Zoo sounds fun! What's a daily work schedule like?
2018-11-14T13:20:12Z 1
2018-11-14T13:20:12Z

Former Interpreter at Saint Louis Zoo

about 1 year ago
During the summer? There's a large calendar with everyone's schedules on it, it's posted at least at the beginning of the month. There may also be an online version, I don't know. When you come in in the morning, you get a little D-ring that has your schedule on it. You will likely have at least one shift at Stingrays. Some shifts have two. At Stingrays, it's your job to make sure visitors are interacting with the stingrays in a good way - there are rules to follow, and it's up to you to make sure they're followed - as well as answering any questions people have about stingrays, either in general or our rays in particular. After stingrays, you may either have lunch - which is an hour - or you get to go out on grounds. You'll either get to go to River's Edge, The Wild (bears and stuff, plus Jungle of the Apes), Historic Hill, or Red Rocks. Interpreters don't go in the Children's Zoo, it's a long story. Before you head to those areas, you stop back at the interpreter's office to write on the board where you'll be, and maybe to grab a biofact. Biofacts are like a lion's mane, a snake skin, a hippo tooth - stuff that increases the visitors' enjoyment and understanding of the animals. (There are no biofacts allowed with primates - they're aware enough to be able to recognize the lemur skull you're holding as their skull, and it stresses them out.) That was always my favorite part, going out on grounds and engaging with visitors.
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