Position:  Mascot
Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Job Id:  229
# of Openings:  1

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is currently seeking a performer to be our Mascot (JaZoo or Salsa).  The mascot’s role is to generate enthusiasm and serve as a goodwill ambassador at JZG events as well as outside community appearances. During events, meet and greet guests, work closely with the events team and other JZG staff, and take pictures with guests to enhance the guest experience.
JZG mascots must be outgoing individuals who work well with others, including children and guests of all ages. Ideal candidates would have previous mascot experience, possess excellent non-verbal communication skills, be athletically and physically fit, and have a creative and humorous personality.
  • Entertain guests to generate excitement at events.
  • Perform at a variety of scheduled appearances throughout the year.
  • Maintain and care for mascot costume as well as props and equipment.
  • Display enthusiasm and high energy at all times to keep the entertainment level high.
  • Preserve the identity of the mascot including: body language/mannerisms, attitude, and guest interaction.
  • Previous mascot experience preferred.
  • Must be able to withstand the demands of performing in a costume in all-weather conditions.
  • The costume height requires that the individual be 5’4”- 5’8” (Salsa) or 5’10”- 6’2” (JaZoo).
  • Must have animation/acting skills as the mascot is a non-speaking character.
  • Must have a flexible schedule and be available to work some days, nights, and weekends.
  • Must be conscientious of schedule, arriving at assigned time on scheduled days.
  • Must be able to remain on feet for long periods of time, must be able to transverse zoo grounds on foot while wearing mascot costume, must be able to stoop, bend, lift, kneel, crawl, climb, and carry objects for short distances, must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty, and must be able to work in adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have a reliable form of transportation.
                             An Audition will be required with the Interview.


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