Life Support Systems Technician – (Full-Time)

Posted: November 14, 2014

Job Summary: This position reports to the LSS Supervisor and assists in the daily operations of all life support systems throughout the Zoo. Position will start after January 1, 2015.

Responsibilities: Operate, monitor and maintain all aspects of life support systems, including making physical and virtual rounds. Perform routine preventative maintenance on all equipment under LSS responsibility. Troubleshoot and repair pumps, sand filters, valves, actuators, controllers, ozone generators, chlorine disinfection systems, and other miscellaneous equipment. Calibrate ORP and chlorine sensors. Conduct water quality analysis on marine mammal, fish, and other aquatic animal habitats. Interpret water quality analysis results. Maintain all necessary record keeping. Recognize and follow all safety requirements. Communicate all necessary information to fellow technicians and appropriate Zoo staff. Report all problems to the appropriate animal department managers and work with animal staff, maintenance personnel and contractors as needed to resolve problems.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or a related field preferred. A minimum of 1 to 3 years of prior experience in aquatic, zoo or animal theme park environment operating, troubleshooting and repairing water filtration systems for the support of live animal exhibits preferred. Must be able to work in filtration rooms and with hazardous chemicals. Must have the physical ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must have the physical ability to work in difficult and confined areas and perform required duties as assigned, which include standing for long periods of time, working in all types of weather conditions, kneeling, bending, lifting and squatting down. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, early morning and evening shifts. Ability to respond to a 24-hour paging system when on-call and respond to life support/Zoo emergencies. Must have a valid driver's license. Desired certifications include Confined Space Entry, Lock Out/Tag Out, Forklift, and Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) certification. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Birthday Parties Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: November 11, 2014

Responsibilities: Facilitate the Zoo Birthday Party Program, including conducting and leading activities (crafts, games, tours, songs) and live animal presentations. Communicate with birthday party staff and volunteers. Provide excellent customer service to birthday party guests. Help create a fun and safe learning environment for families while modeling responsible conservation behaviors. Serving as a facilitator in the Wild Wonder Outpost, the Zoo's discovery room. Regular schedule is Saturday AND Sunday. Availability on both weekend days is REQUIRED. Other hours may be required from time to time.

Qualifications: Must have completed at least a bachelor degree, education or animal related, preferred. Experience teaching and/or working with children and families age birth – 8 years of age. Must have an understanding of biology/ecology, wildlife conservation and/or environmental education concepts, as well as a desire to share the wonders of the natural world with children. Must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. Experience handling a diversity of animals preferred. Must be able to complete and pass animal handling training. Excellent customer service and communication skills essential. Must be comfortable troubleshooting and problem solving, often on a tight schedule. Must have a negative TB test, and all successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Overnight Security Dispatcher – (Part-Time)

Posted: November 10, 2014

Responsibilities: Professionally administer all incoming calls to the Zoo and the Ranger Base; ensure external/internal phone calls are redirected to the appropriate party and that internal radio calls are relayed accordingly. Monitor and respond to Forest Park Security and St. Louis Police radio traffic and the National Weather Services radio. Monitor all vehicle traffic entering through the Zoo's main entrance/exit vehicle gate. Maintain records of all lost and found items. Maintain the Security Department's overall record-keeping systems, including accident reports and daily watch reports. Assist any visitors with general informational queries and perform some clerical support as assigned by the Director, Security and Sergeants. May be required to monitor security camera footage, as well as the Zoo's fire, temperature and burglar alarm systems.

Qualifications: Must be able to work overnight shift. High school diploma or equivalent required. 1-2 years dispatcher or switchboard operator experience required. Minimum of 1 year customer service experience. Excellent phone etiquette and verbal communication skills required. Ability to multi-task. First Aid CPR/AED a plus. Military or police experience a plus. Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook). Will be required to work weekends, evenings and holidays. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug test.

Manager, Major Gifts – (Full-Time)

Posted: November 7, 2014

Responsibilities: Working closely with the development staff and senior leadership, this person will be responsible for managing a portfolio of major gift prospects and securing gifts of $10,000+. This fundraising professional will assist in developing and executing short and long-term strategies to secure major gifts for the Zoo's funding priorities. This position requires a minimum of 150 visits (tours or meetings) with constituents, with the purpose of advancing relationships and soliciting major gifts. Manage a portfolio of individual donors (approximately 250) for solicitation of annual and major gifts of $10,000 and above for operations, capital, programs, and endowment and planned gifts, plus acquiring and stewarding members of the Marlin Perkins Society at $1,000 or more. Set goals for major gifts and regularly report on progress to goal. Monitor all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations. Undertake letter and proposal writing as necessary. The position is responsible for advancing donor relationships through integrated "moves" management. Plan and implement programs and practices which cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective and existing donors. Assist in the management of the prospect tracking function of Raiser's Edge. Prepare call reports following visits and other contacts with donors including monthly activity and progress reports. Participate in regular department and donor meetings and events. Serve as a host to donor and prospective donor tours and meetings at the Zoo. Assist with Board and Committees meetings as needed. Work collaboratively with and in support of volunteers, other development and Zoo staff to cultivate and solicit donors for institutional priorities. Join and attend professional groups and educational sessions as needed; keep abreast of current trends in philanthropy. All other duties deemed necessary as requested by the Director of Development.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required with a minimum of five years experience in development and major gifts. Demonstrated experience in securing major and planned gifts and a strong knowledge of philanthropy. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Raiser's Edge preferred. Possess initiative, sound judgment, exceptional organizational abilities, effective written and verbal communications skills and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to think creatively and develop innovative solutions is essential. The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with the Zoo's Development Department staff and executive officers, plus demonstrate the ability to interact with donors, team members and other Zoo staff to create strong relationships and foster them toward philanthropic giving to the Zoo. CFRE certificate desired, but not required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.


Keeper, Antelope/River's Edge – (Part-Time)

Posted: October 27, 2014

Responsibilities: Will be assigned to work in the Antelope or River’s Edge area as needed.  Major tasks include cleaning and maintaining habitats, barns and service areas; continual monitoring of habitats and visitor areas with attention to detail; feeding and watering of animals; providing assistance in restraining animals for veterinary management and research purposes; participating in the use of behavioral conditioning to train species for husbandry/research purposes; maintaining departmental records; and working on special projects as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and previous keeper experience preferred. Previous experience working with elephants desired. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting, bending and working in all types of weather conditions. Good keeper safety record required. Diver certification a plus. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Keeper, Children's Zoo – (Part-Time)

Posted: October 23, 2014

Responsibilities: Interact positively with Children’s Zoo visitors. Must be able to give animal presentations and participate in Children’s Zoo rotations. Will be required to perform keeper duties in the Children’s Zoo. These duties include the care and feeding of a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Responsible for enrichment, maintenance of displays and upkeep of grounds.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required with preference given to applicants with a four-year college degree completed or in progress in an animal-related field. Previous experience working with animals preferred. Good observation and record-keeping skills regarding animal well-being important. Must be an effective communicator. Must be neat in appearance and follow Children’s Zoo dress code. Children’s Zoo keepers can be assigned to the other Animal Division departments when necessary. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, which include standing for long periods of time, working in all types of weather conditions, kneeling, bending, lifting and squatting down. Prior working experience in a Zoo setting is preferred. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Veterinary Resident – (Full-Time, 3-year term)

Posted: October 16, 2014

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo veterinary resident is a post-graduate, 3-year appointment designed to develop a board-certified specialist of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and a veterinarian who makes significant contributions to the field of zoological medicine. The ACZM-compliant program is supported by the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The residency emphasizes the development of clinical skills, manuscript preparation and publication, and credentialing and preparation for ACZM certification. The resident’s clinical experience will be through all aspects of providing veterinary care to the Saint Louis Zoo’s animals, including but not limited to, clinical medicine and diagnostic services, preventive medicine, surgical care, quarantine and pre-shipment testing, and student training.  Reappointment for the second and third year of the program is contingent upon successful completion of the previous year and appropriate progress in meeting the requirements for ACZM credentialing and board preparation.

Qualifications: Candidate must hold a veterinary degree (DVM, VMD or equivalent) and have completed at least a one year structured internship, or two years of experience as a veterinarian. Individual must be able to obtain a Missouri veterinary license. Candidates must value teamwork, a positive attitude, and be self-motivated. In addition to the online application, individual must submit an official transcript from veterinary school and three letters of recommendation mailed directly to: Michele Wallace, Department of Animal Health, Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis MO 63110. The entire application must be received by close of business on December 5, 2014. The successful candidate for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and undergo a drug test.

Overnight Supervisor, Housekeeping & Grounds – (Full-Time)

Posted: September 26, 2014

Responsibilities: Supervise the Saint Louis Zoo’s Housekeeping & Grounds Departments’ overnight staff and manage its nightly operations and responsibilities. Work closely with the Manager, Housekeeping & Grounds to ensure all aspects of the Zoo’s nightly operations are handled. Supervise overnight employees’ performances, schedules and responsibilities. This is a working supervisory position, so this position is also responsible for the contributing to the overall cleanliness of the Zoo’s interior buildings and outside grounds during the evening hours. Indoor responsibilities include but are not limited to the cleaning of offices and interior buildings, restrooms, glass, carpets, mopping, buffing, waxing, stripping and other duties as assigned. Outdoor responsibilities include but are not limited to litter pick-up, trash removal, leaf removal, snow removal and other duties as assigned. Responsible for both internal and external events’ set-up and break-downs. Must work effectively and cooperatively with other Zoo departments. Perform other tasks on Zoo grounds as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or its equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license, with a CDL license preferred. Prior supervisory experience required, as well as prior facility maintenance/housekeeping experience, especially at a large facility. Ability to manage in a positive, efficient and cost-effective manner. Prior experience working with housekeeping and grounds equipment and chemicals. Must have the physical ability to work in all types of weather conditions. Must have the physical ability to work on your feet and be able to walk the Zoo grounds for several hours at a time. Must be able to perform physically demanding work. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and assist with the set-up of tables and chairs for special events. Must be able to work the overnight shift (currently, 1:00 am to 9:00 am, but schedule is subject to change) and must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Zoological Manager, Carnivores – (Full-Time)

Posted: September 3, 2014


The Zoological Manager, Carnivores reports to the Curator of Mammals/ Carnivores and is a working supervisory position. Duties include but are not limited to: overseeing and providing daily care to the animals, utilizing the Zoo’s animal enrichment  and welfare protocols, habitat design and maintenance, monitoring and interpreting animal health, behavior, and social interactions, providing formulated diets and monitoring  consumption, utilizing operant conditioning for animal management, assisting department staff as requested/required, assisting external customers, advancing the zoo’s mission through positive guest interactions, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, following oral and written directions effectively, and managing time efficiently. The successful candidate will supervise and train the keeper staff (including full-time keepers, part-time keepers, seasonal keepers, as well as interns and volunteers) to ensure that carnivore care and management meets the Saint Louis Zoo’s standards. Schedule work and other activities, manage facility maintenance and new construction, and interact with other departments; (including, but not limited to: Animal Health, Nutrition, Education, Facilities Management, Public Relations and outside contractors, researchers, and media). Assist Curator in the development and management of the WildCare Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa.

Qualifications: A competitive applicant will be an individual who is passionate about securing the future for carnivore species and their habitats. He/she will be a critical thinker who is open to creative and innovative ideas. He/she will conduct themselves in a manner that creates a stimulating, productive and positive work environment that fosters a climate of possibilities. Only effective communicators who can contribute to and work with an innovative team will be considered. The applicant will develop this position to achieve the highest level of animal care, individual/team excellence and professional satisfaction. The applicant requires strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to supervise and mentor others, as well as strong organizational capacity with ability to be flexible. Must have a good safety record and must perform all aspects of this position with safety as the priority. Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and demonstrated experience with carnivores required. Preference will be given to candidates with prior supervisory experience. The successful candidate for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Cook – (Part-Time)

Posted: May 14, 2014

Responsibilities: Support the Zoo’s Executive Chef, his staff and the Catering Department with preparation and execution of all daily kitchen functions. Ability to lead a Zoo event.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. At least five years of cooking experience required. Prior experience in a fast-paced, large volume atmosphere preferred. Must have basic knowledge of measurements, cooking principles and have the ability to follow recipes without supervision. Sauce and soup knowledge is a plus. Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable. Good knife skills are important. Serve Safe Certificate is required. Must be available for day, weekend and evening events. Hourly position. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.