Custodial/Grounds Maintenance Position (Overnight Shift) – (Full-Time)

Posted: July 18, 2014

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of assigned Zoo buildings and Zoo grounds during the overnight shift. This person will be assigned to either inside buildings or outside areas as needed. Depending on the time of year, this position may use handheld leaf blowers, special equipment and/or brooms to remove all debris, as well as picking up trash throughout the designated areas. During fall months, this position will assist with leaf removal, and during the winter months, this position will assist with snow removal, per Zoo policy. Buildings and restrooms will be completely cleaned (floors washed, toilets scrubbed, sinks and mirrors cleaned, graffiti removed, toilet paper stocked, hand towels stocked, supplies maintained and floors vacuumed, glass cleaned and emergency cleanups as needed) as well as emptying of trash on Zoo grounds and recycle containers and taking them to designated areas for collection.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Prior custodial or facilities maintenance experience preferred. Must have physical ability to walk the Zoo grounds, assist in the set-up of tables and chairs for Zoo events including bending, lifting, and squatting. Must have the physical ability to work in all types of weather conditions including heat and cold. Must have the physical ability to operate equipment such as blowers, snow shovels and blowers, etc. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Positions – (Late Summer/Fall/Winter Seasons)(Weekend Availability)

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities through the end of the year. Open positions include Food Service, Guest Services & Attractions, Gift Shops, Grounds, and Distribution Departments. Applicants must have weekday availability from August through the end of the year. Prior customer service experience, as well as experience on a cash register preferred. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

General Maintenance Welder – (Part-Time) (Temporary)

Posted: June 20, 2014

Responsibilities: Member of the Zoo’s Facilities Management Department that is responsible for working on all welding projects throughout the Zoo grounds. Candidate must be familiar with tools of the trade such as cut off saws, punch press, torches, plasma cutter, etc. Must be able to work with steel, cast iron and aluminum and be able to weld with mig, tig and arc welder. Will be required to make repairs to all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and have the ability to read blue prints and fabricate from them.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current student or graduate of Technical College with welding emphasis preferred. Familiarity with computers and computer welding programs preferred. Familiarity with blueprints and drawings preferred. Valid driver’s license required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Lead Restaurant Cook – (Full-Time)

Posted: June 16, 2014

Responsibilities: Provide the basic cooking needs for the Saint Louis Zoo’s Café Kudu restaurant operation. Prep and prepare daily specials and soups, as well as develop new specials in accordance with the Executive Chef’s guidelines. Support the restaurant manager by supervising the Café Kudu’s production staff. Will be responsible for the daily sanitation requirements of the operation and for the organization of the restaurant’s dry storage and refrigeration units. At times will be called upon to assist in the production and execution of catering operations.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. College or culinary degree or equivalent experience preferred. One to three (1-3) years of catering/cooking experience in a fast-paced, large-volume atmosphere. Background in kitchen management preferred. Familiarity with computers required. Creative menu planning, emphasis on customer service skills, ability to energize a diverse team. Sanitation certificate is a must. Average 45 – 50 hours a week, more during busy season. Must have flexible work schedule because work schedule will vary. Mainly days, some evenings. Must be available weekends and holidays. Schedules revolve around business demands. All successful candidates 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.

Birthday Parties Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: May 9, 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. Serve 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.

Group Ticket Supervisor – (Part-Time)

Posted: April 29, 2014

Responsibilities: Responsible for coordinating the Zoo’s group ticket program for groups of 15+ visitors for all of the attractions within the Zoo and seasonal catered event reservations. Reports to Director, Sales and Private Events. Includes working closely with other members of the Sales team and various internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, food service, public relations, finance, welcome desk, guest services) to communicate and understand all details related to the program and fulfill client requests. Staff and coordinate operations of the Group Sales ticket desk during the Zoo’s peak season. Analyze and report sales data. Responsible for initiating sales calls and conducting site tours. Update website and printed materials. Maintain good front-line customer service and client relations.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of customer service/sales experience and a valid driver’s license is required. Qualified candidates must possess strong administrative, math, interpersonal and organizational skills along with a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products. Must be positive, energetic, and capable of working under pressure and possess ability to set priorities, handle multiple tasks and work independently. Candidates must be able to lift and carry up to 25 lbs for 50 yards, stand and walk for extended periods of time, work outdoors in all weather conditions, and be willing to work evenings, holidays and weekends. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Curator, Primates – (Full-Time)

Posted: March 14, 2014

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking candidates for the position of Curator of Primates. This position is responsible for the management of our primate collection, the staff who care for them, and the facilities dedicated to their husbandry and display. This position will direct the work of two Zoological Managers, nine full-time keepers and three seasonal keepers caring for a large and diverse collection of primate species in the Zoo's Primate House and Jungle of the Apes/Fragile Forest exhibits. Additional responsibilities include:
• Overseeing the daily husbandry, health management and general welfare of the animals;
• Continuing and expanding non-invasive research activities within our primate programs;
• Ensuring the maintenance of the exhibits, holding areas, visitor spaces and grounds associated with the primate collection;
• Managing all primate-related programs within the Zoo and their interface with AZA's conservation breeding programs;
• Assisting in donor cultivation, special events and other awareness-raising activities as needed to promote the Zoo's growth and mission;
• Interaction with other Zoo departments (including but not limited to Animal Health, Nutrition, Research, Facility Management, Development, Marketing, Human Resources, Education and Public Relations) as needed and directed by the Vice President of Animal Collections to ensure the smooth operation of the Zoo;
• Serving as an ambassador for the Zoo and its primate programs to the media, visitors, Zoo staff, AZA and other outside agencies;
• Opportunities to interact with field conservation programs that currently include great apes and lemurs.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in an animal-related field, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of five (5) years of broad and significant primate management experience is required. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of the USDA/APHIS regulations pertaining to primates, have experience with operant conditioning, enrichment programs and primate conservation programs. 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 be a team player and be able to work well with a variety of people and departments. Experience preparing and managing budgets, coordinating research and developing and delivering education programs related to primates is essential. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test before employment by the Zoo.

Seasonal Positions – (Limited to No Availability Until Late Spring/Summer)

Seeking applicants for seasonal employment opportunities who are available Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week (various shifts) and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends in the following areas: Food Service/Catering, Distribution, Gift Shops, Groundskeepers, Welcome Desk and Railroad Conductors. Candidates must be willing to make this job a priority and must have open availability including the ability to work on weekends and holidays. Most seasonal positions are outdoor positions so applicants must be able to work in varying temperatures, including hot summer weather conditions. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.