Custodial Maintenance Position –
(Part-Time)          

Posted: May 23, 2016

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of assigned Zoo buildings. 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 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 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. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.   

Manager, Catering (Banquet) Operations - (Full-Time)              

Posted: May 23, 2016

Responsibilities: Responsible for managing catering operations on behalf of the Saint Louis Zoo’s Sales & Catering Department including internal & external catering needs.  Includes working closely with other members of the Sales, Event Services, and Catering Offices and various other internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, food service & culinary, custodial services, distribution, finance and human resources) to create a culture of hospitality and focused service to support the success of the Zoo and the needs of our clients.  Build, and maintain, a positive work environment.  Encourage self-confidence, creativity, empowerment, communication, accountability, productivity, continuous improvement, leadership and professional development, operational excellence, high energy and enthusiasm in team members. Interview, hire, coach and develop team members. Maintain a high level of  customer service and client/staff/vendor relations in accordance with the Zoo’s mission and values. Monitor and control financial and administrative responsibilities including asset protection and the annual budget process. Personally assist in providing high quality service for events and meetings based on industry expectations and Zoo standard operating procedures. Review and respond to feedback from client surveys. 

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of food & beverage or related professional experience. A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required. Qualified candidates must possess strong administrative, writing, 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.   

HVAC Technician – (Seasonal)      

Posted: May 20, 2016                                  

Responsibilities: Install, maintain and repair Zoo HVAC systems.  Preventive maintenance of HVAC equipment may include but will not be limited to greasing/oiling motors, changing/tightening belts, changing filters, and cleaning condensers and evaporators.  Troubleshooting, motor and blower maintenance.   

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required.  Two-year HVAC Certificate and Universal Class EPA License.  Must have knowledge and skills in mechanical equipment.  Valid driver’s license required.  Must be able to physically perform required duties of the trade, which may include lifting up to 50 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Welcome Desk Hosts - (Seasonal)   

Posted: May 20, 2016

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities as Welcome Desk Hosts. Hosts must be able to easily and professionally interact with visitors to talk about the Zoo, membership programs, and ticketing options.

Qualifications: Candidates must be able to work during the week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (longer shifts possible during summer hours 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and must have availability on weekends and evenings. Prior customer service and sales experience is preferred. Familiarity with computers is required. Candidates must have the physical ability to stand for 2 to 4-hour shifts. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Administrative Assistant, Education Department - (Full-Time)

Posted: May 13, 2016

Responsibilities: The Administrative Assistant will work to support the Director of Education, 9 Education Managers and 4 Conservation Education Liaisons to ensure operational excellence that meets the Zoo’s Educational mission, goals and objectives. The successful applicant will be an excellent communicator who thrives in a team-oriented, fast-paced, innovative atmosphere. Responsibilities include coordinating and managing electronic and hard copy filing and tracking systems of essential staff records, company credit cards, grants, budgets, reports and other records as needed. Recording minutes at committee and stakeholder meetings and archiving them accordingly. Preparing and editing documents including correspondence, reports, drafts, memos and emails; creating spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, meeting materials and special reports. Booking travel arrangements, reconciling expense reports and managing related records. Responsibilities include answering phone calls, data entry, photocopying, faxing, and scanning. Inventory and order office and other supplies. Assist in resolving administrative problems. Perform all other related duties as assigned. Position reports to the Director of Education.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred. College coursework or vocational school education courses in computers, communication, or business required. 3+ years of administrative support experience required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite:  Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Detail-oriented, strong problem solving and organizational skills required. Ability to handle multiple projects with accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to interact with staff and visitors in a positive and professional manner at all times. Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality. Ability to multi-task and prioritize work in a fast paced and deadline driven environment. Knowledge of operating standard office equipment, office management systems and procedures required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Instructor/Inclusion Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: May 13, 2016

Responsibilities: This position is a support person for all Zoo camp staff.  Seeks to facilitate campers with disabilities into the program to the maximum degree of involvement possible.  No curriculum planning is required except insofar as the curriculum may need to be adapted to ensure camper’s participation in program. In general, the role of Inclusion Facilitator will include the following responsibilities:

  1. Provide additional assistance in order to support campers with physical, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities (needs) as they integrate into daily camp life. 

  2. Facilitate student relationships and encourage social interaction.

  3. Adapt activities and crafts to ensure the camper’s active participation.   

  4. Provide positive reinforcement or other behavioral intervention, as needed, to facilitate child’s involvement in the group and activities.  

  5. Promote child’s connection to animals and the Zoo and enjoyment of the program.

  6. Respond to questions that might arise from children without disabilities, counselors or volunteers regarding the child or disability.

  7. Provide any individual assistance needed to promote the child’s adjustment to the program.  (i.e., pre-visit experience)

  8. Communicate effectively with parents, instructors, camp directors, etc. regarding the needs of the participant.

  9. Maintain confidentiality.

  10. Develop anecdotal or written reports on campers after each session including but not limited to: effective techniques, progress, likes and dislikes, etc.

  11. Function effectively as a collaborative team leader and a source of information and support.

  12. Spark a passion forinclusionin counselors, camp community, education department, and families giving them the practical guidance they need to make it work.

  13. Attend all trainings and meetings as assigned.

Qualifications: Passionate about all children, regardless of their background or ability and the need to provide the opportunity to play, learn, and interact. A bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Behavioral Science, Occupational Science, Child Development, or Education or related field required. Experience working with special needs/developmentally disabled population. Demonstrated experience in behavior modification, applied behavior analysis (preferred). Ability to work with challenging behaviors as well as to work independently and as a collaborative team member.  Excellent planning and organizing skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong customer and results orientation. Ability to interact effectively at all levels and across diverse cultures and exemplify Zoo values.  Background knowledge in Zoology or other science preferred. Knowledge and or experience with formal or non-formal education and inquiry-based teaching a plus. Genuine interest in animal conservation and animal related issues. Knowledge and skills using computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Office programs. Must be willing and able to work outside daily and overnight, sleep on the ground or floor (no mattress,) walk around the Zoo up to 4-5 miles per day, and lift 20 lbs.  Must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. Must be willing to submit to a background check, drug test and be tested annually for tuberculosis.  Seasonal Instructors help to maintain the Camp area, supervise and attend to the needs of campers every day and overnight, and model responsible conservation behavior.   Seasonal Instructors are required to attend training May 31-June 4 and June 6-10 from 8 am – 5 pm daily (may vary,) and then must be available to work from June 13 – August 5 at Camp KangaZoo. Typical Camp hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, and Thursday overnight, 5:30 pm -10 am Friday. 

Grounds Maintenance Position –
(Seasonal)
(Day/Evening Shifts)                       

Posted: May 9, 2016

Responsibilities: This position will operate anytime between 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and emptying trash on Zoo grounds. 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. This position will assist with leaf removal, and during the winter months, this position will assist with snow removal, per Zoo policy. This position may be assigned to the inside of buildings as needed. This position may require working late nights for special events.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Must be 18 years old or over with a valid driver's license.  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. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.   

Cash Room Clerk

Posted: April 29, 2016

Responsibilities: Oversee and count daily revenue. Investigate overages and shortages. Collect revenue and maintain files on: Penny Press Machines, Sticker Booths, Donation Boxes, and Change Machines. Prepare deposits for three area banks. Post deposits and payments into EBMS when needed. Assist in account analysis and report preparation on Excel. Other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications: High school diploma or its equivalent required, with a 4-year college degree in business/finance preferred.  Basic knowledge of computers, especially spreadsheet software, preferred.  Must have the ability to work weekends, holidays and evening hours.  Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, accuracy and attention to detail, and handle confidential information.  Mathematical background preferred. Must have the physical ability to lift and carry 25 lb. boxes and be able to work in a windowless environment.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Public Safety Beat – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 26, 2016                                            

Responsibilities: Work fixed posts, patrol grounds on foot, and respond to radio calls for assistance, monitor visitor traffic and crowd control, work special events after hours. Direct vehicle traffic in and around Zoo grounds, assist with off-ground runs and deliveries. Provide visitors with general information.  Must be flexible in scheduling and willing to work hours and posts as assigned, including weekends and holidays.  Must be willing to obtain Class E driver’s license in order to drive employee shuttle.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Must have valid driver’s license. First Aid CPR/AED a plus.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

Membership Services Assistant – (Seasonal)

Posted:  April 26, 2016

Responsibilities: Provide weekend phone coverage for the Zoo Friends Office, including the handling of membership gifts and Zoo Parents Program gifts over the phone, telephone reservations for scheduled events hosted by the Zoo, Tribute Fund contributions and other general Zoo Friends inquiries as needed. Additional responsibilities include data entry and assistance with other tasks as assigned by Database Manager.  May be asked to answer general Zoo-related phone questions from visitors and members as well.  

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required, with a four-year college degree preferred. Experience with business phone operations and customer service required. Must be able to project professional, friendly, image on phone, excellent communication skills, ability to handle and prioritize numerous tasks, and the capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision. PC proficiency with Word processing, Raiser’s Edge software and other database programs is a plus. Strong people skills and working in a team environment required. Must be able to work both weekend days.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.   

Seasonal Instructor, Overnights and Events – (Seasonal)        

Posted: April 26, 2016 

Responsibilities: Lead activities, crafts, games, tours, night hikes and songs at Zoo programs.  Programs include overnights for scout groups, school groups and families, scout badge programs, Animal Adventure birthday parties, and a variety of special events held throughout the year. Help to provide a caring, educational, fun and safe environment for children, families and Zoo visitors.  Help to maintain program areas and supplies, help with program set up and clean up and model responsible conservation behavior. Seasonal Instructors work a variety of programs and events throughout the year, including overnights, scout programs, birthday parties, and special events.  Overnight programs occur on Friday and Saturday nights year round and on various weeknights throughout the year.  Overnight hours are approximately 5:00 pm - 9:00 am.  Most other programs, events and training occur in the evening or on weekends. Seasonal Instructors must be available to work a minimum of 2 overnights per month as well as other weekend and evening programs through the year.  Other opportunities may also be available.  Weekly hours vary widely throughout the year depending on programming.  Must be able to stay awake and alert all night long to provide group supervision.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required.  Must have completed at least 2 years of college (or one year of college with one year as an Assistant Seasonal Instructor at Camp or similar experience); experience teaching/working with children age 6-12 with diverse backgrounds and abilities; understanding of biology/ecology, wildlife conservation and/or environmental education concepts; desire to share the wonders of the natural world with children; must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Excellent organizational skills and experience with children with special needs helpful.  Must have a negative TB test and valid driver’s license. Must be willing to spend the overnight outdoors on the ground or indoors on the floor without a mattress, an air mattress, cot, etc.  All successful candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.         

Railroad Engineer – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 26, 2016                                                

Responsibilities: Driving and serving as a conductor on the Zoo’s trains.  Assist guests with boarding and disembarking the trains.  Inspect and clean the trains.  Pull trains out of the tunnel in the mornings and put them back in the tunnels in the evenings.  Sell tickets for the train rides.  Drive the employee shuttles during peak periods. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma required.  Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a Zoo health physical.  Must be 18 years of age or older. Good customer service skills, cash handling and computer skills required.  Clear, distinct speaking voice for narration of scripted speech.  Must have physical ability to work outside in all types of weather.  Must be available weekends and holidays (requires at least two weekends per month).  Prior railroad experience preferred.  Must be able to obtain a Class E driver’s license. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Equipment Operator/Site Work Laborer– (Seasonal)(2 Openings)

Posted: April 22, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist with demolition, grading and installation of various projects on Zoo grounds.  Assist with trenching, grading earthwork, excavation, asphalt paving and irrigation installation. Help with landscape installation and routine horticulture tasks including leaf removal and snow removal.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required with preference given to applicants with a Horticultural or related degree completed or in progress. 1-5 years of landscape or heavy equipment operation experience required.  Experience operating equipment such as bobcats, skid loaders and tractors.  Experience with retaining wall installation preferred.  Knowledge of irrigation maintenance and repair, certification in heavy equipment operation and maintenance 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.       

Seasonal Positions –
(Catering Servers and Bartenders)

Posted: April 13, 2016

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, fun, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities in the Catering Department.

Qualifications: Catering servers must be at least 18 years of age and bartenders must be at least 21 years of age. Candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekdays, weekends and evenings. Prior catering, bartending, restaurant or related experience is required.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.       

Staff Veterinarian (Full-Time)

Posted: March 2, 2016

Description: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking applicants for the position of staff veterinarian. The position is one of two staff veterinarians reporting directly to the Director of Animal Health, and is part of a team that also includes a veterinary pathologist (Dipl. ACVP), an ACZM-compliant clinical veterinary resident, hospital manager, four registered veterinary technicians, quarantine specialist and an administrative assistant.

Responsibilities: The veterinarian will assist in the care and preventive medicine programs for the Zoo's taxonomically diverse collection of 560 different species, and the training of residents in an ACZM-compliant residency program in zoological medicine. Duties will include but not limited to, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, quarantine and pre-shipment testing, and resident and student mentorship. In addition to on-site clinical responsibilities working directly with animal care staff, the veterinarian will be expected to be a part of research and conservation activities, and support and develop partnerships with the Saint Louis Zoo's WildCare Institute, the Institute for Conservation Medicine and the Zoo's Research Department. The individual will be encouraged to develop external collaborative initiatives that advance zoological medicine and conservation within the scope of the Saint Louis Zoo's programs.

Qualifications: Candidate must be licensed in the United States and able to obtain a Missouri veterinary license and USDA accreditation within 6 months of employment. Board-eligibility or Diplomate status in the American College of Zoological Medicine is preferred. The successful applicant should embrace the values of the Saint Louis Zoo and its mission, work in a team setting and contribute to a positive workplace. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Cook – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 29, 2016

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 to work days, weekends and evening events. Hourly position. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Cook – (Part-Time)

Posted: January 29, 2016

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 to work days, weekends and evening events. Hourly position. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Positions

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal and part-time employment opportunities through the end of the year. The Zoo has open positions in the areas of Food Service, Retail, Attractions, Railroad and Parking. Year-round availability preferred. Prior customer service experience, as well as experience on a cash register preferred. Immediate weekday availability preferred. Applicants must be able to work in all kinds of weather conditions, be on their feet for an extended period of time, must be able to walk Zoo grounds and enjoy working with the public. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.