Grounds Maintenance Position – (Seasonal)                              

Posted: April 28, 2016

Responsibilities: This position starts at 5 a.m. and will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of Zoo grounds. Duties include the removal of waste from Zoo grounds, operating trucks and lifts to dispose of animal waste, and other duties as assigned. This position will use handheld leaf blowers, special equipment and/or brooms to remove all debris, as well as picking up trash throughout the designated areas and emptying Zoo waste receptacles. 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.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.  Prior grounds maintenance or landscaping 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 lift 50 pounds, and operate equipment such as blowers, snow shovels, etc. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.   

Attractions Assistant Manager –
(Part-Time)                              

Posted: April 27, 2016

Responsibilities: Exhibit the visions and values of the Parking and Attractions department while managing attraction supervisors, staff and operations to ensure that established policy and procedure for admissions & collection of revenue and safe operation of attractions is taking place daily. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to training of attraction supervisors and staff on values, policies and procedures, accommodating Zoo departmental requests for special event needs (tours, rentals, VIPs, meetings), working with Zoo staff to maintain the expected high level of guest service. This is a front-line position that requires handling visitor concerns and inquiries.

Qualifications: High school diploma or its equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.  Must have a flexible work schedule and must be able to work weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays.  Must have the physical ability to work in all types of weather conditions.  Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, stand for several hours, and have the ability to walk the Zoo several times a day. Strong communication skills and previous cash handling experience required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, data entry and previous supervisory experience preferred. 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.      

Zoo Ranger – (Part-Time)

Posted: April 13, 2016                                                                     

Responsibilities: Responsible for the protection, safeguarding and security of Zoo property, personnel and all visitors. Perform security patrols (building/gate checks), transport cash banks to designated locations, respond to all emergencies, enforce Zoo rules and regulations, protect property from theft, embezzlement, fire and accidents, investigate and write reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities and other security-related situations, and provide additional as-needed assistance to visitors and employees.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. Security, law enforcement, military, firefighting or equivalent experience preferred. Must be 21 years of age or older. Must be able to successfully pass a physical, including a drug test and firearms training course provided by the St. Louis Police Department. Must have valid driver’s license and own gun and leather. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff, volunteers and visitors. First Aid, CPR/AED experience required. Must be able to successfully obtain an armed security license. Uniforms provided.  Able to work in all types of weather and unpredictable crisis situations. Must be able to work all shifts, including weekends, evenings and holidays. 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.       

Welcome Desk Supervisor – (Seasonal)                                       

Posted: April 12, 2016

Responsibilities: This position will provide supervisory coverage to the Zoo’s Welcome Desk and special events in addition to assisting our Zoo visitors with memberships, Adventure Pass purchases, and other Welcome Desk Host responsibilities. Interested candidates must be able to professionally handle a variety of visitor situations, supervise Host and Greeter staff, and enforce all Zoo and Welcome Desk policies and procedures. 

Qualifications: All interested candidates must be able to work full shifts (open to close) with availability that includes weekends, holidays and evening hours as well as weekdays. Prior customer service and sales experience is preferred.  Familiarity with computers is required. High school diploma or equivalent required.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. 

Attractions Mechanic/Laborer –
(Part-Time)                               

Posted: April 8, 2016

Responsibilities: Position oversees general maintenance and upkeep of the Zooline Railroad track system. This position reports directly to the full-time Attractions Mechanics. Additionally, position assists Attractions Mechanics with maintenance and inspections for all Zoo Attractions operations including, but not limited to, the Zooline Railroad, 4-D Theater, and Carousel. Work would include replacing ties, spikes, and track. Greasing and degreasing various equipment as needed. Painting equipment or facilities. Performing oil changes, towing equipment, and vehicle maintenance and repairs, as well as any other duties assigned.

Qualifications: High School diploma required, experience or a trade degree in automotive preferred. Previous experience working on railroad track maintenance or in an automotive shop is also preferred. Some computer experience is required in Microsoft Office. Qualified candidates will be required to pass an annual physical to operate trains, be able to lift 40 pounds unaided, stand and walk for several hours, and work outdoors in all weather. This is a part-time position of 1560 hours in a year, staff will work weekly 30 to 35 hours with at least one weekend day worked each week, and be able to start work in the early morning 6:00 or 7:00. Accepted candidates will also be required to work holidays, some evenings, and both weekend days if required to cover operations while other Maintenance staff is off. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Seasonal Supervisor, Food Service/Lakeside Restaurant – (Seasonal)                                   

Posted: April 6, 2016

Responsibilities: In this position the supervisor will be leading staff and assisting the management team in daily business needs.  They will need to maintain high levels of employee productivity.  They will be required to ensure proper opening and closing duties in all areas of the restaurant.  They will need to make sure their areas are stocked at the beginning and end of the day.  They will train all staff members in various areas of the business.  They will help relieve staff for breaks and lunches at times.  They need to maintain high standards of food safety and sanitation to meet all Food Serve Safe regulations.  Ensure that all cash handling procedures are being followed.  Be sure that we are serving a high quality product.  Ensure that all Zoo policies are being followed at all times.  Be a leader of the food service department and zoo and ensure that all appearances in every aspect of the restaurant is maintained and followed to the upmost satisfaction.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required with some college preferred.  Supervisory experience in a fast paced, large volume atmosphere preferred.  The employee will need to be a team player and willing to help out in other areas.  They will be asked to help out Front of the House and in the Back of the House at different times.   They need to be willing to work as a team with a diverse group of co-workers. This person needs to be self-motivated and be able to work quickly and efficiently own their own with minimal supervision.  They will also need to have basic math, writing and reading skills.  They will also need a comprehensive understanding of Food Safety and Sanitation guidelines.  This position will need to be guest/customer service orientated.  In this position there will be heavy lifting and errands needed to be run sometimes across Zoo grounds.  Restaurant Back of the House Experience is preferred.  Reliable transportation any time of day is required.  The ideal candidate will have previous restaurant experience with some training responsibilities. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Food Service-Dishwasher/Utility – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 6, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist Zoo’s Food Service Department primarily in Lakeside Cafe with both front of the house and back of the house duties.  Duties may include but are not limited to organizing the food and beverage storage areas, assisting with the preparation work, operating a cash register, washing dishes, cleaning the front of house area of the restaurant. cleaning projects in the kitchen and restaurant areas, working on the front line, working on minor maintenance projects, and assisting the Manager on other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Working experience in a restaurant/kitchen required.  Familiarity with basic fundamentals of food safety and sanitation required.  Prior customer service experience is preferred.  Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable.  Must have flexible work hours. Hours will include both days and nights. Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, nights, and holidays.  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 30 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Birthday Parties Assistant – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 6, 2016

Responsibilities:  Assist with all aspects of the Zoo Birthday Party Program, including welcoming and walking in guests, helping with and sometimes leading activities (crafts, games, tours, songs), serving food, setting-up and cleaning-up. Provide excellent customer service to birthday party families and guests. Facilitate guest engagement in the Wild Wonder Outpost, the Zoo’s discovery room. Help create a fun and safe learning environment while modeling responsible conservation behaviors. In addition to weekends, other hours may be required from time to time.

Qualifications:  Must have completed two years of high school. Excellent customer service and communication skills essential. Must be comfortable working with others, often on a tight schedule and in a fast-paced environment. 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 food safety. 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.     

General Maintenance Laborer  – 
(Part-Time Temporary)                     

Posted: April 6, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist skilled tradesmen in the Facilities Management Department with various tasks relating to carpentry, fabrication, welding, masonry, painting, and other manual labor jobs as needed. Expected to be able to climb ladders, lift 70 lbs., be able to read a tape measure, and be familiar with the proper use of hand and electric tools.  These are temporary positions approved for special Zoo projects.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Education and experience in carpentry, welding, or building maintenance desirable. Knowledge and experience in the operation of construction equipment, power tools, and hand tools including but not limited to backhoe, skid loader, forklift, jackhammer, and roto-hammer 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.

Private Event Facilitator – (Seasonal) 

Posted: April 1, 2016

Responsibilities: Responsible for supporting the Sales & Catering Department by assisting to coordinate day of production and execution details for events, meetings and other group sales functions. Reports to Event Services Supervisor.  Includes working closely with other members of the Sales & Catering team and various internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, food service, custodial services, distribution, welcome desk, guest services) to effectively support sales efforts and meet client needs. On-site event and meeting management. Perform clerical duties as needed.  Support client engagement activities. Maintain good front-line customer service and client/staff relations.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of customer service/event planning experience preferred.  High School diploma or equivalent required.  Qualified candidates must possess strong project management, 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.  A valid driver’s license is required.

Horticulture Gardener (Seasonal)

Posted: March 3, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist in the maintenance of the Zoo's landscape by performing horticultural tasks including but not limited to mulching, weeding, planting both small and large plants and trees, watering, mowing lawns, trimming hedges and helping with the completion of capital projects. Assist with snow and leaf removal when necessary.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. College degree in horticulture or related field preferred. Experience operating equipment such as riding mowers, bobcats, and skid loaders a plus. Must have physical ability to perform horticulture tasks including but not limited to walking, bending, kneeling, lifting and working in all types of weather. 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.

Electrician – (Part-Time)

Posted: November 16, 2015

Responsibilities: To assist Zoo electricians in the installation and repair of the Zoo’s electrical equipment.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current student or graduate of Technical College with electrical emphasis preferred. Must have knowledge of all applicable codes. Must have knowledge and skill in electrical troubleshooting and installation. Valid driver’s license required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.