Keeper, Primates – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 24, 2015

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking an individual to join the Primate team as a seasonal keeper in the Primate House. The current collection includes 15 species of lemurs and Old World and New World monkeys.

Responsibilities: Keepers will perform a wide variety of specialized work including daily animal care, enrichment, behavioral training, animal observations, animal health care, documentation and record-keeping, minor exhibit maintenance, public presentations and tours, and other related duties as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field preferred. Previous paid keeper experience is preferred; primate experience is desired. Knowledge of animal behavior and good observation skills are important; and a strong interest in behavior management and animal welfare is greatly preferred. Candidates 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. Successful candidates will be adaptable and flexible, able to manage a wide array of duties and responsibilities, and possess strong communication and teamwork skills. 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: April 17, 2015

Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to: providing daily care to the  Children’s Zoo collection of over 300 small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and aquatics, utilizing the Zoo’s animal enrichment  and welfare protocols, monitoring and interpreting animal health and behavior, 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 visitor interactions, participating in our Keeper for a Day program, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, following oral and written directions effectively, and managing time efficiently.

Qualifications: A competitive applicant will be an individual who is passionate about providing outstanding care and commitment to the collection. The successful candidate will be adept at sharing that passion with our young visitors through positive interactions. He/she will be a critical thinker and will work in a manner that promotes a stimulating, productive and happy work environment that fosters a climate of teamwork and innovation. Only effective communicators who can contribute to and work with an innovative team will be considered. The candidate will develop this position to achieve the highest level of animal care, individual/team excellence and professional satisfaction. Four-year college degree preferred with preference given to applicants with at least one year experience working in an AZA institution. Must have the physical ability to stand for long periods of time, walk the Zoo grounds, lift, bend and kneel down. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit a criminal background check and drug test.

Membership Services Assistant – (Part-Time)

Posted: April 16, 2015

Responsibilities: Answer phones for the Saint Louis Zoo Association. Handle calls regarding donor gifts, memberships, Zoo Parents Program gifts, Zoo Event reservations, Tribute Fund contributions and other general inquiries as needed. Responsibilities include handling calls in a prompt, accurate and friendly manner while providing excellent customer service. Responsibilities also include data entry and assistance with other tasks as assigned by Database Manager.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required, with a four-year college degree preferred. Must be able to project professional image on phone, excellent communication skills, ability to handle and prioritize numerous tasks, and the capacity to work independently. 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. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Supervisor, Food Service – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 17, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist the managers with the daily operational responsibilities. Ensure staff is following proper opening and closing procedures in assigned areas. Help ensure that the operation is running properly and efficiently, while meeting and exceeding budgeted goals. Help supervise staff to make sure all cash-handling policies and procedures are being followed. Relieve staff in assigned areas for breaks and lunches at appropriate times throughout the day.  Perform frequent inspections and audits to make sure operation is running effectively. Ensure sanitary practices for food handling and general cleanliness are monitored and enforced. Monitor all maintenance needs. Assist with training, scheduling and reviewing the performance of assigned personnel. Support the restaurant manager with departmental goals and objectives relating to the business. Assist other Food and Beverage operations with special events.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required with some college preferred. Supervisory experience in a fast-paced, large volume atmosphere preferred. Must have flexible hours. Work schedule varies, but is mostly days with some evening events. Must be available weekends and holidays. Work schedules change according to business demands. General familiarity of Microsoft Excel and Word required. Food Service Sanitation Certificate a plus. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Keeper, Great Apes – (Full-Time)

Posted: April 13, 2015

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking an experienced keeper to join the Jungle of the Apes/Fragile Forest team. The current collection includes chimpanzees, orangutans and a bachelor group of gorillas. Duties include required seasonal late night and event coverage, and keepers may also be cross-trained with smaller primates in the Primate House area.

Responsibilities: Keepers will perform a wide variety of specialized work including daily animal care, enrichment, behavioral training, animal observations, animal health care, documentation and record-keeping, minor exhibit maintenance, public presentations and tours, and other related duties as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field preferred. Previous paid keeper experience is required; primate experience, especially with great apes, is desired. Knowledge of animal behavior and good observation skills are important; and a strong interest in behavior management and animal welfare is greatly preferred. Candidates 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. Successful candidates will be adaptable and flexible, able to manage a wide array of duties and responsibilities, and possess strong communication and teamwork skills. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Life Support Systems Technician – (Full-Time)

Posted: April 7, 2015

Job Summary: This position reports to the Life Support Systems (LSS) Supervisor and assists in the daily operations of all life support systems throughout the Zoo.

Responsibilities: Operate, monitor and maintain all aspects of life support systems, including making physical and virtual rounds. Perform routine preventive 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.

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

Posted: March 26, 2015

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.

General Maintenance Laborer – (2 Positions)(Part-Time)(Temporary)

Posted: March 6, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist skilled tradesmen in the Facilities Management Department with various tasks with an emphasis on welding but also including carpentry, fabrication, 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.

Railroad Engineer – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 20, 2015

Responsibilities: Drive and serve 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.

Cook – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 11, 2015

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 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.