Snake Technicians – (Seasonal)(Temporary)

Posted: February 24, 2015

Position Dates: April 1, 2015 - June 12, 2015
Hours: 40 hrs/week
Number of positions: Two (2)
Location: Maryville, MO

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is hiring two (2) technicians to assist the Missouri Department of Conservation and Saint Louis Zoo staff with surveys for the western massasauga rattlesnake in Northwest Missouri. The technicians will assist with drift fence installations, checking traps, actively searching for snakes, and handling to record morphometrics and tagging of snakes. This position offers an opportunity to work with the massasauga rattlesnake as part of a long-term recovery effort for this state endangered species. Lodging and meals will be provided during the 5-day work week.

Qualifications: Attained or working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field with completion of a herpetology course preferred. Experience with working with venomous snakes is preferred, but must be willing to accept direction and follow proper safety guidelines for handling venomous snakes and other snake species. Experience with drift fence arrays and checking of traps is preferred but not necessary. Technicians must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, possess a strong work ethic, and must work effectively with minimal supervision when required. Technicians must be able to walk several miles a day.  Technician will be expected to endure harsh field conditions (heat, humidity, ticks, chiggers, etc.). Technicians must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4-wheel drive trucks. A field vehicle will be provided on site for surveys. All candidates must successfully complete a drug test and criminal background check.

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.

Assistant Manager, Food Service – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 4, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist the full-time manager with the direction and coordination of activities of assigned staff. 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. Perform frequent inspections and audits to make sure operation is running effectively. Daily ordering of supplies. Ensure sanitary practices for food handling and general cleanliness are monitored and enforced. Monitor all maintenance needs. Assist the full-time manager 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.

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

Posted: February 4, 2015

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.

Keeper, Children's Zoo – (Full-Time)

Posted: February 2, 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, specifically but not limited to, the reptiles, amphibians and aquatics of the Children’s Zoo. 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 with reptiles, amphibians and aquatics 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 to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Instructor, Camp KangaCare – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 2, 2015

Responsibilities: Lead the Zoo’s KangaCare program, which is a before- and after-care program for Camp KangaZoo. KangaCare Instructors work June 16 through August 8, 2015, Monday – Thursday, 6:45-8:45 a.m.; Monday – Wednesday, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., plus a few days in May or June for training and curriculum development. Instructors will work as a team to lead/facilitate activities, crafts, and tours which complement the Camp KangaZoo program, will set up and clean up breakfast each morning, set up and clean-up activities and the classroom area each morning and afternoon, safely escort campers to and from the drop off and pick up areas, and provide an educational, fun and safe environment for the campers. Instructors will supervise children, following all of the camper safety policies and procedures.

Qualifications: Must have completed at least two years of college. Must have experience working with children in a formal or informal setting. Must possess excellent customer service and communication skills. Must be organized with attention to detail. Must be flexible and be able to work efficiently and effectively in a high-energy environment. Must be courteous, patient and respectful with children and adults of diverse ages and abilities. Must be able to walk at least three miles per day across Zoo Grounds and lift up to 10 lbs. Interest in biology/ecology/animals/ conservation helpful. Must have negative TB test. The Zoo is looking for someone who is patient, enthusiastic, team-oriented and flexible, with a positive attitude. 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: February 2, 2015

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 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. Most other programs, events and training occur in the evening or on weekends. Seasonal Instructors must be available to work a minimum of two 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.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. Must have completed at least two 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 ages 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 sleep 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.

Seasonal Instructor, Camp KangaZoo – (Seasonal) (Multiple Openings)

Posted: February 2, 2015

Responsibilities: Camp KangaZoo is an outdoor day camp (four days and one overnight) at the Zoo for children entering 1st-6th grade. Seasonal Instructors also lead Teen Camp for youth entering 7th-9th grade. Camp seeks to foster appreciation and increase understanding of animal and conservation topics, and inspire conservation action, in a fun and active camp environment at the Zoo. Seasonal instructors lead crafts, activities, games, tours, songs and skits at Camp KangaZoo, while creating an educational, fun, and safe environment for children. Seasonal Instructors help to maintain 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 30-31 and June 2-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (may vary slightly) and then must be available to work from June 9 - August 1 at Camp KangaZoo. Typical Camp hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Thursday overnight, 5:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday.  Optionally, Seasonal Instructors can work an additional week of Camp (August 4-8). Additional opportunities may be available in April and May on weekdays and weekends. Seasonal Instructors also have the opportunity to work a variety of programs and events throughout the year, including overnights, scout programs, and special events.

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. Must have completed at least two years of college. Experience teaching/working with children ages 6-12 with diverse backgrounds and abilities in either a formal or informal setting. Must have an understanding of biology, ecology and/or wildlife conservation concepts and environmental education theory and practices and a 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. Must have a negative TB test and valid driver’s license. Organizational skills and experience with children with special needs helpful. Must be willing to sleep outdoors on the ground or floor (no mattress). Must have the physical ability to walk the Zoo grounds (90+ acres), up to several miles per day, and lift up to 20 lbs. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Assistant Instructor – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 2, 2015

Responsibilities: Provide support to Seasonal Instructors in leading/facilitating crafts, activities, tours and songs at Camp KangaZoo and Camp Joey. Help to provide an educational, fun and safe Camp environment. Help to clean camp area and maintain supplies. Help to supervise children and meet their needs at Camp.

Qualifications: Possess excellent customer service and communication skills. Must be courteous and patient with adults and children of diverse ages and abilities. Experience working in an environment with children ages 6-12 helpful. Organizational skills and experience with children with special needs helpful. Interest in biology/ecology/animals/conservation helpful. Prior experience at Camp KangaZoo as a camper or volunteer helpful. Must have a negative TB test. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Assistant Education Registrar – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 28, 2015

Responsibilities: Register and book all participants and groups for Education programs and events. Prepare invoices and send out program confirmations. Process payments and refunds in accordance with PCI standards. Reschedule, transfer, or cancel registrations as needed.  Maintain online registration for all seasonal programs. Prepare class folders for all registered events. Understand and be able to perform all registration and booking procedures. Serve as backup for Education Receptionist when needed.

Qualifications: High school diploma required. Experience in data processing preferred.  Candidate must have excellent customer service skills. Knowledge and experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) required. Knowledge and experience with Ungerboeck - Event Business Management Software is preferred but not required. Candidate must be self-motivated and have excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to take directions as needed, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate positive attitude and be able to work effectively with all levels of Zoo staff, volunteers and the general public. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug test.

Group Ticket Supervisor – (Part-Time)

Posted: January 20, 2015

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.

Group Sales Ticket Agent – (Part-Time)

Posted: January 20, 2015

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.