Lead Restaurant Cook – (Full-Time)

Posted: May 26, 2015

Responsibilities: Provide the basic cooking needs for the Saint Louis Zoo’s Cafe 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 Cafe Kudu 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.

Cash Room Clerk – (Part-Time)

Posted: May 26, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist with the daily cash handling, bank preparation and reporting processes for the Zoo’s retail/sales/philanthropic departments. Analyze cashier reports, verify deposits, and assist in the investigation of cash variances, including overages and shortages. Help prepare daily financial reports.

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. 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.

Vice President, Internal Relations – (Full-Time)

Posted: May 19, 2015

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking candidates for the position of Vice President, Internal Relations, reporting directly to the Dana Brown President & CEO. This is an expanded Chief Human Resources position that includes responsibility for IT, security, safety & risk management, internal communications and volunteer services, as well as: recruitment, employment, compensation & benefits, payroll, workforce development & staff training, conflict resolution and employee relations.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications to be considered are: six years of progressive experience at the level of Human Resources Director or above, master’s degree in Business, Human Resources or equivalent advanced degree in a related field. The ideal candidate will have the demonstrative ability to communicate positively at all levels within the organization, with outside government and regulatory agencies, with union officials and members, Zoo Volunteer Leadership (i.e. the Zoo Commission and Zoo Association members), and work cooperatively with other non-profit and Zoo Museum District leadership and institutions. The successful candidate will represent the Saint Louis Zoo, as a member of senior management through participation in projects, programs and activities of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on a national level and will participate in community activities that promote and support the Zoo. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Living Exhibits, Inc. Animal Care Specialist I, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove – (Seasonal)

Hours: 32/week
Pay Rate: $12/hour
Reports to: Living Exhibits - Exhibit Supervisor; Manager of Animal Care
Apply to: admin@livingexhibits.com

Job Purpose: Living Exhibits, Inc. designs, builds and maintains interactive animal exhibits for zoos, aquariums and museums across the country. Currently these exhibits include walk-in aviaries featuring Australian parrot species and touch-tank marine aquatic exhibits featuring sharks and stingrays. The goals of such programs are to increase the value of the guests’ experience, further our customers’ zoological mission and do so in a fiscally viable manner.

As an Animal Care Specialist, you are responsible, under the direction of your Exhibit Supervisor, for all aspects of exhibit operation including animal care and health, life support equipment operation, interaction with guests and the leadership of host institutions. It is imperative that all duties are performed in a consistent, accurate, informative and entertaining manner. This position should be fun for you and the guests. The position is not employed by the Saint Louis Zoo.

Responsibilities: Communicate effectively with all members of the Living Exhibits team, all Zoo personnel, volunteers, guests and any others that come into contact as a result of Living Exhibits operations. Perform daily animal husbandry duties including, but not limited to, cleaning and maintenance of animal exhibits; preparation of food and feeding of animals; observation of animals for injuries, disease and behavioral changes; necessary care and medical treatment of injured or sick animals; maintain records for feeding, health care, facility and life support operation; operate and maintain life support equipment. Keep a clean and orderly work space including proper care and maintenance of department facilities and equipment. Provide educational and interpretive information to all host institution personnel and volunteers as necessary. As an aid to the Exhibit Supervisor, serve as a liaison with Zoo personnel to problem solve, promote a productive relationship and ensure good customer satisfaction. Interact with guests, including discussing the exhibit, the animals, conservation issues and answering questions. Completion of projects and other duties as assigned including travel to other exhibits.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in zoology, animal husbandry, a related field or equivalent experience. One year practical experience in the care and interpretation of animals; zoo and aquarium animal-related experience a plus. Basic knowledge of the animals featured in the company's exhibits (avian or marine), their care and general conservation issues. Basic understanding of animal enrichment and animal training using positive reinforcement. Must be comfortable speaking to and interacting with guests, the media and employees/volunteers of the Zoo. Basic computer knowledge including e-mail, Word and Excel. Able to perform physical tasks including occasional lifting of moderate to heavy loads (up to 60 lbs), climbing of ladders and ability to work in elevated conditions. Able to work in salt water and handle shellfish.

Living Exhibits, Inc. Animal Care Specialist I, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove – (Seasonal)

Hours: 16 hours/week
Pay Rate: $10/hour
Reports to: Living Exhibits - Exhibit Supervisor; Manager of Animal Care
Apply to: admin@livingexhibits.com

Job Purpose: Living Exhibits, Inc. designs, builds and maintains interactive animal exhibits for zoos, aquariums and museums across the country. Currently these exhibits include walk-in aviaries featuring Australian parrot species and touch-tank marine aquatic exhibits featuring sharks and stingrays. The goals of such programs are to increase the value of the guests’ experience, further our customers’ zoological mission and do so in a fiscally viable manner.

As an Animal Care Specialist, you are responsible, under the direction of your Exhibit Supervisor, for all aspects of exhibit operation including animal care and health, life support equipment operation, interaction with guests and the leadership of host institutions. It is imperative that all duties are performed in a consistent, accurate, informative and entertaining manner. This position should be fun for you and the guests. The position is not employed by the Saint Louis Zoo.

Responsibilities: Communicate effectively with all members of the Living Exhibits team, all Zoo personnel, volunteers, guests and any others that come into contact as a result of Living Exhibits operations. Perform daily animal husbandry duties including, but not limited to, cleaning and maintenance of animal exhibits; preparation of food and feeding of animals; observation of animals for injuries, disease and behavioral changes; necessary care and medical treatment of injured or sick animals; maintain records for feeding, health care, facility and life support operation; operate and maintain life support equipment. Keep a clean and orderly work space including proper care and maintenance of department facilities and equipment. Provide educational and interpretive information to all host institution personnel and volunteers as necessary. As an aid to the Exhibit Supervisor, serve as a liaison with Zoo personnel to problem solve, promote a productive relationship and ensure good customer satisfaction. Interact with guests, including discussing the exhibit, the animals, conservation issues and answering questions. Completion of projects and other duties as assigned including travel to other exhibits.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in zoology, animal husbandry, a related field or equivalent experience. One year practical experience in the care and interpretation of animals; zoo and aquarium animal-related experience a plus. Basic knowledge of the animals featured in the company's exhibits (avian or marine), their care and general conservation issues. Basic understanding of animal enrichment and animal training using positive reinforcement. Must be comfortable speaking to and interacting with guests, the media and employees/volunteers of the Zoo. Basic computer knowledge including e-mail, Word and Excel. Able to perform physical tasks including occasional lifting of moderate to heavy loads (up to 60 lbs), climbing of ladders and ability to work in elevated conditions. Able to work in salt water and handle shellfish.

Birthday Party Assistant – (Seasonal)

Posted: May 15, 2015

Responsibilities: Assist with all aspects of the Zoo Birthday Party Program, including welcoming and walking in guests, helping with 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. 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 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.

Education Instructor – (Part-Time)

Posted: May 15, 2015

Responsibilities: Deliver educational presentations, which include handling and presenting live animals, to a variety of audiences (school, youth, family, early childhood, and adult) on Zoo-related topics both at the Zoo and in our community, year-round, and on weekends. Present live contact animals in program presentations according to the animal handling guidelines set forth by the Saint Louis Zoo. Incorporate innovative teaching methods into programs for diverse audiences. Work cooperatively with education staff to complete other related projects as assigned, which may involve revising existing program outlines, activities, lessons and handouts, writing curriculum, developing crafts, and other teaching and interpretive materials. Attend all trainings and meetings as assigned.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or working within one year of completing a degree in the area(s) of Biology, Education, Environmental Education, or other related field. Background or knowledge in Zoology or other science preferred. Knowledge and/or experience with formal or non-formal education and inquiry-based teaching. Successful candidates possess excellent verbal and written communication skills along with the ability to connect with guests of all ages, abilities, and diverse backgrounds; genuine interest in animal conservation and animal/environmental related issues. Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule - 20-40 hours a week, including most weekdays, some weekends, and some evenings; have knowledge and skills in using computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Office programs; possess Ability to follow directions, be productive independently, and exhibit exceptional team work skills. Demonstrate a high level of energy and enthusiasm while representing the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department in a professional manner. If hired, candidate must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds on flat surface and up and down stairs; must pass animal handling training as provided by the Saint Louis Zoo; must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, and AED. Driver’s license required (if Missouri is the issuing state, candidate must have or be willing to obtain a Class E commercial driver’s license), in order to drive a large van or minivan on off-site programs. Must be willing to submit to a background check, drug test and be tested annually for tuberculosis.

Director, Facilities Management – (Full-Time)

Posted: May 15, 2015

Responsibilities: Manage all of the Zoo’s skilled trades personnel and repair and maintain the Zoo’s physical facilities to ensure they are consistent with the Zoo’s world class standards. Coordinate the activities of outside contractors working at the Zoo making repairs or improvements. Supervise the Zoo’s Facilities Management Manager and Administrative Assistant, as well as the Zoo’s Horticulture; Carpentry, Welding & Painting; Electrical & Plumbing; HVAC; Landscaping & Site Work; and Special Construction & Exhibits Departments and personnel. Reports to the Zoo’s Vice President, Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer. Ensure that Zoo maintenance projects are getting completed on-time, within budget and in accordance with the highest quality standards. Manage all Facilities Management personnel issues including but not limited to performance reviews, disciplinary issues, purchasing paperwork, travel approvals, etc. Work with the Zoo’s Safety Department, implement and enforce best practices and standards to ensure a safe work environment, including making sure that all equipment is being operated safely and properly and all personal protective equipment is being worn. Ensure all Zoo construction and buildings comply with all applicable codes, laws, etc. Train staff on proper equipment operation (i.e., forklifts, scissor lifts).

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction-related field preferred. Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing a facility at a senior level, including but not limited to managing repairs, maintenance and project management. Must possess computer skills in construction and maintenance software and programs. Valid driver’s license required.  Prior experience in a managerial role is preferred and the candidate’s managerial skills will be a significant factor in the Zoo’s evaluation of the candidates. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Keeper, Antelope/River's Edge – (Full-Time)

Posted: May 11, 2015

Responsibilities: Will be assigned to work in the Antelope or River’s Edge area as needed.  Major tasks include cleaning and maintaining habitats, barns and service areas; continual monitoring of habitats and visitor areas with attention to detail; feeding and watering of animals; providing assistance in restraining animals for veterinary management and research purposes; participating in the use of behavioral conditioning to train species for husbandry/research purposes; maintaining departmental records; and working on special projects as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and previous keeper experience preferred. 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 applicants must have a positive attitude and be self-motivated, resourceful, proactive and forward thinking. Must be a team player and be able to work well with a variety of people and departments. Good keeper safety record 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.

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.

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.