Early Childhood Instructor – (Seasonal—Summer Only)

Posted: February 4, 2016
Position Start Date: May 2016

Responsibilities: From May 31 to August 19, 2016, serve as an instructor for Camp Joey, our early childhood day camp program for 4-5 year old children. Lead campers in songs, games, art experiences, and tours. Connect children to the natural world. Provide a comfortable, fun, safe and educational environment for campers. Convey age appropriate Zoo and conservation messages. Quickly learn and execute all camp lesson plans provided. Assist campers during lunch and rest time. Set up materials each morning, and clean up and prep each afternoon. Work 40+ hours a week all summer.

Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s degree (course work in early childhood education and science preferred). Experience working with young children required. Experience working with special needs children preferred. Familiarity and comfort with constructivist and nature-based approaches to learning. 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. Excel at working in a team environment. Excellent communication skills required. Ability to take directions as needed. Must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. Must be willing to submit to a background check, TB and drug test. Must have the physical ability to lift and move small furniture. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather and walk across Zoo grounds. Must be physically able to work with children at their level, including kneeling and sitting on the ground.

Early Childhood Instructor – (Seasonal) (Year-Round)

Posted: February 4, 2016

Responsibilities: From May 31 to August 19, 2016, serve as an instructor for Camp Joey, our early childhood day camp program for 4-5 year old children. Lead campers in songs, games, art experiences and tours. Connect children to the natural world. Provide a comfortable, fun, safe and educational environment for campers. Convey age-appropriate Zoo and conservation messages. Quickly learn and execute all camp lesson plans provided. Assist campers during lunch and rest time. Set up materials each morning, and clean up and prep each afternoon. Work 40+ hours a week all summer. Facilitate learning in a child-directed environment using constructivist and nature-based approaches. Create a comfortable and safe learning environment that meets the needs of all children. Connect children to the natural world through Camp Joey, the discovery room and other early childhood programs. Develop activities and manipulatives for early childhood programs and discovery room. Handle small animals for presentation to enhance connection to the natural world with children. Convey age-appropriate Zoo and conservation messages in all programs. Help to maintain the Monsanto Education Gallery area and all materials. Perform daily and weekly cleaning regiment of materials. Attend trainings and/or meetings as assigned. Non-summer months work 20 hours per week. Weekends evenings and holiday hours required.

Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s degree (course work in early childhood education and science preferred). Experience working with young children required. Experience working with special needs children preferred. Experience handling a diversity of animals preferred. Familiarity and comfort with constructivist and nature-based approaches to learning. Excel at working in a team environment. 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. Excellent communication skills a must. Ability to take directions as needed. Must be trained, or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. Must be willing to submit to a background check, TB and drug test. Must have the physical ability to lift and move small furniture. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather and walk across Zoo grounds. Must be physically able to work with children at their level, including kneeling and sitting on the ground. Must be able to pass animal handling training within the first 90 days of employment.

Carnivore Keeper – (Seasonal)

Posted: February 4, 2016

Responsibilities: Will be assigned to work in all Carnivore units as needed. Major tasks include cleaning and maintaining exhibits, holding stalls, and service areas; continual monitoring of exhibits and public area condition 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: High school diploma or equivalent required with preference given to applicants with a four-year college degree completed or in progress in an animal-related field. Educational background in biology, animal behavior, conservation biology, and/or keeper experience preferred. Good writing and speaking skills a plus. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, which include standing for long periods of time, kneeling, bending, lifting, squatting down and working in all types of weather conditions. Good safety record required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Membership Database Processor – (Full-Time)

Posted: February 4, 2016

Responsibilities: Enter gifts and maintain data in Zoo database for contributions related to the Zoo’s Membership Program, Zoo Parents Program, Annual Fund and other membership and campaign-related programs. Ensure donations made to the Zoo are entered into the database and acknowledged in a timely manner. Position includes other duties as assigned by the Database Supervisor.

Qualifications: Must be able to handle high-volume work environment, prioritize numerous tasks and the ability to work independently in an office with an open floor plan. Must be comfortable with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and database programs. Experience with Raiser’s Edge and TAM is a plus. All successful candidates for this position 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.

Keeper, Antelope/River's Edge – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 29, 2016

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 in line with the Antelope Team Values of Hope, Excellence, Respect and Dedication in order to provide the animals in our care with the highest level of animal welfare. Good keeper safety record required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Keeper, Hellbenders – (Part-Time)

Posted: January 29, 2016

Responsibilities: Will be assigned to work in the Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation located in the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium. Assist with the care of 4,100+ hellbenders. Major tasks include water changes, monitoring water quality, filter maintenance, maintenance of live foods and food prep/feeding; monitoring of health and behavior; maintaining records related to behavior, diet, growth and medical; assisting veterinary staff with medical procedures; keeping current on literature related to cryptobranchids; cleaning and maintenance of service areas; assisting with fieldwork and in-house research; and may cover other areas within the Herpetarium as needed.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Zoology and previous keeper experience working with amphibians preferred. Must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned including standing for long periods of time, lifting (which may include up to 40-50 lbs.), bending and working in rooms with cool temperatures (56–72° F).  Good keeper safety record required.  Diver certification a plus. 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: January 27, 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 p.m. to 9 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 throughout 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 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 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, air mattress, cot, etc. All successful candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Keeper, Children's Zoo – (Part-Time) (2 openings)

Posted: January 22, 2016

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 to a criminal background check and drug test.

Private Event Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 22, 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.

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

Pay Rate: $12/hour
Reports to: Living Exhibits, Inc. - Exhibit Supervisor; Manager of Animal Care. This position is employed by Living Exhibits, Inc. - NOT the Saint Louis Zoo. Please send resume with cover letter 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.

Responsibilities: Communicate effectively with all members of the Living Exhibits team, all Saint Louis 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; and 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 Zoo 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 of practical experience in the care and interpretation of animals. Zoo and aquarium animal-related experience a plus. Basic knowledge of the animals featured in our 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 and volunteers of the Zoo. Basic computer knowledge including e-mail, Microsoft 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.

Director, Research – (Full-Time)

Posted: January 15, 2016

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking a Director of Research for a department that currently focuses on animal behavior and reproductive studies. It also includes the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center, recently renamed the AZA Reproductive Management Center. The position currently manages two PhDs, one MSc laboratory manager, 1.5 technicians, and multiple graduate students and undergraduate interns. Duties include oversight of the department’s overall research program in addition to the candidate’s own research interests, interaction with the Zoo’s field conservation programs, and seeking outside support including grant funding. Publication of scientific results is expected as well as participation in national and international committees for research, species management and conservation.

Qualifications: A PhD is required, and experience in behavior is preferred and candidates with a background in reproduction, endocrinology and possibly other disciplines will be considered.  A strong history of scientific publications and grants is desirable. Local university adjunct appointments (e.g., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis) are possible. Opportunities also exist to interact with the research program at the nearby Endangered Wolf Center. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Zoo Education Interpreter, Stingray Exhibit Supervisor – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 11, 2016
Position Start Date: April 1, 2016

Responsibilities: As a member of our Interpretive Team your role is to celebrate the natural world by creating Zoo-wide opportunities for our visitors to connect with our animals, mission, nature, and conservation messages. Our team engages visitors throughout the Zoo at exhibits, on tours, and through scheduled interpretive programs. Interpreters also facilitate safe and fun encounters with stingrays and sharks at the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove exhibit. In addition, the role of the Stingray Supervisor is to direct the engagement of visitors at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. This requires positive management experience to oversee the daily interactions between visitors, interpreters assigned to the exhibit, and the feeding and touching of the animals. The Stingray Supervisor must be able to build positive relationships and interactions with attractions, keepers, volunteers, and other supervisory staff. This is perfect for performers, educators, and curious minds with management experience.

Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Some college in science, education, theatre/performing arts preferred. Interpreters and Stingray Supervisors must provide exceptional guest service daily to staff and visitors. Prior experience as manager or supervisor, TB and drug tests, along with passing of a background check, required. This job also requires specific training, the ability to think on your feet, to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and in contact with salt water and shellfish. Strong public speaking and presentation skills are desired. Flexibility in hours including weekends, holidays and early/late hours is necessary. As a co-supervisor at Stingrays you will work 35-38 hours, 5 days/wk with Mon/Tue or Wed/Thu as probable days off. Must be available the entire stingray exhibit season which runs from the beginning of April to the end of September/beginning of October. Foreign language skills and/or American Sign-Language are a plus.

Assistant Manager, Food Service – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 13, 2016

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.

Special Events Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: January 15, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist the Special Events Department in the planning and producing of fundraising, public, donor recognition events and meetings for the Saint Louis Zoo. Includes working closely with other members of the event team, volunteers, various internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, facilities management, housekeeping, catering, education, guest services), and senior volunteer leadership to communicate and understand all details related to event(s). Will also be responsible for various projects and administrative tasks within the Special Events and Marketing Departments.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of hospitality/event planning experience and a valid driver’s license is required. One to two years of event planning experience preferred.  Must be positive, energetic, and capable of working under pressure and possess ability to set priorities, handle multiple tasks and work independently as well as thrive in a team environment.  Qualified candidates must possess strong administrative, math, interpersonal and organizational skills along with a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products. 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 and weekends. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Zoo Education Interpreter – (Seasonal)(Multiple Openings)

Posted: January 8, 2016
Position start date: April 1, 2016

Responsibilities: The role of the Interpretive Team is to celebrate the natural world by creating Zoo-wide opportunities for our visitors to connect with our animals, mission, nature and conservation messages. Our team engages visitors throughout the Zoo at exhibits, on tours, and through scheduled interpretive programs. Interpreters also facilitate safe and fun encounters with stingrays and sharks at the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove exhibit. We use props such as bio-facts and costumes in combination with interpretive training and on-going support throughout the summer season. Becoming a member of our Interpretive Team is perfect for performers, educators and curious minds alike.

Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent required. Some college in science, education, theatre/performing arts preferred. Interpreters must provide exceptional guest service daily to staff and visitors. This job requires specific training, the ability to think on your feet, to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and to be in contact with salt water and shellfish. Job also requires TB and drug testing, along with passing a background check. Strong public speaking and presentation skills are desired and an energetic personality is required. Flexibility in hours including weekends, holidays and early/late hours is necessary. Foreign language skills and/or guitar skills are a plus.

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.