Keeper, Children's Zoo – (Part-Time)

Posted: April 21, 2014

Responsibilities: Interact positively with Children’s Zoo visitors. Must be able to give animal presentations and participate in Children’s Zoo rotations. Will be required to perform keeper duties in the Children’s Zoo. These duties include the care and feeding of a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Responsible for enrichment, maintenance of displays and upkeep of grounds.

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. Previous experience working with animals preferred. Good observation and record-keeping skills regarding animal well-being important. Must be an effective communicator. Must be neat in appearance and follow Children’s Zoo dress code. Children’s Zoo keepers can be assigned to the other Animal Division departments when necessary. Must have the physical ability to 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. Prior working experience in a Zoo setting is preferred. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Welcome Desk Hosts – (Seasonal)

The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities as Welcome Desk Hosts. Hosts must be able to easily and professionally interact with visitors to talk about the Zoo, membership programs and ticketing options. Candidates must be able to work during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (longer shifts possible during summer hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and must have availability on weekends and evenings. Prior customer service and sales experience is preferred. Familiarity with computers is required. Candidates must have the physical ability to stand for two to four hours at a time. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Custodial/Grounds Maintenance Position – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 21, 2014

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of assigned Zoo buildings and Zoo grounds. 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, Antelope/River's Edge – (Full-Time)

Posted: April 4, 2014

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.

Custodial/Grounds Maintenance Position – (Full-Time)

Posted: January 9, 2014

Responsibilities: This position will be responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of assigned Zoo buildings and Zoo grounds. 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.

General Maintenance Laborer – (Part-Time)

Posted: April 4, 2014

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.

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.

Equipment Operator/Site Work Laborer – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 4, 2013

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.

Manager, Annual Gifts – (Full-Time)

Posted: March 28, 2014

Responsibilities: Manage the Saint Louis Zoo’s gift club for upper-level donors of $1,000 to $25,000 in annual support, including individuals, corporations and foundations. Currently there are approximately 1,050 members and the program generates $1.7 million in annual revenue. Direct responsibility for planning and implementing donor cultivation, solicitation, recognition and stewardship moves and activities of this donor group. Plan and coordinate events for this program. In addition, this person will staff a volunteer committee, plan cultivation events, coordinate a personal portfolio of approximately 120 donors and prospects, and help to identify major donor prospects. Supervise two support positions for this program. Provide assistance as necessary with gift entry and gift acknowledgement.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required with minimum of two years of development experience, including direct experience cultivating and soliciting gifts of $1,000 plus from individuals. Previous experience operating an annual gift program. Experience with Raiser's Edge (data entry and report generation), MS Word and Excel. Strong writing and presentation skills are required. Occasional evening and weekend availability is required for tours and events. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Curator, Primates – (Full-Time)

Posted: March 14, 2014

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking candidates for the position of Curator of Primates. This position is responsible for the management of our primate collection, the staff who care for them, and the facilities dedicated to their husbandry and display. This position will direct the work of two Zoological Managers, nine full-time keepers and three seasonal keepers caring for a large and diverse collection of primate species in the Zoo's Primate House and Jungle of the Apes/Fragile Forest exhibits. Additional responsibilities include:
• Overseeing the daily husbandry, health management and general welfare of the animals;
• Continuing and expanding non-invasive research activities within our primate programs;
• Ensuring the maintenance of the exhibits, holding areas, visitor spaces and grounds associated with the primate collection;
• Managing all primate-related programs within the Zoo and their interface with AZA's conservation breeding programs;
• Assisting in donor cultivation, special events and other awareness-raising activities as needed to promote the Zoo's growth and mission;
• Interaction with other Zoo departments (including but not limited to Animal Health, Nutrition, Research, Facility Management, Development, Marketing, Human Resources, Education and Public Relations) as needed and directed by the Vice President of Animal Collections to ensure the smooth operation of the Zoo;
• Serving as an ambassador for the Zoo and its primate programs to the media, visitors, Zoo staff, AZA and other outside agencies;
• Opportunities to interact with field conservation programs that currently include great apes and lemurs.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in an animal-related field, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of five (5) years of broad and significant primate management experience is required. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of the USDA/APHIS regulations pertaining to primates, have experience with operant conditioning, enrichment programs and primate conservation programs. Requires strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to supervise and mentor others, as well as strong organizational capacity with ability to be flexible. Must be a team player and be able to work well with a variety of people and departments. Experience preparing and managing budgets, coordinating research and developing and delivering education programs related to primates is essential. Successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test before employment by the Zoo.

Seasonal Positions – (Immediate Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall Availability)

Seeking applicants for seasonal employment opportunities who can begin working immediately as weather allows and according to business demand. Applicants must be available to work both weekdays and weekends from open to close in the following areas: Food Service/Catering, Distribution, Gift Shops, Groundskeepers, Welcome Desk and Railroad Conductors. Candidates must be willing to make this job a priority and must have open availability including the ability to work on weekends and holidays. Most seasonal positions are outdoor positions so applicants must be able to work in varying temperatures, including hot summer weather conditions. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Seasonal Positions – (Limited to No Availability Until Late Spring/Summer)

Seeking applicants for seasonal employment opportunities who are available Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week (various shifts) and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends in the following areas: Food Service/Catering, Distribution, Gift Shops, Groundskeepers, Welcome Desk and Railroad Conductors. Candidates must be willing to make this job a priority and must have open availability including the ability to work on weekends and holidays. Most seasonal positions are outdoor positions so applicants must be able to work in varying temperatures, including hot summer weather conditions. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.