Veterinary Resident – (Full-Time, 3-year term)

Posted: October 16, 2014

Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo veterinary resident is a post-graduate, 3-year appointment designed to develop a board-certified specialist of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and a veterinarian who makes significant contributions to the field of zoological medicine. The ACZM-compliant program is supported by the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The residency emphasizes the development of clinical skills, manuscript preparation and publication, and credentialing and preparation for ACZM certification. The resident’s clinical experience will be through all aspects of providing veterinary care to the Saint Louis Zoo’s animals, including but not limited to, clinical medicine and diagnostic services, preventive medicine, surgical care, quarantine and pre-shipment testing, and student training.  Reappointment for the second and third year of the program is contingent upon successful completion of the previous year and appropriate progress in meeting the requirements for ACZM credentialing and board preparation.

Qualifications: Candidate must hold a veterinary degree (DVM, VMD or equivalent) and have completed at least a one year structured internship, or two years of experience as a veterinarian. Individual must be able to obtain a Missouri veterinary license. Candidates must value teamwork, a positive attitude, and be self-motivated. In addition to the online application, individual must submit an official transcript from veterinary school and three letters of recommendation mailed directly to: Michele Wallace, Department of Animal Health, Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis MO 63110. The entire application must be received by close of business on December 5, 2014. The successful candidate for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and undergo a drug test.

Overnight Supervisor, Housekeeping & Grounds – (Full-Time)

Posted: September 26, 2014

Responsibilities: Supervise the Saint Louis Zoo’s Housekeeping & Grounds Departments’ overnight staff and manage its nightly operations and responsibilities. Work closely with the Manager, Housekeeping & Grounds to ensure all aspects of the Zoo’s nightly operations are handled. Supervise overnight employees’ performances, schedules and responsibilities. This is a working supervisory position, so this position is also responsible for the contributing to the overall cleanliness of the Zoo’s interior buildings and outside grounds during the evening hours. Indoor responsibilities include but are not limited to the cleaning of offices and interior buildings, restrooms, glass, carpets, mopping, buffing, waxing, stripping and other duties as assigned. Outdoor responsibilities include but are not limited to litter pick-up, trash removal, leaf removal, snow removal and other duties as assigned. Responsible for both internal and external events’ set-up and break-downs. Must work effectively and cooperatively with other Zoo departments. Perform other tasks on Zoo grounds as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or its equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license, with a CDL license preferred. Prior supervisory experience required, as well as prior facility maintenance/housekeeping experience, especially at a large facility. Ability to manage in a positive, efficient and cost-effective manner. Prior experience working with housekeeping and grounds equipment and chemicals. Must have the physical ability to work in all types of weather conditions. Must have the physical ability to work on your feet and be able to walk the Zoo grounds for several hours at a time. Must be able to perform physically demanding work. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and assist with the set-up of tables and chairs for special events. Must be able to work the overnight shift (currently, 1:00 am to 9:00 am, but schedule is subject to change) and must be able to work weekdays, weekends, and holidays. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Zoological Manager, Carnivores – (Full-Time)

Posted: September 3, 2014


The Zoological Manager, Carnivores reports to the Curator of Mammals/ Carnivores and is a working supervisory position. Duties include but are not limited to: overseeing and providing daily care to the animals, utilizing the Zoo’s animal enrichment  and welfare protocols, habitat design and maintenance, monitoring and interpreting animal health, behavior, and social interactions, 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 guest interactions, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, following oral and written directions effectively, and managing time efficiently. The successful candidate will supervise and train the keeper staff (including full-time keepers, part-time keepers, seasonal keepers, as well as interns and volunteers) to ensure that carnivore care and management meets the Saint Louis Zoo’s standards. Schedule work and other activities, manage facility maintenance and new construction, and interact with other departments; (including, but not limited to: Animal Health, Nutrition, Education, Facilities Management, Public Relations and outside contractors, researchers, and media). Assist Curator in the development and management of the WildCare Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa.

Qualifications: A competitive applicant will be an individual who is passionate about securing the future for carnivore species and their habitats. He/she will be a critical thinker who is open to creative and innovative ideas. He/she will conduct themselves in a manner that creates a stimulating, productive and positive work environment that fosters a climate of possibilities. Only effective communicators who can contribute to and work with an innovative team will be considered. The applicant will develop this position to achieve the highest level of animal care, individual/team excellence and professional satisfaction. The applicant 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 have a good safety record and must perform all aspects of this position with safety as the priority. Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and demonstrated experience with carnivores required. Preference will be given to candidates with prior supervisory experience. The successful candidate for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Cook – (Part-Time)

Posted: May 14, 2014

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 for day, weekend and evening events. Hourly position. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Birthday Parties Facilitator & Early Childhood Instructor – (Seasonal)

Posted: May 9, 2014

Responsibilities: Facilitate the Zoo Birthday Party Program on Saturdays and Sundays. This includes conducting and leading activities (crafts, games, tours, songs) and live animal presentations. Provide excellent customer service to birthday party guests. Help create a fun and safe learning environment for families, while modeling responsible conservation behaviors. Communicate with birthday party staff and volunteers. Additionally, serve at least one day a week as an instructor in the Wild Wonder Outpost, the Zoo’s discovery room. This includes engaging with children visiting the discovery room or working on assignments within the Early Childhood department.

Qualifications: Must have completed at least a bachelor degree, education or animal related preferred. Excellent customer service and communication skills essential. Must be comfortable troubleshooting and problem solving, often on a tight schedule. Experience handling a diversity of animals preferred. 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 able to complete and pass animal handling training. Must be trained or willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR, AED. 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.

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 – (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.