Current Job Openings

  • Posted: December 2, 2016

    Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities at the North Entrance Rentals Desk and Treetop Shop. Job duties include cash handling, stocking, cleaning, bending, picking up merchandise, interacting with visitors, and other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications: Candidate must have basic math and computer skills. It is preferred that the candidate have some retail experience with cash registers and/or POS systems. Candidate must have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, stand for 8 or more hours, and be comfortable working outside. Candidate must have a flexible work schedule, this will include weekends, some evenings, and holidays. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

  • Posted: November 30, 2016

    Responsibilities: Assist in the maintenance of the Zoo’s landscape by performing horticultural tasks including but not limited to mulching, weeding, planting both small and large plants and trees, watering, mowing lawns, trimming hedges and helping with the completion of capital projects. Assist with snow and leaf removal when necessary. 

    Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. College degree in Horticulture or related field preferred. Experience operating equipment such as riding mowers, bobcats, and skid loaders a plus.  Must have physical ability to perform horticulture tasks including but not limited to walking, bending, kneeling, lifting and working in all types of weather. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.       

  • Posted: November 23, 2016

    Responsibilities: Maintenance of Invertebrate collection that includes the care and feeding of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates (mostly arthropods). Research and clerical duties 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. Good observation and record-keeping skills regarding animal well-being important. Entomology experience desired. Strong interest in invertebrates essential. Interest in interpreting arthropods and the ability to handle venomous animals. Must have an interest in display work and a friendly demeanor for dealing with the public and zoo staff. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

  • Posted: November 11, 2016

    The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Curator of Birds. A competitive applicant will be a critical thinker. He/she will conduct themselves in a manner that creates a stimulating, productive, and happy 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 candidate will develop this position to achieve the highest level of animal care, individual/team excellence and professional satisfaction. The successful candidate will have a very strong background in avian management and conservation and be capable of managing a large and diverse avian collection (100 species), associated facilities (5) and leading a large animal care staff (16). The Curator positon also serves as the Director of two field conservation initiatives within the WildCare Institute, the conservation arm of Saint Louis Zoo. Experience in field conservation program development, management and fund raising is desirable. The successful candidate will support the Zoo’s mission and be an active leader in the   operationalizing of the Zoo’s values and three keys.     

    Principle responsibilities:

    • Oversee the daily husbandry, health management and general welfare of the avian collection.

    • Develop and implement the Department Collection Plan.  

    • Supervise the proper management and maintenance of animal habitats, holding facilities and associated service areas as well as all public spaces.

    • Collaborate with the Registrar in the maintenance of all record systems within the department. 

    • Assist in the design and development of new animal exhibits and facilities.

    • Collaborate with Animal Health, Nutrition, and Research departments in the care and advancement of knowledge of the avian collection.

    • Develop and oversee annual department operational and capital budgets.

    • Recruit, supervise, develop and mentor the Zoological Manager, keeper staff, interns and volunteers.

    • Assist in donor cultivation, special events and other awareness-raising activities as needed to promote the Zoo’s growth and mission.

    • Interact with other Zoo Departments as needed and directed by the Vice President of Animal Collections to ensure the smooth operation of the zoo.

    • Manage all avian-related sustainability programs within the zoo and their interface with AZA’s conservation breeding programs.

    • Serve as an ambassador for the zoo and its avian programs to the media, external and internal customers, AZA and other outside agencies.

    • Direct, coordinate, evaluate and actively engage in all aspects of two avian field conservation programs within the WildCare Institute.

    Qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field, with an advanced degree preferred. A minimum of five years of broad and significant avian management experience is required. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of AZA Animal Care standards, have experience with operant conditioning, enrichment programs and avian 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 birds 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.        

  • Posted: November 7, 2016

    Responsibilities: Provide overall administrative support to three primary departments within the Saint Louis Zoo: (1) Architecture and Planning (approximately 50% of the time), (2) Marketing (approximately 30% of the time) and (3) Finance (approximately 20% of the time). The successful applicant will be an excellent communicator who thrives in a team-oriented, fast-paced, innovative atmosphere. The successful candidate must be able to support different areas of responsibility and different supervisors.  For the Architecture and Planning Department, duties will include all of the administrative responsibilities entailed in project planning, design and construction. Responsibilities also include preparation and distribution of meeting minutes, payment processing and general administrative duties. For the Finance Department, duties will include the scheduling of Board and staff committee meetings, organizing, disseminating and filing of meeting materials, general filing, and streamlining Finance office communications to staff and Boards. For the Marketing Department, duties will include scheduling meetings, coordinating committee meetings and taking minutes at committee meetings.  Support the Director, Marketing with administrative duties such as organizing reports, filing, completing purchase orders, scheduling, compiling information, and preparing presentations. This position may be asked to perform similar administrative functions for the Public Relations Department as needed.      

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software (Word, Excel, Raisers Edge, PowerPoint). Ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, accuracy and attention to detail, must be able to lift and carry bulk mail of up to 25-35 lbs., and able to handle confidential information. Prior experience scheduling meetings and appointments, as well as prior experience communicating with Board members is preferred. Ability to multi-task and report to multiple supervisors. Ability to work for different managerial styles. Working a few evening events and weekends may be required. The successful candidate will represent the Zoo’s core values of Community, Creativity, Openness, Integrity and Life-Work Balance. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit a criminal background check and drug test.                    

  • Posted: October 18, 2016

    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.   

  • Posted: October 17, 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. The schedule for this position is on an as-needed basis. This position is scheduled at a maximum of 1,040 hours of work per calendar year.

    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.

  • Posted: October 17, 2016

    Responsibilities: Assist Zoo’s Food Service Department primarily in Lakeside Cafe with both front of the house and back of the house duties.  Duties may include but are not limited to organizing the food and beverage storage areas, assisting with the preparation work, operating a cash register, washing dishes, cleaning the front of house area of the restaurant. cleaning projects in the kitchen and restaurant areas, working on the front line, working on minor maintenance projects, and assisting the Manager on other tasks as assigned.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Working experience in a restaurant/kitchen required.  Familiarity with basic fundamentals of food safety and sanitation required.  Prior customer service experience is preferred.  Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable.  Must have flexible work hours. Hours will include both days and nights. Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, nights, and holidays.  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 30 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

  • Posted: October 13, 2016

    Responsibilities: Maintain appropriate inventory levels, receive stock, deliver products and pick up orders throughout the Saint Louis Zoo. Load and unload trucks. Perform other distribution functions as assigned.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Valid driver’s license required. Familiarity of the Zoo’s grounds and the ability to drive a truck with manual transmission preferred. Position requires repetitive heavy lifting. Computer experience and good math skills also required. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.    

  • Posted:  September 29, 2016

    Responsibilities: Member of the Zoo’s Facilities Management Department that is responsible for working on all welding projects throughout the Zoo grounds and for special projects. Candidate must be familiar with tools of the trade such as cut off saws, punch press, torches, plasma cutter, etc. Must be able to work with steel, cast iron and aluminum and be able to weld with mig, tig and arc welder. Will be required to make repairs to all ferrous and non-ferrous metals and have the ability to read blue prints and fabricate from them.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current student or graduate of Technical College with welding emphasis preferred. Familiarity with computers and computer welding programs preferred. Familiarity with blueprints and drawings preferred. This person will be expected to work between 30-32 hours/week. Valid driver’s license required. This position will be eligible for medical insurance benefits. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.    

  • Posted: September 29, 2016

    The overall goal of the RMC is to increase animal population sustainability through evidence-based reproductive management. The RMC began as the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center, but in 2015, AZA expanded the scope of the Center to include enhancing reproductive success of pairs in AZA breeding programs. The Center works toward this goal by bringing together experts from within and outside the zoo community to identify reasons for failure, then to design and carry out research, and finally to implement programs that restore and maintain fertility and increase behavioral compatibility of pairs. Because reproductive success depends on many factors, informed by so many disciplines, the RMC helps coordinate actions of relevant AZA Committees and Scientific Advisory Groups (e.g. Animal Welfare Committee, Animal Health Committee, Reproduction & Endocrinology SAG).

    Responsibilities: The overall responsibility of the Director is to oversee and continue to develop RMC programs, especially coordination with its Advisory Board, the Reproductive Health Surveillance Program, and with the AZA Committees and Scientific Advisory Groups representing disciplines that can contribute to population sustainability. To accomplish this, the Director must lead efforts to 1) enhance fertility through projects that diagnose, treat and prevent infertility, 2) collaborate with the AZA Population Management Center and the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group to produce Lifetime Reproductive Planning models, 3) provide evidence-based recommendations for contraceptives that are effective, reversible and safe, and 4) foster effective communication and collaboration within the AZA Community. The Director also oversees a Program Analyst who is responsible for Lifetime Reproductive Planning modeling as well as contraceptive distribution and database management. 

    Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD in mammalian reproductive biology or related discipline or a DVM with specialization in Theriogenology. Because effective communication and interaction with the AZA community, academic colleagues, members of the Center’s Advisory Board, and the public are critical to program success, applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, show ability to provide leadership, and excel at oral and written communication. The successful candidate must be proficient with Microsoft computer programs, data management and analysis, and should have a strong record of success in acquiring grants and in scientific publication. This position does offer medical benefits. This position is based at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

  • Posted: September 14, 2016

    Responsibilities: Demonstrate strong leadership skills to help oversee staff and accomplish daily departmental activities while maintaining quality and productivity goals.  Provide excellent customer service to both external and internal vendors and employees.  Have strong communication skills for interacting with other employees in a courteous, timely and professional manner. Meet scheduled timetables for deliveries and pick-ups. Help receive stock by assuring correctness and quality of product to maintain accurate inventory levels. Must be dependable, self-motivated, assertive and able to work as part of a team.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required.  Bachelor’s degree and related experience preferred.  Basic computer skills and knowledge required.  Working knowledge of Accpac or TAM software receiving systems preferred. Valid driver’s license required. Class E license and forklift certification preferred.  Must have flexible schedule including weekends, holidays and some evenings and early mornings. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. 

  • Posted: June 30, 2016

    Responsibilities: Assist Zoo’s Food Service Department primarily in Lakeside Cafe with both front of the house and back of the house duties.  Interact with the Zoo’s visitors.  Duties may include but are not limited to working a cash register, taking orders, stocking, delivering, organizing the food and beverage storage areas, assisting with the preparation work, washing dishes, cleaning the front of house area of the restaurant, cleaning projects in the kitchen and restaurant areas, working on the front line, working on minor maintenance projects, and assisting the Manager on other tasks as assigned.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Working experience in a restaurant/kitchen preferred.  Familiarity with basic fundamentals of food safety and sanitation preferred.  Prior customer service experience is preferred.  Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable.  Must have the ability to work weekdays in the late summer, fall and winter.  Must have flexible work hours. Hours will include both days and nights. Work schedules include weekdays, weekends, nights, and holidays.  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 30 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

  • Posted: June 24, 2016

    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.  Applicants must have weekday availability from August through the end of the year.  The Zoo is not considering candidates who do not have weekday availability at this time. Prior customer service experience, as well as experience on a cash register preferred.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.            

  • Posted: June 2, 2016

    Responsibilities:  Looking for an individual with knowledge and experience of automotive diagnostics, repairs and preventive maintenance procedures including but not limited to full-size vehicles, construction equipment and small engine repair to assist in maintenance of Zoo’s vehicle and equipment fleet.  Experience operating heavy equipment such as backhoe, tractor, and skid steers a plus.  Individual may be asked to work with site work crew to install various projects on Zoo grounds to include asphalt paving, landscape installation and routine horticulture tasks such as leaf and snow removal.

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Basic understanding of gas, diesel and two cycle engine operation and maintenance required, technical school background or field experience preferred.  Candidates must have the physical ability to lift 50 pounds or more.  Experience operating equipment such as bobcats, skid steers and tractors a plus, 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.      

  • Posted: April 26, 2016                                           

    Responsibilities: Driving and serving 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.      

  • 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.

  • 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.