Current Job Openings

  • Posted: January 20, 2017

    Responsibilities: Coordinate all educational aspects of the summer overnight program and school break (Spring Break, Winter Break, etc.) camp programs at the Zoo. Summer overnights are primarily for family and scout groups. Duties include designing curriculum that supports the Zoo mission and meets scout requirements, ordering and maintaining supplies, cleaning program areas, leading educational activities, crafts, games, and tours, during the day and overnight; helping to provide a caring, educational, fun and safe environment for children, families and Zoo visitors; planning and leading training for seasonal staff and volunteers that conduct Zoo summer overnights and school break camps; modeling a positive attitude and practicing responsible conservation behavior; handling logistical situations and providing customer service during the programs. During the school year; working with a team of educators to provide engaging educational activities for Zoo visitors at a variety of special events and programs held throughout the year.

    Work Schedule: Weekly hours vary throughout the year, depending on programming. Typical spring/ summer hours may include 2 overnights per week and one office day. Typical fall/winter hours may include 1 overnight per week and one office day, or a full work week during a school break camp. Most overnight programs occur on Friday and Saturday nights year round and on various weeknights throughout the year. Overnight hours are approximately 5:00 p.m. - 9:30 a.m. Other programs occur on evening, weekends, and during school breaks and holidays.  

    Qualifications: Must have a college degree in either a biological science or education field. Must understand basic concepts of zoology, wildlife conservation, and environmental education and desire to share the wonders of the natural world with families and children. Must have experience teaching children and families from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Experience with children with special needs helpful. Experience with scouts helpful. Must also be comfortable working alongside and giving direction to parents, teachers and scout leaders. Must possess excellent customer service, organization and communication skills. Supervisory and camp experience is helpful. Must be willing and able to spend the night outdoors on the ground or indoors on the floor without a mattress, air mattress, cot, etc. Must be able to stay awake and alert during a night shift to provide group supervision. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be willing to be trained in First Aid, CPR and AED.  A 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 to a criminal background check and drug test. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, team-oriented, flexible and positive, with a passion for wildlife and conservation, who is dedicated to creating positive lasting connections between animals and people.

  • Posted: January 20, 2017

    Responsibilities: Provide phone coverage for the Zoo Friends Office, including the handling of membership gifts and Zoo Parents Program gifts over the phone, telephone reservations for scheduled events hosted by the Zoo, Tribute Fund contributions and other general Zoo Friends inquiries as needed. Additional responsibilities include data entry and assistance with other tasks as assigned by Database Manager.  

    Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent with similar work experience required. An Associates or four-year college degree preferred. Experience with business phone operations and customer service required. Must be able to project professional, friendly, image on phone, excellent communication skills, ability to handle and prioritize numerous tasks, and the capacity to work independently and with minimal supervision. PC proficiency with Word processing, Raiser’s Edge software and other database programs is a plus. Candidate must be available to work a flexible work schedule which includes some weekends. Candidate will be expected to work approximately 30-32 hours per week depending on volume of work. Strong people skills and working in a team environment required. This position does offer medical benefits. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

  • Posted: January 17, 2017

    Responsibilities: Maintenance of entomology collection that includes the care and feeding of terrestrial 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 wellbeing 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: January 12, 2017

    Responsibilities: Prepare diets, monitor water quality and clean show facility and exhibit area for pinnipeds. Interact positively with Sea Lion Sound staff and guests. Assist Trainers in the daily operation of the Sea Lion Sound complex to include public feedings, shows, behind the scenes tours and the Junior Sea Lion Trainer programs.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field and previous keeper experience preferred. A basic understanding of operant conditioning as it pertains to animal training. Must be able to work in all weather conditions and available on weekends and holidays. Must be a team player and be able to work in line with the Sea Lion Sound/Carnivore Team Values of Safety, Collaboration, Impact, Integrity and Welfare in order to provide the animals the best possible care. Prior work with animals, a high level of customer service and public speaking experience a plus. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.          

  • Posted: January 12, 2017

    Responsibilities: The role of the Interpretive Team is to celebrate the natural world by creating Zoo-wide opportunities for our guests to connect with our animals, mission, nature, and conservation messages. Our team engages guests 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. Must be available for a full 2-week training from April 3 – 14.

    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 guests. This job 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 and an energetic personality is required. 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 Zoo’s values of community, creativity, openness, integrity, and life work balance to create and promote the best experiences for our guests and each other. Flexibility in hours including weekends, holidays and early/late hours is necessary. Foreign language and/or American Sign Language skills are a plus. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. This job also requires a TB test.

  • Posted: January 4, 2017

    Responsibilities: Responsible for supporting group ticket program for groups of 15+ visitors for all of the attractions within the Zoo, seasonal catered event reservations and other activities as needed. Reports to the Group Tickets Supervisor. Includes working closely with other members of the Sales team and various internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, catering operations, food service, public relations, finance, welcome desk, guest services) to communicate and understand all details related to the program and fulfill client requests.  Adhere to PCI compliance standards. Responsible for initiating sales calls. Maintain world-class front-line customer service and client relations.

    Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required. Previous customer service/sales experience is required. Qualified candidates must possess strong administrative, math, writing, 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.

  • Posted: January 4, 2017

    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.     

  • Posted: December 27, 2016

    Responsibilities: Lead 3 full-time electricians and 1 part-time electrician to install, operate, maintain and repair all electrical equipment throughout 116-acre Zoo campus. Responsible for planning, prioritizing, scheduling, assigning and inspecting all electrician activities. Must be able to diagnose problems and provide solutions to issues with all types of interior and exterior electrical systems.  Plans, oversees, and assists with wiring and installation of equipment and fixtures such as motors, generators, switches, circuit breakers, and distribution panels from 120-480V, single and 3-phase.  Must be able to operate, maintain, and repair 4,160V electrical distribution system that provides power to 100+ facilities and exhibits throughout the Zoo. Inspects wiring and fixtures for conformance to electrical codes. Responsible for development and execution of preventative maintenance plan that ensures reliable equipment operation in critical animal welfare environments. Must be able to work with procurement team to prepare bid documents and inspect and manage contracts. Assist in budget planning and preparation and coordinates work with other trades as required. Must be able to respond to emergencies 24/7 to include weekends.     

    Qualifications:10+ years’ experience in electrical field required. 5+ years in a supervisory or management role required. Electrician certification through trade school or apprenticeship program required. Knowledge of commercial and industrial electric to include 3 phase and voltages to 4,160 required. Thorough knowledge of National Electric Code required. Experience with scheduling work, preventative maintenance, work order systems, and budgeting required. Knowledge of low-voltage fire detection systems and fire alarm panels a plus. Contract project management experience and OSHA 10 certification a plus. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products to include Word, Excel, and Outlook. High school diploma or equivalent required. Valid driver’s license and High School Diploma required. Must have or be able to obtain a City of Saint Louis Electrical license. Must be able to physically perform required duties of the trade, which may include lifting up to 50 lbs., bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing, etc. Will be required to respond to after-hours calls. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

  • Posted: December 27, 2016

    The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking an experienced keeper to join the Primate Unit, which is comprised of the Jungle of the Apes (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees) and the Primate House (lemurs, Old and New World monkeys). Initial placement will be in the Jungle of the Apes, although the successful candidate will be cross-trained at the Primate House and may be assigned there on a short- or long-term basis depending on the needs of the unit; and duties also include required seasonal late night and event coverage.

    Responsibilities: Successful candidates will be adaptable and flexible, able to manage a wide array of duties and responsibilities, follow all protocols and foster a safe working environment, and possess strong communication and teamwork skills. Keepers will perform a wide variety of specialized work including daily animal care, exhibit/area cleaning, enrichment, behavioral training, animal observations, animal health care, documentation and record-keeping, minor exhibit maintenance, public presentations and tours, and other related duties as needed.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in an animal-related field preferred. Previous paid keeper experience is required; primate experience is desired. Knowledge of animal behavior and good observation skills are important, and a strong interest in behavior management and animal welfare is critical. Candidates must have the physical ability to perform required duties as assigned, including standing for long periods of time, lifting, bending, climbing, and working in all types of weather. A competitive candidate will actively support and embody the Saint Louis Zoo’s core values of community, creativity, openness, integrity and life-work balance; and will be passionate about providing the highest quality of life for the animals in his/her charge. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

    Position closes on January 21, 2017. 

  • Posted: December 22, 2016

    Responsibilities: Responsible for supporting the Group Tours Office by helping to maintain a high level of customer service and client/staff/volunteer relations in accordance with the Zoo’s mission and values. Job duties would include, but are not limited to, data entry, responding to high volume phone calls, preparing meeting agendas, maintaining promotional supplies and inventory for tours, clerical and administrative functions as assigned such as report balancing, data collection, data analysis and limited project management. Book tour reservations and manage payments. Manage tour calendar and confirmation communications. Reports directly to the Group Tours Agent and includes working closely with other members of Sales, Event Services, Animal Division and Volunteer Services groups to provide support and to ensure the success of the Zoo and the needs of our clients and volunteer Tour Guides.

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of sales and animal husbandry experience.  Strong administrative, verbal, written, math and organizational skills along with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products. 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. Candidates must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time and be willing to work evenings, weekends and some holidays. Must be willing and able to work in all types of weather conditions. 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: 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.

  • Saint Louis Zoo Seasonal Positions (Early Spring and Summer)

    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, Security, Distribution, Grounds, Welcome Desk, 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.       

    Food Service - Ice Cream Oasis, Sweet & Salty Co., and Carousel Café (Seasonal - Early Spring)

    Posted: January 11, 2017

    Responsibilities: Assist Zoo’s Food Service Department primarily in Ice Cream Oasis, Sweet & Salty Co., and Carousel Café. Duties may include but are not limited to working a cash register, taking orders, expediting food orders, production of food (funnel cakes, ice cream, Dippin’ Dots, snack foods, etc.), washing dishes, cleaning of assigned work area, and other tasks that a supervisor may assign to assist with customer service or cleanliness of the work location. 

    Qualifications: Prior food service experience with customer service and cash register handling is preferred. Must be able to take direction and also work independently when applicable. Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule; hours will include weekday, weekends, holidays, and some evenings during summer months. Must have the physical ability to work on your feet and be able to walk the Zoo grounds and be okay with working outdoors. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

    Welcome Desk Hosts - (Seasonal)  

    Posted: January 10, 2017

    Responsibilities: 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. 

    Qualifications: Candidates must be able to work during the week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (longer shifts possible during Summer hours 8 a.m. – 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 2 to 4-hour shifts. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

    Seasonal Supervisor – (Safari Gift Shop - 2 Openings)

    Posted: December 16, 2016

    Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for a seasonal supervisor position in the Safari Gift Shop. Candidates must be able to open and close store locations, run reports, keep stores stocked and clean, and supervise staff and enforce Zoo policies.

    Qualifications: High school diploma required. Must have weekday, weekend and evening availability. Candidate must have the ability to lift up to 40 pounds, stand for 8 or more hours, and be comfortable working outside. Prior retail and customer service experience, as well as experience on a cash register required. Candidates must be able to work in all types of weather conditions. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.   

    Parking and Attractions – (Seasonal) (Early Spring)

    Posted: December 7, 2016                

    Responsibilities: The Saint Louis Zoo is seeking energetic, responsible and service-oriented applicants for seasonal employment opportunities in the Parking Lots and Attractions Department, including Guest Relations Hosts and Attractions Operators. Job duties include cashiering, crowd and traffic management, maintaining the attractions and parking lots, reading the railroad speech, and other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications: No previous training required. Must have the physical ability to work in all types of weather conditions. Must have a flexible work schedule and must be able to work weekdays, weekends, evenings and holidays. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds, stand for several hours, have the ability to bend over to pick up litter and have the ability to walk the parking lots several times a day. Service industry, cashiering, parking and traffic control experience preferred. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.  

    Retail and Rentals Associate - Treetop Shop  (Seasonal)

    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.  

    Food Service-Dishwasher/Utility – (Seasonal)

    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.    

    Distribution Staffer – (Seasonal)

    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.

    Food Service – (Seasonal, Fall/Winter position)

    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.     

    Railroad Engineer – (Seasonal)

    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.

    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.