Director, Volunteer Services                

Posted: July 25, 2016

Responsibilities: Direct the Zoo’s robust and comprehensive volunteer services program, which includes managing over 1500 general volunteers, the Zoo’s internship/externship program and teen volunteer program, as well as over 300 episodic corporate partner volunteers for specific Zoo events and programs. Responsible for all volunteer recruitment, screening, interviewing and placement of volunteers. Work closely with internal staff fulfilling Zoo departmental volunteer needs. Listen to internal Zoo departmental volunteer needs and fulfill those needs. Develop support materials for volunteer activities, i.e., manuals, brochures, newsletters, training materials, job descriptions, policies and procedures, and recruitment materials. Create and oversee the volunteer departmental budgets. Act as a resource for Zoo staff and volunteers, mediate staff and volunteer relations and enforce volunteer policies and procedures. Oversee volunteer board committee. Maintain a large volunteer database record system, volunteer ID system and Digital Wall Recognition Platform. Coordinate volunteer recognition awards, events and activities.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required with an emphasis in Human Resources, Business, Non-Profit Management or applicable field of study. Prior experience in training and volunteer management preferred.  Must have exceptional communication skills and be able to manage a varied number of tasks and projects at one time. Must have the physical ability to stand for long periods of time and be able to walk the Zoo grounds (90+ acres). Must have the personality to be able to interact with a diverse group of people. May require some evening, weekend and holiday hours. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.       

Horticulture Gardener – (Seasonal)                                              

Posted: July 22, 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.       

General Maintenance Plumber –
(Full-Time)

Posted: July 21, 2016

Responsibilities: Perform plumbing aspects of some new construction projects, preventative maintenance and repairs of all Zoo plumbing systems. Maintain, install and repair water lines, sewer lines, fixtures and appliances at the Zoo.  Work closely with internal departments to solve any and all plumbing needs.  Assist the Foreman and Supervisor with the daily records, including but not limited to work orders, purchase orders, email correspondence, contractor correspondence and other documents as needed. 

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required.  Technical degree in plumbing required. Must have knowledge of applicable codes.  Must have knowledge and skill in pipe-fitting, plumbing repairs, and associated tools and equipment.  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. Must be able to lift up to 80 lbs. St. Louis City Plumbing License 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.          

#byetobags Campaign Coordinator - (Temporary/Part-Time)

Posted: July 20, 2016

Responsibilities: This position will require approximately 20-25 hours a week for approximately 12 months as the Saint Louis Zoo partners with The Ocean Project to carry out its #byetobags campaign. This campaign aims to raise public awareness on how plastic bag usage in our community affects ocean health and conservation. This position will involve assisting Zoo ALIVE teen volunteers through volunteer events at the Zoo, encouraging people to take a pledge to use reusable bags. A major part of this position will involve managing the social media accounts for the #byetobags campaign, with help from the teens, ensuring that content is relevant, engaging and educational. The #byetobags Campaign Coordinator will empower Zoo ALIVE volunteers to work autonomously and creatively, and will seek their council on decisions to be made about the project. Additionally, the position will involve the planning and execution of a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be held in February of 2017. This position will coordinate and engage with other staff at the Zoo, as well as teachers, parents, the community, and other area institutions to effectively drive conservation messaging and action. Finally, this position involves the analysis of data, and regular public speaking events. Regular night and weekend availability is required in order to meet with teen volunteers and facilitate their needs and the needs of the project’s mission overall.  

Qualifications: Four year college degree with preference given to backgrounds in Education, Science, Environmental Studies, or Communications. Applicants should have demonstrated experience working with, mentoring, and managing teenage volunteers, effectively using social media, strong writing skills, and utilizing efficient communication skills. Applicants should be extremely organized, have great attention to detail, and should be flexible. A strong, highly motivated passion for ocean conservation and driving local action and change for conservation is required for leading Zoo ALIVE teen volunteers through this unique project. Creative and problem-solving skills, and a willingness to learn, are a must. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test. 

Birthday Party Assistant – (1 Seasonal Position available)

Posted: July 20, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist with all aspects of the Zoo Birthday Party Program, including welcoming and walking in guests, helping with and sometimes leading activities (crafts, games, tours, songs), serving food, setting-up and cleaning-up. Provide excellent customer service to birthday party families and guests. Facilitate guest engagement in the Wild Wonder Outpost, the Zoo’s discovery room. Help create a fun and safe learning environment while modeling responsible conservation behaviors. All hours will be weekend days, other hours may be required from time to time.

Qualifications: Must have completed two years of high school. Excellent customer service and communication skills essential. Must be comfortable working with others, often on a tight schedule and in a fast-paced environment. 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 trained or willing to be trained in food safety. Must have a negative TB test, and 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.     

Seasonal Positions –
(Late Summer/Fall/Winter Seasons)(Weekday Availability Required)

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.       

Electrician – (Part-Time)

Posted:  June 15, 2016

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.      

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, 
and Refrigeration (HVACR) Supervisor
(Full-Time)

Posted: June 9, 2016

Responsibilities: Lead 6 HVACR technicians to install, operate, maintain and repair all HVACR equipment throughout Zoo campus.  Responsible for planning, prioritizing, scheduling, assigning and inspecting all HVACR activities.  Must be able to diagnose problems and provide solutions to issues with chillers, boilers, air handling equipment and controls systems.  Responsible for development and execution of preventative maintenance plan that ensures reliable equipment operation in critical animal welfare environments.  Responsible for scheduling night set back and events temperature controls on Building Automation system.  Must be able to work with procurement team to prepare bid documents and inspect and manage contracts.  Assist in budget planning and preparation.  Coordinate work with other trades as required.  Must be able to respond to emergencies 24/7 to include weekends and evenings.

Qualifications: 10+ years’ experience in HVACR field required.  5+ years in a supervisory or management role preferred.  Knowledge of energy management systems (Siemens), chillers, boilers, kitchen equipment (walk-in coolers and freezers), equipment installation, preventative maintenance, and work order systems required.  Knowledge of fire detection and suppression systems a plus.  Contract project management experience a plus.  Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products to include Word, Excel, and Outlook.  High school diploma or equivalent required.  Two-year HVAC Certificate, Universal Class EPA License, valid driver’s license and High School Diploma required.  Must have or obtain a City of Saint Louis Mechanical license.  Must be able to physically perform required duties of the trade, which may include lifting up to 50 lbs.  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.

Automotive Mechanic/Site Work Laborer– (Part-Time)                         

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.      

HVAC Technician – (Seasonal)      

Posted: May 20, 2016                                  

Responsibilities: Install, maintain and repair Zoo HVAC systems.  Preventive maintenance of HVAC equipment may include but will not be limited to greasing/oiling motors, changing/tightening belts, changing filters, and cleaning condensers and evaporators.  Troubleshooting, motor and blower maintenance.   

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required.  Two-year HVAC Certificate and Universal Class EPA License.  Must have knowledge and skills in mechanical equipment.  Valid driver’s license required.  Must be able to physically perform required duties of the trade, which may include lifting up to 50 lbs.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.      

Public Safety Beat – (Seasonal)

Posted: April 26, 2016                                            

Responsibilities: Work fixed posts, patrol grounds on foot, and respond to radio calls for assistance, monitor visitor traffic and crowd control, work special events after hours. Direct vehicle traffic in and around Zoo grounds, assist with off-ground runs and deliveries. Provide visitors with general information.  Must be flexible in scheduling and willing to work hours and posts as assigned, including weekends and holidays.  Must be willing to obtain Class E driver’s license in order to drive employee shuttle.  Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Must have valid driver’s license. First Aid CPR/AED 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: April 26, 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 5:00 pm - 9:00 am.  Most other programs, events and training occur in the evening or on weekends. Seasonal Instructors must be available to work a minimum of 2 overnights per month as well as other weekend and evening programs through 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 2 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, an air mattress, cot, etc.  All successful candidates 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.      

Equipment Operator/Site Work Laborer– (Seasonal)(2 Openings)

Posted: April 22, 2016

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.       

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.