Special Events and Marketing Assistant – (Full-Time)   

Posted: September 20, 2016

Responsibilities: Support position for the Special Events department, which is involved with planning and producing fundraising, public and donor recognition events. Job duties would include, but are not limited to, data entry, preparing meeting agendas, minutes and reports, managing calendars and reservations, schedule and coordinate meetings and appointments, maintain office supplies for department, limited event management and other clerical and administrative functions as assigned. Also provide limited support to the Director of Marketing and Audience Research Manager with billing, data collection, data analysis and limited project management.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Strong administrative, verbal, written, math and organizational skills along with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite products, particularly EXCEL. 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 lift and carry up to 25 pounds for 50 yards, stand and walk for extended periods of time and be willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays. Must be willing and able to work in all types of weather conditions. Consideration given to candidates with some event planning experience. All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.

Distribution Supervisor –
(Part-Time)                   

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.       

Public Safety Beat – (Seasonal)

Posted: September 12, 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.     

Life Support Systems Technician –
(Full-Time)                                     

Posted: August 25, 2016

Job Summary: This position reports to the LSS Supervisor and assists in the daily operations of all life support systems throughout the Zoo.

Responsibilities: Operate, monitor and maintain all aspects of life support systems, including making physical and virtual rounds. Perform routine preventative maintenance on all equipment under LSS responsibility. Troubleshoot and repair pumps, sand filters, valves, actuators, controllers, ozone generators, chlorine disinfection systems, and other miscellaneous equipment.  Calibrate ORP and chlorine sensors. Conduct water quality analysis on marine mammal, fish, and other aquatic animal habitats. Interpret water quality analysis results and calculate additions to maintain water quality parameters. Maintain all necessary record keeping. Recognize and follow all safety requirements. Communicate all necessary information to fellow technicians and appropriate Zoo staff. Report all problems to the appropriate animal department managers and work with animal staff, maintenance personnel and contractors as needed to resolve problems.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry or a related field preferred. A minimum of 1 to 3 years of prior experience in aquatic, zoo or animal theme park environment operating, troubleshooting and repairing water filtration systems for the support of live animal exhibits preferred. Experience with RCK Control Systems strongly preferred. Proficiency in PVC plumbing systems and related hand tools preferred. Must be able to work in filtration rooms and with hazardous chemicals. Must have the physical ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. and demonstrate a full range of motion: bending, lifting, stooping, and climbing stairs and ladders. Must have the physical ability to work in difficult and confined areas. Must be willing to work in all types of weather conditions. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays, early morning and evening shifts. Must be able to be respond to LSS/Zoo emergencies when on call.  Must have the ability to work both independently but also in a team atmosphere, both intra- and inter-departmentally. Valid driver’s license required. Desired certifications include Confined Space Entry, Lock Out/Tag Out, Forklift, and Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) certification (strongly preferred). All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.     

Early Childhood Instructor & Birthday Party Facilitator – (Seasonal)

Posted: August 23, 2016

Responsibilities: Facilitate early childhood classes, birthday parties, camps and discovery room sessions. Interact with families in the Wild Wonder Outpost, the Zoo’s discovery room. Create and lead early childhood classes for families with children 4 months to 7 years of age. Facilitate the Zoo Birthday Party Program on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Lead groups in Camp Joey, a week long summer day camp for 4 and 5 year olds. Handle and present live animals in a manner that is safe and respectful of both the animal and children. All programs include leading activities like art experiences, games, tours and songs. They also require excellent customer service and creation of a fun and safe learning environment for families, while modeling responsible conservation behaviors.

Qualifications: Must have completed at least a bachelor's degree in education (early childhood preferred) or an animal related field. Excellent customer service and communication skills are essential. Must be comfortable troubleshooting and problem solving, often on a tight schedule. Experience in handling a diversity of animals preferred. Experience teaching and/or working with children and families from birth to 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. 

Private Event Facilitator - (Seasonal)                                            

Posted: August 12, 2016

Responsibilities: Responsible for supporting the Sales & Catering Department by assisting to coordinate day of production and execution details for events, meetings and other group sales functions. Reports to Event Services Supervisor.  Includes working closely with other members of the Sales & Catering team and various internal Zoo departments (i.e., security, food service, custodial services, distribution, welcome desk, guest services) to effectively support sales efforts and meet client needs. On-site event and meeting management. Perform clerical duties as needed.  Support client engagement activities. Maintain good front-line customer service and client/staff relations.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of customer service/event planning experience preferred.  High School diploma or equivalent required.  Qualified candidates must possess strong project management, 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.                      

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.       

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.            

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.      

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.