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.

Volunteer Coordinator -
(Full-Time)                                                   

Posted: August 19, 2016

Responsibilities: Assist the Zoo’s Director, Volunteer Services with the overall, day-to-day management of 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. Help the Director, Volunteer Services with volunteer recruitment, screening, interviewing and placement of volunteers. Provide all administrative support to the Volunteer Services Department. Provide database management, maintenance and support, including but not limited to entering volunteer data from applications, generating volunteer correspondence, managing internship/externship applications, and updating volunteer hour reports. Create and generate various volunteer service reports. Work closely with internal staff fulfilling Zoo departmental volunteer needs. Create and distribute volunteer picture id’s and nametags.  Help manage volunteer recognition programs, including assisting with the Zoo’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Manage the Volunteer Electronic Donor Recognition Wall and update content as needed. Help develop support materials for volunteer activities, i.e., manuals, brochures, newsletters, training materials, job descriptions, policies and procedures, and recruitment materials. Help manage the Volunteer Services’ SharePoint/intranet page.  Assist with the administrative aspects of the Zoo’s Volunteer Committee.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred with an emphasis in Business, Communications, Non-Profit Management or applicable field of study.  Prior experience in 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 skill and ability to be able to interact with a diverse group of people.  May require some evening, weekend and holiday hours.  Prior experience in an administrative or office management role preferred. Prior experience with VSYS or Volunteer Management Systems preferred. 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.

Keeper, Children’s Zoo-
(Part-Time)                                            

Posted: August 12, 2016

Responsibilities: Duties include but are not limited to: providing daily care to the  Children’s Zoo collection of over 300 small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and aquatics, utilizing the Zoo’s animal enrichment  and welfare protocols, monitoring and interpreting animal health and behavior, providing formulated diets and monitoring  consumption, utilizing operant conditioning for animal management, assisting department staff as requested/required, assisting external customers, advancing the Zoo’s mission through positive visitor interactions, participating in our Keeper for a Day program, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, following oral and written directions effectively, and managing time efficiently.

Qualifications: A competitive applicant will be an individual who is passionate about providing outstanding care and commitment to the collection. The successful candidate will be adept at sharing that passion with our young visitors through positive interactions. He/she will be a critical thinker and will work in a manner that promotes a stimulating, productive and happy work environment that fosters a climate of teamwork and innovation.  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. Four-year college degree preferred with preference given to applicants with at least one year experience working in an AZA institution. Must have the physical ability to stand for long periods of time, walk the Zoo grounds, lift, bend and kneel down.  All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit a criminal background check and drug test.                       

Distribution Staffer – (Seasonal)

Posted: August 1, 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.    

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.          
 

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.            

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.