We Are Hiring!

No Matter Your Background and Experience, We Want to Hear From You! 

Energetic, responsible and service-oriented individuals are needed for part-time positions. Positions include catering and food service personnel, distribution, retail and parking lot attendants, and more. Flexible weekday and weekend positions are available for ages 15 (work permit required at time of hire) and up.

The Zoo offers wages starting at $13 per hour, free employee parking and an ideal working environment. Many weekday positions start at $14.50 (based on availability, experience or the ability to serve alcohol).

Dress for open interviews is business casual. All successful candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug test.

Candidates are encouraged to apply online for a position prior to the interview. 

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Join Our Team!

Job Opportunities

Whether it’s your first job ever or you’re seeking an opportunity as a retirement job, we have opportunities for you.  We hope that you find more than a job at the Saint Louis Zoo. More so, we hope you find a career. The opportunities are here! 


Whether you have just a few hours each month to spare, or are looking for a new avenue in life, there is a home for you at the Zoo.


Internships provide an opportunity to learn about zoological operations while obtaining valuable, hands-on work experience.

Why The Zoo?

Mission & Values

To conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 

Zoo Community Profiles

Each member of our community has her/his own story. Check out this section to learn more about these people and their stories.

Community Minded

Learn about how we contribute to the communities both locally in Saint Louis and all around the world! 

Employee Benefits

The Saint Louis Zoo offers a variety of benefits to our part-time and full-time employees. 

People Matter

At the Saint Louis Zoo we care for and about people: our staff, volunteers, visitors, partners and community.

A City Within A City

We rely on the skill sets from many members of our community in a wide variety of fields to accomplish our mission. 

Check out this great profile on Kari Musgrave, veterinary resident at the Saint Louis Zoo from theSTL. #StlMade

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Due to the volume of applications, phone calls to Human Resources are discouraged as we are unable to check on application statuses. Thank you for your understanding.

    To apply for a full time, part time or seasonal position please Apply Here

    To inquire about our numerous volunteer positions please Click Here

    To apply for a internship or externship please Click Here

    Residents of the Saint Louis Zoo-Museum Subdistrict are given preference.

  • Applicants must be at least 15 years old to apply.

  • The Zoo is located at 1 Government Drive St. Louis, MO 63110  For detailed directions, visit Parking & Directions.

  • Ride MetroLink to Forest Park/DeBaliviere station, then take MetroBus route #90 Hampton south (or Forest Park Trolley). The bus and Trolley both stop within a short walking distance of the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive. 

    On Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 9am to 5pm
    The #90 Hampton will reroute around Forest Park. Service in Forest Park will be provided by the #3 Forest Park Trolley only. For detailed Metro transit schedules, pricing and to purchase tickets, visit the Metro web site.

    The #90 Hampton MetroBus stops within a short walking distance from the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive.

    On Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 9am to 5pm  
    The #90 Hampton MetroBus will reroute around Forest Park. Service in Forest Park will only be provided by the #3 Forest Park Trolley. See Metro website for more details. 

  • The Saint Louis Zoo receives many inquiries from kids and adults interested in learning what it takes to be a zookeeper. We also receive questions regarding careers in related fields, like wildlife management, forestry, conservation, and ecology. We're gratified that so many people like animals and want to work with them. And we're happy to help people understand how to prepare for a career in zoos, aquaria, and other wildlife organizations. Click here to learn more. 

The Saint Louis Zoo is an equal opportunity employer.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Zoo will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  The Zoo does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Zoo will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Any employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources.  Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal.  Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Information about Transparency in Coverage from Cigna, the Zoo's employee insurance company:

This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.