Jobs at the St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo was established in 1910. State law declares that, “the zoo shall be forever free,” which means that it has been enjoyed by millions of visitors over the years. The grounds include the following attractions:

  1. Bear Pits
  2. Big Cat Country
  3. Bird House
  4. Conservation Carousel
  5. Cypress Swamp
  6. Fragile Forest
  7. Insectarium
  8. Jungle of the Apes
  9. Penguin & Puffin Coast
  10. Primate House
  11. Reptile House

Working at the Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo hires workers for various seasonal positions each year. This employer is looking for people who are energetic and responsible. They also need to genuinely like dealing with people and be committed to making their visit to the Zoo a fun experience.

Seasonal Jobs at the St. Louis Zoo

The Zoo hires staff to work in these areas of the park on a seasonal basis:

  1. Food Service
  2. Grounds Department
  3. Guest Services and Attractions

Other positions may be available in these employment categories:

  1. Administration
  2. Animal Division
  3. Animal Hospital
  4. Business Operations/Finance
  5. Business Operations/Housekeeping
  6. Development
  7. Distribution
  8. Education
  9. Facilities Management
  10. Facilities Management/Horticulture
  11. Food Service
  12. Gift Shops
  13. Grounds Department
  14. Group Sales
  15. Guest Services
  16. Marketing/External Relations
  17. Nutrition and Animal Health
  18. Railroad/Business Operations
  19. Security

Internships at the St. Louis Zoo

The Zoo offers internships to students or recent graduates from the following programs:

  1. Animal Science
  2. Biology
  3. Education
  4. Human Resources
  5. Marketing
  6. Zoology

Interns hired by the Zoo work at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks.

A prospective intern must be at least 18 years of age. They can be employed on a part-time basis by the Zoo during an internship. Interns are unpaid, but college credit may be granted to the student upon approval of the college or university they are attending.

All prospective interns must complete and submit an application form, which is available from the Zoo website. The following information must accompany the form:

  1. Letter of Intent (including information about the student’s background, interests, and goals)
  2. Official Transcripts
  3. Resume
  4. Two Letters of Reference

Applying for a Job at the St. Louis Zoo

Available jobs are posted on the Employment Page of the St. Louis Zoo website. Once you find a job you are interested in, you can fill out an online application form.

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