The Minnesota Zoo employs about 220 full-time, part-time, and intermittent staff. That number grows to between 270 and 300 with the addition of temporary staff during the spring and summer months.

The Minnesota Zoo employs people from a wide variety of backgrounds. In addition to typical “zoo jobs” such as veterinary technicians, interpretive naturalists, zookeepers, zoologists, and veterinarians, the business end of the Zoo requires people with many different skills, from accountants and marketing staff, to carpenters and guest services staff.

The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency and its employees are public employees, with salary and benefits set by union contracts and compensation plans.

Over the course of a year, the Zoo receives over two thousand applications for employment. All of our positions are highly competitive with a majority of positions requiring related experience and education.

Although we have positions open from time to time during the year, our largest recruitment period begins in March and lasts through mid-May, when we begin filling our summer positions.

Our open positions are listed below and can change on a daily basis. Applying for our positions is easy. If you are interested in a position and feel you meet the qualifications listed, simply click on the link within the posting. That link will take you to the State of Minnesota’s resume database where applicants can submit resumes for positions open for all state agencies, including the Minnesota Zoo.

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How to Apply

Jobs Openings

Laborer Trades & Equipment
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 06/22/2016
Closing Date: 07/05/2016
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoo / Grounds
Division/Unit: Grounds
Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
Travel Required: No
Salary Range: $20.20 – $23.79 /hourly; $42,177 – $49,673 /annually
Classified Status: ClassifiedJob SummaryThe Minnesota Zoo is currently filling two (2) Laborer Trades and Equipment positions.  All applicants will be considered for both positions.

This position is responsible for performing physical and mechanical skills as required in the maintenance of assigned grounds so that the facility is always neat in appearance. Perform physical and mechanical skills to remove snow from site in the winter and maintain roads and pathways (e.g. crack filling, installing limestone shoulders, removing and patching bituminous on roads and pathways, raising and/or replacing concrete slabs). All roadways, parking lots, and walkways will be maintained in walking and driving condition in all seasons. During the summer season this position is will work with summer staff to keep the Zoo site safe and clean also providing service to picnics, concerts, and All Zoo Rentals. Provide assistance to horticulture, maintenance shops, and other Zoo personnel in accomplishing tasks.

Summer hours:   8:00am –  6:30pm
Winter hours:   6:00am – 4:30pm

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be able to work weekends, nights, or holidays as assigned, as well as be available for call-in assignments both before and after normal shift hours including rotating on-call shifts or weekends.
This job requires a current Minnesota Class B Commercial Driver¿s License with Air Brake endorsement. Applicants who do not possess the required license at the time of application will not meet the minimum qualifications and therefore will not be considered for the position.
Knowledge of the methods, materials, and tools used in trades work sufficient to assist skilled trades staff in the completion of assigned projects.
Ability to safely operate and maintain medium sized motorized equipment, e.g. dump trucks, snow plows, tractors, backhoes, forklift, front-end loaders, augers, chain saws, air compressors, welders, carpentry tools, electrical testing equipment, and other equipment as assigned.
Ability to understand and follow oral directions sufficient to interpret and carry out verbal assignments in a safe and efficient manner.
Ability to perform semiskilled trades work, sufficient to complete minor trades plumbing, electrical, and carpentry assignments, including the installation and maintenance of underground sprinkler systems.
Ability to perform minor repairs and adjustments to machinery and equipment including general maintenance, minor repair of buildings, and repair of roadways and walkways.
Endurance sufficient to perform tasks under extreme environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind.
Ability to lift and carry up to 65 pounds, and occasionally up to 100 pounds.

On your resume please dress your experience operating and maintaining the following equipment:
Dump trucks, tractors, backhoes, forklifts, front-end loaders, augers, skid steers, and experience plowing snow with a dump truck or 4WD.
Note:  This position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing per federal DOT regulations.  All job offers are contingent upon the results of pre-employment drug testing and the results of drug and alcohol testing by your previous employer(s).

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Criminal background check, including fingerprints

Drivers license check

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Please go to the Minnesota Careers website at and apply directly to job opening ID 6218.  Only applications submitted online will be considered.  . If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to


If you have questions about the position, contact Amy Wassmund at



The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email Please indicate what

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Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

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