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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$ 17.79-$ 25.69 hourly

Date Posted:10/22/2014
Closing Date:11/12/2014
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley, MN
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:14MZG000038
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Intermittent , 20%
Work Shift:Rotating Shift
Days of Work:Varies
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:Environmental Sciences
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:There are five (5) permanent, intermittent positions available. Please apply to this job to be considered for all five. Hours of work will vary as needed.

Intermittent Interpretive Naturalists at the Minnesota Zoo prepare and present engaging educational programs for various audiences including school groups, community groups, families, and adults. Our education programs represent the Zoo?s mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife and include classes, tours, overnights, and special events.

Minimum Qualifications:-Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, education, natural resources, interpretations, environmental science, or related field.
-Minimum 1 year K-12 teaching experience in formal or informal setting.

Must successfully complete a background check and drivers license check.

Selection Process:The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.

How to Apply:Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position, click the APPLY box found at the bottom of this job announcement. For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>.
Contact for More Information:Amy Wassmund,
Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time