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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Jobs Openings


$ 13.20-$ 15.46 hourly

Date Posted:02/25/2015
Closing Date:03/16/2015
Position End Date:09/19/2015
Working Title:Student Worker
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MZG000011
Employment Conditions:Limited, Part-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Varies
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:General Administration
Classified Status:Unclassified
Job Description:The Minnesota Zoo prides itself on offering one of the most educational and entertaining summer day camp experiences in the Twin Cities. Our trained naturalist educators guide students from toddlers through 12th grade in exploring animals, the natural world and the Minnesota Zoo through engaging activities, games, crafts, animal demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours.The Minnesota Zoo seeks a Student Worker Paraprofessional to enable special needs students as well as all students to enjoy the most educational and entertaining summer day camp experience in the Twin Cities.
-Supervise Zoo Campers participating in Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up option for summer Zoo camp
-Provide extra support and individualized assistance as necessary to Zoo Camp instructors and Zoo Campers
-Provide best practices in facilitating positive educational classroom experiences for blended classrooms with special needs students
-Assist Zoo Camp instructors with camp activities for preschool through high school aged campersHours and days of work will vary with the needs of the program.
Minimum Qualifications:Must be a current college student taking coursework in education, special education, educational psychology, or closely related. Must be comfortable working with children with special needs. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. Must have excellent communication and human relations skills.In the job specific portion of your application please answer the following in order to be considered for the position: (if none apply please state not applicable)1) A paragraph explaining why you are interested in the
student worker paraprofessional position at the Minnesota Zoo
2) Knowledge and experience with your ability to communicate and engage with children with special needs.
3) Knowledge and experience with supervision of children ages 3-18
4) Please indicate your anticipated graduation date. In order to qualify as a student worker, you must be attending classes over the summer or into the next school year (2015-2016).

Job is contingent on a valid class D drivers license and a child protection background 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

Minnesota Zoo Partner Employment Opportunities


Lancer Hospitality is now hiring year round and spring/summer positions.  Available positions include cashiers, baristas, cooks, prep, expeditors, pushcart operators, banquets, picnic servers, concert staff and bartenders.  Part-time and full-time positions are available.

We are hosting JOB FAIRS on the following dates at the Minnesota Zoo:

  • Thursday March 5
  • Friday March 6
  • Thursday March 12
  • Friday March 13

Job Fairs will run from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Interested applicants should enter at the Zoo’s main entrance, tell the admission staff that you have come for the job fair, and you will be directed to the job fair. We are looking for individuals with weekend, weekday and holiday availability. You will have an opportunity to fill out an application and interview for one of the open positions.

Come join our fast paced and exciting world at the Minnesota Zoo. We’re looking for energetic, guest-oriented individuals that would enjoy working as a part of a team focused on a guest first atmosphere. Whether it is your first job, a part time position or long term, we could be the right choice for you.