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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This information can be made available in alternative formats to individuals with disability by calling (651) 259-3637 or (651) 282-2699 (TTY).

How to Apply
Jobs Openings

PLANT MAINT ENGINEER

$ 22.17-$ 25.56 hourly, $ 46,291-$ 53,369 annually

Date Posted:06/26/2015
Closing Date:07/08/2015
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MZG000041
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Varies
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:Const Facil Maint Mfg & Trans
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:The Minnesota Zoo seeks a dedicated professional Plant Maintenance Engineer responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing plumbing, and heating systems and mechanical equipment in state-owned buildings and assist with other duties assigned to achieve the Minnesota Zoo’s mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world.Duties include installing, troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining equipment, plumbing, heating and mechanical systems; determining work methods and procedures; estimating material and labor costs and recommend purchases of new equipment; and keeping records of materials used and time spent on each job.

Also, this position may oversee and direct the work of one or more less skilled helpers or laborers. Must be able to lift and move at least 50 lbs. and have a Boiler 1st Class Engineer Grade B license (Stationary Engineer).

Hours may vary based on the needs of the facility. High probability of working weekends during the summer months.

Minimum Qualifications:In order to be considered please provide detailed knowledge, skills and abilities of all the requirements listed:-A valid Boiler 1st Class Engineer Grade B license or above.
– Knowledge and skills in the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in trades work sufficient to assist skilled trades staff in the completion of assigned projects.
– Ability to perform semi-skilled trades work sufficient to complete minor trades repair in the areas of plumbing and HVAC equipment.
– Ability to perform minor repairs and adjustments to machinery and equipment including the general maintenance and minor repairs of buildings.
– Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions sufficient to interpret and carry out assignments in a safe and efficient manner. Skills in using hand and power tools and other trades equipment.
– Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety measures related to trades work sufficient to safely and efficiently perform the job duties. Some positions may require the ability to provide work direction to unskilled helpers.
– Should have solid knowledge of general computer operationIn order to be considered please provide detailed knowledge, skills and abilities of all the requirements listed.**Job offer is contingent upon the results of a valid class D driver’s license and a background check**

Requires the ability to lift and move at least 50 pounds. This job may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

Preferred Qualifications:-Knowledge of controls with a low voltage background or Power Limited Technician license.
-Knowledge and experience of pipefitting
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 <http://www.mn.gov/mmb/careers/>.
Contact for More Information:Amy Wassmund, amy.wassmund@state.mn.us.

AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC LEAD

$ 22.82-$ 26.41 hourly, $ 47,648-$ 55,144 annually

Date Posted:06/30/2015
Closing Date:07/10/2015
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MZG000024
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Monday-Friday , 06:00 AM-02:30 PM
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:Const Facil Maint Mfg & Trans
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:To provide supervision, journeyman mechanic skills, work direction, coordination and technical guidance, and initiative for the management and operation of heavy equipment, vehicle repair and interdepartmental support of the repair shop. Engage in preventive maintenance, upkeep of maintenance records and repair of equipment operated by Minnesota Zoo staff. Assure all equipment is safe and in operable condition.
Minimum Qualifications:In order to be considered please provide detailed knowledge, skills and abilities of all the requirements listed:

Five (5) years experience as an ASE Certified Mechanic.
Must have experience maintaining diesel and heavy equipment
Must have a current CDL license with air brake endorsement

In order to be considered please provide detailed knowledge, skills and abilities of all the requirements listed.

**Job offer is contingent upon the results of a valid class D driver’s license, CDL license and a background check**

The employee is required to work in a set area with tool carts, sinks, hoists, and supplies easily accessible (i.e. mechanics shop). The employee frequently uses gross and fine dexterity in a variety of positions, including reaching outward and overhead, bending, working with outstretched arms and/or while lying on the back (i.e. on a creeper), climbing up onto a large vehicle, working from heights and bending over. The employee works with power tools, machinery/instruments and equipment, and hand tools requiring the frequent lifting and/or carrying/holding of supplies and parts up to 50 pounds and rarely up to 100 pounds. Loads over 110 pounds to lift open the hood of a vehicle or 200 pounds to move a transmission or tire are done rarely, but with the aid of a hoist and co-workers. Fine dexterity and eye coordination of the wrists, hands and fingers to handle, feel, scrape, pound or use force is constant up to 25 pounds. Working conditions also include vision, noise, vibration, respiratory and chemical hazards and occasional adverse weather conditions (heat, cold, snow, rain, wind).

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 <http://www.mn.gov/mmb/careers/>.
Contact for More Information:Amy Wassmund, amy.wassmund@state.mn.us.
Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time