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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$ 19.58-$ 28.56 hourly, $ 40,883-$ 59,633 annually

Date Posted:09/17/2014
Closing Date:09/29/2014
Working Title:Sales Representative
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Division/Bureau:Sales and Marketing
Location:Apple Valley, MN
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:14MZG000037
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Monday-Friday
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:General Administration
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:The Minnesota Zoo has an opening for a Sales Representative. This position is primarily responsible for actively promoting and selling the Minnesota Zoo as a venue for daytime and evening events to external clients, with the objective of achieving established sales and revenue goals, and increasing overall positive awareness of the Minnesota Zoo, its programs and mission.

Duties include but are not limited to:
– Solicit and develop new accounts through telemarketing, e-commerce and personal selling
– Prepare and work trade shows, locally and regionally
– Promote group sales programs to tour operators and group leaders
– Track and maintain accurate sales records and lead generating logs for all sales activities
– Administer all booking arrangements, contracts and logistics
– Attend, as needed, onsite events to ensure client satisfaction
– Exhibit a welcoming attitude and willingness to solve problems to clients and Zoo guests.

This position will require some evenings and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications:Minimum qualifications:
– Three years of professional sales experience selling and promoting attractions and/or event facilities to corporate and social clients. A Bachelor?s degree in Marketing or closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
– Exceptional communication, both verbally and through written correspondence.
– Documented success in outside selling and cold call proficiency.
– Experience with MS Office

Under the Job Specific Questions section of the on-line resume, please address the following:
1) Please explain the types of products you?ve sold, the sales process and any market challenges for the product and how you overcame them.
2) Please describe your involvement in a sales goal program for at least one year; describe specific revenue goals, time factors, and your performance of the goal.
3) Please tell us a little about how you prospect for and acquire new clients.
4) Please tell us about at least 2 experiences you?ve had with events that you?ve been a major part of. List attendance size, timing from sale to post event evaluation, level of your involvement and any unique aspect of the event or ?a-ha moment? that you learned from the event.

The final candidate must successfully pass a background check.
Requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job is in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.

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.

Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time