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

Interpretive Naturalist 1

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Date Posted: 05/20/2016
Closing Date: 05/27/2016
Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota Zoo
Division/Unit: School Programs
Work Shift/Work Hours: Varies
Days of Work: Varies
Salary Range: $18.20 – $26.33 /hourly;
Classified Status: Classified

There are two (2) permanent, intermittent positions available. Please apply to this job to be considered for both positions. Hours and days of work will vary as needed.

Intermittent Interpretive Naturalists at the Minnesota Zoo present established education programs in a professional, high-quality manner for small and large groups of all ages and diverse audience types. Our education programs represent the Zoo’s mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife and include (but are not restricted to) overnight programs, Zoo Camps, early childhood, family, adult, school programs, 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.

Additional Requirements
This position requires successful completion of the following:
Criminal history check, including fingerprints

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


Summer Employment Opportunities
None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time