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.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
This information can be made available in alternative formats to individuals with disability by calling (651) 259-3637 or (651) 282-2699 (TTY).
If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and MMB web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.
Summer Employment Opportunities
None at this time
Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities
None at this time
Minnesota Zoo Partner Employment Opportunities
LANCER HOSPITALITY JOB FAIR
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.