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


$ 30.44-$ 43.75 hourly, $ 63,559-$ 91,350 annually

Date Posted:08/12/2015
Closing Date:09/08/2015
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley, MN
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MZG000054
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Monday-Friday
Travel Required:yes
Job Grouping:General Administration
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:The Minnesota Zoo seeks a highly motivated Field Conservation Supervisor to direct, expand, and supervise the Minnesota Zoo?s field conservation projects, programs, and staff, to ensure that they fulfill the Zoo?s Strategic Plan goals and objectives. This position is located in the Minnesota Zoo?s Conservation Division and reports to the Vice President for Conservation.Job responsibilities:
– Direct the Zoo?s existing field conservation programs and research projects. Work with field conservation staff and partners to ensure the development of well-funded programs/projects that align with the Zoo?s animal collection and strategic plans, and that ultimately help save wildlife.
– Expand the Minnesota Zoo?s field conservation programs and partnerships, to help fulfill the Zoo?s vision of being a leader in saving wildlife.
– Supervise field conservation staff so that applicable labor agreements are appropriately administered and staff effectively perform assigned job duties to achieve the annual objectives of the section.
– Represent the Zoo?s field conservation programs internally and externally, to ensure staff and public are informed, the Division?s interests and needs are conveyed, and conservation is integrated Zoo-wide.
– Manage budgets and travel for field conservation programs, to appropriately steward the Zoo?s resources and maximize the effectiveness of the Zoo?s field conservation programs.The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, serving more than 1.2 million guests annually. The mission of the Minnesota Zoo is to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. The field conservation supervisor will work with others across the agency to achieve its strategic plan goal of positioning the Zoo as a recognized conservation organization whose purpose is to save wildlife.The Minnesota Zoo conducts and supports diverse field conservation projects at the Zoo, in Minnesota, and around the world. For more information, visit
Minimum Qualifications:– At least five years of professional experience in one or more of the following: a) Zoo conservation, curatorial, educational, veterinary, or animal management field; b) wildlife/conservation research; or c) wildlife/conservation program coordination or management
– Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, or other related field from an accredited university
– Experience developing and leading (or co-leading) field conservation programs, as well as conducting field work
– Experience providing supervisory or lead-work direction to other employees, students, interns, or residents engaged in conservation, wildlife, or laboratory work
– Strong record of securing and administrating grants for research and/or conservation work
– Strong publication record, with first-author, peer-reviewed articles that are well-cited and/or published in relatively high-impact scientific journals
– Skill in current statistical analysis practices, including proficiency with R statistical software and programming
– Skill in mapping and spatial analysis techniques using Geographic Information Systems software
– Excellent communication skills, including experience writing for general audiences, as well as creating and delivering high-quality presentations to both scientific and general audiences
– Excellent editing skills and experience as a referee for scientific manuscript submissions and/or grant proposals
– Knowledge of commonly employed field techniques for studying wild animals, including transects, camera trapping, live trapping, noninvasive biological sampling, and GPS collaring.**Job offer is also contingent upon having a valid class D driver?s license, valid passport for travel purposes, and the results of a background check**
Preferred Qualifications:Applicants are not expected to meet all of these qualifications, but should address each of the following for which they qualify:
– Experience working at or with accredited zoos
– Experience working in a scientific laboratory setting
– Experience managing a budget
– Previous experience supervising employees
– Knowledge of and/or experience with conservation planning techniques
– Knowledge of and/or experience with Minnesota-based conservation issues, projects, conservation partners, and wildlife species
– Experience with wildlife handling techniques
– Experience conducting, developing, and/or directing field conservation programs in the United States AND other countries
– Experience with conservation research AND applied conservation efforts
– Possession of other skills that are currently underrepresented but may be of high value to the Minnesota Zoo?s field conservation programs (please describe)
– Has an existing collaboration with an organization/entity that already partners or could potentially partner with the Minnesota Zoo on a field-based conservation effort
– Has an existing field conservation project that is of interest to the Minnesota Zoo and could continue at the Minnesota Zoo (but note that only a small percentage of this position?s time is devoted to conducting one?s own project/research)
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.
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 <>.To apply for this position, you must submit a resume or CV at the State of Minnesota careers website, In the Supplemental Information portion of the online application process, you must explain, point by point, how you meet each minimum qualification, and all applicable preferred qualifications. Applicants not fully addressing these items in the Supplemental Information portion of the online application process will not be considered for an interview.In addition, to be considered for an interview, you must submit a cover letter, and may submit a copy of your resume or CV, to the Minnesota Zoo?s Human Resource Office (; subject: Field Conservation Supervisor materials) OR by mail (Minnesota Zoo, Attn: Amy Wassmund, Human Resources, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, MN 55124 USA). The cover letter should explain your interest in the position and why you would be a good fit for the position.Complete applications (online resume/CV with completed Supplemental Information section + emailed or mailed cover letter) must be submitted by 11:59PM Central Standard Time on September 8, 2015 in order to be considered for this position. Candidates selected for further consideration may be asked to submit additional materials. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
Contact for More Information:Amy Wassmund,
Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities


The Individual Outreach Manager plays a critical role in helping the Foundation team achieve its annual and long-term fundraising goals. This position is responsible for developing strategies and implementing innovative fundraising initiatives to build the individual donor base focusing on new markets, based on testing, research and analysis. This position is responsible for leading donor-centered communications efforts, informing donors of their impact, and strengthening the culture of philanthropy at the Minnesota Zoo. This position serves as a liaison to other departments, such as marketing and membership. The position reports to the Director of Major Gifts.

Primary responsibilities include:
• Research, plan and conduct fundraising initiatives designed to acquire individual donors. This includes planning and implementing Give to the Max Day activities, an annual Member campaign, crowd funding projects, online giving campaigns, direct mail acquisition and the holiday giving program.
• Analyze fundraising results of these initiatives for reporting and data-driven future planning.
• Support direct mail efforts with a communications plan that integrates messaging through alternative media.
• Conduct data analysis and mining to identify potential new donors.
• Responsible for setting annual goals for expenses and revenues.
• Lead efforts to develop and implement a donor communications plan and represent the Foundation on the marketing communications team.
• Produce communications to donors, including a quarterly donor newsletter and videos.
• Lead Thank Bank efforts (donor stewardship).
• Manage website and social media content for the Foundation. Ensure content is relevant and current for all Foundation areas.
• Plan special events for donors in conjunction with the Special Events Manager.
• Recruit and manage interns and volunteers.
• Assist at donor and other Zoo and Foundation events.
• Additional responsibilities may be assigned based on the changing needs of the organization and the successful candidate’s interests, aptitude, and experience.

• A Bachelor’s degree with at least four years of experience in development, nonprofit marketing or related field.
• A proven record of success in non-profit fundraising.
• Passion for the Minnesota Zoo’s mission.
• Knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and preferably conservation issues.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills.
• Attention to detail, including excellent proofreading skills.
• Knowledge and experience of online giving tools. Graphic design experience is a plus.
• Clear vision, strong organizational skills and ability to meet multiple deadlines.
• Problem solving and decision-making capability.
• Demonstrated aptitude for understanding and utilizing sophisticated databases to make data- driven decisions. (Tessitura experience highly preferred).
• Ability to work cooperatively with Foundation colleagues, Zoo staff, and volunteers.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with funders.
• Ability to interact appropriately with donors and the general public via email, over the phone, and in person.
• Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal supervision.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
• Flexibility to work evening and weekend events and programs when needed (approximately 6-12 times per year, with advance notice).
• High degree of integrity, ethical decision making, and sound business judgment; able to honor confidentiality.

This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary. Benefits include a comprehensive package, including a 401(k) with employer contribution, paid vacation, paid holidays, and paid sick leave.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to or by mail to the address below. No calls, please.

Anne Weber-Smith
Director of Major Gifts
Minnesota Zoo Foundation
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124