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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Summer Employment Opportunities

Butterfly Student Worker

Job Duties:
Hours of work are 7.5 hrs/day, 3-4 days/week for a total of 22.5-30 hours weekly.  Weekend days off vary.  Expected employment begin date June 8, 2015 and end date September 7, 2015. Hourly wage:  $13.20.

This position is heavily focused on guest services and door duty at the entrance and exit of the Butterfly Garden.  Responsibilities for the Entomologist Student Worker include the care and maintenance of butterflies and moths, caterpillars and pupae that are contained in the butterfly hoop house, interacting with visitors throughout the day, and providing interpretive information about the hoop house exhibit as well as general information about the Zoo. Position is responsible for crowd control, supervising visitor interaction with butterflies to prevent injury, death and escape of butterflies.

Duties to include:

-Controlling guest traffic in and out of the exhibit.
-Maintain USDA APHIS containment guidelines
-Daily maintenance of insect collection and butterfly hoop house
-Interact with Zoo volunteers and guests while supervising the Butterfly Garden
-Provide interpretive information to Zoo volunteers and guests
-Monitor the garden area to prevent damage, butterfly/moth escapees, pest problems, etc.
-Accurate record keeping
-Reply to pertinent correspondence
-Assist with reference work or additional tasks as needed
-Provide daily care of caterpillars
-Inspect butterfly pupa shipments and hang pupa in emersion boxes

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be a full-time college student.  Preferred coursework in biology, entomology, or closely related, but not required. Must be able to perform verbal interpretation to children and adults. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. Must have excellent communication and human relations skills.

Application must include the following in order to be considered:

1) Cover Letter including a paragraph explaining why you are interested in the butterfly student worker position at the Minnesota Zoo
2) Unofficial transcripts
3) Three professional references

Send 1), 2), and 3) completely together by March 21:

Email to with a subject line: Butterfly Student Worker ParaProfessional.

**Job is contingent on a vaild D drivers license and background check**


Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

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