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

Director/President of the Minnesota Zoo

Zoo Director RFP
Zoo Director Job Description


$ 14.37-$ 18.82 hourly

Date Posted:07/27/2015
Closing Date:07/31/2015
Hiring Agency:Minnesota Zoological Garden
Location:Apple Valley, MN
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MZG000048
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Part-time , 45%
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Varies
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:Adm. Support & Hospitality
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:The Minnesota Zoo has three (3) permanent, part-time Customer Service positions in the Guest Services Department. Applicants applying to this job announcement will be considered for all three positions.The position is responsible for cashiering, crowd control, lost and found, switchboard, locker assistance, stroller/wheelchair rental, and membership sales and processing. Candidates will be expected to stand for long periods of time, be able to work in a loud and fast paced environment, be flexible in their work schedule, and have a positive and outgoing personality.

Days of work and hours vary from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm and week to week. Workdays will include some holidays and some evenings.

This position may work from 0-39 hours a week, depending on the needs of the area.

Minimum Qualifications:-Knowledge and skills in basic math AND;
-Ability to communicate in English (speaking, writing, and reading) sufficient
to follow directions given and to be able to respond effectively and efficiently to guest and staff needs and inquiries AND;
-Must have word processing and spreadsheet experience AND;
-Candidates must have excellent customer service skills both in person and over
the telephone

Candidates with cashiering and customer service experience will be considered before those who do not have those experiences.

**Please ensure that your resume contains descriptions of your work experiences
sufficient for comparison against the requirements stated above.

Applicants must have excellent customer service skills, multi-tasking skills, and must have a positive and outgoing personality.

Applicants must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a loud and fast paced environment.

All job offers are contingent upon the results of both a criminal background check and valid driver’s license.

Requires occasionally lifting such articles as boxes 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.Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications include cashiering, customer service experience, and basic computer skills.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.

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 <>.Contact for More Information: Amy Wassmund,


Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time

Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time