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). For more information please read the State of Minnesota Affirmative Action Plan.

How to Apply

Job Openings

Human Resources Director 3 – Apply by 1/27/2022

Plant Maintenance Engineer –  Apply by 3/30/2022

Stationary Engineer – Apply by 3/30/2022

Electrician Master of Record – Apply by 03/31/2022

Plumber Master In Charge – Apply by 03/31/2022

Custodian – GMW Tue-Sat, 2nd shift

Custodian – GMW Sun-Wed, 1st Shift (4-10’s)

Custodian – GMW Thu-Mon, 1St Shift

Custodian – GMW Fri-Tue, 2nd Shift

Custodian – GMW Sun-Thu, 2nd Shift


Summer Employment Opportunities

None at this time


Minnesota Zoo Foundation Employment Opportunities

None at this time