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Competitive Wages and Benefits

The Zoo offers competitive hourly wages, free employee parking and an ideal working environment. Positions start at $13.50 per hour. Many weekday positions start at $15, based on availability, experience or the ability to serve alcohol. Flexible weekdays and weekends are available for those 15 (work permit required at time of hire) and older.

Interested in Food Service?

The Zoo is hosting an evening of open food service interviews on Monday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The interviews will take place in Cafe Kudu, located in The Living World building at the Zoo's North Entrance. For these positions, applicants should be at least 18 years of age and have immediate weekday availability. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply in advance.

Open Positions

The Saint Louis Zoo offers a range of employment opportunities.

See Current Opportunities

Due to the number of applications we receive for employment, we are unable to individually check the status of applications. To receive updates on your application process please be sure to add the email to your contacts to ensure you receive system update emails.

Why the Zoo?

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  • Current Opportunities

    Whether it’s your first job ever or you’re seeking an opportunity as a retirement job, we have opportunities for you.

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  • Volunteer

    Whether you have just a few hours each month to spare, or are looking for a new avenue in life, there is a home for you at the Zoo.

  • Internships

    Internships are opportunities to learn about zoological operations while obtaining valuable, hands-on work experience.


Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the volume of applications, phone calls to Human Resources are discouraged as we are unable to check on application statuses. Thank you for your understanding.

To apply for a full time, part time or seasonal position: Apply Here

To inquire about our numerous volunteer positions: Click Here

To apply for a internship or externship: Click Here

Residents of the Saint Louis Zoo-Museum Subdistrict are given preference.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old to apply.

Ride MetroLink to Forest Park/DeBaliviere station, then take MetroBus route #90 Hampton south (or Forest Park Trolley). The bus and Trolley both stop within a short walking distance of the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive.

On Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 9am to 5pm
The #90 Hampton will reroute around Forest Park. Service in Forest Park will be provided by the #3 Forest Park Trolley only. For detailed Metro transit schedules, pricing and to purchase tickets, visit the Metro web site.

The #90 Hampton MetroBus stops within a short walking distance from the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive.

On Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 9am to 5pm
The #90 Hampton MetroBus will reroute around Forest Park. Service in Forest Park will only be provided by the #3 Forest Park Trolley. See Metro website for more details.

The Saint Louis Zoo is an equal opportunity employer.

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Zoo will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Zoo does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Zoo will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Any employees with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination in the workplace are encouraged to bring these issues to the attention of their immediate supervisor or the Director of Human Resources. Employees can raise concerns and make reports without fear of reprisal. Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Information about Transparency in Coverage from Cigna, the Zoo's employee insurance company:

This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.

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