For most of the positions, pay starts at the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, said Dustin Deschamp, the zoo's director of human resources.
said about 1,100 people attended Saturday's job fair.
Despite the icy conditions, turnout was consistent with attendance at last year's first job fair.
In recent years, the zoo has held two or more such hiring events, although Deschamp
said no other job fair is scheduled this year.
People interested in part-time work this summer can still apply online.
said the zoo is looking to hire some of its seasonal staff early this year, so workers can be on call to work during those unseasonably warm winter and spring days when attendance soars.
"We feel like we have high standards, and we're not the right place for everybody," Deschamp
warned a packed auditorium of job seekers.
said the zoo conducts criminal-background checks and drug tests and is interested only in candidates who will be worthy ambassadors of the publicly funded attraction.
That means no saggy pants or revealing clothing; no nose rings or pierced tongues.
Tattoos must be concealed, even if that means hiding them behind a bandage, Deschamp
told the crowd dominated by teenagers and applicants in their 20s.
Deren Wade, 44, said many of the young people sitting near him seemed to be turned off by those rules.
"A lot of these guys say they want work, but if you've got to pull up your pants they aren't going to do it," he
Wade, a self-employed landscaper who lives in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood of St. Louis, said he
hopes that will give him an edge over younger applicants.
also said he
isn't picky about what work he's
willing to do.
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