Director Museum Or Zoo Job Description Sample
Organization: Bullock Texas State History Museum
Posted by Araceli Ripper
- Feb 16, 2018
Posted in Nonprofit Job
Address: 201 E 14th Street, Suite 950, Austin, TX, 78701
Start Date: Feb 16, 2018
Application Due Date: Feb 16, 2018
Job Type: Full Time
Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Posting Dates: February 16, 2018 - until closed
Hiring Rate: $9,584 - $11,000 / monthly
The State Preservation Board (SPB) was established for the purpose of preserving, maintaining, and
restoring the State Capitol and the 1857 General Land Office, which houses the Capitol Visitors
Center. Since that time, the agency has expanded its operations to include: maintenance of the
Governor's Mansion, operating the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Texas State Cemetery.
The SPB provides educational programs centered on Texas history, government, and culture for the
benefit of the citizens of Texas and its visitors.
A proud part of the SPB, the Bullock Texas State History Museum (TSHM) is a dynamic, non-collecting
educational institution focused on engaging visitors through a variety of exhibitions, films, and
programs focused on Texas history and culture. The TSHM is accredited by the American Alliance of
Museums and features three floors of galleries, two temporary exhibition spaces, two theaters, an
indoor/outdoor Cafe, and a Museum Store. Adult, family, and teacher programming are offered
throughout the year.
The recently renovated IMAX® Theatre has the latest laser projection system and the largest screen
in Texas, daily showing both documentaries and feature films. The Texas Spirit Theater offers a
multi-sensory experience with films and a dynamic schedule of programs, concerts, and events. The
Museum also has multifunctional spaces available for event rentals. For more information, visit
The TSHM Director is a member of the SPB senior management team and reports to the Agency's
Executive Director with additional oversight from the Agency's Deputy Director. The Museum Director
is a senior-level leader and manager who provides vision, direction and guidance, and professional
expertise in museum operations and programs, including: strategic planning, budget, administration,
exhibit selection and scheduling, educational and outreach programs, membership development,
visitor services, theater, special events, marketing, and web and digital media. Supports the
fundraising and development work of the Texas State History Museum Foundation's staff and Board of
Trustees. Collaboratively develops, communicates, and directs the implementation of a unified
strategic organizational vision. The TSHM Director is accountable for maintaining the financial
integrity of the Museum; ensuring strategic goal attainment and revenue growth while operating
within budget. Responsible for the Museum culture and work environment and human resources
strategies. Sets and communicates clear vision and performance expectations and standards for the
TSHM division of the SPB. Continually evaluates all TSHM programs determining progress in meeting
revenue, educational and visitor services goals, including complete customer satisfaction.
Establishes and maintains excellent relationships with all museum and agency stakeholders.
Demonstrates sound independent judgment and a high degree of initiative.
- Work hours are based on the Agency's 360 day-per-year schedule and may include weekends, evenings
and/or holidays, including on short notice.
Essential Job Duties: For purposes of this agency's job descriptions, "essential job duties" are
defined as assigned tasks that are critical or fundamental to the position and not marginal. If an
individual is qualified to perform the essential job duties, he or she must be able to perform the
essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Serves as the face of the Museum, embodying its mission, leading, directing, and guiding
Museum staff in: administration, daily operations, program planning, evaluation, and deliverables.
Champions the visitor experience and public engagement by encouraging initiatives that inspire,
engage, and educate onsite and virtual visitors.
- Establishes and communicates the vision and short to long-range strategic plans to maximize
resources and achieve institutional goals. Develops and implements effective institutional goals
for growth of the Museum. Identifies and communicates milestones against which steady and
consistent progress may be measured.
- Continuously works to increase earned income and achieve measurable revenue outcomes for the
Museum. Directs staff through execution of approved plans that guide performance planning and
management to increase membership, attendance, and revenue and raise the profile of the museum as
the state's history museum.
- The TSHM Director is accountable for the Museum's budget including: approving museum
departmental budgets, budget maintenance, and providing annual budget recommendations to the
Agency's Executive Director or his designee. Prepares complex business and revenue forecasts and
ensures that the Agency's Executive Director is informed of all Museum financial issues. Provides
substantive input in the preparation of financial statements, the annual audit and to other
financial matters. Operates the Museum within budget, adjusting and modifying expenses as necessary
while maintaining efficiency and effectiveness.
- Works closely with the TSHM Foundation and Board to achieve fundraising goals; supports
development efforts; cultivates and maintains relationships with donors, community and statewide partners.
Functions as part of the larger SPB organization with a shared vision and common direction. Cultivates close working relationships with the Agency's Executive Director and Senior Management Team, engaging with them on museum projects, development, and overall efforts to achieve agency and museum goals and plans.
Actively participates in the Agency's strategic planning process and ensures that TSHM meets
- Collaborates with agency division directors and staff, including Administration, Facilities,
Finance, IT, Curatorial/Capitol Visitor Services, Retail, and the Texas State Cemetery.
- Maintains knowledge of developments and trends in the museum field to share with staff and
implement best practices. Maintains the museum's accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
- Directs the Museum's human resources management strategies including: talent acquisition and
development, and performance management. Develops a productive, empowering, creative and
collaborative culture and work environment that aids in good employee relations and retention.
Clearly communicates departmental performance expectations; evaluates performance. Adheres to all
SPB Human Resources Policies.
Oversees and maintains the Museum's business continuity plan.
Works closely with the Director of Facilities and staff to prioritize and schedule large
- Ensures the highest ethical standards and legal compliance in all Museum operations, holding
staff accountable to conduct business with integrity and common sense while meeting all government
and industry rules, regulations, and mandates.
- Displays effective interpersonal communications and presentation skills in routine
communications and in all public speaking engagements. This position is required to be available,
including on short notice, during all Legislative Sessions to give legislative testimony.
Represents the Museum in many external activities to advance and raise the profile of the
- Responds to employee, visitor, and stakeholder concerns, achieving a timely and effective
- Ensures that the Executive Director and the Senior Management Team are informed of all
significant TSHM developments.
- Directs and oversees safe and secure workplace and business practices. Complies with all
applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards. Continuously assesses safety conditions to
ensure individual and workplace safety. Effectively manages TSHM risk assessments.
Adheres to all agency policies and procedures.
Regular attendance is an essential job duty for all SPB positions. Must be available to work
after regular business hours, including weekends and evenings when needed.
Performs all duties in a manner that promotes public confidence in the SPB and its staff.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate for this position will be a creative, dynamic, and
collaborative team player with an inclusive leadership style who has Bachelor's and Master's
degrees in History, Museum Science, Public Administration or other relevant discipline.
Additional experience may be substituted for Master's Degree. At least ten (10) years of
progressively responsible senior leadership experience that includes advanced financial and human
resources management responsibilities in a museum, cultural or educational institution, non-profit,
or other relevant industry. A proven track record managing: business development, strategic and
long-range planning, complex budget management, revenue and expense analysis, brand management,
marketing and media relations, community relations and membership development. We seek a person of
high intellectual and ethical rigor who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, is politically
savvy and diplomatic, and experienced in navigating complex situations. Demonstrated success
managing and working with key internal and external stakeholders.
Foundation and development experience including direct fundraising experience and working knowledge
of grant-writing and grants research. Demonstrated success in marketing to and engaging with
culturally diverse audiences and partners. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills that
includes public speaking. Working knowledge of current museum ethics, best practices and
procedures, and changing museum technologies and trends. All applicants are required to be
proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite products, including databases and spreadsheet
applications in a Windows environment.
The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced history
museum leader. Will possess ten (10) years of foundation and/or development experience. Extensive
grant-writing or grants research experience and proven success in increasing membership,
attendance, and revenue growth for an established museum. The ideal candidate must have a true
passion for Texas and its history and in telling the unique story of the proud Lone Star state. The
preferred background will also include executive level work in a state agency administering
historic sites or museums. Additional certification in museum management and recent publication
within the museum industry.
For an application and additional information: See:
http://www.tspb.texas.gov/spb/employ/employ.html or call: (512) 463-5495. All resumes must be
accompanied by a fully completed state application.
Compensation package includes excellent benefits: medical, dental, vision and other insurances, a
defined benefit pension and 401K retirement plans.
State Job Title: Director IV Classification: 1623 Salary
VETERANS: Military Occupational Specialty Codes (MOS):
Army: 00B General Officer; Navy 641X LDO-Administration; Coast Guard 01 General Command and Staff;
Marines 8003 General Officer; Air Force 90GO General Officer, 97EO Executive Officer
Veterans with other related MOS or additional duties pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply. Use your military skills to qualify for this position or other jobs. Go to www.texasskillstowork.com to translate your military work experience and training into civilian job terms, qualifications and skill sets.
All applications must be received by the SPB by the close of business on the final day posted for consideration. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The State Preservation Board is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants without regard to national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or Veteran status. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAA), if you require reasonable accommodation in the interview and selection process, please call the agency's ADA Coordinator at (512) 475-4992.
At the time of hire, selected applicants must show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. All males who are age 18 through 25 are required to register with the
Selective Service and may be asked to present proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire.
The State Preservation Board uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
To Apply: Submit a fully completed State of Texas application to the SPB by:Email:
TSPB.firstname.lastname@example.orgFax: (512) 463-3372Mail: 201 E. 14th Street, Suite 950, Austin, TX, 78701For an application and additional information: See: http://www.tspb.texas.gov/spb/employ/employ.htmlor call: (512) 463-5495. All resumes must be accompanied by a fully completed state application.
Summer Zoo Camp Director
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all position in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Plan and lead daily activities for summer camps.
Ensure a fun, educational and safe environment for children.
Develop and create hands-on activities, games and crafts.
Supervise, mentor and guide camp staff through positive leadership. Responds to visitor questions and educates visitors about the care and handling of animals.
Care for and handles wild/exotic animals.
Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Others duties as assigned.
Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training. Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
At least 21 years of age.
One years experience with a camp program for children or young adults.
One year experience in supervising groups, staff or volunteers. 4
Knowledge of animals, zoos, wildlife conservation, zoology biology or other natural sciences.
Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation.
Possession of a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).
Additional Posting Information
This posting may be closed on or before 3/15/18 upon filling the vacant position(s).
Conditions of Hire
Applicants must provide proof of negative Tuberculosis test within the last 12 months before start date.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.
Criminal background check: A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire. The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.
The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the "My Applications" tab at www.delawarestatejobs.com.
Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
To provide leadership and direction for the museum in a manner consistent with the University mission. Reports to Dean, College of the Arts.
Examples of Duties:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
Develop and implement strategic planning for museum collections development and exhibits scheduling; design and execute marketing plan to expand constituency.
Plan and collaborate with staff, university personnel, national and international colleagues, and donors on acquisitions development, the preservation and care of collections, and the education of the public and university community on the history of fashion and art.
Write grant proposals, coordinate fund-raising events.
Provide leadership of a small department, unit, or major function and/or direct supervision over administrative/professional employees.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:
Supervise a staff of five including the museum curator, collections manager and registrar, exhibition designer and preparator, the head of security and visitor services and an administrative assistant
Master's degree in dress/costume related area or other relevant field; seven years of experience in museum administration.
Personal computer applications; budgeting; strategic planning
Written and interpersonal communication
Provide leadership and direction
Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:
Both curatorial experience and conservation training are required as is evidence of grants received and leadership in fund-raising, donor cultivation and working with volunteers. A terminal degree in a costume related area is preferred.
Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments
Working Conditions / Physical
Light work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.
Review of applications begins March 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials received by March 15, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration.
Submit application electronically at www.kent.edu/jobs. Include cover letter, vita and the names of five (5) references along with contact information. Please include any relevant links to portfolio or current work in your cover letter.
Must pass a security check.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
For official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr.
Kent State University will become a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use will not be permitted on any of Kent State's campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-freehttp://www.kent.edu/smoke-free>. Disclaimer:
The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.
Museum Director - History
The City of El Paso is recruiting nationally for an experienced, hands-on, and high-energy Museum of History Director to plan and implement exceptional exhibitions, educational experiences, and public programs. The Director oversees a budget of approximately $1 million dollars with a dedicated, creative staff of 12 full-time employees. Reporting to the Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the next Director will assist the advisory board in developing and implementing plans for American Alliance of Museums accreditation.
Candidate must have a Master's degree in public history, history, American studies or related field and six (6) years of museum exhibit development or design, or curatorial experience or museum education experience, which includes four (4) years of supervisory experience.
Licenses and Certificates: Texas Class "C" Driver's License or equivalent from another state.
Under administrative direction, develop through acquisition and fundraising, provide leadership through specialized knowledge, develop policy, acquire funding, plan, organize and direct activities through staff for assigned area. Oversee professional practices such as acquisitions, deaccessioning, preservation, exhibition, interpretation, and presentation.
Plan, develop, organize and direct Museum programs and activities for museum visitors and facility users. Involves: Establish policies and methods to acquire, remove, display, conserve and safeguard permanent and loaned artifacts.
Present local and traveling exhibitions. Formulate short and long-range strategic plans, goals, priorities and standards. Research and propose major initiatives to sustain and enhance appreciation of local cultural heritage. Liaison with local, regional and national historical preservation groups, community groups, organizations-with an emphasis on volunteer advisory and foundation boards and city departments to promote museum activities and programs, recruit volunteers and donors or to coordinate facility improvement or capital improvement programs.
Plan, research, design and execute new, temporary and permanent exhibits. Involves: Oversee contracts for permanent exhibit planning, design, fabrication, and traveling exhibits.
Accept art work and artifacts on behalf of the City. Assist advisory board in developing and implementing plans for American Association of Museum (AAM) accreditation.
Plan and direct or engage in fundraising solicitations, artwork acquisition negotiations, oversee media relations and marketing of museum programs and services to general public. Involves: Oversee research, prepare and submit grant and endowment proposals.
Oversee the timely preparation of documents, applications and reports for governmental and foundation grants and gifts. Network with other museums, galleries and collectors to arrange for authentication, exchanges, loans, donations and purchase of artifacts. Oversee, write or edit treatises, journal articles, collection catalogs, program brochures, press releases, advertising copy and correspondence. Represent City museum at professional conventions to participate in or conduct seminars and community social events.
Prepare strategic long and short-term plans, goals and objectives. Involves: Prepare annual budget including budgetary projections for personnel resources, facilities, equipment, materials and supplies necessary to meet long and short term plans and goals.
Monitor and approve expenditures within budgetary constraints for operating and capital budgets. Research, prepare, submit and administer grants and other outside funding sources. Prepare and submit regular reports for grant requirements. Inspect buildings and facilities to ensure museums are properly maintained, secured and environmentally controlled to protect the artifacts and exhibits.
Supervise professional, clerical, security and volunteer staff. Involves: Schedule, assign, and review operational and procedural activities.
Prioritize and coordinate Museum activities. Instruct, guide and check work. Appraise employee performance.
Provide training and development. Enforce personnel rules, regulations, and work standards. Counsel, motivate and maintain harmony. As appointing authority, interview applicants and hire, terminate, transfer, discipline, assign merit pay or other employee status changes.
How to Apply
Candidates are encouraged to call Robert Burg, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900, with questions or to discuss the career opportunity further. Confidential inquiries are welcomed.
Candidates are encouraged to express interest early in the process for optimal consideration. The first review of resumes will take place on April 16, 2018.
This recruitment is considered open until filled. Formal applications may be submitted via email to email@example.com and should include the following:
Compelling cover letter
Salary history; and
Six (6) professional references.
The established salary range for the Museum of History Director is $73,230 to $110,000 per year including an excellent benefits package. Placement within the range is based on qualifications and experience.
Ralph Andersen & Associates will conduct preliminary interviews as applications are received. Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.
The selection process may also involve a supplemental questionnaire. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.
Please visit Ralph Andersen & Associates website at http://www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/museum-history-director-el-paso-tx/
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This recruitment will incorporate existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. Information presented to the City of El Paso for consideration may be made available to the public, in accordance with public disclosure/open records laws.
Associate Director Of Museum Education
The Associate Director of Museum Education is responsible for all aspects of implementation of the museum's educational programs and will work in conjunction with the Deputy Director on designing and planning programs for all of the museum's audience. The position monitors budgets, facilitates contracts with artists and presenters, and ensures that museum education programs address multiple audiences in a way that respects visitors and content. Serves as point of contact for internal departments, liaising with business office, visitor experience, marketing, events manager, curatorial, and development.
PLEASE NOTE: THE MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM IS RECRUITING FOR ONE LEADERSHIP POSITION, AN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM EDUCATION OR A MORE EXPERIENCED DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM EDUCATION.
PLEASE SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE POSITION FOR WHICH YOUR QUALIFICATIONS BEST APPLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE DIRECTOR OF MUSEUM EDUCATION ,PLEASE APPLY TO REQ# 03019654 DIRECT LINK: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=77327
Flexible work schedule; requires on-site oversight of key events and programs.
Restricted vacation during peak periods. Work occasional overtime, varied lunch hours, evenings/nights, weekends and holidays as needed, occasionally on short-notice to meet operational needs.
Position requires periodic travel to attend programs and industry conferences.
UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.
Background Check Required:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
A minimum of three years of progressive experience in the museum education field, with relevant experience in education/interpretation, public programming, and visitor engagement.
Track record of implementing educational programs in an art museum or other arts-based organization.
Experience managing project and program budgets.
Experience in the preparation and management of performance and lecture contracts.
Writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies/procedures, informational documents, position descriptions, training manuals, and performance evaluations.
Experience working with diverse audiences including students.
Experience operating custom computerized systems for report development, creation of spreadsheets, and correspondence. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook in a Windows environment.
Experience using interpersonal, communication, collaborative, negotiating and team-building skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, vendors, volunteers and university officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.
Experience working in a dynamic environment with constantly changing priorities while maintaining a high level of productivity.
Demonstrated problem solving and collaboration skills.
Facility with and interest in application of multiple interpretive formats, including new technologies.
Organizational and time management skills to manage multiple independent tasks, while meeting required timelines with a high degree of accuracy and quality.
Experience in establishing and maintaining complete filing systems (both electronic and paper) for prompt retrieval of information, and maintaining security of confidential information.
Zoo Manager - Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
This position is open until filled however applications received on or before February 20, 2018 will be given first consideration.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) is a 16-acre amusement park and Association of Zoo's & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo located in San José, California. HHPZ is open year-round catering to families with children. It operates eight amusement park rides, showcases various endangered species, and operates one of the oldest classic puppet theaters in California, as well as offering many other playgrounds and attractions emphasizing play and imagination in a natural conservation setting. Happy Hollow combines innovative green architecture with whimsical play elements and is the first zoo to receive the US Green Building Council's LEED Certification at Gold Level. For more information about Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, please visit our website at: www.hhpz.org.
The Zoo Manager plans, directs, coordinates, and supervises Happy Hollow zoo
operations, programs, maintenance and construction activities; which includes the oversight and maintenance of the health and safety of the animal collection, consisting of approximately 160 animals of 60 different species in over 20 exhibits and facilities.
The Zoo Manager plays a critical role in developing the future strategic plan through the planning of next exhibits, facility improvements and acquisition and management of animals as it relates to the mission of Happy Hollow. The Zoo Manager supervises, trains, and evaluates senior zoo staff, including the Zoo Curator, Education Manager and Senior Zoo Keepers as well as collaborates closely with the Parks Facilities Supervisor and the Public Information Representative, under the guidance of the Happy Hollow Park Manager.
The desired candidate is a proven leader in zoo management and will be a key champion for the goals and objective of the zoo, cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with stakeholders, agencies and partner organizations. We are seeking someone with a strong background in animal husbandry and a comprehensive safety background, who can create and promote a work environment and culture that reflects Happy Hollow's values and continually reviews and reinforces the mission and vision of Happy Hollow. The ideal candidate will accomplish this by mentoring, managing and providing inspired, forward-thinking leadership to zoo staff.
NOTE: This position is currently budgeted through April, 2018. The current Zoo Manager is expected to retire in April, 2018. We are seeking to hire an energetic and enthusiastic candidate to train with our current Zoo Manager for before fully taking on the position when it becomes available.
Typical duties of the Zoo Manager include, but are not limited to the following:
Directs and coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities of the zoo, including husbandry, veterinary services, conservation, education, maintenance and capital programs.
Provides leadership in conservation and education with a focus on visitor experience.
Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, and priorities of the zoo.
Identifies resource needs, and recommends and implements policies and procedures to maintain AZA accreditation and to maintain all regulatory requirements.
Participates in the development and administration of the zoo budget.
Establishes policy and procedures for maintenance of animal records, transport, and health programs; including animal handling, capture, restraint, testing, and medication administration.
Directs zoo maintenance, improvements and repairs using staff, vendors, and volunteers.
Establishes and maintains relationships with employees at all levels of the organization, the general public, outside agencies, companies and other levels of government.
Works collaboratively with Happy Hollow Foundation to address animal improvement projects, partnerships and plans and develops fundraising events.
Regularly evaluates and facilitates improved operations in assigned areas to ensure the effective and efficient support of the institution's strategic plan and annual operating budget.
Plans and coordinates animal acquisition, disposition, and exhibit construction and renovation.
Cultivates and maintains effective relationships with non-profit partners, regulatory agencies and partner organizations and agencies.
Provides regularly scheduled reports on health and changes in the zoo collection.
Attends presentations, meetings, and seminars to stay abreast of trends and zoological practices.
NOTE: This position will be required to work weekends, evenings, and holidays, during all climactic conditions as assigned.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.
Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology or a related field.
Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising an institution or facility responsible for the care of zoo animals and public exhibits of diverse and exotic animals, including two (2) years of experience at the level of Zoo Curator.
Acceptable Substitutions: Completion of two (2) years of course work from an accredited college or university and five (5) years increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising the care of zoo animals. There is NO substitution for the required Zoo Curator experience.
Licenses: Valid California Driver's License may be required.
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application. State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last year.
Background Check: Candidates will be required to undergo a background check, including a criminal history records check, before being considered for a position.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
- Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. Demonstrated skills and experience with the following:
Organization, staffing, and operational activities of a zoo, including husbandry, veterinary services, conservation, education, maintenance and capital programs.
Leadership in conservation and education with a focus on visitor experience.
Cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with non-profit partners, regulatory agencies and partner organizations and agencies.
- Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.
Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally, and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
- Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.
- Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements.
- Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.
- Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.
Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.
Please describe your experience with animal care and husbandry, including nutrition, veterinary care, breeding, animal handling and training, safety standards, and regulatory requirements for a variety of exotic and domestic animals.
Please describe your experience in managing and supervising staff in the field of zoo operations and facility maintenance. Identify the number of staff supervised at each facility, their classifications and length of time supervised. In addition, please describe the various supervising methods you have used while managing staff.
Please describe your experience developing budgets, monitoring program expenditures, analyzing expenditure and activity data, in the field of zoo operations or closely related field. Please include the budget amount, your role and responsibilities.
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Shannon Heimer at: Shannon.Heimer@sanjoseca.gov or at (408) 794-6519.
This position will remain open until filled and applications are reviewed continuously. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible as the recruitment may close at any time. The first review of applications will be February 20, 2018. Please submit your application by 5:00 PM on February 20, 2018 if you would like your application to be included in the first review.
Cosley Zoo Education Intern
Deadline: Open until filled
Responsible for the presentation of informal programs offered to Cosley Zoo visitors. This is an unpaid internship requiring a minimum of 20 hours per week over a twelve week period.
Shifts must be completed in four-hour increments. Hours and days are assigned on a first come-first served basis. The schedule will include at least one weekend day.
Education Internship Sessions Available:
- March-May (application deadline January 31)
- June-August (application deadline March 15)
- September-November (application deadline July 31)
Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed a minimum of one year of coursework at an institution of higher learning with an interest in conservation and education. Animal handling experience preferred but not required. Must have excellent oral communication skills.
1.Prepare and present interpretative programs to zoo visitors.
2.Handle appropriate animals for programs.
3.Prepare oral and written reports as requested by supervisor.
4.Interact with the public offering education, information, assistance, or control when necessary.
5.Follow and implement Cosley Zoo and Wheaton Park District policies and guidelines.
6.Must assist with the development and facilitation of a minimum of two special events outside of scheduled hours.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
1.Assist with the facilitation of rentals.
2.Assist with the development of educational programming.
3.Performs duties as assigned.
4.Attend staff meetings or other special meetings if applicable.
Must enjoy interacting with children. Must be able to effectively provide for persons with special needs.
Must be comfortable speaking to groups of various ages. Must be able to resolve issues which may arise with staff and general public. May feel stress dealing with large numbers of people in a busy environment.
Moderate walking; frequent standing or climbing stairs. Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds up to 30 yards.
Must be comfortable working around domestic animals and captive wildlife. Will be exposed to odors and items associated with animals, including hay, animal hair, feces, and chemicals. May be exposed to all types of weather conditions.
Cognitive and Safety Considerations
Must exhibit good problem solving abilities, be flexible, organized and creative. Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job while showing good judgment and safety awareness.
This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements and effects of working conditions associated with the position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, management reserves the right to revise the position when circumstances change; e.g., emergencies, rush jobs, changes in personnel, workload, technological developments, etc.
Wheaton Park District is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V
Onestar: Dallas Zoo Youth Volunteer Program Vista
Do you love animals? Is conservation important to you?
At the Dallas Zoo, you can contribute to our conservation mission while introducing low-income students to service learning and environmental issues. Our nonprofit zoo, the largest in Texas and home to more than 2,000 animals, is supported by an Education Department which aims to inspire care for wildlife and wild places. We actively involve participants via live animal experiences, project-based learning, and programs that are interactive, science-based and conservation-oriented.
The Zoo aims to develop and sustain relationships with our participants so that they are engaged and empowered to act on behalf of wildlife conservation. The Zoo's Education Department also helps youth experience the rewards and responsibilities of volunteering through our 28-year-old youth volunteer program. Youth volunteers discover real-world applications of science and math and learn about the natural world, becoming empowered to incorporate conservation practices into their daily lives.
Through serving and interacting with a diverse group of peers and Zoo visitors, they also gain job-ready skills and develop self-esteem and self-confidence. Because many residents in the Zoo's own zip code struggle to make ends meet, we work hard to keep a Zoo experience affordable and accessible. Many visiting students come from nearby Title I schools, classified as having a high percentage of low-income students. Sparking interest in science and math in these children is crucial: not only are those disciplines important to their school careers and college readiness, but they're tied to higher-income jobs projected to be more stable in the future.
Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended . Service Areas :
Children/Youth , Community Outreach , Education . Skills :
Education , Teaching/Tutoring , Conservation background , Environment , Community Organization , Youth Development , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Recruitment , Leadership.
Zoo Exhibit Interpretation Intern
Butterfly Pavilion is looking for an individual with an interest in interpretation of environmental sciences and animals and plant ecology, superior customer service skills and a love of educating visitors about the natural world. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in environmental education, interpretation, and museum studies.
Butterfly Pavilion combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about invertebrates and conservation. Invertebrates- animals without backbones, make up 97% of all animal species on the planet! Our zoo is designed to showcase the diversity of these small wonders, their habitats, and the big role they play in ensuring the health of our environment. Five immersive exhibits, including a tropical rainforest filled with 1600 free-flying butterflies, provide visitors of all ages with an unforgettable experience. We are the zoo of small wonders and BIG experiences!
Mission: Butterfly Pavilion's mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates while educating the public about the importance of conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.
Interacting with guests as they explore Butterfly Pavilion's Exhibits
Facilitating play-based learning and providing educational information to guests of all ages.
Utilizing live animals to demonstrate science-based concepts to guests.
Assisting in daily public programming.
Creating meaningful interaction between the exhibit and guests for a deeper and more thoughtful experience and to make connections between exhibit topic, conservation and daily life.
Collaborating with Education and Exhibits Department to develop and implement new curricula or programs.
Pursuing or holding a degree in education, environmental sciences, biology or related fields
Comfortable interacting with guests of all ages enjoyment, enthusiasm, patience, sense of fun
Interest in invertebrates, conservation, and environmental education
Willingness to handle animals (all training provided onsite)
Criminal background check
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: Interpretation Coordinator
Duration of Internship: Interns must complete 300 hours, typically aligned with school trimesters
Hours per week: 2-3 days per week/16-24 hours per week
- Spring Term
- November 1st, 2017
- Summer Term
- April 1st, 2018
- Fall Term
- July 1st, 2018
Stipend: Unpaid; school credit can be earned for this internship in most cases
Under the direct supervision of the Visitor Services Coordinator, this position plans, develops, conducts, and evaluates all aspects of the Zoo's educational services, including school programs, teacher workshops, scout programs, special events, family programs, overnights, exhibit tours and keeper chats; handles education animals including a variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds and small mammals; and plans, develops, supervises and evaluates the Zoo's adult and junior volunteer program. This position will be required to work shifts including evenings, weekends, holidays, and during inclement weather. This position is considered weather essential personnel.
Plans, schedules and conducts education programs.
Develops, supervises, schedules, and trains volunteers and volunteer program.
Writes and evaluates school program curricula.
Designs, develops, and utilizes on site educational graphics and displays.
Conducts program activities including classroom visits, Zoo tours, and teacher workshops.
Assists with planning and coordinating special events.
Teaches and conducts both on and off-site educational programs and services.
Assists with planning, developing, and distributing the zoo newsletter and media alerts.
Develops and conducts full and half day seasonal camps.
Assists with coordinating, expanding, and updating volunteer program, database, manuals, and policies.
Facilitates tours and learning experiences for volunteers.
Maintains Zoo's social media account(s).
Updates Zoo website.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Requires a Bachelor's degree in education, biology or a related field and two years of experience in teaching/coordinating youth programs/services or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in a zoological setting desirable. Valid Texas Driver's License required.
Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is required to exert 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Must be able to see, hear, speak, sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, bend, twist, climb, balance, lift, push, pull, carry, grasp and finger items, perform repetitive motions and otherwise move objects. Must be able to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
Work or volunteer experience working with children preferred.
Must have excellent communication and customer service skills.
Knowledge of animal biology and behavior.
Experiences working directly with animals preferred.
Should be proficient with Microsoft Office and Outlook. Previous experience in developing newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, website and social media desirable.
Must be flexible, self-motivated, a team player and able to work with volunteers.
Ability to drive gators, golf carts, pick-up trucks and vans.
Ability to operate a variety of equipment including a two-way radio, computer, telephone, and the like.
Ability to read and write.
Essential Job Functions:
Must be able to see, hear, speak, sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, bend, twist, climb, balance, lift, push, pull, carry, grasp and finger items, perform repetitive motions and otherwise move objects. Must be able to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
This position will be required to work shifts including evenings, weekends, holidays and during inclement weather. This position is considered weather essential personnel.
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