Employment

Current Positions

Nutrition Center Manager
Director, Development
Assistant, Development
Nutrition Center Technician
School Programs Coordinator
Visitors Services – 2015 Spring/Summer Seasonal Employment

Nutrition Center Manager

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for overseeing the Animal Nutrition Center (ANC) and Eco Garden, including daily operation, management of staff, ensuring food safety and USDA compliance, ordering, and control of inventory.

Essential job functions include:

  • Oversee and assist with preparation and delivery of animal diets
  • Ensure cleanliness and sanitization of the nutrition center
  • Order and maintain appropriate inventory
  • Planning crops for the Eco Garden and organizing harvest
  • Work closely with the Education department in coordinating classes that focus on the Eco Garden
  • Maintain necessary records
  • Supervise ANC technicians and volunteers
  • Perform manual labor to include; cleaning and moving feed bags, meat and fish, hay bales, and shavings
  • Interact with Zoo visitors concerning Zoo operations, education and conservation, including providing tours of the ANC and/or Eco Garden
  • Communicate problems or concerns as it relates to the collection, staff or public to the manager or a member of senior staff
  • Follow established protocols

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Two years previous experience performing food handling and warehouse activities, preferably in a zoo, aquarium, or similar institution
  • High School Degree / GED – College degree preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills as well as good organizational skills
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Understanding and appreciation for BZI’s mission

Physical demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Exposure to wet surfaces during daily cleaning
  • Working in a freezer/cooler for several hours a day
  • exposure to the elements can be expected

Interested candidates should send a resume and salary expectations to HR@BirminghamZoo.com  

Director, Development

Job Summary:

This position is responsible for coordinating fundraising efforts for capital support (including grant writing) for donations under $10,000 and operational support.  These efforts include cultivating current, former and prospective donors; securing increased giving from annual donors; seeking new sources for gifts and paid sponsorships; and providing timely reports and stewardship.

Essential job functions include:

  1. Coordinates and executes methods to raise funds to support annual operation and capital projects from individuals, foundations, industry and other private sources with a focus on gifts under $10,000 from donors/members.
  2. Cultivates and maintains close contacts with past and potential donors; develops and implements donor recognition programs (Corporate Partner Program).
  3. Works closely with the Vice President, Advancement, the development committee, the Junior Board and other specified volunteers to identify and approach funding sources.
  4. Collaborates with other BZI staff (such as the Education Department and Marketing staff) on fundraising strategies.
  5. Conducts prospect research, creates/updates profiles, prepares briefing materials, and assists administrators and volunteers with strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
  6. Provides analytical data to assist in the success of fundraising activities.
  7. Assists with planning and scheduling of all grant proposals, including deadlines and criteria.  Generates foundation and corporate proposals.
  8. Oversees the annual ZooGala sponsorships ($350,000), solicitations and other revenues working with other Zoo staff and volunteers.
  9. Coordinates implementation of fundraising strategies for the public phase of Front Entrance ($800,000).
  10. Develops direct mail and Public Phase Direct Mail for Capital Campaign; coordinates annual reports.
  11. Trains staff on handling of all gifts, acknowledgements, reports, and invoicing.
  12. Works with special events manager to identify, plan and track stewardship and cultivation activities

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5-7 years’ experience in fund raising or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Some experience in database management, fundraising or equivalent combination of education/experience. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral.  Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines.
  • Passionate about the BZI mission and direction.
  • The capacity to project the unique aims and values of the institution to donors and prospective donors. Active participation in civic organizations preferred.

Interested candidates email resume and salary expectations to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

Assistant, Development

Job Summary:

Responsibilities include maintaining and updating development records, gift acknowledgements, mailings and monthly reports in Raiser’s Edge and clerical tasks and duties as assigned. This person will update information to expedite monthly reconciliation with the Finance Office, and organize the data to support monthly and annual reports.  In addition to filing, this individual will handle internal communications for tours and donor events, as well as track all sponsorship benefits and fulfillment.

Essential job functions include:

  1. Manages donor database, maintaining accuracy of all records; keeps records and files current.
  2. Processes gifts, including entering all donations, coordinating with the Business Office, and providing daily lists to the Director, Development.
  3. Manages gift and pledge acknowledgement system for all gifts, including thank-you letters/receipts within 48 hours of receipt.
  4. Produces and develops reports as needed, including performance dashboards and data for Zoo annual report.
  5. Helps organize data for annual 990 report and other external evaluators such as Charity Navigator.
  6. Coordinates reporting using donor database.
  7. Develops and manages reporting system for ongoing stewardship activities.
  8. Plan and track stewardship and cultivation activities.
  9. Assists in preparation of briefing materials and strategies for administrators and volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
  10. Generates correspondence related to solicitation and stewardship of donors.
  11. Assists with on-and-off site cultivation events.
  12. Coordinates travel plans and travel program for donors, as needed.
  13. Maintains Development minutes for any committee meetings.
  14. Maintains software and technology support schedules.
  15. Organizes office functionality for files and supplies, etc.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree with some experience in database management, fundraising or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Suite programs to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.  Comfortable with researching data and developing reports.
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple projects accurately while meeting frequent deadlines.
  • Willingness to be a team player.
  • Passionate about the BZI mission and direction as well as the capacity to project the unique aims and values of the institution in the community.

Interested candidates should email resume and salary expectations to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

Nutrition Center Technician

The Birmingham Zoo is accepting applications for a Nutrition Center Technician. This position is responsible for the preparation and delivery of prescribed animal diets and the control of inventory.

DUTIES

• Prepare animal diets as directed
• Deliver diets to the various collection areas
• Clean and maintain the nutrition center according to procedures
• Order and maintain appropriate inventory
• Maintain necessary records
• Perform manual labor to include; cleaning, moving feed bags, hay bales, and shavings
• Interact with Zoo visitors concerning Zoo operations, education and conservation

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@birminghamzoo.com

School Programs Coordinator


Job Summary:

The School Programs Coordinator is part of the dedicated team of Birmingham Zoo education leaders committed to promoting the Zoo’s mission with a unified and consistent education and conservation message.  The School Programs Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the operations of the Zoo’s education programs promote the Zoo mission and run in an efficient manner.  The School Programs Coordinator will manage all education programming relating to formal education institutions (public schools, independent schools and individuals who home school).

Essential job functions include:

  • Continually evaluates and improves existing educational programs and implements new innovative educational programs to advance the mission of the Zoo
  • Collaborates with Education Department staff to develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate curriculum to be used throughout the Zoo
  • Collaborates with representatives from the education community to provide curriculum support for students and teachers in order to increase revenue through school programming.
  • Develops on- and off-site education programs based on state and national standards using current education methodology.
  • Coordinates with other departments to provide resources needed to successfully complete education programs. Works closely with the Volunteer Manager to ensure that volunteers are properly trained and scheduled as it relates to programs.
  • Maintains, monitors, and distributes supplies to support education programs
  • Handles program animals to support education programs
  • Effectively handles customer service concerns.
  • Completes administrative paperwork as needed/directed.
  • Collaborates with Education Department staff to write curricula.
  • Teaches classes and leads other education programs as needed.
  • Works with Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate teen volunteer program
  • Participates in Birmingham Zoo teams and projects. Maintains a working knowledge of current research, models, and philosophies regarding education in schools, museums, zoos, parks and similar organizations.

Minimum qualifications (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • Preferred college degree in related fields.
  • At least two years’ experience in an education field
  • Preferred teaching philosophy aligned with interdisciplinary teaching, outdoor/environmental education, inquiry-based learning, and child development
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with technology

Physical demands:

  • Long periods of standing and walking;
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds;
  • Assignments are mainly outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

Interested candidates should send a resume and salary expectations to HR@BirminghamZoo.com  

Visitors Services – 2015 Spring/Summer Seasonal Employment

Join the Zoo Crew now to begin this spring and summer!  We are currently taking applications for various Visitor Service positions such as ticket sales, amusements, birthday party assistants, etc.  These assignments could last from March to August, 2015.  These positions require excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact with Zoo visitors in order to make their experience memorable and fun.   Working outdoors in the elements is a requirement as well as standing for long periods of time.  Full time and part time hours available, however must be willing to work flexible hours and weekends.  Send resume to HR@BirminghamZoo.com

The Birmingham Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and drug-free facility.