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Administration

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Administration

Central Office Coordinator

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Central Office Coordinator provides support in administrative work involving a high degree of flexibility and action. This position maintains the central communications center for the Zoo and will also serve as the point-of-contact for severe weather monitoring and emergency protocols.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Welcomes visitors by greeting them in person. Routes any questions, concerns and emergencies to appropriate individual or department. Provides general information to zoo guests.
  • Serves as “Base” for the Zoo’s radio communications; monitors radio traffic and follows codes appropriately according to Zoo protocol. Takes action in Zoo emergencies by calling police, EMS, etc. Participates in emergency drills and critiques.
  • Monitors severe weather to ensure safety of Zoo guests and staff. Communicates unsafe weather conditions to executives and/or Manager on Duty.
  • Responsible for accurate record-keeping for Board meetings, Zoo-Wide meetings, Safety meetings, and Master Planning meetings, and distributing minutes as appropriate.
  • Assists with preparation of informational packets for Zoo Board meetings and agendas for other meetings as assigned.
  • Manages CEO calendar and provides assistance to the CEO as assigned. Prepares written correspondence as directed.
  • Monitors and maintains maintenance work order software program. Initiates Maintenance Purchase Orders and provides administrative support as needed.
  • Reviews and approves zoo-wide supply requisitions (Amazon orders, office supplies, cleaning supplies, etc.). Assists in stocking office supply cabinet and maintaining inventory.
  • Reconciles monthly supply order statement.
  • Posts all outgoing Zoo mail; maintains postage log to track postage costs; maintains postage machine. Monitors Zoo property post office box for incoming and outgoing mail. Sorts and distributes mail and other correspondence to Zoo areas.
  • Signs out vehicles to Zoo staff as needed, and maintains vehicle log.
  • Responsible for maintenance of administrative office equipment; calls for service if needed. Maintains copy paper and toner supply.
  • Maintains water meter reading reports for the Maintenance Manager.
  • Serves as back-up to First Aid Coordinator as needed, answering telephone calls using a multi-line telephone system, routing calls or taking messages as required. Screens all calls for priority issues.
  • Provides assistance with audiovisual systems in administrative building.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and 1-2 years’ experience, or equivalent experience in similar position preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills and high degree of professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and achieve high productivity with little supervision in a fast-paced office environment; must be able to multi-task.
  • Excellent computer skills with proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team-building skills; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Strong grammar and punctuation skills a must.
  • Ability to be flexible in adjusting to numerous changes in plans as dictated by the events of the day.
  • Ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Mainly weekdays with some weekends required. Occasional evening hours (during special events) will also be required.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Animal Care Professionals

Curator of Living Collections

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for a Curator. This is position reports to the Vice President of Living Collections and supervises multiple Zoological Managers and the associated animal collections. Responsibilities include overseeing husbandry, training, enrichment, and welfare programs, collection planning, new habitat design and renovations, staff training and development and assisting in the animal areas when needed. The Curator works closely with other departments including Maintenance, Education, Events, and Animal Health to ensure the wellness of the animals and to support the goals of the Zoo.

This position provides opportunities for participation in AZA programs and field conservation. The specific areas overseen will depend on the candidate’s experience and interests, with some responsibilities across the entire Living Collections department. The ideal candidate will have a strong focus on progressive animal care, guest experience and team leadership.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Supervises assigned Zoological Managers and other staff members in animal areas.
  • Responsible for animal husbandry, enrichment, training, welfare and exhibitory of the animals within the Zoo.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop and implement the Institutional Collection Plan.
  • Works with the VP of Living Collections to develop animal department policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that animal areas are in compliance with all regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations, including USDA and AZA.
  • Partners with other departments to meet the Zoo’s animal care, guest experience, operational, media, and revenue goals.
  • Responsible for continuing education in zoology, enrichment, welfare and animal husbandry for self and assigned staff members.
  • Develops job-specific skills in employees through various formal and informal training programs.
  • With area Zoological Managers, ensures that animal records are up to date and maintained in accordance with Zoo policy, state and federal regulations, and national animal record keeping standards.
  • Responsible for working with the Registrar to secure all permits and reports involving procurement, disposition, shipment and exhibition of animals in accordance with BZI Animal Management policies. Ensures that transport, loading and unloading of animals is done safely and efficiently according to IATA, USDA, AZA and other governing authority guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with all BZI policies and procedures.
  • Initiates the development of ideas for animal habitats.
  • Assists in the design or modification of animal habitats.
  • Coordinates with the veterinary staff to ensure the health and welfare of all Zoo animals.
  • Assists and guides Zoological Managers in hiring and disciplinary actions with a focus on developmental objectives.
  • Completes annual performance appraisals of all direct reports and coordinates with other managers on the evaluation of their employees as assigned.
  • Prepares for, and initiates, human and animal-related emergency and safety procedures, including dangerous animal escape procedures, in coordination with the Safety Manager.
  • Assists in preparation of annual budget for animal areas, makes purchases, and monitors budget throughout the year.
  • Acts as Animal Department Coordinator (ADC) or person in charge of the Zoo when assigned.
  • Participates in local, national, and international conservation efforts, including AZA programs and other efforts as approved by the VP of Living Collections.
  • Represents the Zoo by writing articles for Zoo publications, publishing and presenting papers in specialty area, and representing the Zoo at professional conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  •   Zoological Managers and/or senior-level keepers.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Five years of husbandry experience, including experience supervising staff. Work in an AZA facility is preferred but other similar experience will be considered.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related wildlife science preferred.
  • Progressive approach to animal care and wellness.
  • Competency in computer skills such as Microsoft Office and animal record keeping software.
  • Membership in AZA and/or graduation from AZA’s Professional Development program is preferred.
  • Understanding and appreciation of BZI’s mission.
  • Must be willing to travel locally. Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must be able to complete weapons training.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Weekdays and weekends required with evening work and holidays as needed.
  • Will be in “Animal Department Coordinator” rotation

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Zoological Manager – Birds

Full-time

JOB SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for a Zoological Manager of Birds. This is a frontline supervisor position reporting to the Curator or Vice President. Responsibilities include overseeing the daily husbandry, training, enrichment, and record keeping for a diverse collection of birds. This position supervises five full time and some seasonal Animal Care Professionals, which includes hiring, training, scheduling, coordinating maintenance work. It also requires regularly working husbandry routines, assisting with veterinary procedures, and coordinating animal shipments. The ZM works closely with other departments including maintenance, education, events, and veterinary team to ensure the wellness of the animals and support the goals of the zoo.

This position provides opportunities for growth and increased responsibilities, including possible opportunities to participate in collection planning, design of new habitats, AZA programs, and field conservation. The ideal candidate will have a strong focus on bird husbandry, guest experience and team leadership.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Conducts day to day supervision of Animal Care Professionals, Volunteers, Interns and/or other staff members in assigned areas.
  • Develops skills in staff through various formal and informal training programs.
  • Develops and coordinates employee, maintenance and animal care related scheduling within assigned area.
  • Works with Curator on hiring and disciplinary actions with a focus on developmental objectives.
  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Identifies, documents, and properly communicates any animal medical problems to the Curator and Veterinary staff in a timely manner.
  • Develops a good line of communication with assigned staff and Curator to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Utilizes and documents on the Training Goal worksheet daily. Trains staff on the importance of documenting appropriately on the Training Goal worksheets.
  • Uses environmental enrichment in daily routines and with Curator, develops departmental program, including researching and developing new enrichment options and development of enrichment schedules. Documents results of enrichment by using the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Trains and encourages staff in utilizing the environmental enrichment program and the enrichment requirements of the animals within their department. Trains staff on the importance of documenting appropriately on the Enrichment Approval and Evaluation forms.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added to department repertoire.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department. Trains and monitors staff on properly utilizing the animal record keeping systems.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report. Trains and monitors staff on appropriately documenting on the Daily Report.
  • Maintains and updates animal files. Trains and monitors staff on appropriately maintaining and updating animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal. Monitors and evaluates staffs techniques of capturing, crating and transferring of animals.
  • Encourages staff to actively participate in one or more of the following: AAZK, enrichment or training committee, safety committee, interpretive committee, weapon’s team, area research projects, education or conservation programs, or other activity that enhances or promotes the Birmingham Zoo.
  • Exhibits the ability to apply classical and operant conditioning and to train at least basic behaviors, as defined by the area SOPs.
  • Actively plays a key role in resolving any animal related emergencies or drills that occur within the zoo (i.e. dangerous animal escape), regardless of which animal area the emergency is in.
  • Prepares for animal immobilizations. Assigns staff tasks in preparation of immobilizations.
  • Evaluates animal’s dietary needs. Consults with the Curator and veterinarian about dietary needs based on the condition of the animal, weather and temperature influence, and any other special consideration relating to the species or individual animal.
  • Guides exhibit creation, designs or changes in their area.
  • Champions conservation efforts by BZI. Encourages staff to participate in conservation efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • College degree in related wildlife science preferred.
  • Five years of bird husbandry experience in an AZA facility or equivalent relevant experience
  • Progressive approach to animal care and wellness
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to demonstrate and foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills such as Microsoft Office and animal record keeping software
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Familiarizes themselves with the BZI employee handbook, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Creates, applies for and/or accepts projects that benefit the animals under their care or conservation efforts and to present those results to peers at a conference, or to co-workers at Zoo training sessions
  • Seeks out courses or training opportunities to better their skill and knowledge base. Shares their knowledge with others.  Is encouraged to publish or present papers in their specialty area.
  • Sets a positive example for their staff and other Zoo Managers.
  • Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participates in AZA or AAZA membership, committees and activities.
  • Actively participates in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Animal Care Professional III – Sea Lions

Full-time

JOB SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking a dynamic and experienced marine mammal trainer to join our Sea lion team. Our Animal Care Professional Level III (ACP-III) is a full time position responsible for the daily training and husbandry of 1.1 California sea lions through operant conditioning and enrichment to provide exemplary animal care and welfare. In addition to animal care and training, this position will also include daily maintenance of the sea lion life support system, behind the scenes tours and interactions, and public sea lion shows. Collectively with other zoo employees these activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo. Additional responsibilities associated specifically with the ACP III position consist of establishing and developing environmental enrichment, training and animal management programs for the sea lions, as well as functioning in a team lead capacity, supporting the Zoological Manager in preparing and implementing plans for veterinary procedures, training animal care staff and/or volunteers, sea lion shows/demonstrations and providing coverage in the Zoological Manager’s absence. This position requires a team player capable of positive and professional interactions with staff, guests and volunteers. As part of the predator department, this position may include cross training on other routines, as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Displays and demonstrates advanced knowledge of the biology, behaviors, and husbandry needs of California Sea Lions.
  • Capable of advanced training techniques and concepts including; medical, research, problem solving, chained behaviors, secondary reinforcers and handling aggression.
  • Creates new enrichment ideas and items to be added into the sea lions repertoire.
  • Maintains all animal areas to USDA standards, this includes the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Identifies, recognizes, documents and reports any abnormal animal behavior, facility issues or any other issues in their department to their Zoological Manager in a timely manner.
  • Maintains highest level of safety at all times.
  • Actively supports area policies and procedures, mission, vision, and strategic plan of Birmingham Zoo.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Maintains and updates the departments’ animal files.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents keeper chats/shows to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Maintains above in the absence of the Zoological Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field highly preferred.
  • At least 6 years’ marine mammal experience on staff in a zoological institution (AZA accredited zoo or aquarium preferred).
  • Experience with operant conditioning and enrichment programs.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must be dependable and demonstrate flexibility in regards to work schedules, including hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Become familiar with the BZI employee hand book, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for the Animal Department as well as the SOP’s assigned animal area.
  • Set a positive example for their fellow Animal Care Professionals. Presents themselves in a professional manner at all times to co-workers, visitors and guests; this includes attendance, appearance and demeanor.
  • Actively participate in Zoo activities, fundraisers, etc.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Animal Care Professional I – Ambassador Animals

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for an Animal Care Professional I in the Ambassador Animal Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the animal collection in the Ambassador Animals department with a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare of a large variety of differing taxa including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.  The ACP I is also responsible for presenting animals and animal programs to the public in a variety of location.  These activities will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Primary responsibilities include the daily inspection of animal health, diet prep and distribution, cleaning, training, enrichment, medicating, recording keeping, and overall well-being of the animals in the Ambassador Animals Department.  The candidate must be highly motivated and maintain a positive attitude both with the public as well with team members and colleagues.  A successful candidate will possess the desire to further their professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.

In addition to husbandry duties, the Ambassador Animals ACP I will conduct interpretive programming, including participating in and conducting on-grounds animal presentations, Zoo to You off-ground events, special marketing events, birthday parties, and summer wildlife shows.   The ACP I will be expected to interact and interpret with visitors in a positive manner.  Strong public presentation skills while working with live animals is preferred.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Minimum one-year experience in animal care (experience in AZA accredited zoo or aquarium preferred).
  • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning preferred; free-flight bird training a plus.
  • Exceptional public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Candidate must possess good communication, observational, and organization skills and the ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to maintain positive attitude, handle multiple assigned tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Must be able to lift 25-50 pounds and perform duties in extreme weather.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Base schedule consists of five, eight-hour work days; variations of assigned off-days and hours may occur between seasons
  • Must be available to work weekends and some holidays and evenings

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Animal Care Professional – Children’s Zoo & Alabama Wilds

Seasonal – Six Month Assignment

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking a Seasonal Animal Care Professional (ACP) for the Children’s Zoo and Alabama Wilds. This position is responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities of the Children’s Zoo barn animal collection. The applicant should have a basic working knowledge of animal care and welfare. Responsibilities include the daily feeding, cleaning, training, enrichment and interpretation of the animals under the direction of full time ACPs.

Seasonal Position Available: 6 months
Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred.
    • Prior animal training experience using operant and classical conditioning is a plus.
    • Candidates must possess good communication, observational, and organization skills and the ability to work well with others in a team environment. Must possess good public speaking and presentation skills.
    • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform duties in extreme weather.
    • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
    • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
    • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
    • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

Animal Care Professional – Trails of Africa 

Seasonal – Five Month Assignment

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking Seasonal Animal Care Professionals (ACPs) for the Trails of Africa Department.

The primary responsibility of our seasonal team members will be for the daily operation of our Kiwanis Giraffe Encounter. This position will work directly with members of the public in a guest interaction set up. This position ensures that guests have a positive experience when feeding our giraffe. Activities in this position will include presenting to the public in an environment that is educational, entertaining, safe, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo.

Additionally, this position will have the opportunity to assist with and observe the daily husbandry and care of our other species in the department such as southern white rhinoceros, eastern bongo, ostrich, plains zebra, white storks, and several species of duiker. Cross training opportunities may present themselves to shadow or assist in other sections, as needed.

Preferred Start date: March to April
Seasonal Position Available: 5 months
Some flexibility in range of seasonal position dates, ask for more details

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Biology-related degree (or work towards) and/or animal care experience is preferred
  • Will be interacting with Zoo guests regularly; presentation skills helpful.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; team building skills; and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams, including other animal areas.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Word, Excel, Microsoft Office.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

 

Animal Care Professional – Seasonal Lorikeet Keeper 

Seasonal

SUMMARY

This seasonal position is responsible for the primary daily husbandry activities and welfare of the Lorikeets and Lorikeet Aviary in the Bird department.  Activities in this position will assist in presenting to the public an environment that is educational, entertaining, and serves to further the mission of the Birmingham Zoo. Ensures a positive experience when Zoo Guests are feeding Lorikeets in Aviary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Delivers and maintains a dynamic interpretive and educational experience in the lorikeet exhibit.
  • Displays and demonstrates the basic biology, behaviors and husbandry of the animals in their department in the daily routine.
  • Cleans and maintains animal holdings, including the use of chemical agents and special tools to assure the health and safety of the animals.
  • Uses proper techniques in shifting animals on their assigned routine.
  • Identifies, recognizes and reports any abnormal behavior of all the animals in their department.
  • Monitors weather related needs for the animals in their department and shelters animals appropriately.
  • Develops a good line of communication with the ACP’s, Zoological Manager and Curator to ensure that all facilities and animals are in good order, and that all problems are reported.
  • Uses classical and operant conditioning with the animals in their department.
  • Properly utilizes the animal record keeping systems within the department.
  • Documents animal behaviors or issues on the Daily Report and/or avian observation form.
  • Responsible for capturing, crating, and transferring animals using appropriate restraint and handling techniques designed to put the least amount of stress on the animal.
  • Prepares and presents Public Animal Talks to Zoo visitors and guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree; some college preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Will be interacting with Zoo guests regularly; presentation skills helpful.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • First aid/CPR certified preferred
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal – March 1 – October 31
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

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.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Animal Care Professional I – South America/Primates

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Birmingham Zoo is currently seeking applications for an Animal Care Professional I in the South America/Primate Department.  Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care within a diverse collection of species, including squirrel monkey, cotton top tamarin, lemur, and giant anteater.

Primary responsibilities of this position include monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental enrichment, preparing diets, modifying habitats, maintaining accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public.  This position requires the ability to work both independently and within a team.  The desired candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

This is a full time position working at least 40 hours per week, including weekends, holidays, and late events as needed.  The successful candidate will work in close proximity to dangerous animals, and professionalism and good communication are required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field (preferred)
  • Current, valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations within the last five years (required)
  • Current negative TB test with documentation, or willingness to have a TB test administered (required)
  • Experience in a zoological institution, primate focus preferred
  • Capacity to act decisively under a variety of circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, complete projects, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Awareness of the management of zoo primate populations, including related AZA conservation programs
  • Aptitude for fostering teamwork both within and across teams
  • Competency in computer skills
  • First aid/CPR certified, or be willingness to be certified

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect to:

  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds
  • Regularly utilize hands, fingers, tools, or controls
  • Frequently stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • Speak clearly and/or receive verbal communications under a variety of conditions
  • Maintain balance under exposure to wet, slippery, and/or uneven surfaces
  • Work within close proximity of dangerous animals
  • Wear a face mask, gloves, and/or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time
  • Perform strenuous duties under challenging physical conditions and in extreme weather

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time with benefits
  • Base schedule consists of five, eight-hour work days and may include weekend, evening, and holiday hours

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 

Animal Care Professional I – Reptiles

Full-time

The Birmingham Zoo is seeking applicants for an Animal Care Professional in the Reptile Department. Under the direction of the Zoological Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of animal care including, but not limited to, monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, providing environmental and behavioral enrichment, preparing diets, modifying exhibits, keeping accurate records, and presenting both formally and informally for the public. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter that is enthusiastic and team oriented. This position requires a team player capable of positive interactions with staff, guests, and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field preferred.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and has the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Competency in computer skills.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or be willing to be certified.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move more than 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces and slippery surfaces.
  • Required to wear a face mask and or other personal protective equipment for long periods of time.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time.
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends. Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Development

Vice President of Development

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Vice President, Development advances the mission of the Birmingham Zoo by directing the functions of the Development Department within the Zoo, to include planning and implementing fundraising efforts. Those efforts include, but are not limited to, institutional giving, individual giving, corporate giving, foundation giving, grants, endowments, capital campaigns, planned giving, fundraising events, special projects and all Zoo-related solicitations for both Capital and Operational support.  The position manages multi-million dollar capital campaigns and achieves goals in gifts and pledges by set deadline(s).

The Vice President, Development works closely with the CEO, Campaign Chair(s) and Board, as well as consultants and volunteers, and is responsible for developing, maintaining and growing relationships with donors, board members, community, governing authorities and Zoo staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Formulates and implements strategies and plans for a comprehensive development program that meets the short-term and long-term funding requirements of the Zoo
  • Establishes solicitation priorities, manages prospect lists, researches, develops and executes targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects.
  • Works collaboratively with the Development Staff and CEO to cultivate identified institutional prospects. Prepares, or oversees the preparation of, foundation and grant proposals.
  • Manages the writing and development of capital campaign or other fundraising event print and electronic collateral materials. Integrates campaign milestones into ongoing public relations outreach.
  • Creates and maintains annual budget for Development Department.
  • Works with the CEO and CFO to establish, maintain, and meet capital campaign fundraising budget goals.
  • Prepares periodic reports on fundraising. Presents reports to senior executives, Board, and Campaign Committee and recommends revisions to the fundraising plan, as needed, to meet goals. Reviews the previous plan to compare goals and strategy.
  • Monitors planned giving program by working with planned giving program volunteer to ensure program meets established goals.
  • Ensures that data related to prospects and donors is recorded and tracked in electronic and hard copy files.
  • Manages fundraising, cultivation and recognition events.
  • Ensures donor acknowledgements, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate. Oversees acknowledgement of all campaign gifts and pledges as well as the preparation of pledge payment reminders and pledge agreements.
  • Oversees the master campaign and operational calendar to maximize cultivation events and keep campaign committee on track. Sets measurable goals for contacting donors annually.
  • Maintain relationships with existing donors through regular contact, annual reports, correspondence and donor recognition events. Actively seeks new donor prospects.
  • Attends Executive and full Board Meetings and interacts with all board members to achieve the mission of the zoo. Assists Development Committee Chair as needed.
  • Actively interacts with members of the Senior Management Team in development of the zoo’s strategic plan, educational mission and marketing strategies for audience growth and outreach.
  • Provides necessary support and materials to CEO, staff and/or Board members for solicitations. Identifies solicitation opportunities and recommends assignment to and solicitation goal(s).
  • Provides leadership in the development and professional growth of Development department staff. Manages assigned staff including selection, job assignment, training and development and evaluation.
  • Participates in continuing education to maintain current knowledge in the field and current trends in fundraising.
  • Participates in speaking engagements as they are available.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Director, Development
  • Corporate Relations Director OR Capital Campaign Manager
  • Development Support Coordinator, in absence of Director, Development
  • Donor Management/POS Database Coordinator
  • Volunteers

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred.  At least 10 years of experience in fund raising or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have high energy and enthusiasm for completion of tasks.
  • Must possess team building skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must be proficient in using PC based software programs, specifically Microsoft Office and Excel. Altru experience preferred.
  • Must have the capacity to project the unique aims and values of the institution to donors and prospective donors.
  • Must be active in local civic organizations or willing to become active.
  • Must be willing to travel locally. Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Periods of frequent walking for long distances
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Mainly weekdays; however weekends, occasional evening work and holidays may be required.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Safety

Security Guard

Part-Time and Full-time Positions

SUMMARY

Under general supervision, the Security Guard is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for guests, employees and animals by effective implementation of all BZI safety and security procedures.  The Security Guard is proactive in all loss control programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Secures facilities, equipment and other assets to prevent loss and/or damage.
  • Assists in investigations; completes thorough written reports by recording observations, information, occurrences and surveillance activities; interviews witnesses, and obtains photographs and other documentation.
  • Dispatches and respond to radio calls in the Zoo for Security needs and emergencies.
  • Assists with monthly inspections of Zoo fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.
  • Maintains professional relationships with law enforcement and emergency response personnel.
  • Regularly patrols and monitors all areas of the Zoo, to include public and “behind the scenes” areas.
  • Monitors surveillance equipment, access, and exit points to prevent loss of assets, and unauthorized access to Zoo property.
  • Provides detailed reports on daily activities and any incidents that may have occurred during shift.
  • Monitors and responds to inappropriate or unsafe guest behavior.
  • Responds to first aid, medical needs, and a variety of other emergencies according to Zoo policies and procedures in a timely manner.
  • Knows departmental SOPs, emergency plans, and emergency phone numbers and protocols.
  • Escorts vendors on and off Zoo property.
  • Ensures that the Zoo perimeter is secure at all times.
  • Provides excellent customer service at all times to guests and staff.
  • Ability to qualify as a member of the BZI Weapons Team.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Degree, College preferred.
  • Must have at least 3 years’ experience in security-related work.
  • Must be licensed by the State of Alabama as an Unarmed Security Guard. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills; have high energy and enthusiasm for guest interactions and completion of tasks; possess team building skills; and the ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must be able to work under pressure in team environment.
  • Must have documented firearms training or ability to become firearm trained to qualify or BZI Weapons Team.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or willing to become certified.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time or part time
  • Weekdays and weekends required, occasional evening hours (during special events) and holidays.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Special Events

Special Events Manager

Full-time

SUMMARY

The Special Event Manager is responsible for selling and booking as well as ensuring successful planning, management, execution and measurement of the Zoo’s internal and external events. The Special Events Manager works closely with cross-functional teams to ensure client satisfaction and event success.

Responsibilities also include developing new markets using relevant sales tools, pursuing designated groups to increase facility usage, assisting in the development of marketing, advertising publication, etc., to effectively represent services to the public and corporations in order to position the Zoo as an event space and increase revenue for the Zoo.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for cultivating new and maintaining repeat business in accordance with revenue objectives.
  • With the Special Events Coordinator, maintains an events calendar of rental activities booked as well as listing all zoo activities planned. Maintains and updates internal checklist and external checklist for all special events.
  • Cultivates and maintains close contacts with past and potential clients and vendors.
  • With the Special Events Coordinator determines, solicits and schedules event entertainment.
  • Works with a cross-functional team to coordinate the activities of and agenda for each event to include Operations, Animal Departments, Education, Marketing, Membership, representatives from Food and Beverage Management, and others as needed.
  • With Senior Leadership, develops, plans and implements strategies to meet or exceed special event revenue goals. Develops budget and fund-raising objectives for department and monitors results.
  • Works with the Marketing Manager and/or Development team ensure that sponsorships and event receipts meet targets set for the event, and that costs are in line with established budgets.
  • Leads all event planning and production meetings and discussions.
  • Assists the Marketing team with drafting and editing promotional event copy for advertising via local calendars.
  • With the Special Events Coordinator and Operations Manager, ensures that venues are in “ready condition” in accordance with the client’s specifications prior to client arrival.
  • Handles most of the logistical details for Zoo Donor events and fund raisers such as Zoo Rendezvous, ‘Tails in the Trails, etc., including assisting Development Department with coordination of the events, event execution, and securing contract approvals.
  • With the Operations Manager, Special Events Coordinator, and other relevant departments, coordinates, plans and executes attendance-driving special events such as Hoots & Howls and Glow Wild.
  • May assist with the management of event volunteers.
  • May coordinate and facilitate event committees.
  • May assist Senior Leadership with-on-and-off-site cultivation events.
  • Coordinates with city, county and state licensing authorities for any required special permits or licenses for events.
  • Hires and manages private security, parking attendants, and other external vendors as needed for events.
  • Prepare reports and analyses reflecting progress, trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusion for events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 3-5 years proven success in complex event planning and coordination, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines. Must also be detailed oriented.
  • Must have management experience as well as proven managerial experience within event management.
  • Experience researching and negotiating contracts for meeting services and external vendors. Hospitality experience helpful.
  • Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Calendars
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – team player who works well with others, together reaching challenging goals under very tight deadlines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask – high sense of urgency.
  • Effective organizational, project, team and time management skills.
  • Must have proficient level computer skills including competency with the Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.).
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Flexibility to work weekend and night events.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20-25 pounds.
  • Periods of frequent walking for long distances
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Depending on assignment, exposure to the elements can be expected

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time
  • Weekdays and weekends, occasional evening work and holidays required

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.

 


Zoo Services

Cleaning Services Attendant

Part-time

JOB SUMMARY

The Cleaning Services Attendant maintains the cleanliness of the Zoo grounds, restrooms, collects trash, and performs related custodial duties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Daily cleaning of Zoo grounds including walkways, public and office buildings, and restrooms.
  • Demonstrates proper use of all cleaning chemicals and equipment.
  • Monitors the zoo’s restrooms on a frequent ongoing basis to ensure cleanliness and that all restroom supplies are fully stocked.
  • Responsible for following cleaning checklists for cleaning zoo offices, zoo public buildings, restrooms, and walkways.
  • Follows proper trash and cardboard removal procedures.
  • Pulls and picks-up trash and recycling throughout the zoo daily.
  • Conducts daily morning preparation of Zoo grounds for opening.
  • Assists with cleaning needs for after-hours events throughout the year as assigned.
  • Occasionally assists with the set-up, take down, and storage of tables, props, and other elements for internal and external events throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Special skills, knowledge, ability, education, etc.):

  • High School Degree or GED.
  • Must have ability to foster teamwork within and across teams.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations (within the last five years).
  • Must be First aid/CPR certified, or willing to be certified.
  • Flexibility and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet frequent deadlines.
  • Understanding and appreciation for BZI’s mission.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.

To apply please complete an online application and attach a current resume.


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