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Development Assistant

Job Summary:

The Development Assistant is responsible for 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:

  • Manages donor database, maintaining accuracy of all records; keeps records and files current.
  • Processes gifts, including entering all donations, coordinating with the Business Office, and providing daily lists to the Director, Development.
  • Manages gift and pledge acknowledgement system for all gifts, including thank-you letters/receipts within 48 hours of receipt.
  • Produces and develops reports as needed, including performance dashboards and data for Zoo annual report.
  • Organizes and compiles data for annual 990 report and other external evaluators such as Charity Navigator.
  • Responsible for writing and producing the annual report by June 1 of each year.
  • Coordinates reporting using donor database.
  • Develops and manages reporting system for ongoing stewardship activities.
  • Assist in planning VIP parties, such as ZooLight Safari VIP party, new habitat openings, etc. Will track all aspects of planning as well as attendance.
  • Assists in preparation of briefing materials and strategies for administrators and volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects.
  • Generates correspondence related to solicitation and stewardship of donors, including direct mail appeals
  • Assists with on-and-off site cultivation events.
  • Maintains Development minutes for any committee meetings.
  • Organizes office functionality for files and supplies, etc.
  • Attends and participates in committee meetings such as, AAZK, ZooRun, and Special Events Committee, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Development Office.

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. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in using PC based software programs, specifically Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • The capacity to project the unique aims and values of the institution in the community.
  • 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.

Interested candidates should complete an online application and attach a resume

Nutrition Center Technician

Job Summary:

This full time position is responsible for the preparation and delivery of prescribed animal diets. Ensures food safety and maintains USDA compliance and standards.

Essential job functions include:

  • Prepares animal diets as directed.
  • Delivers diets to the various collection areas.
  • Cleans and maintains the nutrition center according to procedures and USDA standards.
  • Orders and maintains appropriate inventory.
  • Maintains necessary records
  • Communicates problems or concerns as it relates to the collection, staff or public to the manager or a member of senior staff
  • Performs manual labor to include; cleaning, moving feed bags, hay bales, and shavings
  • Interacts with Zoo visitors concerning Zoo operations, education and conservation

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

  • High School degree, or some college; Bachelor’s Degree in an animal related field preferred.
  • Previous experience or internship in a zoological institution 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.
  • Proficient in computer skills especially, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel
  • 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

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
  • Ability to work in an environment that houses allergens such as peanuts, etc.
  • 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

Position type and hours of work

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

Interested candidates should complete an online and attach resume.

Seasonal Membership Assistant

Job Summary:

The Membership Assistant is responsible for providing fast, friendly service to our guests, members and potential members.  Is also responsible for following proper cash handling procedures and providing membership information internally as well as off property.

Essential job functions include:

  • Provides excellent customer service and answers public inquiries regarding memberships.
  • Promotes and increases membership sales and assist guests with questions at Zoo entry.
  • Process new and renewal memberships and coordinate monthly renewal mailings with vendors.
  • Provides departmental reports regularly.
  • Acts as Point of Sale cashier in the membership office during key periods of the year.
  • Reaches out to guests during the membership drive to up-sell their admission into memberships.
  • Assist with communications during campaigns (upgrade efforts, Dinner with the Keeper invitations and other special events and promotions).
  • Assist with membership sales during Membership drives.
  • Works with other Zoo departments to promote smooth Zoo entry for guests and members.

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

  • College degree, or some college, preferred.
  • Must have experience in sales, marketing, membership-based institution or a non-profit.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to handle multiple tasks at one time.
  • Must have good organizational skills as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Presentation skills helpful.
  • Proficiency in using PC based software programs for word processing.
  • Must have the ability to work with other departments to successfully benefit the Zoo as a whole.

Physical demands:

  • Long periods of standing and walking;
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • Assignments can be outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements can be expected.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Seasonal
  • Weekdays and weekends with occasional evening work and holidays required.

Interested candidates should complete an online application and attach a resume

Animal Care Professional – Reptiles

SUMMARY

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant biological field and a minimum of one years’ experience with wildlife/exotics in a zoological institution is required. Experience working with reptiles preferred.
  • Should have basic knowledge of related AZA conservation programs.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as decision 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.
  • Candidate will work with dangerous and venomous animals.
  • Must be able to work under challenging physical conditions and perform strenuous duties in extreme weather.

POSITION TYPE AND HOURS OF WORK

  • Full time or part 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.

Vice President, Living Collections

Summary:  The Birmingham Zoo Inc., a non-profit, is Alabama’s must-see attraction, drawing more than 575,000 visitors annually.  The Zoo has approximately 950 animals that call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home.

This position is responsible for leading The Birmingham Zoo’s Living Collections division to include collection planning, communicating effectively with staff and collaborative partners, exhibit design, animal health and welfare, conservation, horticulture, collaborating on general operations and other management issues.  The VP, Living Collections supervises the Curatorial, Animal Care Professionals, Registrar staff as well as horticulture services.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology or an equivalent field of study.
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in the care of animals and maintenance of the Zoo facilities.
  • Five years’ experience in a supervisory and operational capacity.
  • A broad-based knowledge of biological collections management.
  • Experience managing a complex organizational and financial structure.
  • Proven communication, leadership, and relationship building skills.
  • Ability to assist in positioning the Zoo as a leading education, conservation, and destination institution both locally, nationally and internationally.
  • A broad understanding of the national and international issues facing the zoological profession, and the ability and stature to be respected by peers and participants in AZA and related professional associations.
  • Expected to be a visible member of the zoological community and as such will possess the maturity professionalism and high ethical standards that project trust, integrity and confidence.
  • Requires a goal-oriented individual who has high energy, and an experienced manager who is willing to take risks, and who is able to make tough decisions based on thoughtful consideration of issues. The successful candidate will be a consensus builder and have a positive outlook.
  • 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.
  • Must have current negative TB test and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test.

Position type and hours of work:

  • Full time – Mainly weekdays but with some weekends required; may have occasional evening work and holidays.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors; exposure to a variety of weather elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

Apply online at www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment

Seasonal Zoo Crew Positions

College students, Retirees, or Folks that just love the Zoo – Looking for fun work this spring and summer?  Become part of the Birmingham Zoo Crew!  Now interviewing for a limited number of seasonal positions that will begin in March and could last until the end of August.    Must be flexible to work full or part time hours, weekends and during Spring Break (the week of March 26 – April 1).  Must love working with people, especially crowds.    Looking for folks that can provide fast and friendly service, high energy and the enthusiasm for guest interactions and is safety conscience.  Cashier experience preferred.

Must like working outdoors and being in the summer heat.  Working outdoors in the elements is a requirement as well as standing for long periods of time.  Apply online, www.BirminghamZoo.com, About Us, Employment.  EOE

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