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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

Birthday and Event Assistant

Seasonal – Will work Weekends

Job Summary:

The seasonal Birthday and Event Assistant assists the Groups Assistant in providing a memorable experience to the birthday honoree and guests.

Essential Job Functions Include:

  • Receives direction and specifications from Groups Assistant concerning details and needs of scheduled parties. Carries out directions and specifications on each event assigned.
  • Assists with the set up and take down of event. Ensures cleanliness of area before and after event.
  • Meets and greets event guests upon their arrival.
  • Communicates arrival times with involved departments for various pre-arranged activities.
  • Escorts guests to pre-arranged activities.
  • Enhances guest experience by presenting and sharing Zoo facts per script.
  • Serves and/or assists with serving food and beverages to event guests.
  • Oversees the production and distribution of animal enrichment activities.
  • Assists and directs volunteers assigned to assist with event.
  • Confirms and records the number of guests attending event to ensure proper billing and payment. Communicates number of guests attended to Groups Assistant after each event.
  • Debrief with Groups Assistant after each event concerning success or issues related to event.
  • When not assigned to Birthday Parties or other event, will be assigned to other tasks in the Operations area.

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, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • May be exposed to wet surfaces.
  • Most events are outdoors, so exposure to the elements can be expected, such as extreme heat.

Minimum Qualifications (Special Skills, Knowledge, Ability, Education, Etc.):

  • High School Degree or GED, some College preferred.
  • Retail experience helpful.
  • 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.

Interested candidates should complete an Online Application, attach a resume and salary requirements.   

Education Administration Assistant

JOB SUMMARY:

The Education Administrative Assistant is responsible for supporting the staff from all branches of the Education Department as well as the Animal Programs Department. The Education Administrative Assistant is the primary point of contact with the public for customer service, program registration, record keeping and payment processing for all Education programs. In addition, the Education Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing organizational and logistical support for Education Special Events.  This position requires a strong ability to work in a team oriented atmosphere.

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

  • Preferred college degree.
  • At least one year administrative type experience.
  • Experience in customer service related tasks is required.
  • Preferred experience in front of house operations.
  • Must be a self-starter with high attention to detail; goal oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership, interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, POS systems, customer database systems.

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.
  • Sitting for long periods of time; use of a computer for long periods of time.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crawl, crouch and talk or hear.
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Frequent 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 requested

If interested, apply online

ZooFari Camp Teacher

Start Date:          May 6 (flexible)

End Date:            August 4 (flexible)

Commitments: Applicants must be able to commit to teach a minimum of 5 weeks between May 30th and August 4th. The weeks are not required to be consecutive. If selected, the individual must attend a two-day camp training May 6-7, 2017.

Work Hours:    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May be asked to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate early    check-in and late check-out.

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Over 1,200 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Birmingham Zoo Summer Camps annually. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds. The curricula for the Zoo’s camps are written by Education Department staff and, along with the operational aspects of camp, are taught to incoming teachers during the required teacher training days. A teacher must work at least 5 weeks during the summer.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Zoofari Camp Teacher will ensure that the materials, supplies, crafts, and activities are prepared for each day, and are responsible for keeping their classroom area clean and orderly. Teachers are responsible for instructing the campers in the material developed for camp and for the campers’ safety.

DUTIES

  • Implements a program of instruction that adheres to the Zoo’s mission, philosophy, goals and objectives as outlined.
  • Creates a safe environment conducive to learning by employing a variety of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and the development of good camp habits.
  • Provides progress and interim reports as required to the camp manager and guardian/parent(s).
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong grasp of subject matter.
  • Uses effective oral and written expression.
  • Follows check-in, check-out and safety policies of camp for campers.
  • Develops, in accordance with Zoofari Camp guidelines, reasonable rules of camp classroom behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.

SUPERVISES

No direct reports, but oversees the Zoo Campers, Zoo Camp Aides and Volunteers

SAFETY ANALYSIS

The Zoofari Camp Teacher position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp teachers, as with any employee of the zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The following physical demands 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 and tools.
  • 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.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Teacher with science background preferred;  or current College student in the Sophomore, Junior or Senior level and must be majoring in Education/Biology/Zoology or related fields
  • Must be goal oriented, highly motivated and be able to multi-task
  • Must posses excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 17, 2017.

To apply, complete an online application at www.birminghamzoo.com and attach a current resume.

ZooFari Camp Aide

Status:                  Seasonal Position (no benefits)

Start Date:          May 6 (flexible)

End Date:            August 4 (flexible), if selected, the individual must attend a two-day camp training May 6-7, 2017.

Work Hours:    8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May be asked to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate early    check-in and late check-out.

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Over 1,200 children ages 4K to 12th grade attend full-day (8:30 am to 3:30 pm) Birmingham Zoo Summer Camps annually. Children participate in themed educational activities in the classroom and out on Zoo grounds.  ZooFari Camp Aides will assist with the daily operations and preparation for ZooFari Camp.

RESPONSIBILITY:

The ZooFari Camp Aide will ensure that both campers and teachers have materials needed for camp and are knowledgeable about the day to day operations of camp. Helps maintain an organized office and implements fun and excitement when leading activities such as rallies, substitute teaching and field days.

DUTIES:

  • Creates a safe environment for campers and coworkers.
  • Encourages camper enthusiasm and the development of good camper habits.
  • Plans and implements assignments for volunteers as needed.
  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic.
  • Follows policies and procedures
  • Develops, in accordance with ZooFari Camp guidelines, reasonable expectations for camper behavior and appropriate techniques that are consistently applied.
  • Takes necessary and reasonable precautions to protect campers, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Helps with check-in, check-out, early care, extended care, lunch, substitute teaches, leads rallies and field days, camp prep., and other duties as assigned.

SAFETY ANALYSIS:

The ZooFari Camp Aide position is impacted by hazardous exposures common to public safety in an outdoor environment. Some of the following situations may occur daily:

  • Responsibility for the safety of children during their camp experience.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents.
  • Thorough understanding of guest safety protocols, particularly with young children.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.

Camp aides, as with any employee of the Zoo, are required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the employee handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The following physical demands 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 and tools.
  • 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.
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances.
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Assignments are mostly outdoors, so frequent exposure to the elements, such as summer heat, can be expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be highly motivated and be able to multi-task.
  • Must possess excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Creative.
  • Works well with others.
  • Innovative.

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline is April 17, 2017.

To apply, complete an online application at www.birminghamzoo.com and attach a current resume.

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.