|Organization: City of San Jose|
The City of San Jose’s Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and the Department of Park, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Zoo Manager.
The Zoo Manager will be a major contributor to the continued growth of the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. S/he must possess strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills in order to plan, coordinate, direct, manage, and supervise the daily activities of the zoo under the general direction of the General Manager. The Zoo Manager will also be responsible for the supervision, training, and evaluation of staff as well as the development of future strategic plans for the zoo. The ideal candidate will be one who is capable of building strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders as well as staff. Candidates should be knowledgeable of the principles and practices of animal care and husbandry, zoo operation program development and administration, and facility management and maintenance as related to zoo exhibits and facilities.
The examples given may not represent all the duties which may be performed.
- Supervises, trains, and evaluates senior staff including Zoo Curator, Senior Zookeepers, and Education Manager;
- Responsible for day-to-day management of Happy Hollow Zoo including the development and implementation of policies and procedures to optimize animal care and efficiency of operations to maintain AZA accreditation;
- Responsible for coordinating day-to-day zoo operations with the Amusement park operations;
- Attends AZA conferences and workshops to stay abreast of new trends, information, and developments in the field of zoological programming;
- Directs and coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities of the zoo including conservation, research, education, and recreation programs;
- Responsible for forecasting costs, anticipating needs, and participates in the development and administration of assigned budgets. Directs, monitors, and approves expenditures and recommends adjustments to budget and staff as necessary;
- Directs and coordinates veterinary health programs including records maintenance, preventive medicine, animal handling, capture, restraint, testing, and medication administration;
- Directs and coordinates zoo maintenance, improvements, and repairs using zoo and City staff, vendors, and volunteers;
- Plans and supervises animal acquisition, disposition, and habitat construction/renovation;
- Provides regularly scheduled reports on health and changes in the zoo collection to General Manager, senior PRNS Department staff, and appropriate regulatory agencies;
- Assesses, reports, and corrects maintenance issues and potential hazards for staff, visitors, and animal collection and complies with and enforces zoo safety standards;
- Works with news media, groups, agencies, and other zoos for the promotion of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo;
- Handles cash or credit cards as needed or assigned while following adopted City procedures;
- Provides supervision and direction for the zoo education and volunteer programs;
- Attends and participates in professional, departmental, and divisional meetings.
Typical End Results
Properly cared for and properly displayed zoo animals while working closely with the General Manager; effective and efficient operations of the entire Happy Hollow Park & Zoo while working closely with the Park Manager and General Manager; properly maintained zoo facility, exhibits, and grounds; continued and progressed state of heightened public awareness and interest of the zoo; motivated and properly trained zoo staff; continued health and safety of the staff and public; and maintained AZA accreditation of Happy Hollow Park & Zoo.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Zoology, Biology, Business Administration, or closely related field.
- Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising an institution or facility responsible for the care of zoo animals and public exhibits of diverse and exotic animals, including two (2) years of experience at the level of a full-time Zoo Curator or higher.
- Acceptable Substitutions: Completion of (2) two years of course work from an accredited college or university and (5) five years increasingly responsible experience managing and supervising the care of zoo animals. There is no substitution for the required full-time Zoo Curator experience.
- Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License within six (6) months of appointment.
To apply for this outstanding opportunity, please visit the website of Koff & Associates at www.KoffAssociates.com to download the brochure for more information including education and experience requirements and further instructions on how to apply.The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., October 22, 2013.
Administration & Management|
Parks and Recreation
|Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services|
City: San Jose|
Country: UNITED STATES
$72,300.00 to $88,150.00 Annually
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