Director of Science and Conservation

Organization: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Pittsburgh Zoo, a dynamic, fast paced and progressive organization, is seeking an energetic, experienced professional to be part of our Zoo team as our Director of Science and Conservation. The Zoo currently houses over 6,000 animals, with a major research focus on African elephants, African painted dogs, polar bears, corals, and numerous aquatic species. The Zoo also has extensive research partnerships throughout the world, including partnerships with IZW and Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt and his team, ZooWuppertal in Germany, the National Zoo in Pretoria, South Africa, SECORE, Polar Bear International and support of smaller research projects through a dedicated fund. The research department will be housed in the new Animal Health & Education Center, which features a laboratory for reproductive studies, ultralow freezers, and a research laboratory.

Responsibilities/ Duties:

This is an exciting time as this department will be created and staffed by you from the ground up! Is this a challenge that you can embrace while meeting the expectations and demands of a fast paced and progressive organization?

You will oversee and administer all research programs at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the Zoo’s International Conservation Center (ICC). Plan, coordinate and direct the work of the research and conservation department including Zoo and ICC based research and conservation efforts, in situ and ex situ projects and other research efforts. Supervise the research team including field conservation biologists, interns and students.


PhD in Reproductive Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Zoology, Biology or another conservation oriented field is required and four years’ experience with national and international conservation initiatives or a related field, including staff supervisory experience.

Submit resume to: Zoological Society of Pittsburgh

Human Resources Department

One Wild Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15206


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