Park Administrator I (Zoo Director)

Organization: Brandywine Zoo/'Delaware State Parks/DNREC/Offc of Natural Resrc./Park and Rec (AZA Member)
Location: Wilmington, DE, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Park Administrator I

(Zoo Director)

Recruitment #021213-MGCG04-400300

Opening Date:


Closing Date:

3/16/2013 11:59:00 PM

Type of Recruitment:

Open Competitive


Yearly: $50,485.00/Min - $63,106.00/Mid

Pay Grade:


Shift Hours:

Weekends and Holidays required.

Employment Type:

Anticipated Vacancy

Employment Term:



DNREC/Office of Natural Resources/Parks & Rec


Brandywine Zoo: (1001 N. Park Dr, Wilmington, DE, 19802)

Contact Name:

DNREC Human Resources

Contact Phone:



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The Brandywine Zoo is considered a State Park and the position is classified as a State Park Administrator with a working title of Zoo Director. The Director of this nationally accredited zoo is responsible for leading, directing and managing the animal care, education, development, and conservation programs. The Director will work closely with the Delaware Zoological Society's Executive Director to fundraise and implement the Brandywine Zoo master plan.


Selective Requirements must be met in addition to the job requirements. Applicants who do not possess the selective requirement will not be qualified.

1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in zoology or related field.

2. Six months experience managing in a zoological park or natural science facility.


Applicants who do not possess the preferred qualification will still be eligible to compete for this position if job requirements are met.

1. Six months experience in working in an AZA accredited Zoo.


Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here. •Schedules, assigns and reviews the work of full time and seasonal park staff.

•Plans and coordinates maintenance, visitor programs and services and fiscal administration to ensure all areas and facilities are functioning according to established standards.

•Assigns projects, reviews progress and coordinates staff activities to ensure visitor safety and satisfaction and accomplishment of park objectives.

•Develops and maintains effective working relationships with adjacent landowners, park volunteers, contractors, vendors, community groups, and park benefactors.

•Ensures public safety through regular inspection of park facilities and grounds and review of park law enforcement activity.

•Maintains and compiles fiscal and narrative records and reports.


JOB REQUIREMENTS for Park Administrator

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

1.Six months experience in natural resources, park or recreation program administration such as overseeing and directing the development, implementation and evaluation of natural resources, park or recreation programs and services; establishes program objectives; plans short and long range program goals; develops and implements program policies and procedures and ensures compliance and funding requirements. Provides advice to other agency organizational units through consultation.

2.Six months experience in financial administration such as comprehensive analysis of programs, budgets, projects, services, alternatives, and costs; financial planning, revenue generation, revenue forecasting, expenditure forecasting, cash flow management and establishing internal control.

3.Six months experience in operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.


Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

As a condition of hire you must possess a drivers license.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at


The application is evaluated based upon a rating of training and experience.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email. Please keep your contact information current. You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.