Zoo Director (EMNRD #5528)




Organization: Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (AZA Member)
Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Purpose of Position:

This position will lead, direct, manage, plan, organize, integrate and coordinate the day to day operations of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. This position will ensure Department, Division and Park/Zoo policy, goals and objectives are met through the supervision of staff specialists. Position will be responsible for the many park programs which include: public land use and management, administration, budget and finance, human resources, husbandry and veterinary care of zoological collection, development and care of botanical assests, building and facility maintenance, equipment and tool maintenance, interpretation/education programs, volunteers, marketing and public relations, while following policy, procedures and regulations established by the applicable federal and state government agencies as well as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's Degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university and six (6) years of professional level experience with a tactical impact directly related to the purpose of the position defined by the agency at the time of recruitment. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university and/or direct experience in this occupation totalling ten (10) years may substitute for the required education and experience. A hiring agency will designate a portion of the required experience to include supervisory and/or specialized experience. Any required licensure, certification or registration shall be defined at the time of recruitment and will be in addition to the above requirements.

Emploment Requirements:

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver's License. Extensive travel in region wide area.

Working Conditions:

This position is primarily administrative, but at times it can be labor intensive due to the nature of need of the zoo/park. Physical requirements include: sitting, walking, standing, bending, twisting, squating, kneeling, reaching, repeated hand/arm/finger motion, climbing, driving, typing, manual and finger dexterity, lifting up to 75 pounds, pushing or pulling up to 90 pounds, carrying up to 75 pounds. The use of various hand and power tools is required on occasion. Requires working inside and outside, occasionally in adverse weather conditions, extreme cold or heat, for extended periods of time. Due to the nature of zoo/park work, there is a risk of injury, animal or insect bites, and exposure to infection, dust, allergens, chemicals and petroleum products. Ability to see at a distance and close-up, see colors and having good depth perception is essetial. Ability to hear in quiet and noisy environments, as well as telling where a sound is coming from is essential. Ability to communicate through speech is essential. Shift work is required on weekends, holidays and during events held at the park. Emergency situations may arise requiring extended hours of work, or return to work after normal hours. Sitting at a desk or computer workstation is essentil. Willing to accept assignment/transfer to another geographic location.

Agency Contact Information:

Alan Fiala, Regional Manager: (575) 887-2757

Applicant Help/How to Apply:

www.spo.state.nm.us/State_Employment.aspx