BioDiscovery Project Coordinator

Organization: Minnesota Zoological Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The Minnesota Zoo seeks a limited full-time project coordinator to develop, implement, and evaluate its new BioDiscovery Project. This project aims to discover, document, and monitor the native biodiversity found on the Minnesota Zoo's 485-acre site; share our discoveries in a fun, engaging and artistic manner (i.e., through wildlife photography and an interactive website/social media); and provide a format and assistance for others to discover, share, celebrate and learn about the biodiversity in their own neighborhoods.

In consultation with others at the Minnesota zoo, the incumbent will develop and implement a work plan for the BioDiscovery project. Specific duties will include:

-Planning and conducting year-round wildlife surveys;

-Researching and summarizing information about the species and habitats found on Zoo site;

-Photographing native wildlife observed on zoo site (including, but not limited to camera trapping);

-Organizing, analyzing, mapping, reporting and presenting project data and photos;

-Recruitment and oversight of project interns, partners and participants;

-Purchasing and management of project supplies;

-Planning and delivery of educational programming for project participants, in coordination with the Zoo's Educational Department;

-Project evaluation

This position will also be responsible for increasing public awareness of the Zoo's BioDiscovery Project and Minnesota's native wildlife by providing ideas and content to the Zoo's Marketing department for public relations and promotional efforts, developing and coordinating project-related content for the Zoo's website and social media, giving public presentations about the project and assisting in the development of interpretive graphics highlighting the project and native wildlife on the Zoo site.

Please note the position is considered limited with a duration of nine months with the potential of an extended timeline. Days and hours of work are subject to the needs of the project.


Applicants must demonstrate in the resume all of the minimum qualifications in order to be considered for the position.

1) A cover letter before the beginning of resume; AND

2) A section of the resume that includes a detailed description that explains how/why you meet each minimum qualification for the position and all relevant preferred qualifications found below:

-Bachelors degree or higher (preferred) from an accredited educational institution in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Education or other closely related field; AND

-Expertise in locating and identifying Minnesota native wildlife species likely to be found on the Minnesota Zoo site (especially birds and/or insects), as well as knowledge of the natural history of these species; AND

-Knowledge and experience designing, implementing and analyzing data from scientific surveying and monitoring schemes for wildlife; AND

-Ability to work outdoors year-round; AND

-Excellent human relations skills and ability to communicate effectively with diverse non-scientific audiences and interpersonal skills; AND

-Experience leading and presenting educational programming to groups in an outdoor setting, creating and delivering public presentations; AND

-Experience creating website and/or social media content (preferably both)

-Knowledge and experience using GPS technology, as well as proficiency in ArcGIS mapping software and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Please note a copy of your official transcripts may be requested at any time.

**Job is contingent on passing a background check and a valid Class D driver's license**

Please note that though this position is open to all applicants, the Minnesota Zoo and the State of Minnesota are unable to sponsor an employment visa. The applicant is responsible for ensuring current, valid work documents to work in the United States. The incumbent will be asked to present those documents before the position is offered.


-Graduate degree from an accredited educational institution in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Environmental Education or other closely related field.

-Experience with program and curriculum planning and development, particularly related to environmental education and native wildlife species.

-Knowledge and experience with educational methods, measures and evaluation techniques.

-Wildlife photography experience, including experience using digital SLR cameras and/or experience with camera trapping.

-Knowledge of Minnesota's native habitat types and ability to identify native vegetation likely to be found on the Minnesota Zoo site.

-Previous experience with citizen science projects.


Please visit the State of Minnesota website at Create a profile and apply to the job posting.