Special Event Planner

Organization: Phoenix Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Phoenix Zoo is currently seeking a full time Special Event Planner to generate attendance and revenue, while providing guests with message-based content that aligns with the Phoenix Zoo’s mission. This person will research and develop new ideas for public events, coordinate public special events and promotions, write copy for event promotional material, track revenue and expenses of assigned events, and compile data for event recap reports. The Special Event Planner is also responsible for recruiting, scheduling and supervising all event volunteers, and developing volunteer job descriptions for events. In addition to these duties, the Special Event Planner will work collaboratively to review, initiate and facilitate contracts, agreements and correspondence with environmentally focused vendors, organizations and other service providers to secure equipment, entertainment, speakers, décor, volunteers, volunteer refreshments and supplies for events, while simultaneously ensuring safety, cleanliness and organization of equipment and supplies during and after breakdown of events.

Minimum requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, at least three years’ experience in event facilitation and planning, must be an organized and creative self-starter, have excellent communication skills in all areas including oral, written and presentation, must be able to deliver stellar customer service skills in any and all situations, must know all MS Office programs, and be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings, holidays and weekends. All Phoenix Zoo employees are required to pass pre-employment background checks including a drug test, this position will also require a valid driver’s license and annual TB testing.

To view a more complete description and list of requirements and to apply for this position, please visit the Phoenix Zoo job page at:


Resumés are not accepted for any Zoo position without an accompanying application. While postings may remain on outside sites for longer, once a job is removed from The Phoenix Zoo job page it is closed and we will no longer accept applications.

The Phoenix Zoo is an EEOE/ADA employer.