Senior Graphic Designer (2659)

Organization: Woodland Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

DEPARTMENT: Business Development/Creative Services

REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Creative Services


PAY RATE: Compensation based on experience


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Business Development team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Senior Graphic Designer in the Creative Services department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time. Compensation is based on experience.


Work collaboratively to design a wide range of print collateral that will communicate Woodland Park Zoo’s messages to the community and maintain the zoo’s brand platform.


Design on-grounds signage, invitations, banners, brochures, newsletters and other print collateral that fits within the zoo’s brand guidelines.

Follow projects through from concept to completion.

Request estimates, select vendors and prepare files for off-set, digital or in-house printing.

Meet with internal clients to define project parameters and then recommend solutions based on audience, messaging, objectives, deliverables and budget.

Facilitate brainstorming sessions and help develop creative briefs.

Be able to articulate the zoo’s brand guidelines to third-party designers as well as zoo staff.

Coordinate with Exhibit Technicians, photographers, web designers and proofreaders as needed.

Assist Creative Services Supervisor in developing strategic department goals, creating idea briefs and developing production schedules for assigned projects.

Act as primary point of contact for Creative Services department when Creative Services Supervisor is out of the office.

Perform other duties as assigned.


None unless assigned as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to be effective while working both independently and as a team member.

Good organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests, and meet deadlines in a professional manner.

Focused attention to detail.

Must possess a professional and positive attitude.

Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


Bachelor degree (BA) or equivalent from an accredited university or technical school; or a minimum of five years related experience and/or training, including two years as a Senior Graphic Designer; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


No certificates, licenses or registrations required.


Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator in a Mac environment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work of this position is accomplished primarily at a computer workstation. However, the designer must occasionally change large paper rolls in printer and deliver signage to various locations on the zoo grounds. This position requires the ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions. Visual capabilities are essential to the design and production process.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position spends the majority of its time in an office environment with moderate noise.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter; resume and a maximum of three work samples are REQUIRED when applying for this position. Please combine all work samples into one three-page pdf file. Links to portfolios in lieu of pdf samples will not be considered. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.