Collection Manager (2679)

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

DEPARTMENT: Animal Management



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 Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Collection Manager in the Animal Management department. There is one full-time, regularly benefited position to be filled at this time.


Under direction of the Animal Curator, this position oversees a portion of the animal management. The position contributes as a whole to the operations of the Animal Management team.


Ensure that animal care standards are maintained at a high level through adherence to established zoo policies and procedures, while at the same time staying within a defined budget.

Responsible for oversight, performance appraisals, and resolving personnel issues for subordinate positions.

Ensure that Zookeeper staff is allocated appropriately including arranging coverage for vacation, illnesses and other absences. Maintain a detailed scheduling database for the animal management department.

Track pending maintenance and improvement work requests for animal exhibits and holding areas. Authorize and prioritize those requests.

Coordinate with other departments regarding overlapping concerns.

Take a lead role during emergencies such as animal escapes or natural disasters and coordinate Firearms Team operations.

Identify potential safety problems, finding ways to reduce risks and injuries.

Make recommendations to Animal Curator regarding purchases.

Plan and oversee a regular staff training program for animal management staff.

Facilitate and review the behavioral husbandry program for assigned area.

Provide assistance in the planning and development of new animal exhibits, including concepts, designs, and monitoring the impact to Animal Management Operations.

Act in support capacity for Animal Curators performing functions of that job which include animal collection planning, acquisition and disposition of zoo specimens, establishing and communicating care parameters for newly acquired species, and acting as spokesperson for the zoo in order to respond to questions from the media, Board members, the AZA, other professional organizations and the public.

Act in back-up capacity for Lead Zookeepers performing limited functions of that job which include direct supervision of animal units.

Represent Woodland Park Zoo to the AZA and other professional organizations.

Support fundraising/development efforts of Woodland Park Zoo.

Represent Woodland Park Zoo to the media, as required.

Perform other duties as assigned.


This job supervises Lead Zookeepers.


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.

Expertise with a broad range of species.

Demonstrated leadership and management skills; minimum of 1-2 years supervisory experience.

Capacity to achieve superior results working both independently and as a member of a team.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational communication skills.

Successful experience developing training programs and effectively training others.

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

Ability to be available or on-call 24 hours a day.

Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include weekends, evenings, and/or holidays.

Possess personal transportation and/or be willing and able to travel as necessary.

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


Bachelor's degree in a life sciences field from a four-year college or university; and five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience required.


TB test done annually.

Membership in the AZA at a professional level.

Valid Washington State Driver’s License required.


Solid computer skills, including proficiency working with databases and Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while cleaning animal exhibits. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds when cleaning and maintaining exhibitry and moving animals. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing, smell, and a variety of vision capabilities. Interaction with visitors and animals requires talking and hearing.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) and outdoor weather conditions. The employee is occasionally in direct contact with exotic animals. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment varies. Occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. 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.

The qualified candidate will have at least 2 years of both elephant and African hoofstock management experience at a supervisory level in an AZA facility.