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Milwaukee County, WI seeks an inspiring, visionary and innovative Zoo Director with team leadership skills to guide the Milwaukee County Zoo to its greatest potential and impact. The Milwaukee County Zoo was established in 1892. It has been a continually accredited institutional member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums since 1976. It is the largest cultural attraction in Wisconsin with an annual attendance of over 1.2 million visitors. It most recently was awarded the 2018 Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award for its ongoing sustainability and conservation efforts. The Zoo is a certified Travel Green Wisconsin destination and committed to contributing an equivalent of 3 percent of its operating budget toward conservation and research efforts through field conservation, education, staff programs and green practices. Milwaukee County Zoo is home to more than 2,200 animals representing 225 species. The Zoo’s mission is to inspire public understanding, support and participation in global conservation of animal species and their environment by creating a unifying bond between our visitors and the living earth and provide an environment for personal renewal and enjoyment for our guests. The Zoo is committed to providing the best welfare and management for the animals in its collection.
The Zoo Director reports to the County Executive as a department head. This position directs the planning of all zoo programs and exhibits and oversees and manages all zoo activities and operations. The Zoo is organized into four divisions: Animal Management & Health, Administration, Finance & Operations, Buildings & Grounds and Marketing & Communications. The position is also responsible for maintaining AZA accreditation. The Zoo Director is the primary liaison to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, the Zoo’s nonprofit partner. The 2021 budgeted total expenditures for the Zoo are over $24 million. There are 200 employees budgeted for 2021 including mostly full-time, but also seasonal staff.
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MINIMUM EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in zoology, biology, business administration or public administration; and five (5) years of managerial experience in the operation and maintenance of zoological or aquarium programs.
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To apply, follow the link below to the Milwaukee County Human Resources application site.
Milwaukee County Zoo10001 West Bluemound Rd.Milwaukee, WI 53226
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