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Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.
Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, driven, and knowledgeable Zoological Manager in the Mammal Department. This position directs and oversees the daily activities of the Zoo’s primate and children’s zoo collections. Animals currently under the oversight of this position includes but is not limited to chimpanzee, siamang, binturong, red panda, diana monkey, kangaroo, north american river otter, miniature horse, dexter cow, and contact yard sheep/goats.
The Zoological Manager supervises, coaches, and evaluates departmental personnel; assists with the approved acquisition and disposition of specimens; assists with planning and implementing of breeding and research programs; and assists with department budget and finances. The position is expected to fill in for animal care staff in their purview from time to time.
This position directly supervises 7 full-time zookeepers as well as several part-time zookeeper assistants. This position reports directly to the Zoological Curator – Mammals along with two other Zoological Managers in the department.
The ideal candidate for this position will be able to work equally well alone or in a team setting. Strong communication skills are a necessity for the candidate. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Environmental Resources, Wildlife Management or a related field from college or university; five years experience in the care of wildlife or exotic animal collection and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience are strongly preferred.
Position Title: Zoological Manager
Reports To: Zoological Curator
FSLA Status: Salaried, Exempt
All positions with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. are classified as 'Safety-Sensitive.'
(All candidates for employment with Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. must pass a pre-placement drug screening prior to beginning work)
Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of “Connecting, Caring, Advocating for Wildlife, People, and Wild Places.” A dynamic group of passionate individuals brings the zoo to life each day, 365 days per year, caring for animals, greeting guests, educating the public and managing the facilities. Each member of the team is integral to the success of the zoo as a key asset in the City of Tulsa and the Northeast Oklahoma region, delivering recreational opportunities, providing unplugged family time and conserving animal species for future generations.
This position directs and oversees the activities of designated areas to ensure and promote effective and efficient care of the department's assigned collection. The Zoological Manager supervises, coaches, and evaluates departmental personnel; assists with the approved acquisition and disposition of specimens; assists with planning and implementing of breeding and research programs; and assists with department budget and finances.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Other duties may be assigned in keeping with the mission of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI)
Directly supervises a team of zookeepers. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the TZMI's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Excellence and Continuous Improvement
Stewardship and Conservation
Safety and Security
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.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Environmental Resources, Wildlife Management or a related field from college or university; five years experience in the care of wildlife or exotic animal collection including two years of supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific or technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to TZMI employees, top management, board of directors and public groups.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions and percentages. Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and decimals to practical situations.
Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi; Microsoft Access; International Species Information Systems (ISIS) a plus; Internet Browser(s)- Explorer, Chrome, Safari, etc.
Other Skills, Abilities or Qualifications
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable on TZMI’s insurance carrier. Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as required. Knowledge of established principles and practices of exotic and domestic wildlife care, exhibition, management and exhibit maintenance. Skill in developing and maintaining a zoological collection. Knowledge of the processes involved in the acquisition and disposition of animal specimens. Knowledge of exhibit/habitat design, construction and maintenance principles and practices. Knowledge of general zoological classification and veterinary medical terminology. Knowledge of the "normal" behaviors including feeding/breeding habits and social interaction patterns and the behaviors/physical appearance indicative of health problems in assigned animals. Knowledge of State, Federal and International laws, regulations and guidelines relating to the operation of a zoological park and respective animal programs.Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other Zoo staff, animal management staff at all levels, animal management staff in Zoos around the world, State, Federal, and International regulatory officials, and the public. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in handling potentially dangerous animals. Knows and practices the proper and safe methods for handling and utilizing dangerous animals and various chemicals, tools, and equipment necessary for the completion of duties. Knowledge of general biology and natural environments in which the assigned animals are found. Knowledge of research principles and practices.
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.
This position requires substantial standing; substantial walking, moderate sitting; substantial reaching with hands and arms; substantial climbing or balancing; substantial stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; substantial talking or hearing; moderate lifting up to 60 pounds.
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 work environment involves minimal working near moving mechanical parts; substantial work in outdoor weather conditions; substantial work with moderate noise level.
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Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.6421 East 36th Street NorthTulsa, OK 74115Phone: 9186696600Fax: Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc
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