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Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Safety & Security Manager


The Safety & Security Manager is responsible for developing and overseeing a robust safety program that incorporates planning, prevention, response, recovery, and related initiatives including training, practice drills, active monitoring of safety practices, and motivational tools to inspire employees to actively participate in and support high levels of compliance and cooperation. This position promotes the incorporation of an institutional culture of safety into all policies, procedures, meetings, planning efforts, and budgeting considerations in order to enhance safety and reduce the potential for accidents and incidents at the Birmingham Zoo, Inc. (BZI).


  • Update and maintain BZI Emergency Procedures Manual.
  • Play a leadership role in the Zoo’s emergency response procedures, following an Incident Command system; the Safety & Security Manager will typically serve as Safety & Security Team Leader in emergencies, but is expected to oversee staff training and readiness for all IC roles.
  • Establish, conduct and oversee a Zoo-wide safety calendar or annual schedule of safety inspections for all BZI facilities and attractions to ensure compliance with regulations and standards. 
  • Plan, implement, and assess regular (monthly) emergency drills to ensure staff readiness and continuous improvement, and in accordance with AZA accreditation standards.
  • Regularly inspect integrity of Zoo’s perimeter fence to maintain AZA and USDA requirements.
  • Inspect Zoo grounds, buildings, and equipment following severe weather events to ensure human safety and animal facility integrity.
  • Proactively address non-compliant or substandard situations by collaboratively working with department managers and staff to develop timely, feasible, cost-effective solutions.
  • Interface with external risk-management consultants, and perform Zoo-wide risk assessments, including Job Safety Analyses. 
  • Oversee and coordinate staff training in comprehensive workplace health and safety programs, including but not limited to heavy equipment operation, hazardous material handling program, fall protection standards, confined space protocols, lock out/tag out protocols, first aid, blood borne pathogens, and PPE. 
  • Ensure compliance with OSHA, AZA, and other regulatory workplace safety standards.
  • Oversee BZI in-house and/or contract security personnel, including setting expectations, scheduling, management, and communication with security officers, and daily review and follow-up of security reports or electronic logs.
  • Plan, recommend and implement the layout of security operations and support systems. This may include electronic card reader facility access, closed circuit security camera systems, critical incident and emergency planning strategies and other security/safety plans as needed. 
  • Manage and maintain up-to-date SDS and other hazard communication materials.  
  • Coordinate and participate in ride-out teams that may be necessary in the event of actual or predicted weather events that could cause damage or compromise the safety of animals and require overnight presence to monitor animal safety, Zoo grounds, and equipment. 
  • Identify and plan for budgetary needs related to workplace safety and security.
  • Perform incident investigations to help identify causes and generate recommendations to reduce accidents; and perform follow-up inspections to verify effectiveness.
  • Plan, organize, develop and conduct various safety training sessions (on-line as well as classroom based), including maximizing use of online resources from Cobbs Allen and San Diego Zoo Global.
  • Maintain safety training records.
  • Lead BZI’s Safety Committee, including developing agenda and recorded minutes, assuring inclusive Zoo-wide representation and participation, and documenting follow-up on action items.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • First Aid Coordinator
  • Security Guards


The Safety & Security Manager is impacted by hazardous exposures common to the industry.  Some of the following exposures will occur daily:

  • Exposure to unusual elements, such as dirt, dust, fumes, extreme temperatures, humidity, darkness, and/or noise.
  • Hazards associated with train and carousel ride operation and maintenance.
  • The proper use and understanding of cleaning agents
  • Hazards associated with splash pad or swimming pool maintenance and the use of chlorine.
  • Equipment operation requiring the use of personal protective equipment such as ear and eye protection.
  • The hazards of working with electricity.
  • Understanding the protocols surrounding working in confined spaces.
  • Requirement to troubleshoot equipment in high and hard to reach locations.

Specific training and procedures will be provided, designed to maintain safety of people as the highest priority of the Zoo followed by the safety of the animal collection.  The use and understanding of a variety of personal safety equipment is mandatory.  The Safety & Security Manager bears overall responsibility for making sure that all staff members under their direction are trained on the proper use of safety equipment.

The Safety & Security Manager is responsible for keeping safety policies and procedures for the Zoo updated. 

The Safety & Security Manager, as with any staff member of the Zoo, is required to be familiar with the Zoo’s overall safety policies as outlined in the staff handbook as well as being responsible for reporting any injury immediately to the first aid department, Manager on Duty (MOD), or Human Resources. 

The Safety & Security Manager must be familiar with radio protocols and all animal safety protocols. 


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.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee should expect the following:

  • Use of hands, fingers, tools or controls. 
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch and talk or hear. 
  • Routinely lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 
  • Requires frequent walking for long distances
  • Exposure to wet surfaces.
  • Frequent exposure to the elements can be expected.



Education and work experience

  • High School Diploma required; College degree preferred.
  • Five (5) or more years as a facility and/or safety supervisor or equivalent experience.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Must have ability to utilize the following materials: calculator, computer, general office equipment, hand-tools, and power equipment.
  • Must have ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality as well as exercise extreme discretion.
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate with others to provide deliverables on an agreed upon deadline.
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrated time-management skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to convey technical information clearly and concisely.
  • Must have good presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft suite; experience with online databases a plus
  • Strong organizational skills with strong attention to detail.

Desirable qualities

  • Strong interest in advancing the conservation missions of zoos and aquariums.
  • Self-motivation and a detail-oriented work ethic.
  • Professional, positive, and enthusiastic demeanor.

Other Requirements:

  • Must have current negative TB test and rabies titer and provide documentation, or be willing to have a TB test and rabies titer.
  • Must be First Aid/CPR certified or willing to be trained and certified.
  • Must be willing to travel locally.  Must have a current valid driver’s license with no prior traffic violations within the last five years.
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.



  • Full time
  • Schedule varies between weekdays and weekends.  Weekend work required as well as occasional evening work and holidays.
  • Will be included in Manager on Duty (MOD) rotation following appropriate training

How to Apply

Employment | Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205-879-0409

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