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Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise

Deputy Zoo Director

Summary Statement

Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capital improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals, animal habitats, species conservation, and the environment.
Deputy Zoo Director:

  • Oversees business management of Zoo Boise and the Friends of Zoo Boise. 
  • Manages administration, education, and visitor experience functions across the division in coordination with management team and supervisors. 
  • Acts on behalf of the Zoo Director in his/her absence. 
  • Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and judgment and is performed under general direction.


Essential Functions

Provides detailed oversight of administration functions for the division. Reviews and analyzes work flow, processes, and procedures. Oversees and manages the zoo's marketing and public relations efforts. Negotiates and manages contract with vendor for the zoo's gift shop, carousel, catering, and concessionaires. Oversees management of the guest services department. (30%)

Manages membership fulfillment and renewals, and corporate sponsorship programs and events through assigned staff. Assists the director with zoo fundraising through donors and patrons. (20%)

Oversees education and volunteer programs. Recruits, trains and manages hundreds of volunteers, maintenance, and event staff through coordinators and assistants, and ensures volunteer hours are tracked. (15%)

Coordinates animal care and facility maintenance. Participates in development and creation of new exhibit designs. Oversees management of animal registration, reports, and permits. Contributes to the coordination of the zoo’s conservation program. Maintains qualification standards to carry firearms in the event of an emergency. (10%)

Develops division budget with input from the management team . Provides revenue and expense projections and develops long term cash flow models. Maintains accurate records of revenue, accounting and reconciliations. Approves purchase orders. Coordinates as technology support. Prepares and present reports to the Friends of Zoo Boise.

Supervisory responsibilities: Employees in this position are authorized to recommend and/or effect the full range of duties (with appropriate managerial review), including hiring, performance evaluations, transferring, promoting, assigning of significant duties, rewarding, disciplining and terminating employment; exercise independent judgment to direct others work and have the authority to take corrective action; and, utilize people skills to communicate, motivate and direct or oversee a person, group, department, or organization. (15%)
Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%

Experience Required

Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training Must have a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, business management or related field. Required education and/or experience to attain the following: Five years of professional management experience in a zoological setting and experience in oral and written communication with an emphasis on effective relationships with governing authorities, individual and corporate funding resources, other local state and federal agencies, and the public. Knowledge in the application and interpretation of laws and regulations related to the operation of a zoo; direct experience in personnel management, finance and budget management, fundraising, board management, public relations and marketing, membership programs, non-profit management, animal husbandry, construction of exhibits, facilities management and an understanding of operating within the larger zoo community. Ability to plan, organize and direct activities of the division and non-profit organization; develop and implement short and long range plans to support the organization's mission, goals and objectives to provide services to the public; to develop, implement and evaluate effective programs; coach and supervise employees in the effective performance of their work; manage a diverse group of people; follow-up on work assignments and verify accuracy and completeness; operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency using contemporary and related database, word processing, and spreadsheet software applications at an appropriate level for efficient job performance; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City of Boise employees and the public; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; and perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation. Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record. Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training Seven to ten years of management experience in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution. Three years of experience in non-profit management with proven fundraising skills. Licensing And Other Requirements Valid State Issued driver’s license.

Further Comments

Special Requirements Applicants must be able to pass: City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation Driving Record Check Education Verification Drug Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hire. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test. This position is required to train in the use of firearms. Working Conditions The physical effort characteristics and working environment 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. Physical Efforts While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds and rarely lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds and rarely pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds. The noise level is occasionally moderate and rarely loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk and runn. Position requires hand/finger dexterity. Working Environment The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, in wet and humid conditions, areas of dust, odors, mist and gases or other airborne matter. This position works: weekends, evenings, and holidays as required by zoo hours of operation.


$93,880.80 - $104,925.60 Annually plus full CIty of Boise Benefits Package

How to Apply

To apply please submit an application via the CIty of Boise Human REsources website by April 4, 2023 at:

Zoo Boise
355 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702
Fax: Zoo Boise

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