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Milwaukee County Zoo

Sustainability, Conservation and Research Manager

Job Summary: This position coordinates, develops and oversees all sustainability/”green practices”, conservation programs, and research for the Milwaukee County Zoo. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Sustainability & Green Practices:

  • Researches, develops, implements, supports and manages Milwaukee County Zoo’s short-term and long-term sustainability programs and initiatives.

  • Coordinates and refines current internal initiatives such as energy conservation, water conservation, waste control, recycling and assists with identifying sustainable purchasing.

  • Identifies new initiatives and programs that further MCZ mission while having a positive impact on staff, visitors and community as well as the environment and long-term operational costs.

  • Collaborates with internal departments, including the Animal Division, Operations, Communications and Marketing, Administration and Finance, Maintenance and Facilities Division and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee to provide staff training on sustainability issues and increase staff engagement through workshops and evaluation.

  • Collects, maintains, tracks and presents data to evaluate sustainability initiatives and achievements.


  • Serves as primary point of contact to coordinate all aspects of Milwaukee County Zoo’s participation in conservation activities & evaluates conservation initiatives to ensure support of the Milwaukee County Zoo’s missions and goals.  Investigates and identifies new projects for conservation.

  • Develops measurable conservation goals and standards, working in close collaboration with Milwaukee County Zoo’s senior leadership team.

  • Cooperates with other zoo and Zoological Society staff to ensure that our education programs, interpretive/graphics, and other programs are scientifically accurate and sensitive to conservation.

  • Ensure AZA, Federal, state and local regulatory compliance in all aspects of the zoo’s conservation initiatives.

  • Track spending and prepare reports on all conservation programs


  • Research and recommend which programs and activities are best suited for the Milwaukee County Zoo.  Assessments and recommendations will include but not be limited to: impact of positive change; best fit for organizational goals, cost/benefit, SSP support, etc.

  • Develops and maintains processes and procedures to accept, assess, and facilitate research requests and serves as primary point of contact to coordinate all aspects of internal and external requests for Milwaukee County Zoo to participate in research activities.

  • Consult/correspond with outside research collaborators.

  • Bring proposed research requests to Zoo’s Senior Animal Staff for review and authorization.

  • Track, document and report on research requests, results and outcomes.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops content on the Zoo’s sustainable practices, conservation projects and research opportunities for internal and external communications.

  • Develops and implements a strategy for financial support for the conservation and research programs and may assist in the preparation of grant applications and the administration of grants.

  • May prepare technical reports and papers for publication.

  • Serve on or lead external or internal committees such as the Green Team and the Zoological Society Conservation Committee.

  • May serve as a member of the Senior Management team and as such be assigned to be the periodic weekend manager during weekends and holidays

  • Participates in a wide variety of AZA conservation and administrative volunteer duties and activities and other related professional groups.  Represents zoo at professional conferences and workshops and/or as a member of professional advisory groups, management groups, and other committees.

  • May supervise students, researchers and interns.


Other Skills, Abilities or Qualifications

Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as required.  Knowledge of State, Federal and International laws, regulations and guidelines relating to the operation of a zoological park and respective animal programs preferred.  Knowledge of the Species 360 and ZIMS.


 Special Instructions: This Original Examination is open to qualified internal and external candidates of the State of Wisconsin.  The selection process will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods.

Milwaukee County offers competitive benefit package including group life, health and dental insurance; including major medical coverage of employees and dependents; deferred compensation and contributory pension plan, pre-tax childcare and dependent care program. Additionally, the federal government offers a loan forgiveness program for employees that serve in the public sector. 

Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Environmental Resources, Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in the aforementioned fields preferred. At least three (3) years of experience in the management of sustainability programs, conservation programs, and/or research programs required. Three years of experience in the execution of green projects and sustainability initiatives preferred. Computer Skills – Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Access

Further Comments

Position will close on March 16th, at 5:59 p.m.


Starting at $54,634.88 annually

How to Apply

Go to Milwaukee County Careers at

Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee , WI 53226

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