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Houston Zoo

Project Manager

Our Purpose: The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. We take pride in supporting efforts that save wildlife from extinction by working to implement comprehensive conservation strategies and developing partnerships to increase knowledge and support in communities. The Houston Zoo focuses on saving wildlife through reducing threats that face species in the wild. This includes action to reduce plastic pollution and paper use, promote sustainable seafood and sustainable palm oil, recycle electronics, and address pollinator decline. We also protect the counterparts of zoo animals, like lions, sharks, cranes and toads in the wild through partnerships with other global wildlife-saving organizations. Every member of our staff makes this possible by ensuring extraordinary animal care and guaranteeing the zoo’s operations contribute to protecting animals in the wild. Our staff strengthens the zoo, making it possible to protect 20% of the lion population in Africa, save sea turtles through the elimination of plastic bottle sales, among other wildlife successes. By joining the Houston Zoo team, you save animals in the wild!

Are you an experienced Project Manager with a proven working history supervising the design and development of new construction and capital improvement projects? The ideal candidate will be able to provide oversight for general, preventative, and corrective construction of infrastructure, facilities, exhibits, system and equipment and serve as interface between internal zoo clients and external contractors/vendors. 


  • Develop and forecast strategic capital projects for Senior Executive Team review and approval
  • Responsible for quality control while being cognizant of impacting future maintenance cost
  • Participate in the design/development process for new construction and capital improvement projects using relevant specifications and regulations
  • Estimate potential construction costs by labor and materials
  • Responsible for keeping project accounting up to date controlling cost and contingency funds for both owner and contractor while continuously looking for savings on projects.
  • Partner effectively, as needed, with the Facilities Manager in the completion of projects and oversight/deployment of assigned zoo staff
  • Ensure safe practices and methods of construction in line with industry standards
  • Interface effectively with internal and external clients, visitors, contractors and vendors

    Qualifications - Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.  Specialized training and significant expertise in principles, procedures, practices, routines and techniques in construction and maintenance trades are required. Strong administrative skills, customer service experience and construction background required.  Experience with Microsoft Scheduler, CAD and Access software is a plus.

Experience Required

Experience in the design, development and implementation of large-scale new construction and capital improvement projects, including the reading and interpretation of complex architectural drawings. Experience in managing and effectively organizing labor crews for the successful completion of medium to large scale construction projects. Ten years of experience in construction or mechanical maintenance are required, including previous supervisory experience. The ability to work within a team environment with emphasis on strong communication is a must. Experience estimating costs of potential construction projects, maintenance work, GMP and other related negotiations.

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Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Houston Zoo
Houston, TX 77030
Fax: 713-533-6758

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