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Reid Park Zoo


This recruitment will establish a civil service list which will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

The Reid Park Zoo is looking for a knowledgeable and experienced individual to oversee the planning, development and management of the zoo's exhibits and facilities. This position provides leadership, technical knowledge and business insight to direct the maintenance of the grounds and facilities.

Examples of general classification duties include:

  • Plans, directs, supervises and implements the maintenance, construction and landscaping operations of the Zoo including equipment and inventory maintenance and control; building and general grounds maintenance to ensure a high standard of appearance; and cost efficient maintenance of the Zoo.
  • Develops, directs, and maintains all programs, functions, and activities of a horticulture program.
  • Develops and directs conceptual plans; develops plant lists; lays out and designs planting areas and irrigation systems; locates and obtains/purchases plant materials as required for facility project development/renovation, and for general grounds landscaping. Works to incorporate the plant collection in the zoo visitor experience.
  • Sets guidelines and maintains standards for plant care and the general appearance of the zoo grounds. Develops animal exhibit landscapes, plant collections, seasonal plant displays, and attractively landscape grounds.
  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of all equipment vital to the operation of Animal Care exhibit water quality and life support systems and exhibit water features (e.g. pumps, valves, filters, ozone generators, backwashes, generators).
  • Provides long-range planning of facilities services and projects for the zoo.
  • Appropriately allocates resources in accordance to policies and annual budget.
  • Participates in planning all landscape and horticulture-related elements of new and renovated zoo facilities by providing consultation and input in design development.
  • Facilitates complex coordination between departments within constraints that include public hours, animal needs, labor and material availability, budgetary, scheduling and contractor needs.
  • Prepare “Request for Proposal” with bid specifications for contracts for construction and equipment/facility maintenance.
  • Participates in formulating and administering zoo policies as well as Safety, Contingency and Emergency Management plans. Ensures compliance with OSHA, Uniform Building Code, and ADA.
  • Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.
  • Oversees the night cleaning crew and security vendor contract.
  • Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.

  • High School diploma or GED. Plus six months post high school training in agronomy, turf science or related field.
  • Four years experience in zoological exhibit and facilities maintenance to include three years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant-level experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

    The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in the areas of:
  • Experience in the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment preferred.
  • Associate's degree in Botany, Horticulture, or related field.
  • Experience with Association of Zoos and Aquarium accreditation process.
  • Experience with pest management in a zoo setting.
  • Experience teaching safety classes and mentoring staff with equipment use.
  • Experience in construction and project management.

How to Apply

Reid Park Zoo
1100 S. Randolph Way
Tucson , AZ

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