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Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Resource Conservation & Sustainability Supervisor

This position is responsible for leading and coordinating work in support of the zoo’s sustainability efforts, and for driving a deepening commitment to Woodland Park Zoo’s (WPZ) organization wide goals for conservation. This includes the implementation and broad adoption of the WPZ’s Sustainability Plan. Additional responsibilities include management and oversight of the solid waste, recycling, compost elements including utility usage and billing.


  • Develop and implement policies, processes, and procedures with a focus on resource conservation and sustainable practices that are consistent with and support WPZ’s Sustainability Policy.
  • Develop and manage budgets and revenues connected to sustainability efforts.
  • Responsibility for the receipt, auditing and tracking of all utility bills including natural gas, water, electricity and solid waste and recycling services. This will be managed through the use of utility tracking software and analytics for appropriate reporting and the creation of standards and targets.
  • Actively seek initiatives, incentives, grants and other opportunities for special funding or cost sharing from outside entities or vendors.
  • Manage WPZ’s solid waste and recycling programs, including vendor contracts & services and the supervision of refuse collection, waste management, and recycling sorting and tracking.
  • Work collaboratively with all departments for event support, including site services and equipment needs to support a high standard of accountability consistent with WPZ’s Sustainability Plan.
  • Lead WPZ’s composting efforts through interactions with the Compost Coordinator.
  • Primary spokesperson and supporter for all things sustainable and conservation minded, including leading WPZ in the education and engaged implementation of Natural Step and other initiatives.
  • Leadership role in the WPZ Green Team, and primary liaison for communication and translation between leadership and the broader WPZ community for all things related to sustainability.
  • Assists with the Commuter Trip Reduction Program in partnership with Human Resources.
  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports to: WPZ leadership and departments, AZA, City of Seattle and other entities as directed.
  • Assist other departments by providing input and oversight of project elements that have specific impact to sustainability issues.
  • Develop industry connections to maintain and improve best practices and continuously analyze and recommend activities to further establish WPZ as a leader and shaper of sustainable practices.
  • Coordinate various internal projects; take principle leadership on some projects and on some teams.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Supervise staff directly connected to waste and recycling collection and sorting, and all activities connected to compost production and sale. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing and/or directly supervising personnel
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience responsibility for managing budgets
  • Managing personnel in a multi-union environment; and understanding of collective bargaining provisions are preferred
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and managing operational protocols and systems
  • Expertise in high volume composting
  • Excellence in interpersonal, oral and written communication
  • Ability to successfully manage projects of all sizes
  • Demonstrated experience in managing service contracts
  • Knowledge, commitment, and ability to bring a focus on sustainable practices to the position
  • Possess the ability to take initiative, provide leadership, and assume responsibility for furthering organizational goals and program activities;
  • Ability to work productively with a diverse group of internal and external customers
  • Possess skill in workload planning, delegation, and motivating a variety of staff performing a broad range a professional, trade, and technical work
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field required with an emphasis in at least one of the following areas: Sustainable Facility Operations, Resource Conservation, Sustainable Design and Construction. Five years progressively responsible experience in operations and/or grounds management including managing in an environment with multiple facilities and grounds accessible by the public; or any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. A focus on conservation and green practices is preferred.


  • Valid Washington State Driver's License required.
  • WORC certificate
  • SFM certificate preferred


Knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word and data processing programs required. Knowledge of Excel and Access strongly preferred.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions and enter non-public behind the scenes staff areas. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee will need to be able to climb ladders and access difficult terrain for the purpose of inspecting work and analyzing existing conditions. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics 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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; wet or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office to loud at construction sites.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be acceptedCover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications are due prior to 12:00 AM on the posted Close date (i.e. by 11:59 PM the evening before).

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

How to Apply

Woodland Park Zoo
www, Seattle
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 2065482428

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