Careers

Administrative Assistant

Enhance executive staff member and department effectiveness by providing professional administrative support.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•     Provides confidential administrative support to supervisor(s)
•     Assist with Board of Trustees communication and setting up committee meetings
•    Collects and prepares information for the supervisor’s use in discussions and meetings with staff members and outside individuals
•    Composes letters and memoranda from verbal direction and/or from knowledge of organization policy or procedures
•    Maintains daily appointment calendars; makes travel and lodging arrangements as required
•    Responsible for establishing and maintaining official documents and records
•    Receives and screens telephone calls, mail and visitors
•    Utilizes word processing equipment and/or PC in the performance of assigned duties

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    May serve as representative in various zoo initiatives
•    May be required to attend meetings and take meeting minutes
•    May do research for projects
•    Performs other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Thorough knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment
•    Thorough knowledge of PCs, using word processing, spreadsheet and database software, esp. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
•    Broad knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
•    Thorough knowledge of and ability to communicate and be understood in business English
•    Ability to perform a variety of administrative support assignments requiring considerable exercise of independent judgment and discretion
•    Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects
•    Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisor, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Associate Degree. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Two years performing complex and responsible administrative support duties in a fast-paced office environment.  Experience in a similar work environment desirable.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to sit for long periods of time. Ability to work in open office environment. Ability to traverse zoo grounds to conduct tours facilitates deliveries, escort vendors and coordinate meetings.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.
 

Associate Population Biologist

The Associate Population Biologist is a full-time position funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  The grant is focused on using population modeling (PVAs) to study long-term sustainability of Species Survival Programs (SSPs), the cooperatively managed animal populations of the AZA.  The Associate Population Biologist will work with a dynamic project team based at Lincoln Park Zoo as well as AZA SSP coordinators across the country.  The Associate Population Biologist will be responsible for using existing software tools to conduct Population Viability Analyses across a wide variety of taxonomic groups.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Conduct PVAs on AZA SSPs, including analysis of retrospective data, population modeling using ZooRisk, and analysis and interpretation of model results
•    Prepare PVA reports based on model results
•    Present project results at AZA National and/or Mid-Year meetings
•    Participate in department’s team approach to research and data management
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Successful candidates will ideally have strong background in population biology, use and interpretation of simulation and deterministic models, zoo population management software, and/or broad biological knowledge of species biologies.
•    Strong computer skills, including familiarity with PCs, demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and statistical software
•    Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing. 
•    Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions. 
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors, general public, and colleagues at other institutions
•    Ability to represent the Zoo and the project professionally at external meetings
•    Available to work meetings which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned. 
•    Must be able to work at computer for 6-7 hours per day
 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree essential, Master’s degree in biology or related discipline preferred.  Experience with zoo-based population management programs and/or specialized population management software such as PopLink, ZooRisk, SPARKS, PM2000, PMx, or VORTEX is desired. Exposure to or experience with R statistical package preferred.
 

Auxiliary Board Liaison

Manage the daily operations of the Auxiliary Board and facilitate the Board’s efforts to reach its membership and fundraising goals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Manage the daily operations of the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo.
•    Serve as liaison between Auxiliary Board and all zoo departments.
•    Engage in the strategic planning of the Auxiliary Board by working closely with the Board President, the Board’s Executive committee and the zoo’s Senior Director of Donor Relations.
•    Working with board leadership, identify ways to further cultivate Board members through their membership efforts in order to maximize their effectiveness as ambassadors of the zoo.
•    With the Development Events Coordinator and board president, plan and execute all Auxiliary Board fundraising events.
•    Manage and implement all Auxiliary Board communications and meetings.  Attend all Board committee meetings.
•    Oversee sponsorship efforts for the Auxiliary Board fundraising events by supporting Board members as they secure underwriting from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
•    Develop new funding sources and cultivate event donors to underwrite Auxiliary Board activities.
•    Prepare and oversee the Auxiliary Board operating and event budgets.
•    With appropriate staff, coordinate and implement the Auxiliary Board annual giving effort.
•    Respond to volunteer requests for information.
•    In conjunction with the Senior Director of Donor Relations, supervise the Donor Relations Assistant
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Exceptional organizational skills essential.
•    Experience with Microsoft Office and expertise with word processing, spread sheet and database software.  Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Ability to initiate and maintain relationships with key internal and external constituencies.
•    Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Prefer two to three years related experience, particularly in a fundraising and event planning environment.  Board or volunteer management a plus. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
Ability to operate and safely drive electric carts
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Ability to lift and move boxes and parcels of up to 45 lbs


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work evenings and weekends as needed
 

Corporate Alliances Manager

Corporate Alliances Manager is responsible for developing, selling, and implementing new and existing corporate partnerships including sponsorship, promotions, sales rights, media partners, and donations, in support of zoo events and programs.
Meets with and stewards event partners; manages a portfolio of relationships; conducts research on corporations for events, campaign and program prospects.
 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Working with the Director, set goals, prepare annual plan and implement strategies to achieve goals and objectives
• Work interdepartmentally to create sponsorship opportunities for events/programs
• Assist in creating proposals for potential sponsors and help Director secure commitments
• Cultivate, establish, and steward agency and media relationships to generate revenue
• Recruit and manage individual donors and corporate team sponsors for the Chicago Marathon team, LPZoo26.2.
• Sell and manage the on-grounds promotions program.
• Manage the Corporate Partners program, working to identify additional opportunities to enhance partnerships and build this unrestricted donor program.
• Track and communicate financial numbers on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.
• Ensure fulfillment of corporate partner agreements and benefits.
• Research current and prospective sponsors and donors, keeping current on sponsorship, marketing and corporate giving trends.
• Maintain Raiser’s Edge database and track status of corporate sponsor, promotional, and donor leads and proposals.
• Network with agencies and corporations.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage all back-end activity for Corporate Alliances programs—often being the first point of contact, drafting proposal frameworks and agreements, invoicing and scheduling.
• Ensure supervisor is fully advised on a timely basis so that she can effectively execute her responsibilities.
• Provide excellent guest service to zoo personnel, board members, guests, sponsors and partners of the zoo.
• Other duties as assigned


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
• Demonstrated success with client/customer/donor relationship building
• Strong presentation and persuasion skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills required for effective corporate contact and proposal preparation.
• Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to interact courteously and respectfully. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with sponsors, volunteers, zoo guests, board members, donors and colleagues.
• Superb attention to detail; organizational and project management skills
• Ability to coordinate high level of activity in fast-paced office, under a variety of conditions and deadlines
• Knowledge of Microsoft Suite required. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Undergraduate degree in marketing or related field

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least three to five years previous experience working with agencies, media companies, sponsorship and/or promotions

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Ability to work at computer and on phone for long periods.
• Ability to navigate zoo grounds and buildings in all weather conditions.
• Ability to drive electric cart.
• No allergy to plants or animals.
• Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to demands of the role and tasks
 

Director of Design

Leads the institution in creating and maintaining the zoo’s image on grounds, online, to members, donors and the community. Supervises the Designer, Production Designer and Web and Technology Manager.

•    Establish the conceptual and stylistic direction for and in partnership with the traditional graphic design staff and digital media design staff.
•    Supervise all department projects from concept through completion.
•    Supervise production of the institution’s publications in editorial partnership with Director of Communications
•    Implement design standards and guidelines for the organization.
•    Oversee compliance with institutional standards.
•    Sets expectations for project delivery.
•    Work closely with other departments to maintain open communication, ensure consistency, and complete quality projects within deadlines.
•    Supervise project assignments and scheduling to meet deadlines. Provide art direction on all aspects of project design and production. Guide the approval process. 
•    Monitor and review all projects produced by outside resources, and negotiate agreements with freelance talent.
•    Develop and implement an operating and program budget for the department. Oversee and supervise in the selection of vendors, job quality, and adherence to budgets.
•    Responsible for administrative aspects within the department including development and training of staff, in addition to yearly personnel review and evaluation.
•    Manage design development of the web site.

•    Attend LPZ staff and departmental meetings as required
•    Perform other duties as required 

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
•    Knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy.
•    Strong communication skills.
•    Knowledge of digital media design (web, kiosk, signage, applications), traditional/digital printing processes and production for printing as well as signage and exhibits, including budgeting and estimating.
•    Comprehensive knowledge of and skill using the Adobe Creative Suite.   
•    Ability to work well under pressure and organize tasks to ensure completion of projects.
•    Knowledge of design trends both within and outside our industry.
•    Working knowledge of web content management, architecture, design, and technology.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Demonstrated management skills.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A Bachelor’s degree in communications, graphic design, or related field.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRMENTS
At least five years working as art director managing both staff and freelance designers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work at computer for long periods of time
Ability to traverse zoo grounds
Ability to work in all weather conditions

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned
 

Guest Service Concessions

Provide professional and courteous service to guests and operate seasonal concessions.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Greets all guests in a welcoming and courteous manner.
•    Open and close concessions including completing operational checklists and forms, selling services, cash handling, operating equipment and balancing banks.
•    Perform in an usher role for special events
•    Maintain order and tidiness of the work area which includes cleaning duties.
•    Is knowledgeable of concession operations.
•    Through cross training, be able to work at all concession areas.
•    Adhere to dress code.
•    Maintain the Seven Guidelines to Great Guest Service.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Accept directions during safety drills and emergency situations.
•    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Posses a pleasant, service-oriented and enthusiastic personality.
•    Excellent communication skills.
•    Excellent organizational skills.
•    Ability to quickly and accurately operate cash register or PC.
•    Ability to perform numerical detail work with speed and accuracy.
•    Ability to work independently
•    Ability to handle multiple work assignments.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, guests and general public.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School degree (or equivalent)

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One-year cash handling experience preferred
NOTE:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work alone for long periods
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
Ability to traverse zoo grounds
Ability to work in small, confined space
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Ability to work with mild cleaning supplies
Ability to do light lifting of boxed merchandise
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work all necessary hours, including weekends, holidays, special events and all shifts. 
 

Seasonal Grounds Worker

To perform a variety of semi-skilled tasks involving plant care, watering and garden maintenance.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Participate in the proper daily watering of planted containers and garden beds throughout the zoo grounds.  Setup and remove hoses as necessary for watering tasks. 
•    Groom plant material for aesthetic appeal. 
•    Fertilize gardens and plant material as needed. 
•    Remove dead plant material and replant as necessary. 
•    At end of the growing season, remove all plant material and prepare containers for winter storage.
•    Participate in debris pickup and removal.
•    Assist in the loading, unloading and transportation of plants, garden equipment and materials.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    May be asked to represent the zoo at internal and external functions, including but not limited to zoo special events.
•    May use electric cart and/or hand truck to transport plants and supplies.
•    May use vehicle for zoo pick-ups and deliveries.
•    May be asked to direct volunteers and guests in a zoo emergency.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Knowledge of proper handling and use on a variety of related tools, equipment and machinery.
•    Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions.
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Ability to operate electric cart.
•    Knowledge of appropriate gardening techniques and practices helpful.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School degree (or equivalent). 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Experience watering and fertilizing plants helpful.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Ability to lift 80+ pounds. 
•    Ability to swim.  
•    Ability to pick up trash from landscape beds.
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.
•    Ability to frequently bend, stoop, reach and climb.
•    Ability to move about on sometimes slippery, muddy surfaces.
•    Ability to work on uneven terrain.
•    Ability to lift and empty trash cans into trash dumpsters.
•    Ability to remove trash material from water using poles, nets or by hand.
•    Ability to carry long hoses. 
•    Ability to perform essential duties in a wide variety of weather conditions for extended periods of time including unfavorable weather conditions.
•    Ability to lift and carry containers potted with plants.
•    Ability to work well with your hands to hold and use watering cans, hoses, plant pruners, boat paddle and boat.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Available to work weekends, holidays and evenings as assigned
•    Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned 
•    Must have valid driver’s license with good driving record   
•    Able to work flex schedule seasonally