Careers

Manager of Audience Research

The Manager of Audience Research will oversee and/or coordinate all survey and behavioral audience research involving zoo visitors and program participants.  He/she will 1) develop and implement research projects, 2) chair and coordinate the zoo’s survey committee, 3) serve as the liaison between the survey and research committees, 4) supervise the review of, coordinate and collate all surveys/questionnaires initiated/conducted by zoo staff from any department, 5) analyze data from any and all visitor/programmatic studies, and 6) prepare written reports.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Develop and implement visitor and program participant surveys
•    Develop and implement visitor and program participant behavioral studies
•    Analyze data from wide range of behavioral and survey study designs
•    Develop and maintain a knowledge of visitor research in cultural institutions such as zoos, aquariums and museums
•    Prepare succinct, written reports that succinctly summarize research findings for staff and board members
 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Performs other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Knowledge of survey design and administration methodologies
•    Knowledge of behavioral research design, particularly timing and tracking
•    Demonstrated ability to organize and analyze large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data
•    Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Thorough knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills.  Ability to get along with diverse groups.  Tactful, mature.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of projects

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Minimal requirement is bachelor’s degree in social or behavioral sciences or field that provides comparable background for behavioral research. MS preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of three years experience with one or more of the following is desirable: design of behavioral research, design of questionnaires, conducting behavioral observations, administering questionnaires to the public.

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 sit for long periods of time while viewing a computer monitor
Ability to work in open office environment
Ability to stand and walk on zoo grounds for several hours at a time.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Available to work outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as assigned.
 

Corporate Alliances Manager

Corporate Alliances Manager is responsible for developing, selling and implementing sponsorship and other
corporate contributions for events, programs, promotions and sales rights.  Conducts research on corporations for
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
•    Track and communicate financial numbers on a weekly, monthly and annual basis
•    Research current and prospective sponsors and donors, keeping current on sponsorship, marketing and corporate giving trends
•    Recruit and manage individual donors and corporate team sponsors for the Chicago Marathon team, LPZoo26.2
•    Cultivate and establish corporate, agency and media relationships
•    Manage the Corporate Partners program, working to identify additional opportunities to enhance partnerships and build this unrestricted donor program
•    Sell and manage the on-grounds promotions program
•    Create proposals for potential sponsors
•    Maintain Raiser’s Edge database and track status of corporate sponsor and donor leads and proposals
•    Fulfill sponsor agreements and benefits
•    Network with agencies and corporations

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    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.
•    Manage all back-end activity for Corporate Alliances programs such as being the first point of contact, creating proposals, invoicing and scheduling.
•    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Strong presentation and persuasive 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 in marketing, with emphasis on sponsorship sales for cultural institutions, major event or property. 

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
 

ZooMed Support Intern

Provide administrative and research support to the departmental (veterinary, nutrition, pest control) operations and staff, especially Director of Veterinary Services, clinical veterinarians, and veterinary residents. Primary focus of medical record searches, literature management, maintenance of residency course schedule and documentation, including interviews, and providing administrative support to staff veterinarians directly. This position does not involve direct animal care duties or routine veterinary job shadowing.

Correspondence:
o Distributes correspondence for departmentalstaff.
o Maintains filing and mail flow for clinical veterinarians.

Records:
o Completes medical record searches under indirect supervision of clinical veterinarians.
o Prepares pre-shipment medical files for review and transfer.
o Maintains and organizes medical library.
o Maintain other department-related records.

Animal Health Council - organizes and arranges functions with Development and coordinates on-site consultant participation.

Veterinary and Nutrition Center department functions and meetings – schedules, organizes, arranges materials.

Veterinary Preceptorship coordination – scheduling orientation, enrollment, and introduction.

Veterinary Residency coordination – schedules, organizes, arranges materials, including residency courses, journal reviews and interviews.
o Preparation of journal citations for journal club review.

Phone:
o Performs assigned call back duties and phone research.

Computer:
o Literature searches and article acquisition for departmental publications and presentations.
o Figure and graphics development and acquisition for departmental publications and presentations.
o Maintains hospital procedures manual with approved updates.
o Archives clinical and departmental images (i.e., radiographs) and projects.
o Develops website postings with clinical veterinarians and nutrition manager and maintains submission of said postings to designated Graphics interface, includes monitoring website for accurate rotation of postings.

  • Legible handwriting
  • Typing (minimum 45 wpm) and data entry skills
  • Ability to record and deliver information, to explain
  • procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor
  • Considerable knowledge of computer programs of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet database access
  • Very good knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action
  • Excellent management of confidential information
  • Very good to excellent time management and prioritization skills
  • Very good skill in safe operation of office equipment including but not limited to copiers, faxes, shredders
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to get along with diverse groups with tact and maturity
  • Ability to represent Lincoln Park Zoological Society in a professional manner at all times
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, co-workers, consultants, visitors and general public in person, on phone, or by correspondence


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor of Science must be completed.
Preference will be given to those individuals with a degree in biological sciences or veterinary medicine, or future plans for entry into veterinary school.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Further preference will be given to those individuals with prior administrative assistant experience, data entry experience, TRACKS, or medical or veterinary clerical or record experience.
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 on computer for long periods of time
  • Ability to remain seated for long periods of time
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks that include but are not limited to climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, crawling
  • Physical strength, including ability to regularly move 30 lb objects and occasionally move 50 lb objects
  • Ability to work in small, confined spaces
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions – including potentially adverse conditions
  • No allergy related to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to work
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance or ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work
  • Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Available to work full time/near full time (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) five days per week (Monday-Friday), from end of May 2015 – end of June 2016.
  • Available to work for special needs or events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as required.
  • Non-infectious tuberculosis status via intradermal skin test, thoracic radiographs, or treatment regimen.
  • Comfortable with a cooperative working environment in proximity to other administrative assistants and staff.
  • Comfortable working in a medical environment.
Welfare Monitoring Post-doctoral Fellow

This individual will coordinate and efficiently manage animal welfare research across the animal care department and endocrinology laboratory at Lincoln Park Zoo.  This work will include training staff and volunteers to collect behavioral and location data, and body condition score information using the iPad app ZooMonitor and running samples for hormone analysis in the endocrinology laboratory.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Coordinate animal observation monitoring at Lincoln Park Zoo, including overseeing students, volunteers, and staff collecting data using the app ZooMonitor to collect behavioral, location, body condition score, and other types of data.
•    Run endocrine samples for identified subject for stress hormones.
•    Perform statistical analyses on results from LPZ research projects.
•    Synthesize endocrine and behavioral data for use by managerial team.
•    Coordinate inter institutional evaluations of the ZooMonitor app, including working with software programmers to create an automated reporting module for the ZooMonitor app.
•    Attend a national AZA meetings and disseminate information regarding the ZooMonitor application to other institutions across AZA
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    PhD in biology or closely related scientific discipline
•    Demonstrate a basic understanding of endocrinology and its application to wildlife
•    Demonstrate an understanding of animal behavior research, including data manipulation and summarization.
•    Possess strong computer, organizational and communication skills (written and spoken).  Proficient use of MS Office, including MS Access
•    Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to this project.  Enthusiasm for working with others, including training staff, volunteers and students.

REQUIREMENTS
•    Possess a driver’s license
•    Available to work all necessary hours, including weekends, holidays and special events
•    Available to attend training sessions and conferences as needed.
 

Research Scientist, Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology

The Research Scientist will join a strong existing team of scientists in the Zoo’s Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology and Population Management Center.  Our primary focus is on applied research that improves management and conservation decision-making for populations of endangered and threatened species, including cooperatively managed zoo-based populations and in situ (wild) populations. 

The Research Scientist will participate in all aspects of research, including design, data collection and analysis, writing manuscripts for publication or technical reports, and preparing oral or poster presentations for staff and conferences. The Research Scientist will ideally become an active participant in some existing Alexander Center projects, potentially including looking for patterns in vulnerability across zoo populations, analyzing an existing dataset on whether zoo breeding and transfer recommendations are being effectively used for species management, and conducting Population Viability Assessments for endangered species in collaboration with USFWS and other partners. There is also an opportunity to continue or initiate new research based on the Research Scientist’s interests if it is aligned with the Alexander Center’s focus.

The Research Scientist will supervise an existing team of staff as they collect, manage, and analyze data for a grant-funded project (through Dec 2016) to assess sustainability of zoo-based populations using population viability analyses.

This position is a permanent position, and will be filled as soon as possible.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.
 

Required:  PhD in ecology, conservation biology, or a related discipline. Experience developing population models to address questions about ecology or species conservation and management. One or more years’ experience in conservation biology research. Excellent statistical, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills (written and verbal). Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.

Preferred/Desirable: Experience developing statistical and population models in R or another programming language. Experience with stochastic population models. Familiarity with the principles of small population biology as they apply to zoo population management. Experience developing grant proposals, obtaining grant awards, and managing grant budgets. Experience supervising staff.

REQUIREMENTS:   

Available to work some weekends and holidays. Ability to occasionally travel to conferences and meetings to represent Lincoln Park Zoo.

APPLICATION DETAILS:
Applicants should include 1) a cover letter explicitly describing the fit with this position and a possible start date, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) two letters of recommendation, 4) PDF of one relevant publication you think best represents your scientific work 4) the Lincoln Park Zoo application for employment form.
 

Horticulturist

Under direction of Curator of Horticulture, Horticulturist is responsible for day-to-day supervision of volunteer gardeners and garden maintenance

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Able to work all days of the week on a flexible schedule.  A weekend shift will be assigned during peak growing season.
•    Will be involved in many aspects of garden maintenance for the on-going care, aesthetics and collection improvements of the zoo gardens
•    Participate in the proper daily watering, pruning, grooming and care of building interiorscapes
•    Participate in the proper daily watering of planted containers, gardens beds, and lawns throughout the zoo grounds.  Setup and remove hoses as necessary for watering tasks.  Use watering cans as necessary for containers
•    Assists in training new and returning  gardening volunteers
•    Under the supervision of the Curator of Horticulture, supervises and coordinates volunteer gardeners’ daily activities and volunteer group activities
•    Tracks the volunteer gardeners’ hours, program attendance and guest interactions
•    In conjunction with Curator of Horticulture, identifies new opportunities for volunteer gardeners
•    Assists in the preparation of recurring reports which include but are not limited to monthly volunteer hours; quarterly reports on program activities
•    In conjunction with Curator of Horticulture and landscape maintenance contractor, identifies, coordinates, and assists in the planting of and maintenance of beds by volunteer gardeners. 
•    Ensures that all tasks are completed following plan and applying knowledge of appropriate horticultural techniques 
•    Helps facilitate communication and interaction between zoo departments, volunteers and guests.
•    Works through zoo staff for the protection of the zoo animals from potentially toxic plants
•    Uses appropriate technology and resources to support program activities
•    Maintains inventory and program supplies; ensures cleanliness and order of working environment

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    May be asked to represent the zoo at internal and external functions, including but not limited to zoo donor tours, zoo special events and professional meetings and conferences
•    May use electric carts and/or hand truck to transport plants and supplies
•    May use other gas small equipment (pump, auger, line trimmer, etc.) for land maintenance
•    May use vehicle for zoo pick-ups and deliveries
•    May be asked to direct volunteers and guests in a zoo emergency
•    May be asked to participate in zoo horticulture-related education programs
•    Performs other duties as assigned
 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Able to work all days of the week on a flexible schedule.  A weekend shift will be assigned during peak growing season.
•    Will be involved in many aspects of garden maintenance for the on-going care, aesthetics and collection improvements of the zoo gardens
•    Participate in the proper daily watering, pruning, grooming and care of building interiorscapes
•    Participate in the proper daily watering of planted containers, gardens beds, and lawns throughout the zoo grounds.  Setup and remove hoses as necessary for watering tasks.  Use watering cans as necessary for containers
•    Assists in training new and returning  gardening volunteers
•    Under the supervision of the Curator of Horticulture, supervises and coordinates volunteer gardeners’ daily activities and volunteer group activities
•    Tracks the volunteer gardeners’ hours, program attendance and guest interactions
•    In conjunction with Curator of Horticulture, identifies new opportunities for volunteer gardeners
•    Assists in the preparation of recurring reports which include but are not limited to monthly volunteer hours; quarterly reports on program activities
•    In conjunction with Curator of Horticulture and landscape maintenance contractor, identifies, coordinates, and assists in the planting of and maintenance of beds by volunteer gardeners. 
•    Ensures that all tasks are completed following plan and applying knowledge of appropriate horticultural techniques 
•    Helps facilitate communication and interaction between zoo departments, volunteers and guests.
•    Works through zoo staff for the protection of the zoo animals from potentially toxic plants
•    Uses appropriate technology and resources to support program activities
•    Maintains inventory and program supplies; ensures cleanliness and order of working environment

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    May be asked to represent the zoo at internal and external functions, including but not limited to zoo donor tours, zoo special events and professional meetings and conferences
•    May use electric carts and/or hand truck to transport plants and supplies
•    May use other gas small equipment (pump, auger, line trimmer, etc.) for land maintenance
•    May use vehicle for zoo pick-ups and deliveries
•    May be asked to direct volunteers and guests in a zoo emergency
•    May be asked to participate in zoo horticulture-related education programs
•    Performs other duties as assigned
 

Development Services Coordinator

Provide information, support and services to advance the fundraising mission of Lincoln Park Zoo. Primary responsibilities include using Raiser’s Edge, the zoo’s fundraising database, to accurately enter contribution data, maintain constituent records, generate timely donor acknowledgements, and respond to data retrieval requests from end users. Successful candidates will work well both independently as well as part of a team, possess excellent time management skills and customer service orientation. Scrupulous attention to detail and appropriate handling of confidential information a must.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
●    Ensure accurate and timely processing of gifts, including generation of membership cards
●    Maintain constituent records in Raiser’s Edge database
●    Prepare and process donor acknowledgments
●    Reconcile donations with Accounting Department
●    Document and update gift entry and acknowledgment procedures
●    Produce standard and ad hoc reports to fulfill end-user data requests, using RE Query and Export modules and other reporting tools
●    Train staff on the use of the fundraising database
●    Identify and recommend procedures and solutions for data accuracy, integrity and efficient use of Raiser’s Edge
●    Run regular reports to verify accuracy of data entry and make necessary corrections
●    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
●    Strong attention to detail
●    Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work cooperatively and maintain flexibility in the face of changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
●    Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising relational database system
●    Intermediate-level Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel and Word
●    Proven ability to analyze data and identify recurring patterns and report discrepancies
●    Accurate text and numeric typing skills
●    Knowledge of general accounting practices and procedures helpful 
●    Familiarity with not-for-profit fundraising a plus

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time is essential.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Availability to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, as assigned.