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Field Conservation Interns

Three field conservation internship positions are available for regional wildlife recovery projects. Two positions (Internships A and B) will be based in Lake County, Illinois, assisting the Reintroduction Biologist in:
•    (Internship A) monitoring and recovery of grassland mammals (meadow jumping mice and least weasels) monitoring of reintroduced smooth green snakes, and conducting amphibian chytrid survey work
•    (Internship B) conducting sampling for Graham’s crayfish snakes and sampling amphibians.
•    Internship A will be 21 weeks in duration, beginning around May 11, 2015 and ending in mid-September 2015.
•    Internship B will be 15 weeks in duration, beginning around May 11, 2015, ending in Mid-August (some flexibility in start date for the crayfish snake/amphibian internship.


The third position, (Internship C), will be based primarily in DuPage County, monitoring for smooth green snakes, with additional work and travel conducting amphibian chytrid sampling in DuPage, Kane, Cook, McHenry, and Will Counties.
•    Internship C will begin around May 11, 2015 and continue for 18 weeks, ending in late August/early September.

In your cover letter, please specify if you are primarily interested in (A) Lake County green snakes and mammals survey position, (B) Lake County crayfish snake and amphibian sampling position, or (C) the DuPage County green snakes and chytrid sampling position.  All positions will require a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle.
 

Duties & Responsibilites
The Field Conservation interns A and B will work alongside the Reintroduction Biologist in monitoring and recovery of grassland mammals, (meadow jumping mice and least weasels), monitoring of reintroduced smooth green snakes, monitoring of Graham’s crayfish snakes, and amphibian monitoring and chytrid sampling in Lake County, Illinois. Occasional independent work will be required. Intern C will work largely independently following training, monitoring green snakes in DuPage County and assisting with amphibian sampling for a regional chytrid survey in several Chicago Wilderness counties.
Field work will take place in multiple Lake County Forest Preserve District, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and McHenry County Conservation District, Forest Preserve District of Kane County, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and Forest Preserve District of Will County sites outside of Chicago.
The field conservation interns will gain valuable skills with live trapping techniques, mark-recapture studies, disease sampling, gear decontamination protocol, radio-telemetry, and applied conservation projects that combine in situ conservation efforts with ex situ breeding and headstarting approaches. 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 
•        Identifying, handling, and ear tagging small mammals including a small carnivore
•         Setting, baiting, checking, removing, and cleaning live traps for small mammals
•         Handling, catching, and identifying small non-venomous snakes
•    Live-trapping for a  semi-aquatic snake and for amphibians using minnow traps
•         Radio tracking jumping mice, snakes, and least weasels
•         Disease sampling with amphibians and ectoparasite surveys of small mammals
•    Traveling between field sampling sites
•         Checking and maintain camera traps
•          Maintaining accurate data sheets
•         Recording environmental conditions
•         Conducting vegetation surveys
•          Data entry into Microsoft Excel
•    Use of GPS to navigate to and record waypoints
•         Aiding in construction of field enclosures for snake or mouse reintroduction

 


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Because these positions are based at multiple field sites, applicants should have a personal vehicle for use for travel to and from field sites.  Limited mileage reimbursement will be available for travel between sites. For the Lake County position only, field housing may be available at $100/month. Field work will occur 5 days per week (M-F) for the duration of the season. Internship A is 21 weeks, Internship B is 15 weeks, and Internship C is 18 weeks (allowing some flexibility of start and end dates). Some weekend work may be necessary during radio-telemetry.  Trap checks will commence early in the day, and time of day may change as weather changes (with earlier trap checks as temperatures get warmer).
The ideal candidate will be comfortable working long hours in the outdoors with little shade, and with abundant biting insects, ticks, and poison ivy.  The ideal candidate will effectively communicate with the Reintroduction Biologist and forest preserve agency personnel regarding project details. Must be able to effectively communicate about the field projects with the public as the field sites are forest preserves with hikers, bicyclists, etc. The intern will attend Lincoln Park Zoo-related activities as necessary. The intern will perform other duties related to the field projects as assigned. All interns will have the opportunity to participate with all of the recovery projects at different points throughout the field season.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Must be able to lift and carry at least 35 lbs. (metal live traps or wooden coverboards) through habitat by foot; basic knowledge of local fauna or willingness to learn; must be comfortable wearing work gloves while handling small mammals; must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, rain, heat, cold, etc.; must be tolerant of insect bites (because of its toxicity, DEET-based repellents cannot be used when working with reptiles and amphibians);  proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel and Word; flexibility regarding meetings, and situations as they arise; must be willing to work independently on occasion or generally as part of a three-person team; training will be provided for all internship activities.
Qualifications & Requirements
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
 •         B.S. in biology, ecology, or a natural resources related field (or degree in progress with relevant course work)
 EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
 •         Previous experience working with wildlife and/or conducting scientific research; preference for those that have animal handling experience; have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including small mammal live-trapping and monitoring, snake monitoring, and use of radio-telemetry equipment; possess knowledge of Illinois fauna, particularly mammals and reptiles; possess a valid driver’s license.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

•    A strong work ethic and a good sense of humor are ideal, especially while aiding in trap cleaning.

Retail Sales Associate

To work as a cashier, assist in restocking the sales floor, assist in checking in new merchandise, greet the guests as they enter the store and assist them with any questions they may have.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
   
•    Enters sales into the register and balances cash drawer daily.
•    Greets and welcomes all guests entering the shop, as well as thanking them for supporting the Zoo when they leave.
•    Monitors crowd levels and potential shoplifting situations, alerting management to any problems.
•    Follows all shop policies and procedures and seeks management assistance when needed.
•    Assists in straightening and restocking of shelves.
•    Answers Zoo related questions.
•    Knowledgeable in store merchandise.
•    Adheres to all loss prevention guidelines and procedures.
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Knowledge of guest service and retail operations.
•    Skill in effectively resolving difficult guest service situations.
•    Skill in presenting a pleasant, service-oriented persona, able to deal persuasively with zoo guests and vendors.
•    Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form. 
•    Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions. 
•    Ability to represent the Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills. Ability to get along with diverse groups.  Tactful and mature.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
High School degree (or equivalent)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.
Ability to frequently bend, stoop, reach and climb.
No allergy to plants or animals which may interfere with the ability to work.
Ability to work in all weather conditions.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work holidays and special events which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned. 
 

Seasonal Sculpture Tour Leader

Lincoln Park Zoo is launching its inaugural sculpture show in 2015 in celebration of the natural world.  Professional sculptor’s artwork will be installed outside on zoo grounds in late April–May, 2015, and will run through October, 2015. The zoo will host guided tours of the artwork throughout the show.

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative sculpture tour leaders with formal or informal teaching experience.  Sculpture tour leaders will provide zoo guests with meaningful and memorable educational experiences.  They are responsible for developing and facilitating the delivery of information concerning the sculpture show, sculpture and associated artists.  This job is a part-time position, which begins in early May and continues until the end of October.  Shifts consist of 3 work days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday), at a total of 2 hours per shift and 2-12 hours per week.  Shift 1 will host an 11:00am tour.  Shift 2 will host a 3:00pm tour.  Some additional, off schedule tours may be requested.

Essential Job Functions

  • Sculpture Tour Leaders will deliver content in a fun and unique way that will engage guests with the sculpture and natural world around them.
  • Responsible for developing some components of the curriculum.
  • Serve as a credible source of information for Nature In Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Contribute to the zoo’s mission to connect people to nature.
  • Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, miscellaneous surveys and timesheets.
  • Adhere to dress code.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience with informal, non-lecture program delivery.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Able to clearly and effectively communicate with visitors of various ages, backgrounds and knowledge levels.
  • Must be extremely trustworthy, punctual and work independently.
  • Maintain a positive and flexible approach to guest engagement. 
  • Great sense of humor helpful. 
  • Courteous and respectful with supervisors, team members, other staff, volunteers and zoo guests.


Education requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, education or working towards degree. 
  • Previous teaching or interpretation experience in an art exhibition or gallery preferred.


Physical Requirements

  • Able to remain outside and working a variety of weather conditions.
  • Able to communicate with guests for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to traverse zoo grounds and lead tour groups.


Additional Requirements

  • Experience working with a wide variety of audiences preferred.
  • Ideal candidate is an outgoing individual who enjoys interacting with the public, sharing information with enthusiasm, and has a passion for art, sculpture and nature.
  • Additional languages preferred but not required.
  • Must be available to work weekends.
Conservation Camp Instructor (Summer 2015)

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative educators with formal or informal teaching experience to join the Camp team as Conservation Camp Instructors. Instructors will provide children with meaningful and memorable summer learning opportunities by teaching a variety of inquiry based and hands-on activities.  Instructors will be responsible for teaching groups of 13 – 18 campers each week. Campers will be divided into groups depending on age and grade level from 4 years old to entering 4th grade. This is a full-time seasonal position that will extend from May 27 – August 21, 2015.

Interview sessions will take place in person at Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015. If an interview is desired, applicants will be notified by phone and placed in one of the two interview sessions. Applicants must be available for one of these dates.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teach a pre-developed curriculum as well as create some components of the curriculum (crafts, games, supplementary science content, etc.)

  • Deliver content in a fun and unique way that will engage kids with the natural world around them.

  • Contribute to the zoo’s mission to connect children to nature.

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, well managed camp group experience.

  • Communicate effectively and consistently with parents of campers.

  • Effectively collaborate with the summer staff which will consist of 16 fellow camp instructors.

  • Work directly with a co-instructor in a professional, effective, and cohesive manner.

  • Serve as a camp role model, a team leader, and an ambassador of Lincoln Park Zoo.

  • Provide mentorship for the Camp Teen Volunteers assigned to the camp group.

  • Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, accident reports, behavior reports, and timesheets.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Prior experience working with children in a formal or informal education setting.

  • Excellent classroom management skills.

  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments, along with organizational, logistic and operational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Must be extremely trustworthy and punctual.

  • Great sense of humor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, biology or other related field.

  • Previous teaching or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to remain on feet and walk for extended periods of time. Frequently bend, stoop, reach, lift heavy objects, and climb.

Zoo Crew Instructor (Summer 2015)

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for fun and creative educators with formal or informal teaching experience with a passion for working with middle school aged youth, to join the camp team as Zoo Crew instructors. Instructors will provide campers entering 5th- 8th grades with meaningful and memorable summer learning opportunities by facilitating a variety of inquiry and project based activities focusing on zoology and ecology. Instructors will be responsible for facilitating groups of 15 campers each week. This is a full time seasonal position that will extend from May 27 – August 14, 2015.

Interview sessions will take place in person at Lincoln Park Zoo on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015. If an interview is desired, applicants will be notified by phone and placed in one of the two interview sessions. Applicants must be available for one of these dates.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Instructors will facilitate a project based curriculum as well as create some components of the curriculum (crafts, games, supplementary science content, etc.) which will build off of the topics that the campers desire to focus on.
  • Instructors will help each camper develop and execute a research project based on the desired category they choose to focus on (i.e. zoology, ecology, or Biosciences).
  • Instructors will help facilitate content in a fun and unique way that will engage kids with the natural world around them.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe, well managed camp group experience.
  • Contribute to the zoo’s mission to connect children to nature.
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with parents of campers.
  • Effectively collaborate with the summer staff which will consist of 16 fellow camp instructors.
  • Work directly with a co-instructor in a professional, effective, and cohesive manner.
  • Serve as a camp role model, a team leader, and an ambassador of Lincoln Park Zoo. Accountable for accurate attendance sheets, accident reports, behavior reports, and timesheets.
  • Zoo Crew instructors will be required to sleep over at the zoo five times during the summer and travel to offsite fieldtrips as part of the program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Prior experience working with middle school aged youth (5th – 8th grade) in a formal or informal education setting.

  • Experience with and/or understanding of the scientific research process.

  • Excellent classroom management skills.

  • Exceptional problem solving skills with the ability to adapt to changing environments, along with organizational, logistic and operational skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Must be extremely trustworthy and punctual.

  • Great sense of humor.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, biology, ecology, zoology or other science related field.

  • Previous teaching, facilitation, or interpretation experience in a zoo, nature center, or other informal setting is preferred.

  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Able to remain on feet and walk for extended periods of time.

  • Frequently bend, stoop, reach, lift heavy objects, and climb.

Public Programs Coordinator

The public programs coordinator is responsible for developing and coordinating a variety of unique and engaging fee-based education programs.  Responsibilities also include training, supervising, and evaluating seasonal public programs staff and volunteers. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • As lead coordinator of adult and family programs:
  • Oversee development and facilitation of adult and family programs including overnights, early childhood programs, family workshops and others.
  • Communicate professionally with participants before, during, and after programs to provide excellent customer service.
  • Work closely with Education Administration Assistant to provide her/him with program information to create registration forms and oversee general participant communications.
  • Collaborate with other zoo departments to coordinate adult and family programs.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise staff and volunteers who support adult and family programs.
  • Order program supplies and assist manager with budget tracking.
  • With the manager, contribute to the strategic planning of future adult and family program offerings.
  • Assist manager in seeking new partnerships and maintaining established partnerships that support adult and family programs.

Other duties:

  • As needed, develop and deliver educational programs for youth audiences.
  • Assist manager with program promotions and marketing efforts.
  • Handle and present program animals for educational programs.
  • Represent the zoo with the press and at various events and outreach functions.
  • Assist manager in conducting program evaluations, focus groups, and audience assessments.
  • With the manager, seek ways to increase revenue-generating opportunities and to reach new audiences.
  • Assist other education teams and other departments on programs or projects as necessary.
  • Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Willing and able to think “outside the box” to try new and unique programming models.
  • Willing and able to focus on providing an excellent experience for program participants, exhibiting a desire to make accommodations for participants when requested and appropriate.
  • Have excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Possess a flexible approach to daily responsibilities.
  • Courteous and respectful with team members, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
  • Flexible availability to include both weekdays and weekends throughout the entire year.
  • Willing to sleep over at the zoo occasionally for overnight programs.
  • Ability to drive zoo vehicles.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, biology, zoology or equivalent is required. 
 
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Proven experience working with various audiences with an interactive non-lecture approach to teaching.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement a wide variety of informal education programs.
  • Experience in training, scheduling and supervising seasonal staff and volunteers.
  • Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners.
  • Experience utilizing informal education principles and best practices.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Capable of standing for long periods of time and working in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Able to regularly walk up stairs and move equipment on a rolling cart up to 100 pounds.
  • Able to lift and carry program supplies weight up to 50 pounds.
Production Designer

Plays key role in creating and maintaining the zoo’s brand through design. Designs and produces a diverse range of print and web materials, including e-mail, brochures, invitations, advertisements, forms, and signage. Works individually, or as part of a team to conceptualize design strategy and implementation of department projects.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Manages projects from concept phase to completion.
•    Supports fellow designers and production manager.
•    Maintains conceptual and stylistic direction for institution.
•    Works with the Project Manager to determine project audience and goals.
•    Plans and coordinates preparation of digital files to enable material to be produced on time and within budget.
•    The employee is required to have the ability to meet deadlines while juggling a high volume of projects and maintaining brand standards. 
•    Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a group environment are essential.
•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo guests and general public.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    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 traditional and digital printing processes and production.
•    Demonstrated skill in using Macintosh computers.    
•    Comprehensive knowledge of and skill using Adobe Creative Suite software.
•    Ability to work well under pressure and to be organized.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
•    A four-year college degree in graphic design and portfolio review.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRMENTS
•    Two years of design experience.

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.
 

Coordinator of Wildlife Management, Urban Wildlife Institute

Utilizing Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse scientific specialties, the Urban Wildlife Institute studies the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem to develop scientific standards for minimizing conflict between these overlapping areas. Landscape ecology, population biology, epidemiology, endocrinology, veterinary medicine and other core disciplines contribute to an increased understanding of ecosystem health in an urban setting. The Urban Wildlife Institute aims to use Chicago as a model for wildlife management (relocation, rehabilitation, disease and conflicts) in urban areas.

 

This position will work closely with the Institute’s Director to develop the connection of the Institute’s work in the field to the on-zoo-grounds work and education programs, and will also provide administrative support and oversight to the Urban Wildlife Institute and a new nationwide urban wildlife data collection initiative.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Manage on-grounds research and wildlife monitoring programs with Urban Wildlife Institute, with specific emphasis on species at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nature Boardwalk including black-crowned night herons. 
Develop and coordinate new field studies on zoo-grounds in conjunction with the Urban Wildlife Institute’s mission and strategic objectives.
Perform administrative tasks such as report preparation, permit acquisition, and data management for the Urban Wildlife Institute and a new initiative gathering urban wildlife data across the nation.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Domestic travel for conferences and field projects;
Establish or maintain links with Urban Wildlife Institute partners including other AZA institutions, university research departments, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations where appropriate;
Advise research interns when appropriate;
Attend Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary;
Disseminate results at zoological and scientific professional conferences and in lay and peer-reviewed literature as appropriate.
Perform other duties as assigned by the director of the Urban Wildlife Institute.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to design, conduct and communicate the results of  research and applied programs in wildlife ecology;
Possess expertise in the specific areas covered in ‘essential job functions’;
Knowledge of permit application process
Possess strong communication skills
Demonstrate a basic understanding of ecology for collaborative purposes (active research in these disciplines preferred);
Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken); 
Experience with and willingness to perform administrative tasks as listed in job functions, and strong attention to detail necessary to support multiple projects with a large number of collaborative partners.   
Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to conservation research projects.  

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resource Management or a closely related biological discipline is required. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Experience with wildlife ecological studies.  Preference for those that:
Have conducted field research in urban environment.
Incorporate GIS applications in their work.
Possess knowledge of Illinois fauna.
Have used Program R and Microsoft Access. 
Experience in participating and/or leading large collaborative projects/workshops.
Experience supervising volunteers, interns and/or assistants.
Experience working in a zoo environment

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.

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        
 

Population Biology Intern

The PMC Intern position is a full-time 12 week paid position (with flexible hours) which would involve entering individual animal and population data and conducting preliminary analyses in support of AZA Population Management Center and Alexander Center work.  This position provides a great opportunity to learn about the science of population biology and the management of zoo and aquarium populations from nationally recognized experts. 

The Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo is the only center of its kind providing scientific advice and logistical assistance to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) cooperatively managed animal populations.  The goal of the PMC is to help maintain healthy zoo populations, which is accomplished by: 1) assisting zoo professionals in validating and standardizing their “studbooks” (databases which record the histories and pedigrees of individual animals of a particular species) 2) conducting analyses to assess the demographic and genetic status of populations and 3) collaborating to produce breeding and transfer recommendations for every animal held at each zoo or aquarium participating in the managed population. 

The Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology was created to focus the zoo’s research in small population biology.  The goal of the center is to understand what puts animal populations at risk of extinction or decline, as well as how management actions can impact that risk.  This research targets captive and wild populations and integrates demography, population genetics, ecology, and evolution. 
 

JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Data extraction from zoo population databases & management plan reports;
•    Data entry;
•    Analyses of data from zoo populations;
•    Attend Lincoln Park Zoo, Population Management Center, and Alexander Center-related activities as necessary;
•    Other research and administrative duties as assigned by PMC/AC staff.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
•    Working knowledge of PCs, using word processing, spread sheet and database software.
•    Highly motivated, good problem solver, and detailed-oriented.
•    Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing. 
•    Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions.
•    Ability to organize tasks to ensure timely completion of all projects.
•    Ability to learn new software packages relatively quickly.
•    Ability to work at computer for 6-7 hours per day.
•    Database and records are confidential; discretion and ability to maintain confidences are essential.
•    Ability to represent the Lincoln Park Zoo in a professional manner at all times.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
•    B.S. or B.A. (in progress or completed) in biological sciences or related discipline.  Candidates with a background in statistics, mathematics, or computer programming will also be considered.
•    Interest in population biology, genetics, demography, & conservation.
•    Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word required. 
•    Experience in a research setting, as a research or project assistant is desirable.
•    Familiarity with zoo population management or specialized population management software such as PopLink, SPARKS, PM2000, PMx, ZooRisk, VORTEX, or PMCTrack is desirable but not essential.
 

Field Research Summer Intern, Urban Wildlife Institute

The field research intern will gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting with various projects as part of the Urban Wildlife Institute. Specifically, the intern will conduct field work related to a large, urban survey of medium-large mammals using motion-triggered cameras, help maintain and prepare equipment prior to field season, identify species and enter data from photos, assist with monitoring bats across Chicago using acoustic detectors, and contribute to other field projects as needed. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and willing to work early hours outdoors in summer conditions, and in the office. This is a seasonal, full-time position (35 hours per week), approximately June through August.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
•    Assist with field research projects including the camera study and bat monitoring;
•    Perform data entry as related to field projects with high attention to detail;
•    Test field equipment, inventory supplies, and prepare for upcoming field work;
•    Local travel in Chicago for field projects;


ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Manage volunteers when appropriate;
•    Attend Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary;
•    Performs other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
•    Successful candidates must possess expertise in field techniques for wildlife research;
•    Demonstrate understanding and passion for ecology and scientific research;
•    Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken); 
•    Willingness to work outside in summer field conditions; willingness to work early morning hours as necessary;
•    Able to interact positively and enthusiastically with the public about our research when appropriate;
•    Works well in a team environment as well as independently;
•    Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

•    B.S. (in progress or recently completed) in biology, ecology, natural resources, or related field.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
•    Preference for those that:
-    Have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including use of remote-triggered cameras, or experience with bats
-    Are familiar with software including ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.
-    Possess knowledge of Illinois fauna.
-    Possess a valid driver’s license.
 

Health and Stress of Urban Wildlife Intern, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

This position will assist in the Davee Center’s activities in health and stress of urban wildlife initiative.  Specifically, this person will assist with amphibian, small mammal, and raccoon health and stress projects including both lab and fieldwork.    

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Provide lab support to existing endocrinology projects by processing and analyzing samples.
•    Provide fieldwork support to existing health and stress projects including live-trapping, handling and identification of amphibians and mammals.
•    Assist with equipment maintenance including cleaning both lab and field equipment.
•    Assist with data entry including entering in field and endocrinological data into current databases.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Participate in other Davee Center projects as needed.
•    Provide general organizational assistance with all Davee Center activities.
•    Perform other duties as assigned by Dr. Rachel Santymire of the Davee Center.
•    Maintain a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibilities. Trap checks will commence early in the day, and time of day may change as weather changes (with earlier trap checks as temperatures get warmer). The ideal candidates will be comfortable working long hours in the outdoors with little shade, and with abundant biting insects, ticks, and poison ivy.
•    Works well in a team environment as well as independently.
•    Must be available for occasional work on nights and weekends.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Possess expertise in the specific areas covered in ‘essential job functions’;
•    Demonstrate a basic understanding of endocrinology and ecology including mid-west fauna;
•    Successful candidates would ideally have experience in laboratory and field procedures;
•    Possess strong computer, organizational, and communication skills (written and spoken);
•    Ability to represent Lincoln Park Zoo in a professional manner at all times
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors and fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public
•    Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to conservation research projects.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

•    A recent Bachelor’s degree in biology or closely related scientific discipline (within the last 2 years or expected May 2015). 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Must be available for occasional work on weekends
•    Must be able to lift and carry field equipment (metal live traps, seine nets) weighing up to 30 lbs through habitat by foot.
•    Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, rain, heat, cold, etc.
•    Must be tolerant of insect bites (because of its toxicity, DEET-based repellents cannot be used when working with amphibians).

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:
 •    Previous experience working with wildlife and/or conducting scientific research; preference for those that have animal handling experience; have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including mammal and amphibian live-trapping and monitoring; possess knowledge of Illinois fauna, particularly mammals and herps; rabies vaccination
 
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Must possess a valid driver’s license
•    A strong work ethic and a good sense of humor are ideal, especially while aiding in trap cleaning.
 

Seasonal Membership Sales Staff

Lincoln Park Zoo is looking for energetic, outgoing individuals with a passion for wildlife conservation to approach zoo guests and sell memberships and/or ADOPT an Animal sponsorship.  Candidates should have customer service and/or sales experience and be driven to meet and exceed individual and team sales goals.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Proactively initiate and close sales of Lincoln Park Zoo memberships and/or ADOPT an Animal sponsorships. 
•    Provide new members or ADOPT an Animal donors with appropriate fulfillment materials.
•    Balance daily cash kiosk banks along with log and document all sales.
•    Set-up and breakdown outdoor membership kiosk and manage inventory.
•    Assist with other areas of membership sales and fulfillment as needed.
•    Serve as a positive representative for the Membership Department and Lincoln Park Zoo; including greeting visitors and responding to questions asked.
 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•    Able to approach individuals and sell memberships and ADOPTs.
•    Self-motivated, outgoing, and friendly.
•    Able to communicate clearly with diverse audiences.
•    Able to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and the general public.
•    Eager to learn about the zoo’s exhibits, events and conservation projects and share this knowledge to engage potential members.
•    Able to work weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Education Requirements
•    High School degree (or equivalent). Some college (especially Sales, Business, or Marketing experience) preferred.

Experience Requirements
•    Experience in sales and/or customer service preferred

Physical Requirements
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time.
•    No allergies to plants or animals.
•    Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
•    Ability to bend, stoop and reach as needed to set-up and breakdown membership kiosk display.
•    Ability to move membership kiosk cart as needed.
 

Associate Population Biologist

The Associate Population Biologist is a full-time, 2 year 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.
 

Women’s Board Internship Position (Unpaid)

The Women’s Board internship will provide experience working with a volunteer fundraising board for Lincoln Park Zoo.  The intern will primarily assist with coordination of the annual Zoo Ball, the zoo’s largest fundraiser, which raises more than $1,000,000.  This internship is an ideal opportunity for gaining experience in event planning as well as fundraising and development.

Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, a historic landmark founded in 1868, is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience. A leader in conservation science both globally and locally, the zoo exemplifies the highest quality animal care and educational outreach. The not-for-profit zoo, managed by The Lincoln Park Zoological Society, is a member-supported organization and one of the nation’s only free, privately managed zoos.
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Assist the Women’s Board Coordinator with the daily management of the Women’s Board
•    Assist with the coordination of Zoo Ball fundraising efforts, which may include tasks related to Silent Auction, Raffle and night-of needs such as data entry and preparation of event materials
•    Participate in post-event wrap-up, which will include fulfillment of Silent Auction purchases and cataloging of event supplies
•    Assist with the Zoo Ball event registration process as needed
•    Attend event-related Women’s Board meetings and activities as needed
•    Assist with the coordination of invitation mailing and tracking responses
•    Assist with efforts to document, organize, and archive Zoo Ball processes and materials
•    Assist with efforts to document, organize, and archive Women’s Board processes and materials
•    Other duties as assigned
 

QUALIFICATIONS:
Ideal candidate is working toward a Bachelor’s degree or is a recent college graduate with an interest in fundraising and/or event planning. Candidate should be well organized and be able to work under pressure as the event date nears.  Proficiency in MS Office applications is needed to succeed in this position. Experience with graphic design software is preferred.  Must be able to lift a minimum of 30 lbs. Please note: This position is an unpaid opportunity, but eligible for college credit.

COMMITMENT:
Candidate will ideally be available to begin a part-time schedule beginning in spring.  Full time hours begin during early summer.  MUST be available the entire week of July 6-10 with late night hours.  Zoo Ball will be held Friday, July 10, 2015.  Internship should end in mid-August.
 

Endocrinology Laboratory Associate, Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Endocrinology Program has studied over 50 species in the last 9 years.  Our projects’ goals are to assist with the conservation and management of wildlife both in zoos and the wild.  We are focused on improving wildlife management by monitoring the animal’s health, welfare and overall reproductive success.  Taking a non-invasive approach using fecal sampling and behavioral observations, allows us to obtain a better understanding of the animal’s biology.  The Endocrinology Laboratory Associate will assist in the Davee Center’s activities in this wildlife research.  Specifically, this person will assist with the overall performance of the Endocrinology Laboratory by working on multiple laboratory projects, maintaining the lab equipment and supply inventory, training interns and students in basic lab science and assisting with the development and maintenance of a global endocrine database.    
 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Provide support to existing projects by processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory.
•    Assist with laboratory operations and functions including maintenance of equipment, purchasing and stocking supplies and reagents.
•    Assist with training of students and staff who are working in the laboratory.
•    Assist with development of new web-based endocrine research database.
•    Assist with administrative duties

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Participate in other endocrinology projects as needed.
•    Provide general organizational assistance with all Davee Center activities.
•    Perform other duties as assigned by Dr. Rachel Santymire of the Davee Center.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Possess expertise in the specific areas covered in ‘essential job functions’;
•    Demonstrate a basic understanding of endocrinology;
•    Successful candidates should have some experience in wildlife endocrinology;
•    Candidates must be able to work independently and prioritize tasks with attention to detail and accuracy;
•    Possess strong computer, organizational, and communication skills (written and spoken);
•    Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to conservation research projects.  
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

•    Bachelor’s degree in biology or closely related scientific discipline. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.
 

Guest Engagement Leader

Guest Engagement Leaders interpret the animal collection and conservation initiatives of Lincoln Park Zoo to guests. They are responsible for facilitating inspiring educational experiences and for providing excellent guest service to all visitors.  This job is a part-time position, which begins in early May and continues until mid-September. Shifts consist of four full workdays (including one weekend day), at a total of 24 – 30 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Narrate training demonstrations to large audiences of 50-300 people
•    Deliver a suite of animal and conservation focused presentations and tours to diverse groups of participants
•    Handle and present animals for educational programs
•    Communicate messages clearly to zoo visitors using a microphone and in one-on-one interactions
•    Serve as a credible source of information about various zoo topics
•    Use interpretive skills, props and artifacts to engage visitors 
•    Assist with and deliver special event programs
•    Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Able to interact positively and energetically in an informal learning environment 
•    Able to clearly and effectively communicate with visitors of various ages, backgrounds and knowledge levels 
•    Comfortable presenting educational programs to single guests as well as large audiences
•    Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibilities.  Works well in a team environment as well as independently
•    Courteous and respectful with team members, other staff, volunteers and zoo visitors

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
•    Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, education, communication or similar preferred, or working toward a degree


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Capable of walking across zoo grounds, standing for long periods of time and working in a variety of weather conditions
•    Capable of carrying supplies up to 20 pounds, and moving a rolling cart weighing up to 150 pounds

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Previous experience with interpretive program delivery is desired
•    Experience working with a wide variety of audiences preferred 
•    Ideal candidate is an outgoing individual who enjoys interacting with the public, sharing information with enthusiasm, and has a passion for education and conservation
•    Must be available to come to the Zoo for the following:
o    Group interview (invitation only): March 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or April 11, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
o    Staff training (for those hired):  May 4 – 7, 2015 and May 11 – 14, 2015;
9 a.m.  – 4 p.m.
 

Vice President of Education and Community Outreach

The Education department at Lincoln Park Zoo is comprised of two teams, the Hurvis Center for Learning Innovative and Collaboration and the Core Education programming team. These teams deliver a variety of programs to engage individuals ranging from pre-school aged children through adults.  Thousands of individuals take part in Lincoln Park Zoo’s educational programming each year through a variety of formats including but not limited to: guest engagement on grounds, student and teacher programs in Chicagoland schools, facilitated field trips, teen internships, adult lectures, camps, overnights, and many other targeted experiences.  The education department also serves the zoo through creating targeted member programming; partnering with other departments regarding exhibit and interpretive design; and ensuring a collaborative relationship with the Animal Care and Conservation & Science departments.
 

Senior staff position responsible for developing, budgeting, implementing, maintaining and evaluating the zoo’s educational programs. Provides strategic vision and leadership for the zoo’s programs and educational initiatives. Responsible for conceptualizing, developing and implementing projects related to community outreach.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Directs the development, implementation and evaluation of education programming. Oversees numerous school, fee-based, grant-funded and special audience programs.
•    Directs the development, implementation and evaluation of community outreach and programming
•    Provides leadership to help catalyze staff thought and creativity in identifying audience needs, and developing educational activities to meet them
•    Ably and regularly communicates the zoo’s mission to diverse audiences
•    Serves as a key person for developing and maintaining relationships in a broad range of organizations including community-based organizations, schools and government agencies. Facilitates partnerships with appropriate collaborators in Chicagoland, nationally and internationally as appropriate.  Works on collaborative projects and activities that fit within the zoo’s mission and education strategy
•    Develops strategies to keep department current on educational trends, concepts and methods.
•    Works with members of Senior Staff in development of the zoo’s strategic plan, educational mission and marketing strategies for audience growth and outreach
•    Provides strategic leadership in the development and professional growth of department staff
•    Manages assigned staff, including selection, job assignment, training and development, evaluation, salary review, promotion, discipline and separation
•    In collaboration with Development Department, seeks, develops, procures and administers grants to support education and outreach programs
•    Oversees development and management of departmental budgets
•    Ability to manage the integration of programs between the Core Education and Hurvis Center for Learning Innovative and Collaboration teams

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Other duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Proven track record in leadership and motivation of staff
•    An understanding of informal education theory and practice, including audience research and program evaluation                               
•    Ability to effectively envision and communicate the mission of the zoo and direct the  incorporation of the mission into exciting educational programs for all audiences
•    An understanding of the use of technology as a tool in informal education programming
•    Outstanding administrative and management skills
•    Strong public speaking and writing abilities
•    Ability to work under tight schedules and meet deadlines
•    Ability to represent the Society in a professional manner at all times
•    Proven track record in establishing relationships with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
At minimum a graduate degree in education, science education or a related field. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Five or more years of experience in an organizational leadership role, preferably a non-profit organization.  Demonstrated experience in the professional management of broad, creative educational and community based programming. Proven track record in producing successful major grant proposals.  Experience in developing and effectively using financial resources to achieve institutional goals.

Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the levels of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify individual

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work at computer for long periods of time
Ability to publicly address audiences of varying sizes
Ability to traverse the zoo grounds in all conditions
Ability to work off zoo grounds in various Chicago communities

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to represent the zoo at special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned
Valid driver’s license
 

Nature Boardwalk Intern

The Nature Boardwalk intern will assist the Urban Wildlife Institute in monitoring wildlife and environmental changes at Nature Boardwalk.   The intern will gain valuable skills such as methods for live-trapping turtles, monitoring a colony of state-endangered Black-crowned Night Herons, and monitoring changes in water quality.  Furthermore, the Nature Boardwalk Intern will work closely with the Coordinator of Wildlife Management to analyze data gathered from the various projects conducted over the summer. In addition to scientific monitoring, the intern will engage with guests and seek to increase awareness and understanding of their activities and the significance of scientific monitoring for wildlife and wild places.  Through meaningful guest interactions, the intern(s) will gain experience communicating the role of environmental research and science by interacting with people of various ages, background and knowledge. They will seek to help guests better understand the role of research in their daily lives.  The position requires a great deal of walking, being outdoors, and occasional physical labor.  This is a seasonal position, working five days per week, beginning in May and continuing through August. Towards the end of the internship the Nature Boardwalk intern will give a 45-minute presentation to zoo staff and discuss the results of the data gathered during the internship.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Able to interact positively and energetically in an informal learning environment;
•    Communicate messages clearly to visitors in small groups or in one-on-one interactions;
•    Serve as a credible source of information about wildlife monitoring and general ecosystem functions pertaining to Nature Boardwalk;
•    Conduct wildlife surveillance. Examples included performing bird surveys, tracking turtles using radio telemetry equipment, and use of motion triggered wildlife cameras;
•    Perform water quality testing;
•    Maintain databases and perform data entry.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Ideal candidate is an outgoing individual who enjoys interacting with the public, sharing information with enthusiasm and has a passion for education and conservation;
•    Maintains a positive and flexible approach to daily responsibility. Works well in a team environment as well as independently;
•    Assists staff with other ongoing projects;
•    Limited Chicagoland travel for field projects;
•    Attends Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary;
•    Performs other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel;
•    Willingness to work in hot weather outdoors;
•    Willingness to work early mornings as necessary;
•    Flexibility regarding weather, meetings, and situations as they arise;
•    Basic knowledge of local fauna or willingness to learn;
•    Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
•    Must be able to swim.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

•    B.S. (in progress or completed) in biology, ecology, or related field.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

•    Previous experience working with wildlife and/or conducting scientific research;
•    Preference for those that:
•    Have experience serving as a role model or educator in some capacity.
•    Have animal handling experience.
•    Have conducted or assisted with wildlife ecological studies, including use of remote-triggered cameras, radio-telemetry equipment, and avian capture equipment such as mist nets.
•    Are proficient with Access, a Microsoft Office product.
•    Have experience with Program R
•    Possess knowledge of Illinois fauna, particularly birds.
•    Possess a valid driver’s license.
•    General understanding of statistics and statistical methods.
 

Director of Corporate Alliances

Direct the Corporate and Sponsorship fundraising areas of the zoo’s Development function.  Set targets, measure progress, and secure funding through sponsorship agreements, Corporate Partners program, promotions, sales rights and other restricted and programmatic gifts.  Assist with identifying, cultivating and soliciting corporate donors and sponsors in the capital and endowment campaign.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Conceptualize, develop and direct the Corporate contributions and sponsorship program, including prospect identification, donor cultivation and solicitation, working with colleagues and volunteers to obtain annual and major gifts.  Maximize revenue opportunities for the zoo in the corporate giving and sponsorship areas, working closely with Development and Events staff.
•    Prepare all Corporate and Sponsorship fundraising goals and budgets, monitoring revenues and expenses against goals on a monthly basis, providing quarterly and annual analyses.  Working with events, submit Sponsorship annual budgets.
•    Expand current and seek new sponsor partnerships for events and sales rights.
•    Identify complete inventory of Corporate giving/sponsor opportunities, including all zoo events and programs as well as capital projects.  Create standardized proposals for these opportunities and identify benefits and possibilities by level to ensure consistency.
•    Identify and evaluate sponsorship opportunities including researching contacts, developing programs and securing promotions.
•    Create new revenue opportunities through existing events and other zoo properties.
•    Plan and execute cultivation tours and events for corporate donors, sponsors and prospects. 
•    Oversee sponsor contractual obligations to ensure fulfillment requirements are met.
•    Solicit in-kind donations that are budget-relieving for the zoo e.g. soft drinks, airline.
•    Keep current with marketing trends for events, sponsorship and corporate giving. 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Supervise Corporate Alliances Manager and ensure he receives appropriate guidance to reach his goals 
•    Maintain relationships with professional organizations
•    Evaluate current offerings to enhance revenue opportunities
•    Build strong customer loyalty through service delivery
•    Provide excellent guest service to zoo personnel, Board members, guests, sponsors and partners of the zoo
•    Perform related duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Ability to create and adhere to budgets
•    Skill in the operation of personal computers: word processing, spreadsheets, Raiser’s Edge, Forecaster, etc.
•    Result-orientated with ability to balance other business considerations
•    Strong analytical and reasoning abilities
•    Ability to negotiate contracts with suppliers, vendors and sponsors
•    Possess strong writing and oral communication skills
•    Ability to work courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and Board members
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects 
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and comfortably cope with change


EDUCATION REQUIRMENTS
Bachelor’s degree. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

•    A minimum five-to-seven years experience in sponsorship and corporate philanthropy, including staff supervision. 
•    Experience in negotiating contracts preferred. 
•    Strong interpersonal communication skills required for interface with clients, staff, vendors, guests, Board members and sponsors.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

•    Ability to work in all weather conditions.
•    No allergy to plants or animals.
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time at event sites.  
•    Ability to traverse zoo grounds.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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