Careers

Population Biologist, AZA Population Management Center

Provides scientific and logistical assistance to the cooperatively managed animal programs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Initiates and collaborates in data analyses and research related to the management of small populations of animals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

* Work with Studbook Keepers and Species Coordinators from zoos around the country to prepare pedigree (“studbook”) databases for analysis; complete standard demographic and genetic analyses on the populations; and develop recommendations for future breedings in cooperatively managed conservation programs.

* Assist in the preparation and publication of reports on population analyses and breeding recommendations, and facilitate communication of these to zoos participating in the breeding programs.

* Analyze databases and other records to resolve issues related to animal population management.

* Conduct and/or participate in research and development of techniques for demographic and genetic management of animal populations.

* Provide assistance (via phone, email, internet conferencing) to studbook keepers and species coordinators on questions related to database analyses and population management.

* Participate in training of population management topics to zoo professionals, zoo visitors, and other audiences.

* Travel to AZA related conferences and meetings.

* Develop and/or assist with the development and maintenance of population management software.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

* Successful candidates must have strong computer, organizational, and communication skills (written and spoken);

* Successful candidates would likely have a strong background in population biology, use and interpretation of simulation and deterministic models, and broad biological knowledge of species biologies;

* A commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and zoo populations;

* A willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to projects.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

* Master’s Degree is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s Degree is essential. Knowledge of basic zoology or biology preferred. Experience with zoo based population management programs is desirable. Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.

Please submit a resume with a brief cover letter highlighting your relevant experience, education, interests and career goals as attachments by email hrjobs@lpzoo.org (or Human Resources Department, Lincoln Park Zoo, P.O. Box 14903 Chicago, IL 60614).

Women's Board Administrator

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

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Responsible for the administrative oversight of the Women’s Board, including daily operations, communications, calendars, logistics, etc.
•    Plan and coordinate monthly board meetings and special events, support new member recruitment and orientation activities.  Attend all Women’s Board activities, as possible.
•    Manage the Women’s Board operating and event budgets, gift tracking, reporting and related financial duties.
•    Coordinate and oversee communications with Board members including meeting notices, newsletter, and annual directory.
•    Assist with the implementation of Zoo Ball, the zoo’s largest fundraiser, by managing event timeline, budget and communications.  With the Women’s Board and internal and external logistical vendors, plan and implement the event.
•    Oversee sponsorship efforts for the Women’s Board fundraising events by supporting Board members as they secure underwriting from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Support the Women’s Board members to cultivate event donors and identify new funding sources.
•    Coordinate and implement the Women’s Board annual giving effort.
•    Serve as liaison between Women’s Board and all zoo departments. 
•    Hire and supervise a summer intern.
•    In conjunction with the Senior Director of Donor Relations, supervise the Donor Relations Assistant.
•    Other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Exceptional administrative skills required.  Strong organizational and analytical skills essential.
•    Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to handle multiple projects with overlapping deadlines and ability to respond to shifting priorities. Should thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, board members, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Proficient in Outlook (create/edit emails and appointments), Word (create/edit documents), Excel (create/edit documents), Power Point (create/edit presentations), and strong math skills required with all financial activity.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Five to eight years’ experience with a donor board preferred.


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 necessary.
 

Veterinary Resident

This three year residency is focused on exotic animal medicine in an urban zoo setting.  The program meets credentials as established by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) is supervised by a Diplomate of these colleges.  The residency is supported by two full-time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, and a ZooMed Support Intern.   The clinical training and literature review is designed to prepare the resident as competent in zoo medicine and be eligible for ACZM and ECZM certification.

 

This ~1,000 animal collection has hoofed animals, megavertebrates, marine mammals, large carnivores, non-human primates, herptiles, birds and fish. The resident is supervised during and responsible for veterinary procedures and record maintenance throughout the collection during their program.  Increasing independence in these roles is expected with each year completed.  With advancing program status, the resident additionally will focus on nutrition, departmental procedural coordination, and shipment and quarantine procedures.   Pathology is coordinated through on-site participation with prosections conducted by University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program which provides ACVP service to zoological institutions based in Chicago; a dedicated four week rotation in this service is provided.

 

Per ACZM and ECZM guidelines, the resident will have scholarly opportunities to complete their original research project for board-certification.  Four additional publications will be expected that utilize historic and prospective case availability and concurrent with ongoing conservation and science projects supported by the institution.  The resident will guide veterinary students during their preceptorship rotations and participate in teaching and presentation opportunities for the institution.  The resident will complete a graduate-level biostatistics course.  Other advanced academic courses or pursuit of a graduate degree will be considered for interested residents.  Resident will be funded to attend AAZV or similar national conference at least once during their program and for one-time attendance of the ACZM preparatory course. Conference presentations or posters will be expected during the residency. 

 

The position starts in mid-July 2016 with annual re-appointment for a maximum of three years based on annual performance. Residents will be employed by Lincoln Park Zoo with compensation and benefits provided in accordance with their position grade of the institution.

 

Applicants must hold a DVM from an AVMA accredited program and have minimally completed a one-year internship or equivalent practice experience. Licensure to practice or eligibility for licensure in Illinois is needed to apply with full licensure required before beginning the residency. Federal accreditation will be obtained once resident is established in the program.  Queries can be made to Kathryn C. Gamble DVM, MS, Dipl. ACZM, Dip. ECZM (ZHM) (kgamble@lpzoo.org).  Applications should include a letter of intent, application form (available at www.lpzoo.org), curriculum vitae, original veterinary school transcripts, and three letters of reference. All application materials are to be submitted through hrjobs@lpzoo.org.

 

Incomplete applications at the deadline (16 October 2015) will not be considered for this position. 

Student Research Facilitator

The student research facilitator is responsible for guiding youth and teachers through learner-centered, and student-driven experiences both on and off school grounds. Under the direction of the Student Programs Coordinator, this individual will seek to improve student understanding of conservation issues through experiences such as student-directed research projects, engagement with inquiry-based science experiences aligned with the research of zoo scientists and animal career staff, and exposure to career opportunities within the field of conservation science and education.   

  • As core facilitator for the Partners in Fieldwork program (Peak Responsibility Time: September-May):
    • Oversee development of individual research projects aligned with scientific practice at Lincoln Park Zoo
    • Guide students with data gathering and analysis related to animal behavior, space use, biodiversity, etc both on and off zoo grounds.
    • Modify and revise curriculum to provide additional opportunities for students to engage authentically with the field of conservation science.
    • Support authentic field trip experiences for students and teachers through both visit supervision and/or curriculum development as part of the Partners in Fieldwork program
    • Provide training, oversight, and support to teachers to support implementation of Partners in Fieldwork research activities.
    • Provide training in the area of technology-aided research projects to educators and support modifications to existing digital curriculum resources.
    • Deliver educator programming related to creating stronger ties between classroom practice and research and mission of the zoo.
    • Support logistical planning of zoo field trips by ordering buses, scheduling, and planning of the trip
  • As core facilitator for the Malott Family Zoo Intern Program (Peak Responsibility Time: June-August)
    • Supervise seasonal paid interns participating in the ZIP program in all areas from appropriate dress, timeliness, attendance, and job delivery
    • Conduct interviews, hiring, and training to support youth in delivering conservation education interpretation program
    • Develop and implement professional development and team building activities for interns
    • Guide youth in setting personal goals and striving for excellence in the workplace
    • Promote a team-based work environment among the interns
    • Develop content for intern presentations and guest interactions
  • Applicable to both responsibilities and other duties as assigned:
    • Generate program reports and support program evaluation efforts.
    • Deliver student-directed and inquiry-based programming for students at the K-16 level.
    • Provide guidance to students who contact the zoo with interest in conducting original research in the area of conservation science.
    • Support development and delivery of additional related programming as resources allow
    • Attend professional educational conferences as zoo representative as requested which may involve local, regional, or national travel.
    • Work a flexible schedule that may involve delivering multiple, hour-long programs in a row with limited breaks
    • Work weekends and/or evenings as needed to deliver programming to youth and teachers
    • Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

·       Ability to successfully manage and supervise interns and/or entry level professionals

·       Ability to work with groups of 40 students on zoo grounds and in a classroom environment

·       Ability to interact comfortably with culturally and linguistically divers students of all ages, with varying abilities,

·       Ability to work in a team and problem solve to ensure timely completion of all projects

·       Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public

·       Have good driving record and ability to drive zoo vehicles

·       Have reliable transportation

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate degree in biology, zoology, education or closely related discipline required. 

 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Experience with informal and/or formal education

Experience working with culturally, linguistically, and developmentally diverse learners

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to stand for long periods of time and work in a variety of weather conditions.

Must be able to regularly walk up stairs and move equipment on a rolling cart up to 100 pounds.

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.
 

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
 

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. 
 

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.