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Zoo Exhibits Manager

Now is a great time to join our family and be a part of Zoo Miami’s dynamic future as we strive to ‘Share the wonder of wildlife and help conserve it for generations to come’. Experiencing an exciting time of advancement, Zoo Miami is focused on five strategic priorities: Animal Well Being, Conservation and Stewardship, Guest Experience, Financial Strength, and Performance Excellence.

Zoo Miami is proud to be active in many global wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives and is involved in over 36 projects taking place on six continents. The largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami is the only tropical zoo in the continental United States, occupying almost 750 acres (340 developed), the Zoo is home to approximately 3,000 animals representing nearly 500 different species.

Zoo Miami currently a full time Zoo Exhibits Manager position available.  We are searching for a team-oriented candidate that will be engaging and deliver exceptional customer service by creating friendly and positive interactions with all guests and co-workers.

Summary: This position reports directly to the Chief of Infrastructure and Construction. This position is responsible for the day to day operations of the Exhibits Team to ensure the Zoo’s mission objectives are carried out through its exhibits with accuracy, timeliness and in creative ways that are attractive, engaging, informative and safe for the Zoo’s diverse audiences.

Responsibilities/duties include, but are not limited to:

Directs and performs work related to the design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of experiential installations, such as, artificial nature replicas, architectural embellishments, spraying concrete, paints, special effects and sensory elements that interpret nature for the guest, using current messaging, fabrication techniques, equipment, and materials.

Researches relevant species, habitat, interpretive themes, and conservation issues for each specific exhibit under consideration, providing input to team and outside designers on expertise of natural habitat concepts, interpretive content and specialized zoo exhibit materials and techniques.

Creates and reviews budgets, schedules of work and reviews those submitted by designers and architects to ensure viability within the Zoo wide scope of other work.

Reviews construction as it progresses to ensure proper methods, materials are being used; schedules and budgets are being adhered to.

Reviews site plans, elevations and design criteria checklists and provide feedback on needs and expectations to project designers.

Develops own annual work plan.

Defines priorities of work that include plans for new exhibits and maintenance and improvements to existing exhibits.

Plans for and evaluates the visual effectiveness of exhibit design on the basis for the Zoo’s accepted aesthetic criteria for “natural habitat” exhibits.

Evaluates work space, environment and equipment regularly with staff and reviews additional needs.

Participates on the Zoo’s Interpretive team

Makes recommendations regarding hiring, discipline, and promotion of subordinates; authorizes leave and overtime; evaluates and rates employee performance.

Performs other related tasks as requested.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Two years of professional experience in a zoo, natural history museum, park and recreation or related facility to include the coordination, planning and administration of interpretive exhibits or educational programming, or coordination and administration of educational exhibitions are required.  Additional experience may substitute for required education on a year-for-year basis.

This is a full time position with excellent benefits as an employee of Miami-Dade County.

IMPORTANT:  In order to be considered for this position you MUST apply online through the Miami-Dade County Human Resources website, and search for Job Opening #75341.

NOTE: County applications now allow you to attach a resume. Therefore, prior to submitting your application, please make sure your resume is updated with your current and previous position(s) to include details of duties performed and responsibility. However, please also make sure the application details (all tabs) are completed in full.

Applications will be accepted until close of business on January 4, 2023.