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Associate Construction Project Manager

Primary Purpose of this Position:
The North Carolina Zoo is seeking an energized and collaborative oriented Project Manager to be a part of the Planning and Construction team to help provide the oversight and delivery of challenging, yet rewarding, projects. The successful candidate will be an integral part of rewarding work in engineering and construction planning, consultation, inspection, design and construction contract administrative services. A wide spectrum of work is available from repair and renovation projects to new construction projects.

Key Responsibilities: 
  • Manages the design and construction process with strong emphasis on maintaining the respective projects scope, budget and schedule.
  • Ensures the integration of operating procedures, security requirements and appropriate building systems in the design and construction process to achieve a fully functional facility that satisfies the project program requirements.
  • Maintains a systematic record of all construction during the life of the project and after the project is completed in hard copy and electronic formats.
  • Works with NC Zoo Staff, Design Professionals and Contractors to make sure regulations are followed resulting in the best overall project possible.
  • Active involvement in the preparation of R&R and Capital requests for funding through the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR).
  • Tracks all expenditures by Designers and Contractors and reports directly to the Director of Planning and Construction.
  • Provides project updates as appropriate to the Director of Planning and Construction and DNCR Capital Projects Staff on a monthly basis.
  • Works with NC Zoo Staff on small projects that are outside of Maintenance Staff availability.
  • Prepares contracts, drawings and specifications for projects that do not need a Design Professional.
  • Responsible for bidding and hiring contractors for a variety of small projects.
  • Position is included in the zoo’s weekend / holiday rotation for the “Manager on Duty” program.

Job Requirements:

  • Position is required to work weekend and holiday on-call rotations.
  • Must be available to work after hours and weekend hours when necessary and available for on-call and emergency call-back within 45 minutes.
  • Considered “Essential/Mandatory Staff” and required to work on adverse weather days, during zoo emergencies, and may be called to work special events.
  • Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a valid NC driver’s license within 30 days of employment.
  • Required to participate in an occupational health program due to contact with animal containment areas.
  • Must have the agility and physically ability to regularly and safely: lift up to 25 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally; bend, stoop, and work in tight spaces; climb stairs and ladders; move over and about all types of equipment to inspect, analyze and perform repairs; stand for the majority of the day; endure extended outdoor field conditions at any time of the year; negotiate uneven outdoor terrain on foot; hear and respond to radio communication; and drive motor vehicles at day and at night.

Candidate requirements: 

  • Must be able to work independently to exercise a wide range of decision-making and judgment.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate and write to express non-routine or moderately complex technical and/or program concepts and related facts in a clear, concise, organized and persuasive manner.
  • Must be skilled in preparing plans, specifications, technical computations and cost estimates.
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, architects, engineers, contractors and State agency managers.
  • Must be able to plan and direct the work of architects, engineers, and construction personnel.
  • Must be able to coordinate the work of multiple design teams in varied disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to review construction designs and read/interpret plans and specifications.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve contract disputes.
  • Demonstrated ability to estimate costs.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to modify delivery, language, or material to account for the characteristics and needs of the audience.
  • Must have excellent skills with computers including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit
The North Carolina Zoo exists for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors. The mission of the zoo is to encourage the understanding of and commitment to the conservation of the world’s wildlife and wild places through the recognition of the interdependence of people and nature. The Zoo conserves and protects representative examples of natural beauty, endangered and threatened plant and animal species and ecological features of the North American and African regions it represents.  

The Planning and Construction section is primarily responsible for overseeing Capital and Repair & Renovation construction projects from project conception through construction completion in furtherance of the zoo’s mission.

Department Information:
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
 **To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. ** 

  • Demonstrated working experience with Project Management and Construction Project Management.
  • Demonstrated working experience reviewing, evaluating, and inspecting the work of others.
  • Proven working knowledge of NC General Statutes and NC Building Codes relating to engineering planning, design, consulting, contract administration, construction, renovation and major maintenance and repair.

Management Preferences:

  • Five years of Engineering, and/or Project Management experience for Clients/Owners regarding Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and/or Construction Management preferred; but, not a requirement.
  • Prior experience with State Construction Office Procedures and Guidelines and experience managing its construction projects.
  • Licensed as Professional Engineer, Architect, or Landscape Architect in the State of North Carolina.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology, Survey Technology or assigned discipline from an appropriately accredited institution and two (2) years of progressive technician level experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Supplemental and Contact Information
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted.Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are “Under Review” and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).CONTACT INFORMATION:
N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670

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