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Facilities Project Coordinator

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions — Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, Curious, United, Courageous, and Transformative in all that we do.

This Facilities Project Coordinator advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by coordinating on-site construction activities for Zoo facility, infrastructure, and sustainability related projects in alignment with Denver Zoo’s “Roadmap to Reliability” implementation and Strategic Plan.

This position serves as a primary liaison between Zoo staff, various professional consultants, and independent contractors, and is responsible primarily for the administrative tasks belonging to each project both currently underway and planned for the future. The ideal candidate will learn the complex organizational structure and decision-making hierarchy of the Zoo, and will exhibit patience and flexibility when coordinating with stakeholders to move projects forward in a timely manner.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests.  If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate and manage small-scale projects and construction tasks with other Zoo departments, consultants, contractors, and key stakeholders by providing access to approved areas of the campus, monitoring quality control, aiding with site safety and environmental sustainability activities, giving site tours, attending project meetings, etc.
  • Create Scope of Work (SOW) documents for upcoming projects, including execution of DocuSign documents.
  • Schedule site visits with third party contractors, consultants, and stakeholders and coordinate with other Zoo departments to schedule and communicate site visits accordingly.
  • Ensure proper procedure is followed for third party site visits including sign in/out process, gate and building access, and escort throughout approved areas of campus.
  • Confirm contract status with third party contractors, facilitating and fulfilling paperwork and executing documentation when necessary.
  • Procure and receive materials related to current, ongoing, and upcoming projects, and ensure proper and timely delivery of products to key Zoo staff members and contractors.
  • Create Work Alert notices to communicate construction activities and logistics planning to other Zoo departments.
  • Process invoices pertaining to facilities projects.
  • Maintain photographic and written records of construction progress and as-built conditions.
  • Communicate project status regularly to Facilities Project Management staff and Director of Facilities Management through verbal and written updates.
  • Assist with project close-out procedures ensuring the contractor provides accurate as-built drawings, owner training, Operations & Maintenance manuals (O&M’s), owner’s stock materials, permit close-out, completion of punch/warranty list, etc.
  • Complete annual Zoo training and seek out opportunities to advance technical, leadership and project management skills.
  • Work successfully and efficiently in a fast-paced team environment and solve problems collaboratively.

Other Responsibilities and Duties

  • Perform various duties as assigned.

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Motivation to be part of a dynamic team and play an instrumental role in accomplishing tasks and goals in accordance with time and quality expectations.
  • Desire to develop knowledge, skills, and experience in facilities project management.
  • One or more years of experience in project management, construction, engineering, or a related-field is preferred but not required; this is an entry level role.
  • Knowledge of general commercial design and construction is a plus.
  • Ability to learn quickly, build strong interpersonal relationships, and adapt in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge in various software packages including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS SharePoint, MS Teams, Adobe Acrobat.

Position Conditions

  • Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.
  • Clear driving record
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Range for this position is $24.43-$29.93 (hourly).


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.

Application Process and Timelines

Application deadline: December 21st, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.

Denver Zoo is following all CDC guidelines. CDC states that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against the spread of, and severe illness due to, COVID-19.  Denver Zoo highly encourages our employees to be vaccinated.  We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation.  This information is kept confidential.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.