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Project Manager

SUMMARY: Under the general supervision of the Director of Facilities Management, the Project Manager will oversee all facets of the more complex Facilities Management Division maintenance and construction projects to maintain and repair the physical facilities and grounds to the Saint Louis Zoo’s world-class standards.  As a key leader in Facilities Management, this position will support the Zoo’s mission and advocate the Zoo’s core values and three keys.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following reflects Management’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict additional assigned tasks.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position.

  • Plan, coordinate and direct projects, in-house and out-of-house, from conceptual design and bid process through construction and commissioning.
  • Meet, coordinate, and work in close collaboration with all Zoo internal departments and maintain continuous communication and scheduled progress meetings throughout all construction phases.
  • Develop estimates and final project budgets. Track expenses against budget, monitor schedules, and ensure accuracy and production of scheduled reports.
  • Create, monitor and update schedules, produce periodic department and project status reports and analyze impacts of schedule changes.
  • Coordinate all construction services and activities including GIS data field collection.
  • Ensure complete and accurate data is maintained using project management software.
  • Adhere to Zoo purchasing policies to procure, coordinate and oversee contractual services for the maintenance and repair of the Zoo.
  • Maintain budget and contractual files in guideline with Zoo record storage protocol.
  • Regularly inspect work to ensure compliance with all standards and specifications.
  • Ensure that proper safety guidelines are followed at all times.
  • Know and understand the Zoo employee handbook and adhere to all stated disciplinary actions and personnel policies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Facilities Management.


  • Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of this position.


  • Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology, Facilities Management, Construction Management or the equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Construction-related field preferred.
  • Two years’ experience managing construction projects with similar scope of responsibilities.
  • Knowledge and experience with construction contracts, project costing, bidding process, project oversight, closeout and documentation systems, budget management, and general accounting principles.
  • Knowledge and experience with automated technologies, CMMS, and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Knowledge and experience with OSHA, BOCA, NFPA, ADA and other construction-related standards and requirements.
  • Possession or the ability to obtain OSHA 10/30-Hour Training certification.
  • Able to read blueprints and assist with specification preparation.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage priorities and workflow.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with subordinates, peers and superiors.
  • Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and odd hours as needed.
  • Experience with AZA standards and accreditation process a plus.
  • All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.


  • Ability to access all areas of buildings, grounds, public and “behind the scenes” exhibit areas located across the Zoo.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods, climb stairs and ladders, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to safely lift, carry and load 75 pounds a distance of 20 feet.
  • Physical capacity to endure exposure to inclement weather, dust, heavy machinery, restraint devices and hazardous chemicals. Use of proper PPE may be required.


  • This position will work in both an office environment and outside. Significant exposure to weather is possible.

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