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Project Manager

Position Summary
This position is responsible for directing projects within the Zoo’s capital program for master planning, design, construction, and infrastructure improvements. The ideal candidate will have experience with architecture and design at all levels. Previous Zoo experience is a plus.

Our Mission: Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife
Our Vision: Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.

Essential – Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships across all internal departments and works closely with Zoo staff as clients
  • Plans, develops and prioritizes scope, schedule and budgets for all projects while working closely with the Maintenance team to ensure full preparation and coordination of upcoming jobs
  • Within a given portfolio of facilities, creates a multi-year prioritized capital plan fulfilling the Zoo’s Strategic and Master Plans through a well-articulated process engaging all departmental stakeholders
  • Communicates and directs the work of architects, engineers, and contractors for the design and execution of projects
  • Determines and assesses the qualifications of contractors for contracting with the Zoo.  As required, coordinates the work of multiple suppliers, vendors, labor crews and other personnel for the most effective project execution

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required from a four-year college or university in architecture, engineering, construction management; or sufficient related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Professional license in architecture, engineering or related fields preferred.
  • Knowledge of all phases of facilities planning, scheduling, scoping, design, construction, move-in and operations; federal, state, and local safety practices; record keeping and report writing experience
  • Knowledge of construction procedures
  • Knowledge of safety procedures and OSHA requirements
  • Skill in areas of budgeting and financial administration


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well-being of our residents and guests. We strive to ensure the protection of all the counterparts of the animals we have at the Zoo and in the wild.  

Join the Houston Zoo and become a part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.  Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as a complete inventory of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Continued employment remains on an at-will basis.


This is a full-time position and offers the following benefits:

• Medical and Prescription Drug

• Vision

• Dental

• Basic Life AD&D (100% Employer Paid)

• Short Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)

• Long Term Disability (100% Employer Paid)

• Supplemental Life

• Flexible Spending Account / Health Savings Account

• 401k

• Free Zoo Membership

• Free Guest Passes

• Discounts on Food, Merchandise, Attractions, Admission and Programs

  Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.