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Project Manager – Facilities

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: Welcome, Curious, United, Courageous, and Transformative in all that we do.

The Project Manager – Facilities advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by being responsible for the overall internal customer relationship and project execution from the development and review of the estimate to project completion and closeout.

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 

  • Work with customers and or engineers/designers to develop accurate scope of work and project budget.
  • Review design documents (drawings and specifications) prepared by design consultants.
  • Review/respond to submittals, RFI’s, ASI’s, RFS’s, PLO’s and other construction related documents as needed.
  • Oversees project organization, scheduling, implementation, and closeout of multiple projects.
  • Establishes customer deadlines as determined by the Scope of Work and ensure customer satisfaction with timeliness, accuracy, and communication.
  • Provide accurate estimates for needed supplies, manpower, resources, etc. for project as required.
  • Make accurate and timely budget projections to meet the needs of the budget without exceeding budgetary restraints.
  • Formulates reports regarding such areas as work progress, costs, and scheduling.
  • Manages communication of expectations for project goals to all internal and external personnel and document actual results.
  • Track project milestones and tasks to report to management
  • Work closely with subcontractors and employees on job sites and confirm quality, timeliness of work and that all safety protocols are being followed.
  • Maintain photographic record of construction progress and as-built conditions, ensuring that accurate as-built drawings are maintained by contractors and delivered to the zoo at project completion.
  • Work with Project Coordinator(s) to ensure all documents, completion photos and cost trackers are timely and accurate.
  • Accountable for completing invoicing at end of project completion, timely and accurately.
  • Help PM team develop and reiterate the project approval process while maintaining a strategic outlook to consider the campus needs, on-site experience impacts, and animal welfare priorities.
  • Demonstrate leadership and commitment to EHS and OHS Policies.
  • Perform other various duties as assigned.

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree (minimum), bachelor’s degree (preferred), advanced degree (a plus) in engineering, construction, design, or related discipline is desirable.
  • At least 5 years of experience in construction or maintenance environment with customer interface preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction documents.
  • Knowledge of sustainability best practices including LEED, energy star, City of Denver Sustainability initiatives, City of Denver building codes around Green Initiative (Green Roof, Net Zero, etc.)
  • An action-oriented, entrepreneurial person who is a self-starter and can work independently, as well as in teams.
  • Excellent organizational and innovational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to explain construction documents for those not versed in reading/interpreting drawings and specifications.
  • Working knowledge in various software packages including Sharepoint, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, Adobe Design Suite.  Experience in Sketch-up, AutoCAD, REVIT, and other BIM software applications is desirable.

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 $6,368 – $7,960(monthly).


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

Resumes / Completed applications must be submitted by 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.