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Project Manager of Capital Projects 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Project Manager of Capital Projects. 

Responsible  for  management  of  Capital  Improvement  projects  and  Seattle  Park  District  funded  major  maintenance projects.  Assists and supports long-range and strategic planning efforts.  Directs, oversees, leads  and  coordinates  contractors,  consultants,  other  professional  and  technical  staff  to  manage  project  planning,  design  and  construction.  Provides  leadership,  design  and  technical  knowledge  for  diverse  projects  including  building,  utility,  exhibit  and  site  improvements.  Responsible  for  delivering  projects  within  established  scope,  budget and schedule. 


  • Coordinate and oversee planning, design and construction process for development and renovation of zoo  facilities, exhibits and grounds.   
  • Develop and manage project budgets and schedules. Monitor and document expenditures, track progress  and ensure adherence to approved budgets and schedules. 
  • Coordinate consultant and vendor selection processes. Prepare, negotiate and administer consultant and  vendor agreements. 
  • Oversee production and review design/construction documents produced by consultants including  drawings, specifications and interpretive materials. Manage, schedule and oversee internal project review  through various stages of planning and design and facilitate coordination between zoo departments. 
  • Develop and produce design and construction documents for work by zoo staff or consultants/contractors. 
  • Ensure project development and execution is in compliance with applicable codes and policies including:  WPZ’s Long Range Physical Development Plan (LRPDP), WPZ’s Sustainability Plan, WPZ’s Strategic Plan,  Seattle Building Code and other agencies having jurisdiction (AHJ’s).  
  • Manage and lead project permitting process.  Lead early review of permit requirements and establish  permitting strategy with regard to scope and schedule.  Oversee and manage permit applications and  issuance. 
  • Prepare & make presentations and facilitate input from zoo administration and staff, Seattle Parks and  Recreation staff, the general public and other project stakeholders. Monitor ongoing project status and  communicate progress, problems and compliance to stakeholders. 
  • Manage bidding process, oversee execution of construction contracts and oversee work performed by  consultants and contractors during construction. 
  • Perform construction contract administration including preparation and/or review of change orders,  requests for information, submittals and progress payments. Monitor and evaluate design and construction  progress, inspect work and ensure compliance with contract documents. 
  • Develop, organize and compile project data and record documents from planning through construction,  closeout. 
  • Assist and support zoo staff on fundraising initiatives and grant writing. Seek incentives, grants and other  opportunities for funding or cost sharing from outside entities or vendors. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, construction management or a related  field and  five  (5)  years’ experience  in a  position  responsible for managing  the  design and  construction  of  projects in one of these field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • At  least  five  (5)  years’  experience  and  demonstrated  proficiency  using  design  and  project  management  software systems including AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, MS Project, MS Office Suite or equivalent systems. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing capital projects through the planning, design and construction phases.  
  • Experience designing and/or managing diverse projects including both new facilities and facility renovations;  along  with  a  working  knowledge  of  various  construction  methods  and  systems  such  as  civil,  structural,  mechanical, electrical and plumbing. 
  • Working knowledge of engineering and architectural design principles, practices and procedures, estimating  techniques, project accounting and project management best practices. 
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate effective project teams and manage stakeholder relationships. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse workforce and serve a diverse  customer base.  
  • A proactive and creative approach to problem solving and the ability to work independently. 
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license. 


  • Professional Landscape Architect, Architect or Engineer license. 
  • Project Management Professional Certification 
  • Experience designing and/or managing zoo capital improvement projects. 
  • Experience managing public works projects in a governmental setting. 
  • Strong familiarity with the American's with Disabilities Act and knowledge of how it applies to project design  and construction.  
  • Experience  working  with  and  producing  presentation  graphics  using  SketchUp,  Revit  and/or  other  3D  modeling software. 


  • This position may be required to lift up to 35lbs.  
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions.   


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to variable weather conditions. The  employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes  or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work  environment is occasionally loud

Want to know more? Read the full job description here! 


COVID-19 Vaccination:

  • As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment.
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history. A criminal background check, driving record review, and pre-employment tuberculosis test will be required of the selected applicant. 

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number FAC-21-00018  
EOE Statement Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

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