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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. We have one, full-time, benefitted positions open.    



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.

Pay: $87,000 - $107,000/annually plus benefits

Employment Requirements:

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. The selected applicant must reside and conduct work in Washington State. 

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 pleased to offer a comprehensive program of group benefits to help maintain your and your family’s health and wellbeing. These include: 

  • Medical  
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan 
  • 11 paid holidays, 2 personal holidays 
  • Vacation and sick accrual  
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts 
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks  
  • Free staff parking 
  • Working for an organization that cares about wildlife conservation! 


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-23-00013  
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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