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Resource Conservation & Sustainability Manager 


SALARY & FLSA: $56,675 - $85,015 /year; FLSA /exempt

OPENING DATE: 06/05/2023

CLOSING DATE: 06/30/2023 at 11:59PM PST

JOB TYPE: Regular/ Full-time

UNION: Non-Represented



DEPARTMENT: Sustainability & Purchasing



More than 1.3 million people visit Woodland Park Zoo each year. We connect people with wildlife and remind them of what’s at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. Working for the zoo means upholding our mission, “To save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.” Apply today and show us how you zoo-doo.

As our new Resource Conservation & Sustainability Manager, we know you will be successful in this role because you are:

  • Sustainability and Conservation Minded: You want to share your passion and educate others on sustainable practices and are an expert in high volume composting.

  • A collaborator: You enjoy working with different departments and community partners on grants and cost sharing to ensure a high standard of accountability consistent with Woodland Park Zoo’s Sustainability Plan

  • Sustainability Leader: You use your knowledge to develop, implement, and manage operational protocols to help further goals and program activities.

  • People motivator: Motivate and delegate to staff who perform a broad range of professional, trade, and technical work comes naturally to you



  • Act as spokesperson and supporter for all things sustainable and conservation minded, including leading WPZ in the education and engaged implementation of Natural Step and other initiatives

  • Manage WPZ’s solid waste and recycling programs, including vendor contracts and services and the supervision of refuse collection, waste management, and recycling sorting and tracking

  • Develop and implement policies, processes, and procedures with a focus on resource conservation and sustainable practices that are consistent with and support WPZ’s Sustainability Policy

  • Receipt, audit, and track all utility bills including natural gas, water, electricity and solid waste and recycling services. This will be managed through the use of utility tracking software and analytics for appropriate reporting and the creation of standards and target

  • Lead the WPZ Green Team and be primary liaison between leadership and the broader WPZ community for all things related to sustainability

  • Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and annual reports showing the impact of sustainability initiatives



  • Education and experience equivalent to:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field required with an emphasis in at least one of the following areas: Sustainable Facility Operations, Resource Conservation, Sustainable Design and Construction.
    • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in operations and/or grounds management including managing in an environment with multiple facilities and grounds accessible by the public. A focus on conservation and green practices is preferred.
    • Five (5) years managing and/or directly supervising personnel and managing budgets.
  • WORC (Washington Organic Recycling Council) Certificate
  • SFM (Sustainable Forest Management) Certificate preferred

  • Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history.



The Woodland Park Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package for fulltime staff including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision HMO and PPO plans for you and eligible dependents

  • 11 paid holidays and 2 personal holidays

  • Accrue 12 vacation days and another 12 days of sick your first year

  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts after 90 days

  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks

  • Free staff parking

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan


Application: Please include a resume with your application through our Zoo Careers site at Please be sure to list or upload copies of all relevant training and certifications on your application. The zoo may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies.

This opportunity is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Woodland Park Zoo values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The zoo encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, 2SLGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

Screening: We will review applications and select some candidates for screening calls. Final candidates will be invited for virtual or in-person interviews.

Offer: Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check. In addition, this role requires the applicant successfully complete a: driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number FAC-23-00018  
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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