Position Title: Director of Science and Conservation
Reports to: President and CEO
The Pittsburgh Zoo, a dynamic, fast paced and progressive organization, is seeking an energetic, experienced professional to be part of our Zoo team as our Director of Science and Conservation. The Zoo currently houses over 1,300 mammals, with a major focus on African elephants, African painted dogs, Amur tigers, black rhinos, gorillas, and orangutans.
Oversees and administers all research programs at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and the International Conservation Center (ICC). Plans, coordinates and directs the work of the research and conservation department including Zoo and ICC based research and conservation efforts, in situ and ex situ projects and other research efforts. Supervises research team including, field conservation biologists, an administrative assistant, interns and students.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Responsible for conducting and reviewing ongoing research programs. Research may be either ex situ or in situ.
2. Serves as the liaison between other departments as a member of the Senior Staff team.
3. Facilitates the Zoo’s involvement in all types of conservation programs. Administers the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Conservation Fund which funds researchers worldwide.
4. Develops and implements research efforts at the Zoo’s new International Conservation Center, with a major focus on African elephants.
5. Reviews scientific design of all zoo research programs. Assists other departments with preparation of technical documents. Also assists in analyzing data, publishing the results and raising funds when appropriate.
6. Represents the Zoo to national and international agencies, board committees and the media.
7. Publishes research conclusions in scientific journals. Also participates in peer review of others submissions to scientific journals. Writes and publishes popular articles, presents both scientific and popular lectures.
8. Serves as the chair of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
9. Establishes relationships with local universities and colleges, academic institutions, local government and non-government organizations to develop collaborative research programs. Maintains established relationships with universities abroad.
10. Coordinates with the Zoo’s international partners, including Dr. Thomas Hildebrant of the Institute of Zoo and Wildlife Research, the Wuppertal Zoo in Germany, the Technicon Pretoria in South Africa, the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project in Borneo, etc.
11. Oversees and provides guidance for all departmental hiring, firing, performance review and disciplinary procedures.
12. Oversees the preparation and monitoring of the Departmental budget and oversees project budgets.
13. Responsible for writing grant proposals and follow-up reports.
14. Participates in weekend supervisor coverage. May be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
15. Performs other duties as assigned or directed by the President and CEO.
1. Relationship with Others - Cultivates and fosters relationships with animal care staff, veterinary staff and external organizations. Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others, and works to maintain constructive working relationships.
2. Communication - Employee communicates effectively verbally and in writing with superiors, colleagues, and others.
3. Successfully submits research results for publication.
4. Customer Service – As part of the role of weekend supervisor, is familiar with all aspects of the zoo visitor needs.
5. Professional appearance and dress required.
PhD in Biological, Conservation or Social Science disciplines is required. Four years experience with national and international conservation initiatives or a related field, including supervisory experience. Must maintain a current PA driver’s license.
Manual dexterity is required to operate machinery, including personal computer, fax machine, copier, etc. Position may require occasional off-site driving; must be able to work in various weather conditions within the Zoo and in the field.
Please submit resume/CV with salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous applicants need not reply. EOE