Current Job Opening Details

For general information about employment opportunities at Hogle Zoo, please call Human Resources at  (801) 584-4510.


Status: Full-time with benefits
Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Position Closing Date: April 29, 2016

Utah’s Hogle Zoo nurtures respect and appreciation for the natural world by providing diverse educational, recreational, and conservation opportunities.

The Director – Facilities is an exempt position that reports to the Assistant Director – Administration. This is a leadership position that advances the mission of the Zoo by providing the vision for activities associated with campus management including guest amenities, landscaping, and facilities maintenance. This leader oversees a talented team that works collaboratively with other Zoo departments to ensure a safe and dynamic campus for our staff, resident animals, and guests, while demonstrating a commitment to sustainable practices and serving as a champion for the Zoo’s environmental policy. The Director – Facilities provides direct supervision of the Facilities Office Coordinator and the Supervisors responsible for Maintenance, Grounds and Housekeeping. Effective communication, planning, and motivational skills are required.

Duties  and Responsibilities include:

  • Promotes the Zoo’s mission, core values, and strategic initiatives.
  • Leads, manages and directs grounds, housekeeping and maintenance staffs in the overall maintenance of the Zoo, including: carpentry, plumbing, fleet maintenance, electrical, heating/air conditioning and mechanical repairs, landscaping, housekeeping and general upkeep of the site.
  • Develops systems and procedures to manage the Zoo’s solid waste.
  • Maintains the 24/7/365 mechanical operations of all buildings, facilities and utilities.
  • Ensures the highest quality guest, staff, and animal experience by promoting the development and maintenance of modern facilities.
  • Motivates, encourages, and creates a collaborative team working environment, leading by example. Ability to promote teamwork and communication within and across departments.
  • Promotes and facilitates the professional growth of staff.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors safety protocols, procedures, and systems to ensure safety of resident animals, employees and public.
  • Ensures compliance with all governmental and safety regulations as it relates to the physical plant of the Zoo and Facilities staff.
  • Develops and maintains systems for preventive maintenance and effective management of all areas of responsibility.
  • Supports the Zoo’s commitment to green practices and sustainable operations.
  • Effectively develops and manages Facilities budget, and oversees all related contracts.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • At least seven years of experience in facilities management, preferably in a zoo, theme park, or other service-oriented facility.
  • Demonstrated and progressive supervisory background with employees with diverse skill-sets and experience.
  • Working knowledge of building and utilities systems, along with construction processes.
  • Working knowledge of plumbing, sewer systems, sprinkling systems, pumps, metal fabrication, wood working, auto repairs, HVAC, and electrical systems.
  • Commitment to developing and implementing sustainable and industry best practices.
  • Experience in estimating maintenance and repair costs.
  • Ability to plan, implement and maintain systems to improve safety efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Sound working knowledge of personal computers and related information technologies, including Windows and MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Experience with Green Building principals and maintenance [USGBC LEED Associate O+M (Operations and Maintenance)] preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To Apply:

Anyone interested should  e-mail a cover letter and resume to Bonnie Thomas, Director of Human Resources at Utah’s Hogle Zoo by April 29, 2016.  Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contact Human Resources:

Anna Fredrickson,  (801) 584-4510