Job Postings

Zoo Director


Columbian Park Zoo

Closing Date
July 4, 2014

The City of Lafayette, IN is seeking a Director for the Columbian Park Zoo. The Director is responsible for the executive leadership and daily management of the six-acre facility which is located in a small, progressive city and is a division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. This visionary leader must possess strong strategic thinking, fundraising, project management, marketing and public relations skills in addition to demonstrated financial and animal management skills. The Director will oversee a staff of 8 full-time, 25 part-time/seasonal employees, and numerous volunteers/interns. The Zoo exhibits nearly 200 specimens representing 90 species. This individual will be responsible for the continued planning and implementation of the zoo’s master plan and works closely with advisory, non-profit boards, and a variety of community partners. Attaining AZA accreditation within the next three years is one of the Zoo’s primary goals.

Education and Pre-requisites

A minimum of five years’ experience in zoo operations/management and 5-7 years supervisory/leadership experience is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Management, or related field is required. The successful candidate will possess a dynamic personality and have a demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and work with a team to achieve goals and carry out the Zoo’s mission.

Compensation and benefits

Salary is $1793.67-$2065.06/bi-weekly.

Position includes a competitive benefits package consisting of medical/dental/vision/retirement plans as well as paid vacation/holiday time.

Application instructions

To view a more complete description and to apply for this position on-line, please visit the City of Lafayette, IN website at:

The City of Lafayette is an Equal Opportunity Employer.