Project Manager

Project Manager

Website Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation and education.  We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions – Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Behaviors of: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity and Excellence in all that we do.  Visit to learn more.

The Project Manager will lead the Zoo in the management of capital design and construction projects.  Candidates should have at least 5 years of experience in project, design or construction management, or related field.  Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered. This leadership role acts as a liaison between Zoo staff, various professional consultants, and independent contractors throughout project strategy, design and construction phases. The position facilitates the information gathering process, identifies and solves complex problems, and directs project teams to successfully complete projects on time and within budget.

In addition, this position will learn the complex organizational structure and decision-making hierarchy of the Zoo, exhibit patience and flexibility when coordinating with stakeholders, manage project coordinators, and may be asked to set best practice and process for various design and construction activities.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests.  If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Capital Project Management (70-80%)

  • Manage Zoo capital design and construction projects using design thinking and best practice project management tools and techniques—starting at the project strategy phase, through design, and oversee construction activities. Take ownership of decision making to successfully compete projects on-time and in budget.
  • Facilitate team meetings, project scope development, and design activities and development of project deliverables with professional consultants, designers, contractors, Zoo staff and other key stakeholders in a highly collaborative process.
  • Prepare and regularly update project schedules and cost reports in collaboration with the Senior Director of
  • Design and Project Management, contractors, and other Zoo staff. Develop cashflow schedules for assigned projects.
  • Lead the review process of architectural, landscape and building system design documents (drawings and specifications) by design consultants, for completeness and accuracy.
  • Develop scope and bid packages for small and large capital projects. At times, lead large scale project procurement and contract efforts in collaboration with the Senior Director of Design and Project Management.
  • Manage tasks and efforts of project coordinators assigned to project construction. Progressively take responsibility for training project coordinators in Zoo activities and policies related to design and construction management (eg. sustainability policies, security and safety procedures, Work Alert process, etc.).
  • Lead internal Core team and Owner/Architect/Construction (OAC) meetings, and manage project communication strategies. Educate other project managers and provide oversight to project coordinators on best practice team, stakeholder, meeting and risk management tools and techniques.
  • Responsible for verifying construction follows design intent and construction documents.
  • Review and respond to submittals, RFI’s, ASI’s, RFS’s, PLO’s and other construction-related documents as needed. Responsible for accuracy of information.
  • Assist the Zoo’s Facilities Coordinator in collecting and reviewing contract documents from construction contractors. Write scopes, negotiate schedules and manage budgets associated with assigned projects.
  • Assist in pre-construction activities, such as, documentation of stakeholder decision-making, cost estimating, selection process for outside consultants/contractors, scheduling, budgeting, and procurement.
  • Develop design drawing sets for in-house small projects, as needed.

Team Leadership and Administration (20-30%)

  • Participate in Design & Project Management Department meetings and daily huddles.
  • Utilize individual expertise to set department best practice and process standards in design, construction or project management disciplines, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Design & Project Management.
  • Manage department interns and project coordinator staff, as assigned.
  • Participate in goal setting activities that support the Zoo’s OER and Engagement efforts, and move the Design & Project Management Department forward.
  • Complete annual Zoo training and seek out opportunities to advance technical, leadership and project management skills.
  • Participate in Zoo committee work, as assigned.
  • Set priorities in alignment with Inspire Awe:
    • Safety first, always;
    • Care demonstrated through exceptional guest service;
    • Connect with each guest utilizing ROADMAP’s guest engagement strategies and program development process.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Act in accordance with Denver Zoo’s Core Behaviors: Passion, Respect, Innovation, Diversity, and Excellence in all interactions with staff, guest, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Work successfully in a fast-paced team environment and solve problems collaboratively.
  • Expertise in project management tools and techniques—including scope, schedule and budget development.

Other Responsibilities and Duties

  • Knowledge of general commercial design and construction.
  • Ability to read and interpret construction documents.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Must be able to explain construction documents for those not versed in reading/interpreting drawings and specifications.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends, as required.

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred), advanced degree (a plus) in project management, design (Exhibit, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, etc), engineering, construction, or related discipline.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in project, design or construction management, or related field.
  • Working knowledge in various software packages including Sharepoint, MS Word, MS Excel, MS Project, Adobe Design Suite. Experience with project management software desirable. Experience in Sketch-up, AutoCAD, REVIT, and other BIM software applications is desirable.

Position Conditions

Ability to pass a background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.


Range for this position is $4,522-$5,539 (monthly).


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.

Application Process and Timelines

Resumes / Completed applications must be submitted by June 11, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.

  • Applicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered.
  • Please provide a link or pdf portfolio of projects completed with project duration, total project budget, and management responsibilities information listed.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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