Qualifications: At least 10 years experience as a zoo habitat designer or as designer in an animal exhibition-related field. Proven capabilities to develop design and demonstrate concepts, writing a design proposals, choosing plants and landscape features, estimating expenses, supervising fabrication and construction, consulting with zoo personnel, and supervising the construction staff. The ability to sketch and visualize design concepts, experience in CAD-based design solutions (Rhino & Revit) and mixed physical-digital environmental design are all requirements. Curiosity toward different subject matter and toward the way the public understands the material is essential. Must be capable of leading a multidisciplinary team, directing the work of others, maintaining tight timeframes, and working constructively with complex clients, curators, keepers, zoo educators, and veterinarians to determine the best way to accommodate the needs of both animals and visitors. Must have experience in every stage of design for complex projects, from conception through construction to opening.
- Act as Lead Designer for one or more projects simultaneously, oversee global project development and design
- On specified projects, act as primary creative and conceptual form-giver, and key creative representative with client team
- Work under the supervision of the Principal or Design Director
- Direct subordinate designers’ project work while encouraging their growth and autonomy
- Integrate the contributions of content and digital teams
- Provide weekly input on personnel needs on a project-by-project basis
NOTE: International candidates must hold a valid US working permit.