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To apply:

Interested in one of the positions listed? Email a resume and cover letter to jobs@pueblozoo.org. See application instructions for any additional requested materials. 

Current Open Positions:

Special Events Coordinator, Development
Status: Regular, Part-time, Hourly, Non-exempt
Regular Schedule: 30 hours per week. Days/hours may vary according to events.
Reports to: Director of Giving & Resource Development
Compensation: $14-15/hr
Benefits: As a part-time employee, you will receive six paid holidays and have access to a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with a 3% employer match. The Pueblo Zoo makes a commitment to flexible work schedules and professional development for every employee.

The Pueblo Zoo is a vibrant, collaborative, and flexible workplace. Driven by our mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat, we serve 100,000 annual visitors, provide educational outreach to tens of thousands of students, and directly support global species conservation. The Pueblo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to more than 400 animals representing 125 species.

As Special Events Coordinator, you will lead the production of the zoo’s signature events, including Brew at the Zoo, Zoofari, Senior Discovery Days, Creations for Conservation, Zoo Boo and ElectriCritters. Working collaboratively with the Resource Development team, you will develop strategic initiatives to engage people in our work and generate revenue through zoo attendance, special events, and fundraising. The ideal candidate is self-motivated with excellent organization, attention to detail and teamwork.

Special Events – 80%

  •  Lead production of zoo’s signature events, including: research, design, planning and implementation, budgeting, vendor relations and purchasing, staff coordination, set-up, day-of event coordination, wrap-up/break down, and evaluation.

  • Grow sponsorship and in-kind support of signature events through pitch development, sponsor/donor solicitation, sponsor coordination, and sponsor stewardship.

  • Provide coordination and communication to event committees and Board of Directors so they may support event goals.

  • Collaborate with other staff members in producing events, including Marketing & Communications Manager for event promotion and signage; Director of Giving for solicitation of presenting sponsors; Volunteer Coordinator for volunteer recruitment, roles, and day-of management; Guest Services for excellent customer service in ticket sales, check-in and vending; Director of Education for event-based education activities.

  • Develop new ideas and opportunities for growth.

  • Manage special event budget, including income and expenses.

  • Manage and apply for special event permits and ensure sales and use tax compliance.

  • Lead zoo staff in creation of a comprehensive event calendar and disseminate relevant information.

  • Provide event planning and coordination assistance and expertise for large rentals and smaller zoo events, including conservation talks, species conservation days, donor events, dollar day, etc.

  • Coordinate non-standard group events such as Zoofari auction offerings (i.e. Wine & Dine, Penguin Sleepover, etc.) or other rental/networking opportunities the zoo may develop (i.e. corporate retreats, hosted lunches such as Chamber of Commerce, etc.) 

Special Projects & Other Duties - 20%

  •  Assist resource development team with special projects related to marketing, events, and/or fundraising.

  • Attend internal meetings including monthly team and all-staff meetings.

  • Attend external meetings that will help zoo build partnerships, increase visibility and network.

  • Identify and attend regular training to improve job knowledge.

  • Assist other staff as needed and other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of event planning and fundraising, as well as current trends

  • Confidence in soliciting financial and in-kind support of events and zoo

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • Proficient collaborator committed to teamwork

  • Ability to work with volunteers, committee members, vendors, and sponsors

  • Must be able to occasionally work events during regular days off and/or irregular hours


Two years event planning experience required. Nonprofit experience preferred. High school degree required. Related college degree preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Suite required, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Google Suite and Canva proficiency preferred. Must be able to learn Doubleknot Point of Sale System and DonorSnap database. Colorado Tips certification preferred. Requires valid CO Drivers’ License.


Must be able to sit for long periods of time working on a computer screen. Moderate physical activity, especially on event days. Work may involve occasional assistance of others in the manipulation of heavy objects, standing for long periods, or walking long distances. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.


To apply send cover letter and resume to jobs@pueblozoo.org. Cover letter should include how you found this position, why you’re interested, and your top qualifications. Position is open until filled. Applicants who apply by Sunday, November 8, 2020 will receive full consideration.

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