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Wildlife Nutrition Warehouse Manager

San Diego Zoo
San Diego, United States Posted: March 19, 2024

The Wildlife Nutrition Warehouse Manager leads the diverse daily operations at the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, associated with the cost-efficient purchasing, storage, preparation and dispersal of wildlife feeds, compliant with industry standards and regulations. They support strategic initiatives, and multi-year planning for Wildlife Nutrition and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA). This position reports to the Director of Wildlife Nutrition.

  • Responsible for oversight of Wildlife Nutrition staff including, but not limited to, interviewing, hiring, training and performance management.
  • Establish and continuously improve warehouse practices and protocols to achieve a safe and efficient warehouse that meets all industry standards and regulations.
  • Monitor workplace performance, including ensuring the safe use of warehouse equipment and developing growth in employees.
  • Exercise fiscal responsibility by adhering to budget and recommending variances as needed.
  • Maintain an adequate supply of foodstuffs by conducting inventories and placing and receiving orders.
  • Set warehouse and team goals in collaboration with executive management and other team leads.
  • A manager of a zoo or animal nutrition commissary, livestock, or pet food warehouse with a passion for wildlife health and well-being, a proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced team environment, and strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • You will join a friendly, supportive, compassionate, and motivated team that ensures our wildlife receives the nutrition they need to thrive, working with team members in wildlife health, wildlife care, and conservation science across the organization.
  • We request a resume and personalized cover letter offering insight into your experience, skills, and motivations for choosing to apply for this role.
  • Two years or more of related experience in a supervisory position preferably related to the food/animal, warehouse, or purchasing industries. 
  • Three years or more of experience in an AZA-accredited zoo commissary or warehouse operations is highly desirable.
  • Associates degree or 60 credits towards a Bachelor's degree in animal science, zoology, logistics, supply chain management or business administrations required.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university degree in animal science, zoology, logistics, supply chain management or business administration preferred.
  • Current valid California Driver’s License required
  • ServSafe Certified within 30 days
  • Certified in the operation of forklifts, electric pallet jacks within 60 days
  • Thorough knowledge of procedures required to manage and control animal feed through the ordering, receiving, quality control, storage, preparing, issue, and/or delivery.
  • Understanding and implementation of safety and security practices
  • Understanding and implementation of bio-security policies and procedures regarding zoonotic disease
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office, human resource information systems, automated inventory control, purchasing and financial systems
  • Ability to operate forklift, electric pallet jacks, vertical and horizontal stackers and other MHE equipment
  • Ability to  identify and seize opportunities as they arise, anticipate future consequences, and take action when needed.
  • Ability to work effectively and maintain composure in a fast paced environment managing multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to lead through direction and development of others.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively, plan, and remain organized. 
  • Ability to build and work with effective, diverse teams.
  • Ability to apply critical thinking in problem solving and decision making.
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Salary Range: $78,400 - $86,680

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