Manager of Interpretive Planning

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Houston, TX
United States

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Our Mission: The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.


Our Vision: The Houston Zoo will be a leader in the global movement to save wildlife.


Job Summary: The ideal candidate will have combined skills with programming, producing and writing interpretive content for exhibits and public programs; working collaboratively with stakeholders within the zoo, our zoo partners and outside organizations. This candidate must have solid organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple large and small projects simultaneously.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Museum Studies, Interpretive Planning, Environmental Studies or related field
  • Three years of successful experience in exhibit interpretive development and/or planning interpretive experiences that engage diverse audiences.
  • Experience with yearly budget management and ability to forecast associated costs for long-term planning

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop the story of an exhibit including interpretive graphic content and concepts for interactive displays in collaboration with exhibit and graphics teams.
  • Design a zoo-wide interpretive plan which serves to articulate and document the intended guest experience, and the varied means of creating that experience, simultaneously with the development of other aspects of the exhibition such as concept, design and storylines.
  • Inclusively manage the content research, copy writing, photo/video research and acquisition for all interpretive exhibit materials. Write and coordinate editing of text for exhibits and programs to ensure that the language used communicates ideas clearly, concisely and personally to our guests.
  • Collaborate with multiple teams to support training for staff and volunteers on zoo-wide exhibit themes and messaging.
  • Manage exhibit evaluation studies including proposal development and work with outside evaluation firms to develop and conduct studies of exhibit and interpretive program effectiveness.
  • Work in collaboration with Creative Director of Graphics and facilities management to define the process for developing and creating consistency of interpretive graphic design, placement and installation.
  • Align all content with strategies in the zoo’s strategic plan.
  • Works collaboratively across teams to create and maintain annual interpretive graphic budget.


The Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts (some stationary ones too) with over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care, and education. There are over 2 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and their habitats as well as to attend special events hosted by the zoo.

The Houston Zoo focuses on saving wildlife through efforts to reduce threats that face species in the wild. This includes action to reduce plastic pollution and paper use, promote sustainable seafood and sustainable palm oil, recycle electronics, and address pollinator decline. We also protect the wild counterparts of zoo animals, (like lions, sharks, cranes and toads) in the wild through partnerships with other global and regional wildlife-saving organizations. We take pride in supporting efforts that help save wildlife from extinction by working to implement comprehensive conservation strategies and developing partnerships to increase knowledge and support for conservation in communities.

Join the Houston Zoo team and become part of an organization that is focused on the preservation of wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in the local and global communities. 

Houston Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply:

To apply visit to download an application and complete the below task:


Please share a sample portfolio with up to three examples of your previous public interpretive graphics/content work you are proud of and why. Please share in PDF format.

E-mail resume, task above, and completed application to