Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $68,695.00 - $100,453.00 gross per year
  • Long Beach



$68,695 to $100,453


Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.

A Zoo Research and Conservation Director oversees the directing, expanding, and supervising of conservation programs or behavioral research at the Los Angeles Zoo to develop and implement strategies that sustain animal populations and contribute to the preservation of wildlife, and to promote, educate, and foster conservation and biodiversity of species; develops evaluation standards for measuring the effectiveness of conservation programs; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective work force, and fulfills equal employment opportunity responsibilities.


- A doctorate degree in biological science, behavioral science, reproductive science, or in a closely related field from an accredited college or university; and
- Three years of full-time paid experience in applying the principles and techniques of behavioral research or conservation management on a wide range of wild animal species.


- Applicants lacking six months or less of the required experience, or who are within six months of obtaining their doctorate degree may file for this examination. However, they cannot be appointed until the full experience or education requirement is met.
- Some positions may require a valid California driver's license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
- Applicants must list their school name and location, and doctorate degree program in the Education Section of the application. Applicants who fail to provide this information on their application will not be considered further in this examination and their applications will not be processed.
- Please note that the qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at
- Candidates completing the examination process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.

Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the "Apply" icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


Applications must be received by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.

Examination Weight:
Training andExperience Questionnaire . . . . . . . .100%

The examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of training and experience, wherein candidates may be evaluated on their knowledge, experience, professional background, personal qualifications, and abilities. Emphasis may be placed on their knowledge of: the principles, concepts, and terminology of the biological and behavioral aspects of animal welfare, conservation biology, wildlife management, or other fields related to conservation problem solving; problems, techniques, methods, and procedures of planning and conducting research; principles and practices of supervision, including planning, delegating, reviewing, and controlling the work of subordinates; laws and regulations relating to City employment and equal employment opportunity (EEO); techniques for counseling, disciplining, and motivating personnel; and the ability to: develop techniques for processing a variety of detailed data; work independently and think creatively on research, animal welfare, or conservation problems; apply sound supervisory principles and techniques; plan, direct, and review the work of subordinate staff; prepare technical and other articles for scientific and commercial magazines and various publications; work with experts in various academic disciplines; deal tactfully and effectively with visiting dignitaries and guests, the media, the public, department management, City officials, and other City personnel; prepare and present oral and written reports and recommendations concisely, completely, logically, and persuasively; and other necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The Training and Experience Questionnaire will be administered on-line. Candidates invited to participate in the examination will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the specific steps on how to complete the on-line Training and Experience Questionnaire. Candidates that do not complete the on-line Training and Experience Questionnaire as required will not be considered further in this examination. It is anticipated that the on-line Training and Experience Questionnaire will be administered during the period of JANUARY 21, 2020 to JANUARY 28, 2020.

Training and Experience Questionnaires for all candidates who meet the requirements will be submitted to an expert review panel for evaluation. The expert review panel will assign a numeric score to each candidate based on an assessment of each candidate's qualifications as described on the candidate's Training and Experience Questionnaire. Unsolicited supplemental information will not be submitted to the expert review panel.

- As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
- Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
- A final average score of 70% is required to be placed on the eligible list.
- If in accordance with the Rule of Three Whole Scores all applicants are eligible for appointment consideration, the examination will consist entirely of an evaluation of the candidates' City applications by Personnel Department staff to ensure that the minimum qualifications are met.
- In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.

The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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