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Cameron Park Zoo
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 6, 2023

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Position Type
Animal Protection
Employment Type
Full Time

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Waco, TX


The Cameron Park Zoo, a treasured city zoo in the heart of Waco, Texas, seeks a visionary and collaborative leader and effective communicator in its next Director. This is an exciting opportunity to provide the next chapter of vision and leadership to an organization that’s been on a positive trajectory since its founding almost 70 years ago with just 30 animals and a small but dedicated staff. Today, Cameron Park Zoo is a nationally recognized, highly respected zoo and an essential part of the Waco Community. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and on a path of continued transformation with construction currently underway, the Cameron Park Zoo welcomes approximately 310,000 visitors annually and will celebrate its 30th birthday at its current location this year.


CPZ is home to 1,464 animals and 91 exhibits spanning over 52 acres in a beautiful park-like setting. The zoo operates successfully through a partnership between the City of Waco and the Cameron Park Zoological & Botanical Society. The City provides oversight and management of the Zoo, and the Society provides funding through private donations and amassing public support for critical initiatives and animal programs, conservation efforts, and facility improvements.


The new Director will assume leadership at a time of change and opportunity for the Cameron Park Zoo and the broader Waco Community. Underscoring this is a successful AZA reaccreditation in 2022, the recent approval of a new contract between the City of Waco and the Society, and several bond projects that are already underway to improve facilities and build new exhibits. Specifically, the Education Center, Veterinary Hospital, and the Penguin Shores Exhibit are under construction and will open in the next year. The Director will play a key role in shaping the zoo by maximizing the positive impact of the projects and funding.


The Cameron Park Zoo is assisted by Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm in this important search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm:



Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Sharon Hansen, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1800 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

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