Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is committed to engaging people with the wonder of the living world. Our staff works in a welcoming, exciting, and historic environment, with a mission to inspire and educate others to support the conservation efforts of wildlife and wild places. The Maryland Zoo is committed to serving its communities by engaging people with the world through personal encounters that foster lifelong relationships with nature. Our dynamic and growing organization continues to be integral in local and international efforts to Save Animals From Extinction. Our conservation efforts are many and varied, local and international, including work in South Africa on behalf of African penguins, efforts to pave the way to reintroduce Panamanian golden frogs into the wild, and work in Western Maryland on wildlife management of American black bears.
The Zoo consists of 1,500 animals, 250 employees, approximately 135 acres and hundreds of volunteers. It is a public/private entity, owned by the City and the State, located inside a large City park, and managed by the private Maryland Zoological Society. It is an economic contributor to the local economy and has a vibrant personal and corporate membership roster. Its animal husbandry and visitors services are second to none. In order to continue to operate at the highest level possible in the face of increasing costs of operations, the stability of the Zoo’s finances is of paramount importance.
The current operational structure of the Zoo includes an animal department with a veterinary hospital and additional departments of conservation, finance, advancement, education, human resources and government affairs. The staff includes animal caregivers, educators, conservationists, fundraisers, visitor services providers, human resource experts, horticulturists and government affairs professionals. A challenge the Zoo faces over the next few years is incorporating those personnel compensation changes necessitated by new minimum wage laws and accompanying adjustments to salary structures.
We are proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which is a conservation-minded organization focused on providing a better future for all living things. It is representative of excellent care for animals and a great experience for visitors. Fewer than 10% of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA accredited. And, we look forward to co-hosting the 2021 annual conference of the AZA.
The President/ CEO is responsible for implementing the mission to save wildlife and wild places and for the effective management of all operational functions across the zoo property. This position reports to the Maryland Zoological Society Board of Trustees.
The President/CEO is the face, voice, and inspirational leader of the organization whose culture of excellence and cooperation is a hallmark of its identity. The President/CEO provides innovative and strategic leadership for the organization by working with the Board and executive team to establish and implement long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. The President/CEO establishes strong relationships with top leaders in the community, including those representing the highest levels in business, government, and non-profit sectors in order to assure continued successful operations of the Zoo.