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Major Gifts Officer

Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

• Under the general direction of the Director of Philanthropy… Glassdoor

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Fundraising Event Specialist

Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, WA

Related to Jungle Party • Procure approximately $450,000 - $500,000 worth of unique items to be auctioned off at the zoo’s annual Jungle Party… Glassdoor

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Deborah B. Jensen
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    So much potential

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    I have been working at Woodland Park Zoo full-time


    I've made many great friends working at the zoo, and I love enjoying the atmosphere of Woodland Park Zoo. There are not many work environments as exciting as a zoo. I feel our benefits are comfortable, but pay is limited. Most office-based work at the zoo offers a good work/life balance.


    Pay is limited, and promotions are few and far between. The potential for growth is often cut short because of budget limitations, which also includes limitations to our working quarters, software/technology, career development opportunities, and company culture. Working environments don't allow for much privacy to work productively. Many employees have long histories at the zoo. Because of this, many systems, approaches and practices are outdated. There seems to be a lack of interest in innovation or a willingness to test new ideas. The zoo is very comfortable with where it's at, and I feel it doesn't challenge itself to push beyond that limit. This can be very frustrating for zoo employees. I feel that many employees don't feel management finds them to be valuable to the zoo, which I think creates a poor company culture and many distant relationships.

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    Adding new team members and hiring outside talent offers growth, opportunity and great energy to an organization, take time to hear their ideas and leverage their experience! The zoo has remained stagnant in so many areas for far too long, yet it has so much potential to be the very best nonprofit zoo in the industry! Innovation is rarely encouraged or rewarded, which is leading to increasingly high turn over. Allow us the opportunity to share our insights, no matter our roles or ranks. We'll never progress without welcoming new ideas, new talent and taking risks.

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