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Oregon Zoo / Metro
Portland, United States Posted: June 04, 2024

Come join us at the Oregon Zoo to be our next Electrician, you will play a pivotal role as the General Supervising Electrician.  You will lead the charge in maintaining and repairing of all electrical systems across the zoo grounds. Collaborating closely with supervisors and zoo staff, you'll draw on your expertise to plan and execute electrical projects, ensuring they meet the diverse needs of animal care, safety, and guest service. From installing conduits to troubleshooting circuits, your hands-on approach will be instrumental in maintaining a safe and functional environment for both inhabitants and visitors alike.

As an Electrician at the Zoo, you will:
  • Consults with supervisor and other Zoo staff to determine job requirements, prepares rough working drawings and schematics, estimates materials and obtains parts. 
  • Collaborates with various Zoo internal stakeholders on projects, including managers, curators, animal keepers, and others to address animal care, horticulture, safety, and guest service needs. 
  • Installs electrical components such as conduits, circuit wiring, transformers, signaling systems, pull boxes and lighting switches. 
  • Services and repairs electrical equipment, including starters, motors, switches and fixtures, and troubleshoots electrical circuits and controls. 
  • Maintains and repairs interior wiring, connections, switches and controls, fuse boxes, breaker panels, distribution and instrument panels, buzzer and bell circuits, audio systems and power circuits. 
  • Conducts installations of electrical services to buildings and other structures, including underground cables and overhead wires and preforms testing and splicing of wires and cables. 
  • Interprets blueprints and specifications for electrical installations and repairs.
  • Participates in project planning, bid solicitation, and oversees maintenance crews, ensuring timely completion and accurate record-keeping. 
  • Oversees new construction work done by outside contractors, calculates loads and circuit ratings, compiles data, prepares reports, assists the public and officials, promotes safe work habits and contributes to a positive team atmosphere. 
Attributes for success
  • Proficiency in specialized and standard electrical practices, methods, instruments, tools and materials, alongside awareness of occupational hazards and safety protocols.
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, issue oral and written instructions, make quick decisions in emergencies, and troubleshoot electrical systems.
  • Function as the Oregon Zoo’s Signing Supervising Electrician, performing statutory inspections, authorizations, and overseeing projects.
  • Understanding the of coordination project planning, project management, estimating materials and contractor services required.
  • Leadership skills to train and direct day-to-day work of skilled, semi-skilled and other workers. Which would include working outdoors in various conditions and lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Understanding and application of building regulations, codes and safety procedures, such as national and state building codes, the National Electrical Code (NEC) or National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Comfort working around exotic and sometimes dangerous animals.
  • Skill to react quickly to unforeseen challenges and changes in priorities.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION                                       
  • At Metro, we strive to cultivate diversity, advance equity, and practice inclusion in all of its work.
  • This means attracting and empowering a workforce that is inclusive of a broad range of human qualities.
  • Workplace diversity is both a moral imperative and a business strength, essential to providing quality support and services to our region.
  • Metro’s goal is to hire, develop and retain highly skilled and talented individuals across all departments and programs who best reflect the diversity of our community.   
Experience Required
  • TO QUALIFY We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required.
  • Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.
  • Minimum qualifications Trade certificated or equivalent and Five years progressively responsible electrical and signing supervising electrician experience or Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities Required:
  • Oregon State General Supervising Electrician license Valid driver’s license Additional certifications that can be completed within six months of hire First Aid/CPR Certification Forklift Truck Operator Certification
  • $40.63 - $51.18 Hourly

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