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Maintenance Laborer

Woodland Park Zoo
Woodland, United States Posted: March 19, 2024

More than 1.3 million people visit Woodland Park Zoo each year. We connect people with wildlife and remind them of what’s at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. Working for the zoo means upholding our mission, “To save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.” Apply today and show us how you zoo.

  • As our new Maintenance Laborer, you will be successful in this role because you:
  • Thrive in an active role: You enjoy being physically active from physical labor to walking and standing for extended periods of time.
  • Love variety in your workday: You work both indoors and outdoors carrying out a variety of maintenance, construction, and repair tasks with new projects popping up daily.
  • Uphold Safety Regulations: You provide top notch ongoing care and maintenance for our 92-acre zoo by following safety training and protocols.
  • Are a Troubleshooting whiz: You arrive on scene and can quickly assess the problem both independently and with a team. You remember the instructions from operating, maintenance, and procedure manuals so you can easily fix and repair issues.
  • Show respect for others: You work well with and respect your coworkers and provide excellent customer service to zoo guests.
  • Mows, edges, and maintains lawns using zero turn lawn mowers, edgers, and blowers.
  • Assists a variety of skilled-trade personnel in coordinating work; will also assist in the maintenance, repair and construction of buildings and other facilities, and in preparing walks and parking lots for asphalt and concrete paving operations.
  • Assists with the preventative maintenance and repair of roofs, fencing, gates, and drainage systems.
  • Maintains routine records and reports.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Ability to regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; talk or hear; and taste or smell.
  • Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history.
  • The Woodland Park Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package for fulltime staff including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision HMO and PPO plans for you and eligible dependents
  • 11 paid holidays and 2 personal holidays 
  • Accrue 12 vacation days and another 12 days of sick your first year
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts after 90 days 
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks  
  • Free staff parking 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan 
  • Application: Please include a resume with your application through our Zoo Careers site at zoo.org/jobs.
  • Please be sure to list or upload copies of all relevant training and certifications on your application.
  • The zoo may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies.
  • This opportunity is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications.
  • Woodland Park Zoo values diverse perspectives and life experiences.
  • Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  • The zoo encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, 2SLGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.
  • Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all its services.
  • If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at careers@zoo.org.
  • We will review applications and select some candidates for screening calls.
  • Final candidates will be invited for virtual or in-person interviews.
  • Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check. In addition, this role requires the applicant to successfully complete a:
  • driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test.
  • $27.89 per hour

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