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Senior Welder C&M Worker - Full Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Escondido, United States Posted: February 10, 2024

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

  • The Senior Construction & Maintenance Worker will perform a variety of skilled work in the maintenance, construction, alteration, remodeling and repair of organization buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds; and performs related work as required.
  • This position reports to the Lead Construction and Maintenance Worker or C&M Supervisor/Manager.
  • Assembles metal components to provide timely facility repairs including railings, doors, gates, animal habitats and various zoo facilities.
  • Develop innovative maintenance and repair solutions to ensure operational needs are met.
  • Understand and apply welding techniques; works quickly and skillfully with their hands; accepts responsibility for the work performed; can visualize what the finished product should look like; operates welding equipment with skill.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and independently.
  • Operates and drives a variety of heavy, medium, and light duty motorized vehicles, such as trucks, forklifts, skip loaders, graders, back hoes, water, and dump trucks, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of welding methods and materials
  • Use disc grinder to smooth out, weld, or grind parts prior to welding.
  • Operate manual and automated welding units and equipment by depositing metal from electrode to work piece and joins edges of work piece.
  • Maintain length of arc and speed of movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead.
  • Weld in flat and vertical planes (all position welding).
  • Examine weld for bead size and other specifications.
  • Grind or clean weld joint of work piece.
  • Repair improperly welded pieces and fill holes.
  • Position and clamp work pieces together or assemble them in a jig.
  • Tack assemblies together.
  • Fabricate new or replacement parts for a variety of applications.
  • Assemble component parts using hand and small power tools.
  • May change hoses, fittings, air valves, and other various equipment, etc.
  • Maintains a safe working environment and wears protective personal protective equipment.
  • Cleans up work area daily.
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is looking for a Senior Construction and Maintenance Worker with an emphasis in welding. Must have the experience to estimate materials and labor costs for projects; can navigate an electronic work order system and perform enter data into an asset management tracking system and perform electronic timecard entry.
  • Candidate must have a proficiency using a Windows based computer and can create work summaries using MS Word and Excel. 
JOB EXPERIENCE - You must meet ONE of the following:
  • Successful completion of a state-accredited Welder Apprenticeship Program or
  • Five years of full-time journey-level welder with experience in at least TWO of the following types of facilities: Entertainment Park, commercial, industrial, residential, or governmental agencies.
  • Qualifying journey-level welder experience in the following areas: MIG; TIG and Arc welding experience working with steel, aluminum, and stainless steel 
  • Five years of experience working for a license welder contractor
  • An equivalent combination of journey-level experience and apprenticeship training from a state accredited welding apprenticeship program.
  • Education, training, and/or experience as a journey-level Welder and possesses the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined
  • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing
  • Methods, practices, and procedures in one or more of the building and construction trades
  • Tools, equipment, and materials used in one or more of the building and construction trades
  • Work and material estimating
  • Safely and properly handle and operate the tools and equipment used in the assigned building and construction trade(s)
  • Recognize and discriminate between colors and/or sounds
  • Make simple arithmetic calculations
  • Understand and carry out instructions
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in a diverse environment
  • Understand, interpret, and work from blueprints/drawings
  • Competently perform the duties of one or more of the building and construction trades outlined
  • Knowledge in metal fabrication 
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.
  • If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to sdzwacareers@sdzwa.org and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.
  • As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.
  • 28.98 hourly

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