Santa Barbara Zoo

Maintenance Technician

Location

Santa Barbara, CA

Type

Full Time

Immediate opening for a collaborative team player who enjoys working outdoors and has prior paid experience in general maintenance and light construction!

Join our fun and professional team, work on beautiful grounds and help support our incredible mission!

 

SUMMARY:

Under general direction of the Director and Assistant Director of Facilities & Horticulture, Maintenance Technician performs direct maintenance and light construction for zoo facilities, and ensures that the Zoo gardens and grounds meet the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

General Maintenance:

  • Performs all maintenance and light construction in the safest manner following established SOGS and protocols.
  • Maintains the necessary records to track maintenance and construction projects, including time spent on job and record of materials used.
  • Notices areas of concern in facilities and brings them to the attention of management.
  • Provides light construction services including general labor, carpentry, mechanics, and flat work.
  • Communicates appropriately, clearly and fully with appropriate staff.
  • Prepares for the job with appropriate tools, equipment, and supplies.
  • Follows-up on all projects.
  • Repairs and paints benches, tables and guardrails, and assists in repair of roads, walkways, buildings, and mechanical equipment.
  • Cleans grounds, including pathways and parking lot.
  • Maintains tools and equipment.
  • Exemplifies the highest ethical standards to ensure quality work.
  • Reacts in a timely manner to ensure guest, animal and staff safety in emergency situations.
  • Adheres to the Zoo’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual.
  • Applies and Exemplifies “green” (sustainable) practices whenever possible.
  • Attends monthly all-employee meetings.
  • Other duties as required.

SECONDARY DUTIES:

  • Cross-trains within department to learn additional skills.
  • Participates occasionally in cross-departmental project teams.

Guest Relations

  • Greets every guest with a smile.
  • Thanks guests for supporting/visiting the Zoo.
  • Ensures the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work areas clean, picking up trash, reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions.
  • Associates with guests to assist and share information.
  • Responds to all guest inquiries, complaints, and comments according to Zoo guest relations procedures.
  • Maintains a clean neat appearance and adheres to the Zoo’s uniform dress code.
  • Takes responsibility to stay informed about happenings at the Zoo, such as reading employee communications and attending meetings.
  • Reflects the qualities outlined in the Guest Relations Statement and the Employee Pledge.

POSITION CRITERIA:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements and environmental characteristics described below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, and working and physical elements required of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Two years paid experience in a trade or general maintenance, or equivalent.

License, Certification, or Preferred Qualifications:

    • Fork lift certification
  • Valid California driver’s license with good driving record is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Basic understanding of carpentry, mechanics, vehicle and machinery maintenance, construction and repair.
  • Ability to follow oral and written direction.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Competent in the use of all common hand and power tools.
  • Ability to develop productive and friendly relationships at work.
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, and our guests.
  • Ability to exercise safe work habits.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Requires the ability to access all areas of the facility.
  • Ability to negotiate the zoo work environment including behind-the-scenes, lawns, gravel, and hilltop.
  • Must be able to participate in operational practices; including climb stairs, manipulate tools, and stand/walk for up long periods of time.
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including electric cart, forklift, and two-way radio.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds occasionally and 10 or fewer pounds frequently.
  • Ability to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • The ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • The ability to bend, stretch, twist, squat, kneel or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs for long periods of time.
  • The ability to quickly move the hand, hand together with arm, or two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Exposure to chemical cleaning solutions.
  • Involves working out-of-doors in all weather conditions.
  • Supportive and open employment culture.

Tools Used:

  • Hand tools
  • Basic power tools
  • Table saw
  • Electric cart
  • Two-way radio
  • Fork lift
  • Front Loader
  • Automobile

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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