Maintenance Ride Technician
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa, FL

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Maintenance Ride Technician

Position Information: Full Time, Hourly

Position Summary: This is a journeyman level position responsible for executing maintenance and repair projects for the zoo rides and other associated facilities.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Performs all daily pre-opening safety inspections on zoo rides
  • Performs all Daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly ride PM’s (including lubrication)
  • Performs all routine maintenance on Zoo vehicles (including lubrication)
  • Maintains an inventory of tools, equipment and supplies
  • Develops and recommends capital improvements, equipment acquisition, and other improvements
  • Inspects and monitors facilities and equipment for public safety, maintenance, repair, and/or replacement needs.
  • Prepares and maintains maintenance records and reports.
  • Develops and maintains positive relations and communications with Zoo staff and the general public
  • Supports other Facility positions as needed for the successful operation/repair of zoo related issues
  • And other related duties as assigned.

Skills needed:
  • Considerable knowledge of mechanical systems and machinery
  • Considerable knowledge of engines, lubrication, bearings, hydraulics, electric, and alignment
  • Skilled in the use of tools pertinent to machinery, and general shop duties
  • Welding and Electrical skills preferred
  • Motivated self-starter- Must be able to take initiative and work with minimal supervision
  • Strong Organizational abilities
  • Effective communication skills—Ability to develop positive relationships with members of all departments
  • Ability to complete projects in a reasonable time frame, to the complete satisfaction of the customer
  • Deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors, and the general public
  • Working knowledge of Hand and Power Tools
  • Considerable Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
  • Read blueprints, mechanical drawings, and other diagrams

  • Prefer Journeyman level of experience and education
  • A minimum of three years experience as an automotive or maintenance mechanic required
  • Four years of experience in progressively responsible general maintenance operations
  • Ride Maintenance experience preferred
  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred
  • A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirements

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold)
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough construction sites.
  • Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions
  • Must be willing and able to work varied and long shifts including holidays and weekends
  • Must be able to plan for, work, and staff specials events and exhibits as well as be available for unexpected shifts
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking

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