Maintenance Technician (Animal)
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa, FL

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Maintenance Technician (Animal)

Position Information: Full Time, Hourly

Position Summary: Under general direction of the Maintenance Manager, this position is responsible for executing maintenance and construction projects for the Zoo, with a focus on animal department maintenance and construction projects.

Essential Functions:
  • Acts as primary tradesman for the Animal Department.
  • Daily repair / maintenance / special projects relating to cages, habitats, structures, and exhibits.
  • Executes maintenance and construction projects. Performs a variety of highly skilled carpentry duties from rough to finish carpentry.
  • Performs general maintenance duties Zoo-wide.
  • Develops and recommends capital improvements, equipment acquisition, and other improvements.
  • Determines required materials for projects.
  • Ensures timely completion of projects.
  • Prepares and maintains maintenance records and reports.
  • Inspects and monitors facilities and equipment for maintenance, repair, and/or replacement needs.
  • Maintains an inventory of tools, equipment, and supplies. Responsible for proper and safe use and maintenance of all equipment and tools. Maintains safe equipment use and ensures proper PPE use.
  • In consideration for employee, guest, animal areas, ensures that areas are properly secured before commencement of a project. Minimizes project intrusion into employee, guest, and animal areas. Ensures that unavoidable intrusion will not result in unsafe conditions or injury.
  • Keeps Maintenance Manager and Animal Department Management informed about project timelines, status of projects, and project requirements.
  • Supports other Facility positions as needed for the successful operation/repair of Zoo related issues.
  • And other related duties as assigned.

  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirements.
  •  Four years of experience in progressively responsible general maintenance operations preferred.
  •  A minimum of three years experience in carpentry required.
  •  Prefer Journeyman level of experience and education.
Skills and Experience:
  • Skilled in the use of tools pertinent to carpentry and general shop duties.
  • Additional welding, electrical, and plumbing skills preferred, but not required.
  • Motivated self-starter with strong organizational abilities.
  • Must be able to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • Must have effective communication skills.
  • Must be able to complete projects in a reasonable time frame to the complete satisfaction of zoo management.
  • Considerable knowledge of carpentry with regards to facility buildings, cages, habitats, structures and exhibits. Must have the ability to follow specific instructions and also be comfortable self-directing.
  • Must be able to deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors, and the general public.
  • Ability to read blueprints, mechanical drawings, and other diagrams.
  • Considerable knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.

Physical Requirements
  • Ability to work in a variety of animal habitats and situations.
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
  • 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 as well as be available for unexpected shifts.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, walking and driving.
  • Must be comfortable being exposed to uncomfortable or distracting sounds or noise levels on sites of projects being managed or coordinated.

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