Full Time Maintenance Worker – Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon at Metro

Maintenance Worker – Oregon Zoo


Location: Portland, Oregon
Industry: Environment, Government, Jobs
Type: Full Time

Position Summary

Do you have experience in the skilled trades? Are you a self-starter? The Oregon Zoo could be the place for you! We have an opening for a Maintenance Worker II in facilities at the Oregon Zoo.

This position performs a variety of job functions in a fun, fast paced environment. Each day may bring a variety of job assignments from building a staircase, to creating an area for waste receptacles, to painting in public spaces, to performing maintenance work in animal spaces and more.  The Oregon Zoo and this position offers variety, a great work setting, and the opportunity to work independently and with a team consisting of people with extensive zoo experience and others who are new to the industry.  This team works under the leadership of the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor.

This is a Limited Duration position that will last for 2 years from date of hire.
Pay range for Maintenance Worker II: Entry rate: $23.14; 6 months: $24.62; 18 months: $26.16; 30 months: $27.80; 42 months: $29.55/hour. Pay rates effective as of July 1, 2017.
Work Week: Sunday to Thursday. Note: work week may change based on the business needs of the department and the season.
Shift: Shift will be from 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. during the busy season, and 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the off season, shift times are subject to change based on the business needs of the department and the season.

Position summary
Performs multi-skilled project planning, problem solving, maintenance, construction and operations functions involving mechanic, plumbing and piping, carpentry, painting, welding or concrete trades. This position may also perform journey level multi-skilled responsibilities and specialty related functions pertaining to aquatic life support. Also supports/maintains other zoo equipment (pressure washers, vacuums, hoses, etc.) used for diving and responds to mechanical problems arising during dives. Duties may require consulting with other persons on project concepts and preparing plans and designs. May be assigned lead worker responsibilities for seasonal, temporary, contractor or other positions. May be assigned to a specialized area of operations or exhibits.

Please submit a resume with your application.

About the Oregon Zoo
The Oregon Zoo is located in Portland, Oregon and home to more than 2,000 animals representing 279 species of amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates and mammals. Owned and operated by Metro, the region’s government, the zoo welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors each year and enjoys widespread community support. It operates with an independent, enterprise-oriented annual budget of over $42 million.

The Oregon Zoo has a reputation of leading groundbreaking research, participates in local and global conservation efforts and strives to exceed AZA animal welfare standards. The organization is also deeply committed to sustainability and conservation education. Thanks to a generous $125 million voter approved bond measure, the zoo is transforming into a game changing leader in animal welfare, species and habitat conservation outcomes, innovative educational programming and green building practices. To learn more about the Oregon Zoo, visit www.oregonzoo.org.

At Oregon Zoo, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Essential Job Duties

An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation. This list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Consults with supervisors, veterinarian staff, and animal keepers as necessary to develop concepts, problem solve and determine the requirements of each job; prepares rough working drawings, estimates materials and parts needed, also works with animal keepers on animal care and guest service requirements.
  • Communicates with Zoo guests and other persons while working on jobs regarding projects and plans, provides directions and other information and performs guest service functions such as assisting lost children, missing persons or emergency services.
  • Builds, maintains and repairs various types of buildings, sheds, fences, exhibits, doors, floors, walls, roofs, windows, counters, etc.
  • Installs valves, roof and sink drains, faucets, sinks, watering troughs, hot water tanks and waterlines in buildings and below ground.  Repairs fixtures, cutting and threading pipe, bending pipe and testing valves and other equipment; cleans basins and unplugs pipes.
  • Builds forms, mixes and pours concrete for walls, floors and slabs, animal pools, and removes forms and finishes exposed surfaces.
  • Fabricates metals by cutting and welding to build fences, gates, animal shelters, feeders, barriers and parts.
  • Uses and operates a variety of hand and power tools and equipment requiring specific skill, including power saws, routers, drill presses, metal lathes, paint spraying equipment, plumbing wrenches and automotive repair tools and equipment.
  • Operates heavy and light equipment such as hydraulic auto lifts, forklifts, golf carts, front-end loaders (including tractor, backhoe, and bobcat), 10-yard dump truck and garbage truck. Also power and hand tools, etc.
  • Performs and helps coordinate zoo maintenance specialty duties such as building cages and crates, fabricating tools for animal lifting, or completing jobs in public walkways or animal exhibit locations.
  • Performs or oversees repairs and preventative maintenance duties such as repairs on water and waste water plumbing, piping, filtration and mixing systems, or work on fleet vehicles and equipment hydraulic systems, generators, power tools or wheeled equipment.
  • Compiles data for reports.
  • Assists the public, public officials and other employees in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Develops safe work habits and contributes to the safety of self and co-workers.
  • Contributes to a positive team atmosphere.
  • Has regular and punctual attendance.
  • Performs assigned duties during an emergency situation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

It is the responsibility of all Metro employees to:

  • Actively participate on committees and/or attend meetings as assigned.
  • Fulfill Metro’s core values of public service, excellence, teamwork, respect, innovation and sustainability. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Build and maintain positive relationships and contribute to a positive team atmosphere; engage others in ways that foster respect and trust
    • Encourage and appreciate diversity in people and ideas – seek to understand the perspectives of others
    • Provide excellent customer service – assist the public, public officials and agency partners, and other employees in a professional and courteous manner with the goal of meeting or exceeding expectations
    • Practice continuous improvement – research new possibilities, contribute ideas and stay current in field of work
    • Demonstrate sustainable practices in applicable field and generally for resource use and protection
    • Work assigned schedule (if applicable); exhibit regular and predictable attendance
    • Practice safe work habits
    • Comply with Metro and Metro’s visitor venues policies, procedures and applicable work rules; applicable law and collective bargaining agreements as appropriate
  • Perform assigned duties during an emergency situation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is represented by LIUNA Local 483 and is classified as a Maintenance Worker II (click to read the full classification). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.Minimum Requirements

Three years progressively responsible trade experience such as required for mechanic, machinist, welding, and heavy equipment operator responsibilities with skills including design, fabrication, and assisting in project management, and trade certified or equivalent, or any combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for successful completion of the essential job duties.


Application Guidelines:


Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of standard practices, methods, tools and materials of mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical, welding, concrete and other trades
  • Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary in the area of specific assignments
  • Knowledge and ability to work with zoo staff to plan projects from concept and problem solving through project designs and completion
  • Skill in locating and analyzing problems and performing corrective action, working from penciled sketches, blueprints and written instructions
  • Skill in operating a personal computer and associated software, radios, and cell phones
  • Skill in overseeing and operating automotive, golf carts, and heavy equipment
  • Skill in overseeing and operating multiple tools and equipment
  • Ability to estimate materials and parts required
  • Ability to read and interpret rules, regulations and codes, supervise unskilled or semi-skilled workers when assigned as a helper
  • Ability to perform duties of the position including heavy manual labor for extended periods, often under inclement weather conditions, and lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Ability to work around exotic and sometimes dangerous animals, and to react quickly to hazardous conditions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees
  • Ability to be meticulous in the clean-up of work areas and/or within animal exhibit areas
  • Ability to respond to emergencies such as assisting with lost children or missing persons
  • Ability to trouble shooting broken water mains, gas lines or electrical outages, and make necessary repairs

Additional Information

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Salary: $23.14 - $29.55 Hourly
Application Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregonmetro/jobs/1960730/maintenance-worker-oregon-zoo?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs