Painter (2626)

Organization: Woodland Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

DEPARTMENT: Exhibit Design & Fabrication

REPORTS TO: Supervisor, Exhibit Fabrication

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

PAY RATE: $26.88 per hour


Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Zoo Operations team at Woodland Park Zoo. Applications are now being accepted for Painter in the Exhibit Design & Fabrication department. There is one full-time, temporary, non-benefited position to be filled at this time.


This is a journey-level position and staff in this position perform skilled painting work on building, facilities, furniture, and equipment. Work is performed under supervision and is reviewed during and upon completion for conformance to specifications. Application processes include brush, roller, spray methods.

Positions in this class requires specialized knowledge of paints, materials, tools and processes for application of paints and surface preparation including special coatings such as, but not limited to, epoxies and urethanes. The work consists of several related steps, which are covered by specific work and safety guidelines, and employees must determine the appropriate methods, tools, materials and steps to use in order to meet the guidelines and objectives established. Personal contacts are with intradepartmental and trades personnel for coordination of work activities.


- Prepares surfaces for painting by scraping, burning, power washing, sanding, sandblasting, and filling; applies undercoating.

- Mixes and matches paint colors and prepares paint for application.

- Applies paint and other protective coatings such as toxic finishes, sealants, varnishes, stains, lacquers, enamels, and epoxies to buildings, equipment, fixtures, and furniture by brush, roller, and spray methods.

- Matches new and old wood finishes; applies faux finishes.

- Erects and dismantles scaffolding, removes or covers objects, cleans work areas, and maintains brushes, rollers, spray, and other equipment.

- Tapes and patches sheetrock or wallboard.

- Paints parking lines and installs parking buttons on facilities' property.

- Coordinates work activities with other trades.

- Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

- Ability to work independently with little supervision as well as to work and collaborate as a team member.

- Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institutions’ Core Values.


Requires completion of a painter apprenticeship program or three years in the painting trade working under a journey-level painter performing a variety of work in the trade and two years experience working with “special coatings” (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).


Must have basic computer skills to access email and submit online timesheet.


Valid Washington state driver’s license required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to all outside weather conditions. The employee is required to work in high, precarious places such as ladders and scaffolds; as well as cramped spaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.


Applications are only accepted online through our Jobs page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are REQUIRED when applying for this position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled -- apply now!

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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