Organization: Houston Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job


Join an enthusiastic team that provides a fun, unique and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. The Houston Zoo aspires to be recognized by peers, staff, and the general public as a leader among conservation efforts, delivering excellence in animal care, entertainment, education, and Guest service.

Maintenance Specialists perform a variety of semi-skilled mechanical work in the repair and maintenance of buildings and physical plants. Performs light construction and routine general repair work throughout the Zoo.


•Performs inspections, preventative maintenance, lubrication and repairs on machinery such as pumps, boilers, air conditioning units, meters, air compressors, backhoes, plumbing, trucks and tractors.

•Uses hand tools, power tools and special equipment. Repair, and maintain buildings’ physical plants and equipment.

•Performs light construction duties such as site work, material organization, carpentry, painting, mechanical, minor electrical and plumbing work as a helper.

•Reports unsafe conditions and unsafe equipment.

•Keeps records of maintenance and repair work performed.

•Other duties as assigned.

•Basic computer skills required

•Strong interpersonal skills

Maintenance Specialists will be required to work occasional weekends, holidays, evenings, rotating schedules and beyond scheduled work hours. Staff may also provide crowd control if necessary during peak times.



Two years of related experience are required.


High School diploma or GED is required. Specialized training in principles, procedures, practices, routines or techniques in a specific area or trade which might normally be acquired through up to 18 months of education or training beyond the high school level is required.

Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one and comply with policy on driving.



The position involves standing for long periods of time. It may also involve considerable physical exertion, such as extensive walking, bending, stooping and regular lifting of heavy objects (up to 80 pounds) on a highly frequent basis and/or assuming awkward positions for long periods of time.


This position requires employees to work outdoors 75% of the day. There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve periodic exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns. Comfortable in supervised situations and close proximity of all types of animals.


Maintenance Specialists require excellent hand/eye co-ordination, the ability to work outdoors for long periods of time and clear speech, with good verbal communication skills.


Heavy public contact is required, involving considerable interpersonal skill, extensive interaction with guests; intermittent interaction with members, donors and the media. A high degree of appreciation of Guest Service is necessary.