Zoo Maintenance Worker

Organization: Bramble Park Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Watertown, SD, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Zoo Maintenance Worker

Starting Salary: $3,400.00 per month

Application Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:00 P.M.

Civil Service Examination: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 6:30 P.M.

at City Hall, 23 2nd St. NE, Watertown, South Dakota 57201

Application forms and complete position descriptions are available at the City Finance Office in City Hall or on line at www.watertownsd.us. An application submitted to Human Resources Coordinator at City Hall by the deadline is the applicant’s registration for this examination. No further notification will be given for testing. Any applicant who does not meet minimum qualifications will be notified of ineligibility prior to the testing date. The above date is the only time the test will be given for this notice.

Minimum Qualifications: Training beyond high school in building maintenance, carpentry, mechanics or a closely related trade and five (5) years of experience in facilities maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a valid driver’s license. Must obtain a South Dakota pesticide applicators license category G 4 within six (6) months of hire.

A successful candidate must establish residency within Codington County and ten miles of the intersection of Kemp Avenue and Broadway Street within 6 months of being hired.

A list containing the names of those individuals receiving the top 10 scores on the written examination combined with applicable Veteran’s preference points will be certified to the department head as candidates eligible for the interview process for the position opening.

The City of Watertown’s Personnel Policy, including the City’s policy on Nepotism, can be obtained at the City Finance Office or on our website at www.watertownsd.us.

The City of Watertown does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. We are an equal employment opportunity employer.


Position Title: Zoo Maintenance Worker

Statement of Duties

Position provides specialized maintenance functions for the Bramble Park Zoo to meet standards of an AZA Zoo including maintenance and repair of all zoo buildings, structures, grounds, security equipment, vehicles, and operational equipment for the safe and efficient operation of zoo. This position will provide work direction to assigned employees. Additional responsibilities include being involved in the planning of new construction and facility or grounds modifications.


Employee works under the general direction of the General Curator. Employee plans, prioritizes, and performs work in accordance with standard practices and previous training. Employee is expected to solve most problems by using judgment to adapt methods or interpret instructions to resolve the particular problem. Employee seeks the advice of the supervisor in unusual situations. Instructions for new assignments or special projects usually consist of statements of desired objectives, deadlines, and priorities. Work is generally reviewed only for technical adequacy, appropriateness of actions or decisions, and conformance with policy, or other requirements.

Employee is responsible for providing work direction for seasonal and part-time grounds and maintenance workers. The nature of work is subject to seasonal fluctuations; increases in workload can usually be planned for in advance. Employee may be required to work weekends, evenings and/or holidays to help fulfill staffing needs of a year-round facility. Employee needs to respond to emergencies while on duty in a timely and efficient manner and may be contacted at home to respond to emergencies which arise while off-duty.

Job Environment

Position requires examining, analyzing, and evaluating facts and circumstances surrounding individual problems, situations, or transactions, and determining actions to be taken within the limits of standard or accepted practices. Guidelines include a large body of policies, practices, and precedents that may be complex or conflicting, at times. Employee is expected to analyze specific situations and determine appropriate actions as well as weigh efficiency and relative priorities in conjunction with procedural concerns in decision-making.

Errors can result in a delay or loss of service, personal injury/loss, damage to buildings or equipment, injury to other employees or animals, and/or legal repercussions.

The position occasionally has contact with the public for providing information and education regarding the zoo facilities, responding to inquiries, requests and complaints, and providing information and assistance regarding department activities. The position has regular contact with other City Departments, employees, and vendors for the purpose of providing information and assistance, giving or receiving information, and ordering supplies. Contact usually occurs in person, in writing, on the phone and via computer.

Position Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position. The position shares a number of essential functions with other Zoo department classes, as well as specializing in distinct essential functions. Distinct functions are first listed, followed by shared functions.

Essential Functions

1. Develops and maintains a comprehensive preventative maintenance program for all zoo equipment and structures including, but not limited to, vehicles, buildings, exhibits, equipment, and life support apparatus such as aquariums and associated equipment. The overall plan must comply with all applicable City, State, Federal, USDA, and AZA standards for maintaining proper facilities to hold, care for, and display exotic animals, and to further accomplish the mission of the Zoo.

2. Provides for the routine, daily operational maintenance of equipment, buildings, exhibits, and grounds.

3. Conducts scheduled facility, equipment and vehicle inspections to insure quality control and compliance with industry standards.

4. Compiles, prepares, and submits required maintenance reports.

5. Recommends training and development for in-house staff to maximize maintenance of the zoo properties and facilities.

6. Develops and maintains an adequate inventory system for all vehicles, tools and equipment within budget constraints.

7. Coordinates projects with animal staff to ensure that safety precautions and measures are in place for work projects to be conducted in protected areas.

8. Oversees seasonal and part-time staff assigned to zoo maintenance duties.

9. Organizes maintenance projects to limit the impact upon zoo operations.

10. Performs and supervises landscaping and grounds duties such as planting, weed control, mowing and care of grounds; and performs snow removal operations.

11. Assures grounds are safe for use by the public and employees.

12. Assists in the construction and renovation of exhibits, buildings, grounds and walkways as needed.

13. Operates department issued firearms in emergency situations.

14. Performs other duties as assigned to ensure continuous operations of the facility including occasional assistance with animal care and exhibit maintenance.

Recommended Minimal Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements

Employee works in a moderately loud zoo environment and is exposed to outdoor weather conditions more than 2/3rd of the time; toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes and airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, animal diseases, personal injury, risk of electric shock and potentially dangerous animals or situations up to 2/3rd of the time; high places and extremes of heat and cold up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee is required to stand, talk, listen, hear, use hands, reach with arms and hands, hose and disinfect animal enclosures, sweep, shovel, and scrub more than 2/3rd of the time; handle animals, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee frequently lifts up to 60 lbs. and occasionally lifts up to or more than 100 lbs. Normal vision is required for this position. Equipment operated includes light trucks, automobile, heavy equipment, light equipment, power tools, hand tools, office machines, animal restraints, and firearms.

Education and Experience

A candidate for this position should have training beyond high school in building maintenance, carpentry, mechanics or a closely related trade and five (5) years of experience in facilities maintenance; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

A candidate for this position is required to have a valid driver’s license. A candidate must obtain a South Dakota pesticide applicators license category G 4 within six (6) months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

• Principles, practices and procedures related to the maintenance of an AZA accredited zoological park

• Good communication and interpersonal skills

• Light equipment operation

• Tools and landscaping

Skills in:

• Basic computer

• Facility maintenance

• Preventative maintenance

And ability to:

• Maintain accurate maintenance and inspection logs and reports

• Be proactive in maintenance and grounds care

• Work in a team environment

• Operate equipment, tools and firearms properly and safely


Training beyond high school in building maintenance, carpentry, mechanics or closely related trade 5 years experience in facility maintenance Driver's License required

Special Requirements

Must be available for Civil Service Exam - July 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM