Craftsman - Life Support

Organization: The Chicago Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Brookfield , IL, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. The Society is an active partner in wildlife protection programs around the world, including the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world’s longest-running study of bottlenose dolphins. We have pioneered the field of conservation psychology, the study of how people connect with animals and nature. We are able to reach so many audiences each year, including 2 million zoo guests engaged by unique exhibits and programs; some 250,000 schoolchildren, campers, and families who participate in award-winning science education programs; nearly 24,000 teachers who take part in our professional development workshops; and, diverse communities across Chicagoland. The animals at Brookfield Zoo are ambassadors to those in the wild. Through care and breeding and, in some cases, reintroduction to their natural habitat, we replenish nature many times over. Thanks to generous donations, thousands of animals representing 400 species receive state-of-the-art care through top-notch medical, husbandry, and nutrition programs. In fact, animal care technologies developed at Brookfield Zoo are employed in 165 countries. And, you can be a part of that.

The Craftsman – Life Support performs skilled craftsman duties throughout the park with a focus on life support systems while ensuring the work performed provides a safe environment for guests, employees, and the animal collection and that exhibits and facilities are functional, in a well-maintained state, and support CZS objectives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Craftsmen are expected to perform a variety of duties that may include any or all of the following. Specific assignments will vary depending upon the nature of work performed and/or specific duties assigned:

• Performs skilled crafts duties throughout the park with little or no supervision, ensuring services provided meet section standards, clients’ specifications, applicable codes and program goals and are aesthetically pleasing to guests. This includes operating, maintaining and troubleshooting several types of life support systems, including, but not limited to a dolphin/pinniped system, a salt water fish building, bear exhibit and splash pads. Works cooperatively with peers, managers, and clients and establishes and maintains productive working relationships with clients.

• Participates in the execution of routine maintenance and repair projects:

a) As assigned, performs routine inspections and daily maintenance of the Society’s life support systems to ensure all systems, equipment and facilities are operated to the highest standards as it relates to water quality, animal health and facility maintenance. Advises supervisor of needed repairs and client requests.

b) Advises staff of resource needs. Evaluates schedule and communicates pertinent information timely to all affected parties.

c) Responsible for daily water testing, pool and equipment checks and for making any required adjustments to pools and water chemistry. Maintains accurate recordkeeping logs of results. Maintains and makes repairs to valves, actuators, piping, ozone generators, compressors and other related equipment.

• Ensures all work performed meets set standards and specifications and complies with established quality control standards.

• Carries out craftsman tasks associated with the section’s functional programs as assigned. Accurately fills out daily labor allocation sheets with orders. Attends and participates in meetings as assigned.

a) Routinely inspects functional, structural and aesthetic systems in exhibits and facilities as assigned and performs minor repairs and maintenance as assigned.

b) Performs crafts work to specified quality standards.

c) Advises appropriate staff timely of material needs.

d) Carries out tasks associated with the section’s standard operating procedures, which include, but are not limited to: equipment and shop maintenance, safety, inventory and purchasing, facility surveys, and utility locations.

• Provides supervisor with information on resources needed for budget development including providing facility and exhibit survey data. Assists in controlling the section’s operating budget by ensuring allocated resources are properly and efficiently utilized.

• Performs various tasks associated with the Life Support Program. This includes performing skilled craft duties, providing estimates, and communicating all pertinent information to supervisor and other appropriate parties.

• Participates in the section’s emergency response and animal welfare program as assigned.

Position Requirements

The requirements for this position include the following:

• High School diploma or GED.

• Graduate of an accredited apprenticeship plumbing, electrical or related program or two years relevant experience at a journeyman level.

• Ability to read, write and perform all required math commensurate with field of responsibility.

• Familiarity with all codes related to field. Must have knowledge and experience in scheduling, estimating, purchasing, and project management. Ability to perform all traditional tasks related to field. Requires mechanical skills related to electrical and plumbing, pumps and valves.

• Must obtain SCUBA and Certified Pool Operator’s certifications within one year of hire.

• Requires the ability to learn and apply information regarding water chemistry and maintenance of closed water systems.

• Proactive, persistent, and helpful. Team player. Good communications and interpersonal skills.

• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.

• Valid driver’s license required. Illinois residents must possess a valid Illinois license within 90 days of hire. Valid out-of-state license required for out-of-state residents.

• Position requires work on weekends, holidays and after normal hours when required. Required to carry a pager or cell phone and respond to emergencies as needed.

The desirable/preferred qualifications include the following:

• Associates degree directly related to field or equivalent preferred.

• Waste Water license or Water Treatment Operator license desirable.

• Experience in a public aquarium, zoo, animal theme park, waste treatment facility or other related experience preferred.

• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

How to Apply:

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile. Please visit our website at Please look for requisition 434BR.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled.