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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Construction & Maintenance Worker - Generalist - San Diego Zoo Safari Park


The Construction and Maintenance Worker performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature and leading the fight against extinction. The Construction and Maintenance Worker under general supervision, performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled work in the maintenance, construction, alteration, remodeling and repair of Organization buildings, facilities, equipment and grounds; and performs related work as required. This position reports to the Lead Construction and Maintenance Worker or C&M Supervisor/Manager.

This is a skilled, journey-level class. Typically, incumbents work mostly in the area of

their specific craft such as electrical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, cement/masonry,

etc., but all positions are expected to assist in the performance of duties other than

those in their own specific craft.



  • Performs a wide variety of skilled and semi-skilled duties of moderate difficulty in the
  • maintenance, repair and construction of Organization buildings, facilities, grounds
  • and equipment
  • Adheres to all SDZWA and department policies and practices
  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards
  • Positions work in one or several of the following craft areas:



San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is looking for a Construction and Maintenance Worker to work at our Safari Park location.  The ideal candidate should be experienced in one or more construction trades.  This is a journey level position.  The candidate will be expected to work independently on projects within their trade.  The candidate should expect to work the afternoon and evening shifts and work weekends. 



  • Installs, trouble-shoots, and makes repairs to motors, lighting circuits, electrical
  • control equipment, transformers, conduit and duct systems, electrical appliances,
  • and other types of electrical lighting and power equipment
  • Checks circuits and performs electrical repair of heating and communication
  • equipment;
  • Interprets electrical plans, diagrams, and specifications
  • Keeps records and prepares reports of work done and materials used



  • Applies paint, varnish, shellac, enamel, lacquer, or other protective or decorative
  • finishes to various surfaces such as wood, metal, glass, plaster, stucco, wall board,
  • brick, and cement
  • Prepares surfaces for painting or repainting by scraping, sanding, filling, or other
  • appropriate methods
  • Applies under and finish coats Sizes and tints plaster walls and other surfaces
  • Refinishes furniture and other equipment. Erects, rigs, or moves scaffolding and
  • platforms
  • Cleans brushes, tools, and other equipment
  • Mixes and blends paints. Matches, harmonizes, and contrasts colors
  • Operates sandblasting equipment


Plumbing/Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems

  • Repairs and installs plumbing fixtures; installs and repairs sprinkler and irrigation
  • systems
  • Installs and repairs water and gas lines
  • Installs waste lines
  • Prepares pipe and fittings for installation
  • Installs rough plumbing
  • Sets fixtures, moves vents and routes plumbing; reinstalls fixtures; prepares tools
  • and other plumbing equipment for use
  • Assures plumbing tools and equipment are properly maintained and in safe working
  • order
  • Tests back-flow devices
  • Keeps maintenance and other records as required
  • Unplugs sewage and waste lines
  • Installs, repairs, maintains, and services sprinkler system



  • Alters, repairs, or constructs articles and structures of wood, such as partitions,
  • counters, doors, window frames, sheds, scaffolds, forms, and fences
  • Repairs office furniture, equipment, cabinets, and wooden fixtures, performing mill
  • and cabinet work as necessary
  • Maintains and repairs woodwork of buildings
  • Builds closets, cases, and shelving; fits doors, windows, sashes, and screens
  • Operates planers, sharpeners, jointers, band saws, table saws, and other
  • woodworking tools, equipment, and machinery
  • Sharpens hand tools


Equipment Operation

  • Operates and drives a variety of heavy, medium, and light duty motorized vehicles,

such as trucks, forklifts, skiploaders, graders, back hoes, water and dump trucks,

etc., in the performance of such functions as brush control, erosion control, moving

and relocating large rocks and boulders, road and parking lot grading, hauling,

firebreak construction, and trenching

  • Services, cleans and maintains equipment



  • Breaks out concrete or asphalt using hand and/or pneumatic tools; sets concrete

forms and reinforcements

  • Pours, tamps, levels and smooths finished concrete surfaces to specified textures
  • Lays out work; measures and calculates material quantities, volumes, and areas
  • Constructs or repairs sidewalks, enclosure walls, curbs, gutters, and catch basins



  • Replaces air filters and belts on Air Handlers in Attics and T-Bar Ceilings
  • Climbs ladders with tool bag and equipment, inside and outside of buildings
  • Handles 50lbs refrigerant bottles (lift on to roofs) and Recovery equipment onto roof
  • Crawls into air handlers to replace components (Motors, Pulleys)
  • Handles Refrigerant Install, maintain and repair Room Air-conditioning systems
  • Installs, maintain and repair Gas fired Boilers
  • Installs, maintain and repair commercial Reach-In Refrigerator and Freezer
  • Installs, maintain and repair refrigeration equipment (Compressor, Condenser Motor,
  • Coils)
  • Installs HVAC Ducting
  • Performs brazing, soldering, pipefitting, welding and sheet metal fabrication
  • Operates Forklifts and Scissor lifts
  • Rigs equipment
  • Cleans Coils with Hose and Cleaner Applicator


Aquatic Animal Water Filtration Systems

  • Operates aquatic animal life support systems
  • Upgrading current water filtration systems
  • Operates ozone generator equipment and temperature control systems
  • Repairs and maintains maintenance of mechanical systems
  • Assists in updating protocol handbook for all filtration systems
  • Keeps all equipment relative to the filtration systems in good working order
  • Coordinated work with keeper staff and outside contractors as needed
  • Ordered parts and equipment as necessary
  • Responded to emergencies as necessary
  • Maintaining daily logs



  • Installs and repairs fences; performs skilled welding, metal working, and metal


  • Constructs and repairs cages; performs skilled body and fender work in repairing


  • Assists other maintenance and construction workers as required



  • As listed the above crafted areas.



Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.



Competently perform the essential duties of one or more of the building and

construction trades outlined above; some positions may require a valid California driver



Knowledge of:

  • Methods, practices and procedures in one or more of the building and construction
  • trades
  • Tools, equipment and materials used in one or more of the building and construction
  • trades
  • Work and material estimating
  • Ability to:
  • Safely and properly handle and operate the tools and equipment used in the
  • assigned building and construction trade(s)
  • recognize and discriminate between colors and/or sounds
  • Keep records
  • Make simple arithmetic calculations
  • Understand and carry out instructions
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in a diverse environment
  • Understand, interpret and work from blueprints and drawings



Exposure to varying weather conditions and dust; exposure to potential hazards

involved in working with various tools, equipment; move about on uneven surfaces and

work from elevated positions; work in confined or cramped spaces; exposure to noise,

hot materials, potential electrical shock, allergens, and/or potentially toxic materials and

hazardous chemicals.



This position has been identified as one requiring at least occasional lifting in excess of

50 pounds; move moderate to heavy objects; may work from elevated positions (55 feet

or above) and on slippery surfaces; standing, bending, squatting, twisting, and reaching;

operate assigned tools and equipment.

How to Apply

Construction & Maintenance Worker - Generalist - San Diego Zoo Safari Park - Career Portal (

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA

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