Environmental Technician


Under the direction of the Superintendent of Buildings, Grounds and Project Management, provides daily care and upkeep of the Utica Zoo campus. This includes, but is not limited to: restrooms, operations and event buildings, grounds, planters, structures and fences. This position is critical creating a positive first impression and overall welcoming experience for visitors to the zoo.

Essential Duties, Skills, and Responsibilities:

  • Perform general environmental cleaning duties as directed by supervisor.
  • Daily clean-up of Zoo campus, and all public areas.
  • Provide environmental support for special events and rentals as scheduled or requested.
  • Monitor health of plants and trees on and surrounding the Zoo campus; aid in clearing weeds, fallen branches/leaves, and compromised trees. Develop an understanding of plant toxicity to animals to maintain a safe environment for the animals, and to aid in providing animal care staff with browse, limbs, and other resources to aid in husbandry goals.
  • Storage, inventory and ordering of necessary equipment and supplies.
  • Schedule daily operational duties, special projects, and preventative maintenance.
  • Monitor the state of grounds, buildings, structures and fences; relay any repairs needed to supervisor and Maintenance Technicians.
  • Assist Maintenance Technicians with projects as requested or assigned.
  • Ensure familiarity with duties/tasks checklists: Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Annual.
  • Ensure all equipment and vehicles are in good condition and functioning properly. Report any issues to supervisor and ensure repairs/modifications are completed in a timely manner.
  • Aid in maintaining storage areas, work spaces, shop and grounds in a neat and orderly fashion. Develop new strategies to improve storage, transfer, and care of equipment.
  • Assist and participate in all departmental activities, including meetings.
  • Aid in monitoring the well-being of the animals throughout the day; report any concerns to supervisor and animal care staff.
  • Maintain proper reporting and records when required, in line with Zoo protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Environmental Technicians Will:

  • Assure work, equipment, work areas, and self, represent the Zoo in a safe, clean, professional, and orderly manner at all times.
  • Adhere to Zoo, OSHA and other regulatory safety standards, procedures, and safety protocols.
  • Maintain high standards of cleanliness and order throughout the campus.
  • Adhere to appropriate uniform/dress code protocols.
  • Maintain a professional attitude at all times while representing the Utica Zoo.
  • Possess a task-oriented, problem-solving attitude, willing to lead by example.
  • Remain open to suggestions from staff on improving the Utica Zoo’s work environment, while aiding other staff in working towards our mission.
  • Demonstrate personal flexibility, ensuring a progressive, dynamic work environment.
  • Readily communicate concerns and propose solutions.
  • Provide excellent guest experiences.

Education and Pre-Requisites:

  • Strong interest in care of buildings and grounds, with a minimum of 1 year of experience. Experience with related equipment and vehicles preferred. Priority given to candidates holding applicable training, certifications or licenses.
  • Goal-oriented, exhibiting good follow-through and time management skills.
  • Ability to work weekends, evenings and special events as scheduled or requested.
  • Ability to operate all equipment necessary to perform the job.
  • Basic ability to repair and maintain zoo equipment, structures and facilities.
  • Ability to relate positively with a diverse staff and diverse groups of visitors.
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to perform basic math.
  • Able to regularly engage in all physical requirements and be lift/carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Able to actively work in inclement weather conditions year-round.
  • High School graduate or equivalent combination of training and/or experience required.
  • Must successfully pass a background check and must have a valid, current driver’s license.
  • Must be current on Covid-19 vaccinations and participate in annual TB testing.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Compensation and Benefits:

Job Type: Full-Time OR Part-Time 

Pay: Starting at $14.20 per hour


  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • CSEA representation

Benefits (If Full-Time):

  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

How to Apply:

Please send resume AND cover letter with salary requirements to: HR@uticazoo.org OR fill out the application below. 

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Application materials without salary requirements will not be considered.

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The Utica Zoo will be closed at 1:00pm on 8/3 for BREWFEST and will reopen with normal hours on 8/4!