Environmental Technician

Description:

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

Benefits:

  • 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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The Utica Zoo will close at 3pm on 12/31 and will reopen with normal hours on 1/1!