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Maintenance Technician

We are hiring Property Maintenance Technicians to work in the construction, repairs, and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and exhibits at the Great Plains Zoo. 


Qualified candidates will provide 1+ years prior facilities maintenance experience; possess basic skills with HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems, and building practices; good communication and interpersonal experience; ability to meet the full physical demands of the job; and maintain a driver's license in good standing. The positions provide a work schedule of 8 hours per day, Monday thru Friday plus call rotation; competitive compensation, plus benefits.  


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Proof of U.S. Citizenship or immigration status will be required upon employment. Criminal convictions are not an absolute bar to employment, but will only be considered in relation to specific job requirements.


Full Job Description for Maintenance Tech:


Job Summary

The Maintenance Tech performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled work in the maintenance and repair of Zoo buildings, grounds, and exhibits; performs related duties as assigned.


Reports To

Lead Maintenance Tech


Essential Functions

· Troubleshoots maintenance problems involving electrical, structural, plumbing, and equipment repair or replacement.

· Assists in the construction, alteration, preparation, painting, and repair to structures made of wood, plaster, concrete, or brick; assists in the construction of cabinets, tables, shelves, and other types of furniture.

· Assists in the installation, repair and maintenance of fences and building roofs.

· Assists in the maintenance and minor repairs to heating, ventilation systems, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.

· Assists in the troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of electrical distribution systems including electric motors, electric controls, fire alarms, and clock systems.

· Assists in the repair and maintenance of lockable hardware such as doors, automatic electric doors, windows, lockers, and magnetic keying systems to ensure safety of facilities.

· Assists in the maintenance and repair of plumbing and heating fixtures and components, piping of various size and type; checks safety equipment and replaces components such as washers, gaskets, and filters.

· Assists in the inspection, repair, or replacement of pumps, valves, and boiler systems.

· Painting/Staining interior and exterior walls, ceilings, fences, woodwork, furniture, and other equipment.

· Set up and tear down tables, chairs, and/or sound systems for conferences, zoo sponsored events, conventions, facility rentals and other activities in zoo buildings and grounds.

· Clean, sweep, scrub, mop, wax, wash, vacuum, or polish as needed floors, windows, walls, woodwork, fixtures, rugs, furniture, surfaces, cabinets, and hardware, and operate various cleaning equipment.

· Occasionally clean, disinfect, and deodorize rest rooms and replenish supplies.

· Assist with special projects as needed.

· Performs routine plumbing repairs such as unstopping toilets, sinks or urinals, fixing water leaks, leaking faucets, and water fountains.

· Performs routine electrical repairs such as changing light bulbs or fluorescent lamps and assists in repairing ballast and light fixtures.

· Purchases supplies, equipment, and materials necessary to complete projects.

· Assembles and moves furniture, hangs pictures and bulletin boards.

· Repairs and replaces doorknobs, or locks, repairs door closures, patches holes in walls.

· Maintains appropriate service and repair records.

· Research, purchases, and inventories equipment parts, chemicals, and supplies.

· Responds to routine and emergency calls for repairs and service.

· Assists and serves as back up to other Facilities Department team members.

· Perform other such duties and functions as are necessary or incidental to the proper performance of this position.


· Basic knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems, and professional cleaning practices.

· Experience with hand and power tools, as well as other types of machinery/equipment needed for maintenance and repair of public buildings.

· Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.

· Good communication and interpersonal skills.

· Manual dexterity and physical stamina.

· Must be able to follow written and oral instructions (blueprints/assembly instructions).

· Must have basic skills/working knowledge of computers to operate our software for things such as timeclock, work orders, searching for parts and equipment, and sending and receiving emails, etc.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

Must be able to tolerate and be exposed to occasional loud noise levels, strong odors, toxic or caustic chemicals, dust, hay, animal fur/hair/dander, and all variable outdoor weather conditions.


Physical Demands

Must be able to climb ladders/stairs, operate various types of machinery/equipment and carry up to 70 pounds.


Infrequent local travel for various Zoo needs.


Required Education and Experience

· Requires a high school diploma or GED certificate.

· Must have 1 or more years of experience in a related maintenance field.


Preferred Education and Experience

Preference given to candidates with additional training, trade experience, or degree/certificate in a related field (i.e. Plumbing and/or HVAC, Electrical, Carpentry, Welding, Pool/pump, Fencing, Painting/Staining, etc).


Additional Qualifications

· Maintain a current tetanus vaccination (5 years) and be willing to be TB tested annually.

· Must be certified or able to become certified in CPR/AED within 1 year of employment.

· Must be able to work weekends, holidays and evenings as required. 

· Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a pre-employment background check

Other Duties 

This job description is not designed, nor should it be interpreted to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all qualifications, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Qualifications, duties and/or responsibilities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice. 


  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.