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Brookfield Zoo has been open to the public since 1934 and is home to more than 4,500 animals, big and
small, across 216 acres. Brookfield Zoo has many of the same structures and facilities that it takes to run
a small city including its own on-site electric generation plant. Our facilities include over 70 different
structures from exhibits, to offices, to restaurants and everything in between. As a conservation
organization, we need to make sure that our facilities and utilities are maintained at the highest quality
and efficiency to provide safe and stable environments essential for animal welfare, the conservation of
natural resources, and the safety of our guests.

The Craftsman–Electric/Gas/Water contributes to the success of the Chicago Zoological Society by
performing skilled and semi-skilled craftsman duties and contributing to operating goals and the
Society’s goals of extraordinary guest experience and sustainable future, ensuring the work performed
provides a safe environment for guests, staff and the animal collection, ensuring results are aesthetically
pleasing, and ensuring exhibits and facilities are functional, in a well-maintained state, and support the
Society’s communication objectives.

This Craftsman position will focus on Electric, Gas, and Water. This may include, but is not limited to
installing, maintenance and repair of electrical control, wiring and lighting systems; troubleshooting
basic electrical, gas and plumbing issues; and gas meter calibration and repair. The hourly wage for this
union position is $27.18/hour.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

•• Perform skilled crafts duties with little or no supervision, ensuring services provided meet section standards, clients’ specifications, applicable codes, standards and program goals, and is aesthetically pleasing to visitors, including routine craftsman tasks, preventative maintenance, special repair projects, capital construction, special events, emergency/safety, special repairs, capital projects and overhead.
• Perform routine maintenance and/or repair projects: As assigned, perform routine inspections
of exhibits and facilities. Advise manager of needed repairs and clients’ requests. Advise staff of
resource needs. Evaluate schedule and communicate pertinent information to all affected
parties. Ensure projects take place with least amount of encroachment on guests and animal
collection. Ensure work being performed meets specified quality control standards.
• Perform tasks associated with the section’s Special Events Operating Program, including
performing skilled craft duties, providing estimates, and communicating all pertinent information to managers and other concerned parties.
• Perform craftsman tasks associated with the section’s functional programs as assigned:
Routinely inspect functional, structural and aesthetic systems in exhibits and facilities as assigned and perform minor repairs and maintenance as assigned. Perform crafts work to specified quality standards. Advise manager of material needs. Carry 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.
• Provide manager with resource needs for budget development. Assist in controlling the section’s operating budget by ensuring all allocated resources are properly and efficiently utilized. Provide manager with facility and exhibit survey data.
• Ensure all work performed meets set standards and specifications and complies with established
quality control standards. Perform duties associated with the section’s overhead operating program. Accurately complete daily labor allocation sheets.
• Provide guidance to new personnel. Attend and participate in meetings as assigned. Participate
in the section’s emergency response and animal welfare program as assigned.
• Other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements and Specifications:

• The requirements for this position include the following:
• Minimum High School diploma or equivalent combination of training and/or experience.
• Graduate of an accredited apprenticeship program, two years experience at a journeyman level,
an Associate’s degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience
• Ability to read, write and perform all required math commensurate with field of responsibility.
• Proactive, persistent and helpful. Team player.
• Good communications and interpersonal skills.
• Familiarity with all codes related to field.
• Ability to perform all traditional tasks related to field. Must possess skills in related fields.
• Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
• A valid driver’s license is required.

The preferred qualifications:
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this
position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be
called upon to perform. Must establish and maintain productive, cooperative working relationships with
peers, managers, and clients. Specific assignments vary depending upon the nature of the work performed and/or specific duties assigned. Incumbent is expected to learn and support the Society’s
mission and Exhibits and Facilities operating goals. Must become familiar with and abide by Exhibits and Facilities program section operating program standards.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 number 2074BR.