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Facilities III Maintenance Technician

The Akron Zoo Facilities III Maintenance Technician is a skilled trades role requiring the skills, knowledge and ability    needed to repair, modify, install and perform preventative maintenance primarily for our Plumbing and Life Support Systems. Additionally, we require the successful candidate to have recent experience in at least two of the following trades: Electrical, Carpentry, HVAC, Mechanical and/or Electronics. Must have the ability to organize and prioritize work, a strong work ethic, good communication skills, and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. The position may also work closely with contractors on projects, including installation and/or repairs of equipment and facilities.

Essential Job Functions:

The Facilities III Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing skilled repair, maintenance, troubleshooting, modifying and installation work for a variety of systems including:

  • PLUMBING: Must possess a detailed functional knowledge of water, sanitary, pumps, valves and waste internal/external distribution systems. Must be proficient in plumbing codes.
  • LIFE SUPPORT WATER QUALITY SYSTEMS. Must possess a detailed functional knowledge of all water purification equipment. Must be able to adjust as needed equipment/chemicals to ensure water quality is maintained with the Zoo’s established ranges.
  • HVAC: Perform and/or assist with skilled repair, maintenance, modification and installation work for our HVAC systems. This includes troubleshooting, problem solving, and executing required repairs. Must have ability to work within a formal preventative maintenance program.
  • ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS: Must be able to perform electrical device installations and repairs that includes but is not limited to outlets, switches, conduit/wiring, motors, lighting, breaker and electrical panels. All work performed must meet NEC requirements.
  • ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS. Must possess a detailed functional knowledge of fire alarms, security equipment, PA, and audio/visual equipment.
  • CARPENTRY: Perform skilled carpentry repair, maintenance, modifying and installation work for our facilities structural systems. Must possess a working knowledge of trimming/rough framing, fences, roofs, doors, windows, metal work, concrete, painting, animal containment, finishes and cabinetry. Must have a detailed functional knowledge of a wide variety of materials and where they should appropriately be installed. Must be well versed in building codes and work performed must meet building and or other agencies requirements.


  • High school diploma or GED equivalency required; completion of a trade school certification program highly desirable
  • Aquatic Animal Life Support Systems (LSS) for animals certified, or be willing to obtain certification
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license and clean driving record required
  • 5 years of facilities maintenance experience in trouble shooting, repair and preventative maintenance. Experience or training in painting, plastering, metal working, concrete work, or other applicable trade work.
  • Must be able to work with and/or operate a variety of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner. This includes but is not limited to the following examples: wood working shop equipment, hand tools, portable power tools, plumbing tools, electronic testing devices, ladders, lifts, light to medium heavy equipment, forklifts, bobcats, etc.
  • Must have ability to operate company vehicles, two-way radios, and various types of power equipment.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge and training to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to successfully work alone or as part of a team

Physical ability to work on ladders and high lifts in ditches and excavations, on rooftops, or beneath multi-story buildings. Must be able to lift 50 lbs., bend, swat, kneel and climb with regularity

Must possess and demonstrate good verbal communication skills within all levels of the organization, vendors, and the public.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Therefore, this employee may be required to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor. The Akron Zoo reserves the right to revise and change job duties as business requirements dictate.

The Akron Zoo is a Drug-Free Workplace and an EOE.

This is a Full-time, Non-Exempt, Collective Bargaining position with benefits. This position includes working some weekends, holidays and evenings. Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail, mail, or fax to: Human Resources, Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44307; Fax: 330-374-8939; E-mail: Open until filled.