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Facilities Manager – Northwest Trek

Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community.  Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.


These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community:

  • Innovation •Excellence •Equity    •Inclusiveness    •Sustainability   •Accountability •Safety
  • Fun


Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the Facilities Manager provides oversight and coordination for facility maintenance and safety for Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, including coordinating in-house projects and assisting with the coordination of external projects.

The primary responsibility of the Facilities Manager is to maintain the grounds, infrastructure and fleet of Northwest Trek so that they remain safe, efficient and aesthetically pleasing for our staff, animals and guests while contributing to the continued success and growth of the organization’s mission.

In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to conform to the following:

• Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
• Interact professionally with other employees, customers and suppliers.
• Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
• Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
• Observe applicable safety requirements, use safety equipment provided, implement appropriate safety practices at all times and report immediately any unsafe working conditions or hazards.


• Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff through effective utilization of
the Employee Performance Evaluation Program; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, staffing needs,  termination and disciplinary actions; plan, coordinate and arrange for appropriate employee training programs to provide for opportunity for advancement and to acquire necessary skills
• Develops and coordinates a maintenance assessment program for exhibits and facilities throughout the Park; assures that exhibits and facilities are well maintained, functional and aesthetically pleasing to visitors. Plans, develops and prioritizes projects and weekly work plans and work orders; ensures that materials are ordered, projects are designed and planned, and funds are available
• Prepares and administers operating budgets for assigned area of responsibility
• Maintains safety standards in conformance with state and insurance regulations and maintains programs for preventative safety as related to the activities of the department, and serves as the management representative on the facility safety committee, including coordinating emergency drills, facility safety assessments and implementation needs
• Coordinates a variety of aspects of special event preparation including setting up and taking down, storing equipment, providing janitorial staff, shuttles and proper security
• Manages all equipment and vehicles of the department including proper and authorized use. Assesses equipment needs, evaluates pricing, and makes recommendations to the Deputy Director for replacement or major repairs
• As needed, initiates and facilitates in-house project planning including identification of all resources needed to accomplish the project
• Determines and/or advises on whether to a accomplish the project internally, externally, or a combination of both
• Coordinates and communicates project facilitation internally and/or externally
• Assists in establishing and reviewing project parameters or constraints, budget, and time frame
• Assists with ensuring the best value associated with project elements
• Assists with establishing or continuing effective working relations with a variety of project stakeholders including staff, architects, engineers, contractors, local government agencies, and suppliers
• Ability to review and make adjustments to appropriate construction documents including design, specifications, and permits
• Coordinates project collaboration with MPT Planning staff as needed
• Assists with implementing and facilitating all components associated with identification and confirmation of external providers, including advertising, assessing small works roster, contractor selections
• Ensures projects are effectively integrated into existing infrastructure
• Ensures appropriate project documents are maintained including park master mapping
• Maintains professional knowledge through such means as attending conferences, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional organizations.
• Attends a variety of staff and administrative meetings and represents Northwest Trek on District committees; prepares and delivers oral presentations.
• Supports implementation of divisional responsibilities within the departmental Strategic Planning directives and initiatives; establish divisional benchmarks and performance measurement objectives in accordance with the adopted comprehensive Strategic Plan for the District.
• General knowledge and understanding of water treatment systems
• General knowledge and understanding of horticultural & arboricultural practices
• Participates on the Park’s Weapons Response Team
• Performs as an Incident Commander  Other duties as required



• At least five years of increasing responsible related experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration or a related field desired

• Valid Washington driver’s license with acceptable driving record
• Demonstrated customer service skills; ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships within the organization and with outside vendors; superior interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse personalities; tactful; mature; flexible
• Strong problem solving skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks
• Obtain a valid First Aid and CPR Card within the probationary period
• Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule to include evenings, holidays and/or weekends as needed


• Standard office work environment.
• Constant interruptions.

• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a keyboard.
• Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally.
• Standing for extended periods of time.
• Walking.
• Climbing stairs.
• Kneeling or crouching.
• Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
• Seeing to read and prepare records and reports.
• Moderate lifting up to 20 pounds.

• Contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.


All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

MPT employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

MPT is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource (253) 305-1089 or

Employment is subject to a national background check.

This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.

Facilities Manager – Northwest Trek Supplemental Questionnaire

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