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Exhibit Technician

Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as an Exhibit Technician. We have one, full-time, benefitted positions open.    


This position builds new exhibits, repairs and enhances old exhibits, and creates exhibit elements. It also assists other departments with creative design solutions and construction.


  • Build new exhibits, repair and enhance old exhibits, and create exhibit elements.
  • Assist other departments with creative design solutions and construction.
  • Research material for the construction of exhibits.
  • Construct artificial exhibitry elements such as trees, vines, and rocks using a variety of materials such as concrete, fiberglass, epoxy, polyester and other resins, urethanes, plastic, wood and metal.
  • Fabricate exhibit components such as display cases, interactive mechanical or electrical elements, and models.
  • Assist in preparing and finalizing schematic designs and documents for exhibits.
  • Perform construction maintenance, repair or alteration work related to exhibit maintenance and construction.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.


There are no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong artistic background with creative problem-solving skills.
  • Sufficient proficiency in drawing and drafting so as to be able to communicate concepts and design and to produce working drawings.
  • Ability to sculpt and paint realistic textures and forms, and to make models, molds, and castings.
  • Fabrication abilities in all mediums (e.g. wood, metal, concrete, fiberglass, plastics, and composites).
  • Familiarity with plumbing, electrical, and sound/video technologies applicable to the exhibitry industry and stage- or construction-rigging expertise.
  • Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a related field from an accredited four-year college or university; or five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid US Driver’s License required.


Computer literacy recommended, with knowledge of the Internet for research purposes. Microsoft Word, Excel, required and AutoCAD or other drawing program(s) desirable.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The position requires an ability to walk or transit across the 92-acre facility in variable weather conditions, enter non-public areas in behind the scenes staff areas. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear; and taste or smell; stand, walk or sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. The job involves some fabrication that requires a great deal of strength, endurance, and coordination. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and variable weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The employee may be required to work at heights on ladders and scaffolding. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

Pay: $33.50 per hour plus benefits

Employment Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver’s license with a safe driving history. A criminal background check, driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test will be required of the selected applicant. 
COVID-19 Vaccination  

  • As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment.
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required.

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer a comprehensive program of group benefits to help maintain your and your family’s health and wellbeing. These include:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • 11 paid holidays, 2 personal holidays
  • Vacation and sick accrual
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks
  • Free staff parking
  • Working for an organization that cares about wildlife conservation!

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 
Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at