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Maintenance Technician


This position is responsible for maintaining, repairing, remodeling, and constructing Utah Hogle Zoo facilities. Performs journey-level skills or crafts, or building trades such as HVAC, electrical, painting, carpentry, plumbing, cement, masonry, drywall, machinist, roofing, welding, doors/hardware, or other recognized trade and maintenance areas. Must be able to operate, maintain and repair mechanical equipment and vehicles/carts. This is a skilled position for building maintenance and operation work.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Mission: Create Champions for Wildlife

Utah’s Hogle Zoo has been a loved and trusted part of the community for over 80 years. Besides providing a great experience for our guests, we aim to create champions for wildlife. Regardless of the job or position you have at the zoo, you will be a champion for wildlife. If you believe in hard work, have a great attitude, are passionate about what you do, and love working with people, then we look forward to talking with you!


Reports directly to the Maintenance Foreman.


  1. Performs journey-level skills-building crafts and trades, with full knowledge of building maintenance techniques, methods, practices, standards, procedures, safety precautions, and materials required for the assigned tasks.
  2. Inspects and services equipment such as lighting, hot waters systems, chillers, compressors, timers, pumps, air conditioners, swamp coolers, animal drinkers, hotwire, fans, motors, fencing/gates, operators, and vehicles/carts.
  3. Places equipment in operation, checks, and records various gauges and instruments to maintain the proper level of water, oil, and refrigerants, and to control system output. Operates valves and thermostats, direct digital controls to regulate services to designated areas
  4. Repairs and ensures the proper operation of such systems as pneumatic, electric, hydraulic, and overhead doors; diagnosing problems, repairing equipment, and when necessary, rebuilding inoperative parts and equipment, using hand and power tools, brazing/mig, and arc welding.
  5. Reads and interprets performance charts, control panels, and blueprints that reflect the operation and layout of each piece of equipment in a system.  Records all necessary information on equipment operation.
  6. Safely operates and is experienced in electronic testing tools, hand, and power tools, lifts, forklifts, and all other tools and equipment required to perform maintenance tasks and assignments.
  7. Operates computer systems and facilities management computer applications for work order assignments including mobile work order systems to receive, generate work order assignments, and record asset changes, equipment specification information.
  8. Ensures the work area conforms with the security and safety measures in effect and practices good housekeeping.
  9. Lubricates machinery and equipment.  Performs other preventive maintenance and repairs on equipment and component parts such as fan belts, pump seals, filters, bearings, etc.
  10. Performs seasonal snow plow and ice removal operations and works with team members to ensure the safe removal of snow and ice.
  11. Responds to emergency situations.
  12. Must be able to work unconventional working hours including long shifts, callouts, standby for weekends and holidays as assigned.
  13. Commitment to the zoo’s mission and conservation efforts.
  14. Ability to work overtime as needed.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.
  16. Maintains strict confidentiality.


Education and Experience

Four years’ experience in a similar position maintaining Zoo’s, or other commercial buildings and systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position:

Required technical skills include the knowledge and ability of:

  • Computer operations and technical software applications.
  • Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficient in Facilities Management application for work order assignments, including mobile work order systems to receive, generate work order assignments, and record asset changes, equipment specification information.

Required maintenance skills and knowledge of:

  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, circuit diagrams, and various types of operations and maintenance manuals.
  • Able to be creative and solve many different animal containment, and building issues.
  • Demonstrate skills in estimating costs, fabricating, building, controlling, and troubleshooting building systems.
  • Able to troubleshoot pumps, HVAC, controls, electrical, plumbing and other building Systems efficiently providing both short and long term solutions to system problems.

Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of:

  • Accounting, budgeting, and bookkeeping.
  • Mathematical concepts and logic.
  • Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations.

Must possess excellent communications skills:

  • Interpersonal conflict resolution method.
  • Effectively promote organization and services offered.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Must have the ability to:

  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Apply critical thinking techniques.
  • Analyze and solve problems.
  • Prioritize work.
  • Perform within deadlines.
  • Ability to stay focused despite interruptions.
  • Deal with stress caused by deadlines.
  • Work well in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Memory for details.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to random drug testing.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug-free workplace. All employees are subject to random drug testing.

Requires a valid driver’s license.

Work Environment

Moderately heavy physical activity. Required push, pull or lift heavy weights up to 75 pounds. Difficult working positions; may have to stand, walk or sit in an uncomfortable position for extended periods and squat or crawl into small spaces under and near operational equipment to check and complete minor repairs. High exposure to disagreeable elements such as dust, fumes, noise, dampness, cold, heat, chemicals, and grease.  Exposed to outside weather conditions year-round and moderate hazards.


Accident Prevention Signs/Tags Confined Space Entry with first aid and CPR


Electrical Safety


Emergency Response/Spills


Emergency Train/Fire Prevention


Fall Protection


Fire Extinguishers



Combustible liquids


Hazardous Waste


Hazardous Waste






LP Gas


Occupational Noise Exposure PPE


Powered Industrial Trucks Powered Tools


Respiratory Protection Servicing of Rim Wheels Welding, Cutting and Brazing


Working and Walking Surfaces        

All applicants need to apply at: