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Maintenance Technician

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation and education.  We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions — Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, United, Transformative, Curious Courageous in all that we do.

The Maintenance Technician will support Denver Zoo’s mission by performing preventative maintenance and repairs, including but not limited to plumbing, painting, roof inspections and replacing light bulbs.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests.  If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced, and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Work and assist in all Maintenance Department shops; including but not limited to:
    • Perform maintenance required for Zoo Attractions equipment including Train and Carousel and Zoo Fleet Vehicles.
    • Maintain records on facilities and attractions equipment and prepare daily activity reports.
    • Escort contractors behind scenes; including communicating to Zoo staff when entering and exiting an area, making sure they’re working safely, and contractors clean up before leaving.
    • Run errands for materials, etc., as needed.
    • Inspect facilities and equipment to determine construction, mechanical installation, maintenance, or repairs needed.
    • Perform plumbing repairs, filter changes, roof inspection and cleanings, changing light bulbs, assist Shop Managers with HVAC, Electrical and Carpentry tasks.
    • Perform tenant finish and remodel work such as painting on a variety of surfaces, tape and finish drywall, install wall and floor coverings, remove old finishes, prepare surfaces.
    • Move furniture and appliances with various pieces of equipment and other maintenance personnel.
    • Clean and maintain tools, equipment and work area; prepare equipment as needed
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose problems needing maintenance or repairs.
  • Perform submitted maintenance request, document work in Zoo Work Order Management System.
  • Operate various pieces of equipment such as backhoes, Bobcats, and forklifts.
  • Consistently provide exceptional customer service.
  • Set priorities in alignment with Inspire Awe:
    • Safety first, always
    • Care demonstrated through exceptional guest service
    • Connect with each guest utilizing ROADMAP’s guest engagement strategies and program development process
  •  Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo’s Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.
  • Act in accordance with Denver Zoo’s Core Values of: Welcoming, Curious, Courageous, Transformative and United in all interactions with staff, guest, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Perform various duties as assigned.

Other Responsibilities and Duties

  • Must possess good interpersonal communications skills.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills.
  • Ability to work with little supervision.
  • Ability to read and work from computers, laptops, manuals, blueprints, written and verbal instructions.

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Two years of general non-licensed engine and/or diesel engine experience highly desirable.
  •  Knowledge of safety hazards and necessary safety precautions enough to be able to establish a safe work environment.

Position Conditions

  • Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.
  • Clear driving record.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Range for this position is $20.61-$24.74 (hourly)


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.

Application Process and Timelines

Open until filled. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.

Denver Zoo is following all CDC guidelines. CDC states that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against the spread of, and severe illness due to, COVID-19.  Denver Zoo highly encourages our employees to be vaccinated.  We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation.  This information is kept confidential.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.