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Manager of Special Construction & Welding

SUMMARY: The Manager of Special Construction & Welding will provide oversight of the Special Construction & Welding Department day-to-day operations responsible for the repair, design and fabrication of exhibit components, masonry and metalwork throughout the Saint Louis Zoo.  As a key leader of Facilities Management, this position will support the Zoo’s mission and advocate the Zoo’s core values and three keys.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following reflects Management’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict additional assigned tasks.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position.

  • Plan, coordinate and direct the daily activities of the Special Construction & Welding Department including all facets of exhibit enhancement and maintenance, masonry and concrete, welding and all related metalwork.
  • Manage Special Construction personnel to create and maintain animal enrichment tools, exhibit structures, and themed artificial 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 and to perform masonry and concrete work such as the building, altering and repairing of brick, stone, tile or ceramic structures or surfaces, shotcrete, gunite, flatwork and texturing.
  • Manage Welding personnel to repair, design, and fabricate structures, equipment, displays, animal holdings, shift doors and various other types of metal objects through the use of MIG, TIG and stick welders, cutters, shapers, measuring tools and materials such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron and others.
  • Administer the Zoo’s human capital management software for time and attendance, payroll, benefits, and workforce management.
  • Manage the CMMS work order system for work scheduling, preventative maintenance programs and record keeping related to this department.
  • Collaborate with all Facilities Management departments to assist with creative design solutions, construction and general maintenance needs.
  • Operate and train staff on all related tools, equipment and machines.
  • Utilize Zoo purchasing policies to procure goods and coordinate contractual services for the maintenance and repair of the Zoo.
  • Ensure that proper safety guidelines and usage of PPE are followed at all times.
  • Know and understand the Zoo employee handbook and adhere to all stated disciplinary actions and personnel policies.
  • Work in close collaboration with all Zoo internal departments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Supervise skilled trade personnel for the exhibit, masonry and metalwork maintenance and repair of the Zoo.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Certification, undergraduate degree, or equivalent years of experience required.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a related field required.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a management position preferred.
  • Carpentry experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with automated technologies, CMMS, and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Possession or the ability to obtain OSHA 10/30-Hour Training certification.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities and workflow with enthusiasm.
  • Superb customer service with a commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with subordinates, peers, and superiors.
  • Possession or the ability to obtain a Missouri Class E Driver’s License is required for residents of Missouri.
  • All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.


  • Must be able to push, pull, bend, squat, stoop, climb stairs or ladders, and twist many times a day.
  • Must be able to safely lift, carry and load 75 pounds.
  • Physical capacity to endure exposure to inclement weather, dust, heavy machinery, restraint devices and hazardous chemicals. Use of proper PPE may be required.


  • This position will work in both a production environment and outside. Significant exposure to weather is possible.

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