Salary: $29.68 – $38.94 Hourly
Location: Tacoma, WA
Job Type: Career Full-time Represented
Job Number: FacLdr2023
Department: Zoological and Environmental Education
Opening Date: 06/22/2023
Closing Date: 7/9/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Located in Tacoma, Washington, Metro Parks’ mission is to create healthy opportunities to play, learn, and grow. The independent park district spans the city providing a wide range of life-enriching destinations and services, including 70+ parks, 80+ miles of trails, 1,000+ acres of urban forest, 66 playgrounds, four community centers, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Point Defiance Park, and much more. Our work is guided by eight core values that are the foundation of our actions and goals: innovation, excellence, equity, inclusiveness, sustainability, accountability, safety, and fun.

Why You’ll Love it Here
Come work where you play! You will contribute to the overall vitality and well-being of your community when you work for Metro Parks Tacoma, and you’ll do so as part of a supportive team of committed, passionate, and mission-driven professionals. The people of Metro Parks are the key to its success, and you just might be the next great addition to our team. You’ll receive a competitive wage, along with an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental, retirement, vacation, holidays, and much more. On top of that, you’ll wake each day knowing that you’re helping make Tacoma a great place to call home.
Position Information 
Under the direction of the PDZA Maintenance Manager, oversee and participate in a variety of zoo facilities, Zoolights and custodial duties; prioritize, coordinate, assign, and inspect completed work; interview and provide direction to assigned operations staff.
  In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to:

  • 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.

Essential Duties

  • Oversee, coordinate the planning and participate in the setup and tear down of Zoolights; order lights and materials, work with various trades staff to develop Zoolights elements including but not limited to new figures, animation and sound systems.
  • Oversee and participate in the care and maintenance of park grounds, custodial and cleanup functions as required; cleaning of restrooms, toilets, sinks, mirrors, inside/outside walls, drains and gutters. Perform annual deep cleaning.  
  • Requisition and purchase supplies and materials according to established procedures; obtain competitive prices; assist operations manager in the development and management of annual Zoolights budget and tracking of expenditures.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of assigned staff among and around sensitive and dangerous wildlife.
  • Prioritize, assign, review the work, train, provide work direction to seasonal/part-time full-time career staff. Help select personnel and recommend personnel actions. Assist in the performance evaluation of assigned full-time, part-time, seasonal and volunteer staff.
  • Evaluate and inspect park conditions and custodial needs; assure proper grounds, buildings and facilities and efficient completion of assignments.  
  • Assist in the design, oversee and participate in the construction and renovation of exhibits and facilities.  
  • Oversee activities to assure proper operation of equipment and machines and compliance with safety practices and procedures.  These machines may include high-lift, backpack blowers, weed eaters, mowers, edger, carpet extractor, buffer, vacuums and golf carts.
  • Monitor and operate all types of cleaning equipment, forklift, high lift or other specialized equipment.
  • Communicate with other departments and personnel, vendors, suppliers and outside organizations to coordinate custodial activities; attend a variety of meetings as required.
  • Coordinate and oversee assigned staff in the installation and maintenance of furniture, fences, playground equipment, cabinets, and shelving.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to assigned work projects, purchasing equipment, materials and supplies and personnel; submit related reports to appropriate personnel or department as required.  
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation for special projects and events; coordinate with zoological, education, marketing and operational staff on Zoolights planning and questions.
  • Monitor and inspect non-Park District contract employees and projects for compliance with District standards and policies as directed.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to assigned work projects, purchasing equipment, materials and supplies and personnel; submit related reports to appropriate personnel or department as required.
  • Attend staff and committee meetings, give public presentations and tours.
  • Perform emergency first aid and CPR as necessary
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Any combination equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by one year vocational training and/or college course work and five or more years of progressively responsible experience in custodial and janitorial work including one year guiding the work of subordinate career and/or seasonal-temporary employees.
Must be able to work a schedule that will include a weekend day
Valid Washington driver’s license.
Must be able to obtain a valid First Aid, CPR, and Flaggers Card within probationary period.

Additional Information
This position is a represented position with the International Union of Operating Engineers.    

HOURS: Anticipated work schedule is Tuesday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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