Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$20 adults, $15 children
 

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$20 adults, $15 children
 

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Facilities Associate

Date Posted
February 15, 2024
Type
Full Time

Job Details

FLSA Classification: Nonexempt
Salary Grade: To Be Determined
Reports to: Horticulture Manager and Hospitality & Maintenance Manager
Department: Operations

The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.

Position Purpose

Under supervision, performs a variety of tasks related to horticulture, hospitality, and maintenance operations. 

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

On the horticulture side, duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Tasks related to all aspects of horticulture maintenance: grass mowing, weed-eating, leaf raking, trimming, pruning, tree removal, turf maintenance, etc.
  • Perform maintenance (preventative and repairs) on horticulture equipment
  • Provides general labor as directed
  • Supervises seasonal staff, volunteers, and volunteer groups that work in the horticulture department. Examples of volunteer functions include planting and maintenance of flower gardens, clean-up of leaves and trash on grounds, and occasional light maintenance duties.
  • Assist in emergency situations as needed (guest or staff illness, weather, etc.)

On the hospitality side duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Emptying trash cans
  • Cleaning restrooms, primarily in the off season
  • Restocking restrooms
  • Cleaning up messes made by guests, including vomit, bodily fluids, etc.
  •  Set-up and clean up for events
  •  Keeping the zoo grounds clean

On the maintenance side, duties include, but are not limited to:

  • General maintenance (preventative and repairs) of systems and buildings at the zoo as directed
  • This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Electric
    • Plumbing
    • Carpentry
    • Metalwork
    • Vehicles  
  • Work closely with Animal Care, Special Events, Education, and Office staff to help ensure smooth operations at the zoo 
  • Snow and ice removal (on call) – maintain the safety of the zoo grounds, walkways, parking lots, and driveways during inclement weather if needed

 

 

 

Requirements

Competencies

  • Resourceful – Understanding of or can research all applicable topics as they relate to modern horticulture, maintenance, and hospitality.
  • Flexible – Ability to handle a flexible workload with a variety of assignments while also maintaining composure in an environment that can be stressful.
  • Independent – Must be able to operate independently, exercise initiative and demonstrate a capacity for detail and follow-up.
  • Positive – Must be a positive, effective team member and be able to establish professional working relationships.
  • Communicator – Communicates clearly, both verbally and written. Effective listening skills.
  • Critical Thinker – Ability to make decisions while under pressure or solve problems that arise daily.
  • Innovative – Ability to propose solutions to concerns related to the facilities.
  • Efficient – Ability to complete tasks in a thorough but quick manner.
  • Customer-oriented – Always exercises professional customer service skills. Interacts with many different types of people and situations.
  • Team Player – Collaborates with the facilities department to achieve common goals.

Supervisory/Management Responsibilities

 None

Work Environment

While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk on uneven terrain, climb, and utilize manual dexterity to use various tools, machines, and equipment. The incumbent is regularly exposed to all types of weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, snow, hail, wind, and rain. Most of the job tasks are completed outside.  Some work is required in small and/or confined spaces.  Incumbents are exposed to noisy environments such as mowers and motors. 

Physical Requirements

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

Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.

☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly   

Moving self in different positions to accomplish tasks in various environments including tight and confined spaces.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Moving about to accomplish tasks or moving from one worksite to another.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Adjusting or moving objects up to 50 pounds in all directions.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Communicating with others to exchange information.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
☐ Never          ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Operating machinery and/or power tools.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Operating motor vehicles or heavy equipment.
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
☐ Never        ☐ Occasionally          ☒ Constantly

Driving.
☐ Never        ☒ Occasionally           ☐ Constantly

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling –
☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally          ☐ Constantly

Reaching with hands and arms.
☐ Never          ☐ Occasionally         ☒ Constantly

Tasting or smelling.
 ☐ Never         ☒ Occasionally         ☐ Constantly

Vision
☒ Close vision;  ☒Distant vision;  ☒ Color vision;  ☒ Peripheral vision;  ☒Depth perception;  ☒ Ability to adjust focus

Lifting Requirement.
☒ > than 50 pounds       ☐ Up to 50 pounds        ☐ Up to 40 pounds        ☐ Up to 25 pounds        ☐ Up to 10 pounds

Required education and experience

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.

Additional eligibility requirement

  • Must be insurable to drive a zoo vehicle.
  • Must be able to maintain work hours that will serve the needs of the Blank Park Zoo including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be able to operate various equipment, including, power floor scrubbers, skid loaders, trailers, and large vehicles.
  • Must be able to maintain calm and act professionally in all situations such as emergencies and guest interactions.

Licenses/Certifications

  • Valid Iowa motor vehicle license or ability to obtain
  • First Aid/CPR Training preferred
     

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and gives employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking and seek fulfilling employment. In return, Blank Park Zoo offers competitive income, benefits, and an excellent working environment.

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