San Diego Zoo

Senior Water Quality Construction and Maintenance Worker - San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA Req #3187
Thursday, January 25, 2024

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.


The Senior Construction & Maintenance Worker will support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance mission of saving species worldwide by performing a variety of skilled and skilled work in the maintenance, construction, alteration, remodeling and repair of organization buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds; and performs related work as required. This position reports to the C&M Life Support Systems Manager.



  • Operates aquatic animal life support systems and water features.
  • Operates ozone generator equipment and temperature control systems.
  • Keeps all equipment relative to the filtration systems in good working order. 
  • Repairs and maintains mechanical systems.
  • Vacuums animal habitats.
  • Coordinates work with wildlife care specialists and outside contractors as needed.
  • Communicates condition of equipment to LSS Manager.
  • Responds to emergencies as necessary.
  • Making improvement to current water treatment plants
  • Maintains daily logs.



Seeking a qualified applicant with experience in the operation of aquatic animal water filtration systems, ozone generation equipment and temperature control systems. General water chemistry and experience in repair and maintenance of mechanical systems is necessary. This position will require working outdoors and working with hazardous chemicals. Selected candidate will work mostly in their specific craft but will be expected to assist in other construction and maintenance duties. This position requires successful completion of physical ability test.


    • Three years of full-time experience as an aquatic animal life support operator.
    • Education, training, and/or experience as a journey-level the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined.
    • AALSO Life Support Operator Level I Certification is preferred.
    • Current valid California Driver’s license in good standing is required.
    • Methods, practices, and procedures in one or more of the building and construction trades.
    • Tools, equipment, and materials used in one or more of the building and construction trades.
    • Work and material estimating.
    • General water chemistry.
    • Safely and properly handle and operate the tools and equipment used in the assigned building and construction trade(s).
    • Recognize and discriminate between colors and/or sounds.
    • Make simple arithmetic calculations.
    • Understand and carry out instructions.
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in a diverse environment.
    • Understand, interpret, and work from blueprints/drawings.
    • Competently perform the duties of one or more of the building and construction trades outlined.



  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Union Position - If selected, there will be fees and dues to be paid to the union
  • Hourly Rate: $28.98


Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!


At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.


If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.


As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 


San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.

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