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Facilities Custodian/Full-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park/Stone Zoo

Department

Facilities

Reports To

Custodial Services Supervisor, Facilities Manager         

Essential Job Functions

Performs routine manual tasks in connection with the maintenance, care, upkeep, repair and beautification of parks and roadways. Cleans buildings, grounds and performs manual labor tasks required as part of the operation of the zoos.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform the cleaning, re-stocking of restrooms and office facilities throughout the parks.
  • Perform routine tours throughout the parks collecting trash.
  • Report any repairs needed to the Facilities Supervisors.
  • Set-up and knockdown facilities for Special Events.
  • Will require working in all types of weather and will require snow removal.
  • May require the ability to perform minor repairs or maintenance duties such as painting, etc.
  • Drive to various locations in park and haul animal waste and trash to dumpsters.
  • Perform routine tours throughout the parks emptying barrels and picking up trash (and recycle products).
  • May require washing windows.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Candidate must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in Custodial service or similar manual labor.
  • Must have the ability to communicate in English verbally.
  • Must have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.
  • Must be available for 24 hour on-call, as required.
  • Must be able to work and travel to either Zoo as required.
  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 50 lbs.
  • Perform all other duties, such as snow removal, moving office furniture, as may be required.
How to Apply

Facilities Laborer/Full-Time, Benefits

Location:

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Department: 

Facilities

Reports To:

Facilities Manager

Essential Job Functions

  • Performs manual labor as it relates to the repair and maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.
  • Repair or modification of existing exhibits, and construction of new exhibits in accordance with and under the direction of the Manager of Facilities.
  • Ability to meet maintenance deadlines and work in a team environment as well as independently with minimum supervision.
  • Must be able to work in indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Must be able to perform physical labor as defined by the projects at hand.
  • Must be able to work weekend days and holidays on a rotating basis.
  • Must be able to comply with Zoo New England’s essential staff requirements during emergency situations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Must follow all safety protocol associated with performing assigned tasks.
  • Ability to complete work orders, purchase orders and other paperwork required by the department.
  • Repair of buildings, exhibits, fences and general physical facilities at both Zoos.
  • Ability to assist with other trade skills in the areas of HVAC, welding carpentry and / or masonry.
  • Maintain electrical systems as needed.
  • Operate two-way radio responsibly and professionally.
  • Work outside in all weather.
  • Snow removal including shoveling.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license and driving record in good standings.
  • Possess basic proficiency in at least three of the following trades: carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, welding and fence work.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, walk and lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.) during the course of the workday.
  • Ability to work under adverse conditions with exposure to the outdoor elements.
  • Must be able to cover rotating Sunday duty.
  • Must be able and willing to work overtime, during emergencies, rotating holidays and as needed to remove snow.
  • Must comply with Zoo New England’s TB Test requirements.
  • Must adhere to Zoo New England policies and procedures.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Have certification in one or more trades.
  • One year building maintenance experience or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • A solid background of one year plus in basic carpentry, masonry and welding.
How to Apply

Facilities Technician/Full-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park/Stone Zoo

Department

Facilities                                                                  

Reports To

Director of Facilities

Essential Job Functions

Performs manual labor as it relates to the repair and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos. Repair or modification of existing exhibits, and construction of new exhibits in accordance with the instructions provided by the facilities manager. Ability to meet maintenance deadlines, work in a team environment as well as work independently with minimum supervision. Must be able to work in indoor and outdoor environments. Must be able to perform physical labor as defined by the projects at hand. Must be able to work weekend days and holidays on a rotating basis. Must be able to comply with ZNE’s essential staff requirements during emergency situations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ability to work in Building Engines electronic web based work order system.
  • Ability to complete work orders and preventative maintenance assigned including, but not limited to, Electrical troubleshooting, Carpentry repair, Plumbing troubleshooting, HVAC and Welding.
  • Use of power and hand tools including, but not limited to:  saws, drills, planers, and ladders.
  • Making repairs to existing structures and exhibits.
  • Perform new construction following building codes.
  • Working independently and in team settings.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner to Zoo guests and employees.
  • Will require use of operating equipment including but not limited to, mini-trucks, full size trucks, dump trucks and golf cart.
  • Working outside in changing weather conditions.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Three years of experience as a maintenance technician.
  • Ability to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must have valid Massachusetts driver’s license in good standing.
  • Ability to work outside in changing weather conditions.
  • Must be available for 24 hour on call as needed.
  • Ability to work weekends.
  • Ability to lift and carry items up to 50 pounds.
  • Perform all other duties such as snow removal as requested.
  • Ability to work at both Franklin Park and Stone Zoo.
  • Must be able to respond to on-call situations when scheduled.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Previous Work Order Management System Experience
  • Trade Certifications
How to Apply

Landscaper/Full-Time, Benefits

Location

Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Department

Horticulture                       

Reports To

Curator, Horticulture   

Essential Job Functions

Supervises seasonal employees, volunteers, community service workers and apprentice horticulturists on an as assigned basis.

Pay Rate

$12.75/hour

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participates in the installation and maintenance of the landscapes at both the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos.
  • Participates in all aspects of landscape construction and exhibit construction as pertains to the landscape.
  • Plants trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs, seed and sod, as directed.
  • Prepares planting areas, installs walls, fences, pathways, irrigation systems and water features, as directed.
  • Waters trees, shrubs, plants and flowers utilizing irrigation systems, sprinklers, hoses, or by hand.
  • Performs all aspects of plant maintenance including:  weeding, dead-heading, pruning, fertilizing, transplanting, dividing, propagation, mulching and winterizing.
  • Performs all aspects of grounds maintenance including: raking, sweeping, blowing, trash collection, snow removal, sanding and salting, mowing, edging and grading.
  • Operates machinery including:  mowers, hedgers, weed-whackers, chainsaws, snow throwers, roto-tillers, skid-steer loaders, backhoe-loaders, tractors and sod cutters.
  • Assists in the collection and transport of purchased or donated trees, plants and flowers.
  • Assists in the supervision of Community Service groups, Seasonal employees, Volunteers and Interns.
  • Monitors Zoo grounds to make sure they are safe, clean, attractive and comfortable for Zoo guests and staff.
  • Purchases parts and materials, as directed.
  • Interacts with and answers questions of Zoo guests by providing information about the Zoo and acts as a Good-Will Ambassador for the Zoo.
  • Operates two-way radio responsibly and professionally.
  • Attends training and education programs and seminars.
  • Works outside in all weather.
  • Performs related or non-related work as assigned to assure the proper operation of the Zoo.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Some basic knowledge of landscaping and horticultural principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide quality customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work under conditions including adverse weather and heights.
  • Ability to operate machinery.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.
  • Must have a negative result on a TB test.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
  • Must be able and willing to work weekends, holidays and overtime, as needed.
  • Must have a good work history.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor.
How to Apply

Vice President/General Curator/Full-Time, Benefits

Department

Animal Care

Location

Franklin Park Zoo/Stone Zoo

Reports to

Chief Operating Officer

Essential Job Functions

Manages the Animal Care Department of the Franklin Park and Stone Zoo. Develops and implements procedures for the care of the animal collection and staff. Provides leadership for the Animal Care Department and all Animal Care staff, ensuring a healthy, productive, and positive work environment while functioning as a leader and team member within Zoo New England as a whole. Directs the development of the animal collection, with input from the Animal Management Committee, according to the objectives of ZNE’s strategic plan.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Formulates and implements proper animal management practices and programs, including producing Institutional Collection Plans (ICP) that meet or exceed AZA accreditation requirements. Updates these plans as needed.
  2. Develops ICP’s in accordance with ZNE conservation priorities. Assists with establishing those priorities, while coordinating with other ZNE departments, integrating conservation research and appropriate conservation messaging through all levels of public interaction i.e. exhibit interpretation, education programming, and marketing. Ensures ZNE is continuously building a dynamic collection that meets all the needs of the organization.
  3. Establishes schedules and collaborates with other departments to ensure that exhibits are dynamic and engaging for guests.
  4. Responsible for Departmental budget development and management.
  5. Directs and coordinates in-house components of AZA conservation programs; Studbooks, Species Survival Plans, Taxon Advisory Groups, and Conservation Action Partnerships. Appropriately delegates ZNE representation with subordinate staff in order to increase ZNE’s participation and leadership within AZA.
  6. Is active in providing leadership of AZA WCMC programs.
  7. Creates and supports opportunities for departmental staff members’ professional development.
  8. Chairs Animal Management Committee meetings and ensures that these meetings are productive. Actively solicits input from all participants
  9. Develops professional relationships with outside experts and specialists in order to have the best information available when making management decisions.
  10. Ensures proper planning of animal transfers and coordinates with veterinarians for planning of complicated medical procedures.
  11. Collaborates with Director of Animal Health and Conservation Medicine to establish policies regarding animal health decisions in the best interest of individual animals and the collection overall to ensure the highest level of animal care and welfare.
  12. Ensures proper genetic and demographic management of the collection.
  13. Represents the institution in animal-related matters in public and in media situations as needed.
  14. Directs and coordinates short & long-range planning and development of the collection for the Animal Care Department.
  15. Interfaces with and functions as a team member with all other Departments to ensure coordination, cooperation and synergies.
  16. Provides expertise and input to the Executive team on animal related issues on a regular and ongoing basis through oral and written reports.
  17. Monitors, evaluates, and directs actions in the design, maintenance, repair, and enhancement of animal quarters, buildings, exhibits, and surrounding grounds.
  18. Provides input, assistance, and oversees personnel matters within the Department. Ensures all departmental staff management is conducted in compliance with all legal / regulatory requirements and ZNE policies and procedures.
  19. Plans, coordinates, and assists in a variety of procedures related to the proper function of the Department.
  20. Directs and coordinates Curators, Director of Animal Resources, and Registrar in developing and effecting policies, programs, and procedures.
  21. Practices and qualifies with firearms in accordance with ZNE policies and procedures.
  22. Becomes trained as a team leader in the Dangerous Animal Recovery Team, and proficient in handling animal capture equipment and immobilization drugs. Participates in animal escape drills.
  23. Participates as a member and / or leader of ZNE’s Research Review Committee, and encourages scientific study to benefit development of sustainable animal collections, animal care and welfare, species and habitat conservation, conservation education and public engagement, while ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare.
  24. Develops proficiency with the Incident Command System, and ensures departmental readiness for emergency response.
  25. Supports and ensures progressive animal training and environmental enrichment for the animal collection.
  26. Ensures compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
  27. Ensures meaningful, scheduled and unscheduled staff interactions with guests that support ZNE’s strategic plan.
  28. Supports, practices and enforces ZNE’s sustainability policies and procedures.
  29. Performs related work as required.

Working Conditions

  • Frequent exposure and close contact with a variety of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
  • Frequently need to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and lift.
  • Frequent requirements to move moderate to heavy objects.
  • Work in uneven terrain with exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens.
  • Move about on slippery surfaces.
  • Handle toxic and / or hazardous materials.
  • Work in confined or cramped spaces.
  • May work from an elevated position. Must be willing and able to take lead role in supervision during emergencies; and cope with high stress situations, e.g., the recapture of escaped animals or emergency assistance to guests as directed.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or related field. Ten years progressive experience in an AZA accredited facility managing various animal taxa, six years of which must have been in progressive levels of supervisory positions.  
  • Possesses and displays professional expertise in animal management and conservation.
  • Possesses deep familiarity with related AZA programs and demonstrated experience in leading and working within them.
  • Possesses and conveys great enthusiasm for the organizational mission, strategic plan, and the work of the Animal Care Department.  
  • Possesses a strong knowledge of AZA accreditation standards and expectations.
  • TB tested negative before starting and tested yearly thereafter.  Acceptance of zoonotic disease prevention protocols as mandated by Zoo New England, including vaccinations for rabies & hepatitis, prophylactics, fecal screens, serum storage, etc.
  • Must have no criminal history or convictions, in relations to animal-related issues or child welfare.
  • Must possess a valid drivers' license and be able to lawfully drive in Massachusetts.
  • Must have demonstrated skills in all aspects of captive animal management, budget management, and exhibit design.
  • Commitment to excellence, continuous improvement, creativity, innovation, and teamwork.
  • Must have strong leadership, organizational and communication skills and be willing and able to participate effectively in a team management approach.
  • Must possess or be eligible to obtain a Massachusetts Firearms Identification card or License to carry firearms by the end of the six month introductory period, in order to be an active participant in ZNE’s Dangerous Animal Recovery Team.

Preferred Job Requirements

  • Bi-lingual with Spanish language
  • Strong herp/bird experience
  • Advanced degree(s) in related field
  • Experience with conceiving, leading, and participating in species conservation projects and conservation research.
  • Experience with design and implementation of research using scientific method.
  • Experience as an AZA inspector.
How to Apply