While the Indianapolis Zoo is known for employing people to care for our animals, we also employ skilled trades professionals, such as mechanics, plumbers, water treatment mechanics and technicians, and electricians to work in our Facilities department. 

We have an immediate opening on the 1st shift for a Water Treatment Mechanical Technician.  The Water Treatment area monitors, repairs, and maintains the marine mammal living environments – huge aquariums, small aquariums, the shark touch tank, and the Dolphin pools.   This role requires at least 5 years of experience in any type of trade and 1-2 years working with other trade maintenance areas.  A high school diploma/GED is required.  Additional certification/ education preferred. 

The Water Treatment Mechanical Technician ensures the proper functioning of the pumps, filters, piping and all environmental systems within the Zoo.  Mechanical aptitude, working familiarity with equipment including HVAC, filtration systems, plumbing, electrical, pneumatic and digital controls is required. Familiarity with Honeywell systems, or other BMS systems, is preferred. 

The successful candidate must be SCUBA certified, or must be able to acquire SCUBA certification within six months of hire.  The work schedule requires working rotating weekends, holidays and overtime as needed, as well as being on call to respond to emergencies.  Different shift work may be required.  Must have a valid Indiana driver’s license and be insurable by IZS, Inc.’s insurance company.

Specific duties include:

  • Responsible for maintaining all environmental system and water treatment (life support) systems throughout all assigned areas of the zoo.

  • Plans and executes related projects which may include installation of new equipment. Replaces, upgrades or refurbishes existing systems.

  • Maintains working knowledge of all systems throughout our appointed areas so that the proper action can be taken to restore any abnormality.

  • Documents all activities of the shift. Will maintain all daily logs associated with all equipment.

  • May be asked to instruct staff on proper operations of systems and equipment, tools and assign constructive tasks to Technicians.

  • Purchase materials and supplies to maintain routinely used inventories such as parts, hardware and some chemicals working with vendors for competitive pricing.

  • Ensures and instructs other staff to ensure that all safety precautions, notices and zoo policies are carried out.

  • Read and follow blueprints, as well as written and oral instructions.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of HVAC systems, filtration and pumping systems, plumbing, basic electrical, pneumatic and digital controls, some basic carpentry and masonry skills.

  • Responds to and assists other departments in the event of an emergency such as fire or an animal escape.

  • Swimming in water temperatures ranging from 35 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. SCUBA and CPR certification is required.

  • Uses and repairs a wide variety of hand and power tools, vehicles, small engines, and the ability to safely operate some heavy equipment.  Must have some working knowledge of electrical systems.

Working Requirements & Conditions:

  • Will be required to climb ladders and scaffolding, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and lift.

  • Will be physically required to do heavy work, which includes lifting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

  • Works indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather, exposed to temperatures ranging from -10 to 90+ degrees.

  • Must be able to swim in water temperatures ranging from 35 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. SCUBA and CPR certification is required.

  • Must maintain SCUBA certification as defined by the Zoo’s certification program (at least one [1] dive every 89 days).

  • Works around equipment that has a significant noise level.

  • Will be working around mechanical moving parts, live electrical circuits, and exposed to dusty conditions and pollens.

  • Will be exposed to various solvents and cleaning solutions.

  • Must be able to wear proper safety equipment including dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harness.

  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood borne Pathogens Guidelines.  Possible occupational exposure (Category A employee) to human blood borne pathogens.

The Zoo offers a competitive benefit package (medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 403b) upon 90 days of employment. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include your compensation requirement in your attached cover letter, or enter it on the online application.


Additional Application Requirements

A​ll​ applicants must meet the following requirements:​

  • ​​When applying, please include the job title as stated above in the “position desired” section of the application.
  • Please attach a cover letter and résumé with your application.
  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a limited criminal background check, a drug test and pre-employment training on child protection.
  • Some positions require the successful completion of a driving record check.
  • Employees must adhere to our grooming standards (No visible tattoos on the face or neck. Other visible tattoos may not contain offensive or derogatory images or language. No visible piercings, no tongue piercings, no ear gages, etc.)
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is a drug free/smoke free environment.
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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