Job Openings and Employment Opportunities at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo is always looking to add to our team of dedicated and hardworking employees.

A great place to work, we are strongly committed to being a workplace free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. There are a variety of employment opportunities and job openings throughout the year. Whether you like to work with animals or people; indoors or outdoors... there's something for everyone!


TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Seasonal Full-time

DAYS/HOURS: Actual days may vary, but generally will be Wed through Sun (8:30a - 5:00p); 40 hours per week




Performs routine, intermediate and advanced, maintenance and repairs. This position may be extended into regular full-time in future, but currently is running as a temporary position.


  1. Performs routine, intermediate and some advanced construction, maintenance and repair of Zoo structures, vehicles, equipment, and irrigation.
  2. Assists Maintenance Staff with other basic tasks (e.g. inspecting devices and minor repairs, assist with construction or general maintenance and upkeep of exhibits or similar projects, change fixtures, etcetera)
  3. Performs other duties as requested
  4. Demonstrates superior customer service with both internal (i.e. co-workers) and external (vendors, park visitors, contractors, etc) guests
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of, and supports, the East Bay Zoological Society's mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and codes of behavior


  • Must be able/willing to read and comprehend manuals, directions, and be able to order parts for the job at hand, as required.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, be a self-starter and work with little or no supervision.
  • Must possess skills in the safe use of tools and equipment associated with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and welding trades; ability to operate powered equipment normally found in maintenance operations.
  • Basic knowledge/skill/ability needed in maintenance projects/work.
  • Basic knowledge of general construction practices.
  • Ability to work effectively with little or no direct supervision.
  • Active CA Driver's License with clear DMV record (ability to obtain authorization to drive from Zoo's insurance carrier).
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing 75 lbs or more.
  • Ability to work outside in all weather conditions, sometimes in or around excessive dust or dirt.
  • Able to bend and twist, stand, kneel, sit, climb, walk, bend, stoop, speak and hear regularly and for long periods of time (8 hours or more)


  • High school diploma or GED (or greater), due to the need to read and interpret complex instructions and manuals.


  • At least two years of formal maintenance experience.
  • Must be 18 years or older.

Please note that this job description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and the people or person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as a exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of the personnel fpr this position. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant, and personnel may be reqired to perform duties beyond this list or outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time or as needed.

Email your resume and cover letter to, along with:

  • 2 professional references

If you choose to apply via email, please remember to put the title of the position in your subject -- failure to do so may result in your application not being seen/forwarded to the correct party for review.

You may also download an application by going to our website (under "Employment", where you will be able to print out a blank copy of our application form. You can then mail your completed applications to the address provided in application or FAX your application and resume to (510) 746-7175 (attn: HR).

In addition, you may pick up an Employment Application at the parking booth/main entrance (Golf Links Road) to the Zoo. You may simply return your completed application, along with your resume, etc., back to the Main Gate or to the Zoo's Human Resources office.

Please, no phone calls!  We apologize, but due to the heavy volume of applications, only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted. Do not call to follow up on the status of your application

Open until vacancy filled

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