Career Opportunities

Security/Facilities Technician

The Security/Facilities Technician is a full-time position that addresses broad oversight of the zoo’s physical plant and its security. The role is central in assuring that the facility is secure and addressing the maintenance and repair needs of the zoo.


  • Provide preventative maintenance program needs of the zoo
  • Maintain equipment and tools
  • Perform minor construction and repair of exhibits and grounds as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Patrols building and grounds in designated areas, checks animal doors and windows for security, locks doors, and turns out lights.
  • Maintains alertness to potentially abnormal conditions and responds appropriately.
  • Checks all pumps and electrical equipment on Zoo grounds as requested and report operating failure.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Maintain cleanliness of facility (buildings and restrooms)
  • Maintain cleanliness of grounds (recycling, waste disposal, pathways)
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Eligible for professional leave, as approved.


  • High School Diploma
  • Valid VA driver’s license
  • Basic knowledge of building and grounds maintenance, as well as vehicle and equipment maintenance
  • Basic knowledge of trade skills such as carpentry, plumbing, painting, masonry, electrical, landscaping, welding, and HVAC
  • Past maintenance experience is highly preferred


  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty.
  • Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions including rain, heat, and cold.
  • Must be able to traverse zoo grounds on foot.
  • Must be able to bend, lift, rake and sweep without difficulty.
  • Must possess visual acuity appropriate for general safety practices.

Classification: Full-time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt, Flexible Schedule, Weekend Availability as Required and Nights on an emergency basis

Reports to: Director of Animal Programs and Facilities

Hourly Wage: $11.00 – $13.00 per hour