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Facility & Safety Programs Specialist 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Facility & Safety Programs Specialist. We have one, full time, benefitted position open.

This position works with executives, supervisors, and employees to develop, implement, administer, and support enforcement of policies and procedures regarding managing the zoo’s physical property. 


  • Support the planning and strategic implementation of all maintenance programs relating to the interior, exterior, site conditions, and appearance of the zoo facilities.
  • Administer the zoo’s electronic Work Order System. Lead development, implementation and support for all departments utilizing the database. This will include the initial receipt, evaluation and distribution of work orders to the appropriate divisions.
  • Administer ongoing vendor relationships and research, recommendations, and Requests for Proposals (RFP) for fleet services, vehicle fuel, pest control, annual testing of: fire detection, monitoring, and prevention systems, and fire extinguishers.
  • Administer the zoo’s asset database system.  Analyze and prepare statistical data may be required to provide accurate and current assessment of facility management objectives.  Maintain data integrity, lead user training, and generate reports, graphs, and presentations for planning, budgeting, and capital planning purposes. 
  • Budget tracking of accounts and contracts related to the facilities department, including but not limited to: coding and submission of invoices and supporting components of the zoo’s purchasing and inventory system.
  • Ensure information for all documentation and reports are complete, accurate, and on time including: major maintenance, work requests, exhibits and facilities program documentation, emergency procedures manual, code compliance logs, ADA and Accessibility compliance, OSHA compliance, elevator logs, as-built drawings, general files, contract files, property condition documentation, and other reports.
  • Provide information and reports necessary for the development and ongoing operation of the zoo.  Including contributions towards multiyear planning efforts for major maintenance, facility improvement, capital projects, cost reduction initiatives.   Reports may include submission to: City of Seattle Parks Department, Seattle City Light, Seattle PU, OSHA/WISHA, DOH, DOE, and zoo leadership and board. 
  • Support coordination of work performed by other departments report to the head of facilities.
  • Collaborate with the zoo’s IT department to develop, troubleshoot, and support infrastructure necessary to maintain proper recordkeeping, function, and operations of the zoo’s maintenance and safety programs.
  • Lead and work collaboratively with all departments in the development, deployment, and management of the zoo’s health and safety programs.  Including research, recommendation, and incorporation of programs and processes to ensure a culture of safety within the zoo. 
  • Collaborate with People & Culture on the tracking and implementation of training for workplace safety measures defined by OSHA/WISHA, and L&I. 
  • Take part in the zoo’s SAFE team to increase the zoo’s culture of safety.
  • Support enforcement of safety procedures to ensure safe operation of equipment and employee safety in compliance with OSHA and WISHA standards.
  • Develop and oversee job safety training programs to include hearing tests, fall protection, confined space, forklift trainings, etc.
  • Administer the zoo’s Chemical Hazard Communication Program, maintenance of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database and communications associated with the inclusion and implementation of new products and materials.
  • Responsible for the production of reports, graphs, and other presentations using Microsoft Office products or other media as required to support the zoo’s safety programs and facilities department communications. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field, and two (2) or more years’ experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • OSHA 30 certification, or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and overseeing operational protocols for information, safety, and maintenance programs.
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal and organizational communication.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests and meet deadlines in a professional manner.
  • Ability to be effective while working both independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office products, particularly Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint, and data processing programs. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and comfortably with audiences of different backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with professionalism.
  • Demonstrated organization skills, time management, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated experience in administering service contracts.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and remain flexible to changing tasks.


  • This position may be required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a typical office environment and/or outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Pay: $60,000/annually, plus benefits

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history. A criminal background check, driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test will be required of the selected applicant. 

COVID-19 Vaccination  

  • As of November 24, 2021, employees working on or accessing zoo grounds are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by your first day of employment. 
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. 
  • Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. 


Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. Cover letter and resume are required. 

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number FAC-21-00031  
EOE Statement Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

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