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Sustainable Waste Management Laborer 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as a Sustainable Waste Management Laborer. We have one, part-time, benefitted position open.

Application priority date: 1/31/2023    


This position performs manual work in a variety of indoor and outdoor work areas. Supports the Specialist, Sustainable Waste Management, in the zoo’s compost and recycling efforts towards meeting zero waste goals.


  • Assists equipment operators in the Zoo Doo yard, including spraying water/leachate on piles, opening and sorting bagged compost, cleaning trench drains, cleaning machinery, communicating compost yard status and any issues that arise.
  • Packages Zoo Doo for sale to the public by screening compost, manually filling bags/containers, attaching labels, palletizing bags, and working with volunteers that assist with the packing process. Transports compost to vendors as needed.
  • Collects unit recycling and provides staff feedback internally on recycling and composting discrepancies.
  • Acts as an on-grounds resource for staff regarding recycling and composting.
  • Loads and unload materials, equipment, and supplies.
  • Provides manual assistance to other workers and uses various types of hand tools, such as shovels and rakes.
  • Loads and unloads materials, equipment, and supplies.
  • Drives, pickup trucks, sedans, and other motorized vehicles in connection with manual work activities.
  • Collects, manages, and correctly disposes of specialty recycling items including hazardous waste, metal recycling, batteries, light bulbs, and electronic waste.
  • Reuses within the zoo, or correctly disposes of, large items such as appliances and furniture. Includes physically moving items and driving to donation sites.
  • Assists with the bi-annual Fecal Fest sale, including collection and loading of compost.
  • Helps collect and process organic and recycling waste at concerts and other special zoo events.
  • Supports in implementing the zoo’s Sustainability Plan and waste management related program activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and experience with recycling and composting in a professional setting; or three or more months related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A valid Washington Driver’s License.
  • Knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office and basic computer skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekend and/or holidays.


  • This position must frequently lift or move up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds.
  • A considerable amount of walking and standing is required.
  • Some stooping and crouching is required to access items on lower shelves.
  • 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. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration. This position requires working with animal feces.

Pay: $28.00 per hour

Application Priority Date: 1/31/23

Employment Requirements: 

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. The selected applicant must reside and conduct work in Washington State. 

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. A resume is required, a cover letter is optional.

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer a comprehensive program of group benefits to help maintain your and your family’s health and wellbeing. These include: 

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan  
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Sick Leave Accrual  
  • Working for an organization that cares about wildlife conservation! 

 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 Part-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Req Number FAC-23-00004  
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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