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Senior Welder C&M Worker - Full Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted: February 8, 2024 Expired: March 7, 2024
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Senior Welder C&M Worker - Full Time - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.


The Senior Construction & Maintenance Worker will perform a variety of skilled work in the maintenance, construction, alteration, remodeling and repair of organization buildings, facilities, equipment, and grounds; and performs related work as required. This position reports to the Lead Construction and Maintenance Worker or C&M Supervisor/Manager.


  • Assembles metal components to provide timely facility repairs including railings, doors, gates, animal habitats and various zoo facilities.
  • Develop innovative maintenance and repair solutions to ensure operational needs are met.
  • Understand and apply welding techniques; works quickly and skillfully with their hands; accepts responsibility for the work performed; can visualize what the finished product should look like; operates welding equipment with skill.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and independently.
  • Operates and drives a variety of heavy, medium, and light duty motorized vehicles, such as trucks, forklifts, skip loaders, graders, back hoes, water, and dump trucks, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of welding methods and materials
  • Use disc grinder to smooth out, weld, or grind parts prior to welding.
  • Operate manual and automated welding units and equipment by depositing metal from electrode to work piece and joins edges of work piece.
  • Maintain length of arc and speed of movement to form specified depth of fusion and bead.
  • Weld in flat and vertical planes (all position welding).
  • Examine weld for bead size and other specifications.
  • Grind or clean weld joint of work piece.
  • Repair improperly welded pieces and fill holes.
  • Position and clamp work pieces together or assemble them in a jig.
  • Tack assemblies together.
  • Fabricate new or replacement parts for a variety of applications.
  • Assemble component parts using hand and small power tools.
  • May change hoses, fittings, air valves, and other various equipment, etc.
  • Maintains a safe working environment and wears protective personal protective equipment.
  • Cleans up work area daily.


San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is looking for a Senior Construction and Maintenance Worker with an emphasis in welding. Must have the experience to estimate materials and labor costs for projects; can navigate an electronic work order system and perform enter data into an asset management tracking system and perform electronic timecard entry. Candidate must have a proficiency using a Windows based computer and can create work summaries using MS Word and Excel. 

  • JOB EXPERIENCE - You must meet ONE of the following:
    • Successful completion of a state-accredited Welder Apprenticeship Program or
    • Five years of full-time journey-level welder with experience in at least TWO of the following types of facilities: Entertainment Park, commercial, industrial, residential, or governmental agencies.
    • Qualifying journey-level welder experience in the following areas: MIG; TIG and Arc welding experience working with steel, aluminum, and stainless steel 


    • Five years of experience working for a license welder contractor
    • An equivalent combination of journey-level experience and apprenticeship training from a state accredited welding apprenticeship program.


    • Education, training, and/or experience as a journey-level Welder and possesses the essential functions, knowledge and skills outlined
    • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing


    • Methods, practices, and procedures in one or more of the building and construction trades
    • Tools, equipment, and materials used in one or more of the building and construction trades
    • Work and material estimating
    • Safely and properly handle and operate the tools and equipment used in the assigned building and construction trade(s)
    • Recognize and discriminate between colors and/or sounds
    • Make simple arithmetic calculations
    • Understand and carry out instructions
    • Deal tactfully and courteously with others in a diverse environment
    • Understand, interpret, and work from blueprints/drawings
    • Competently perform the duties of one or more of the building and construction trades outlined
    • Knowledge in metal fabrication 


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


  • Location: Escondido, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly, Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Union Position - If selected, there will be fees and dues to be paid to the union
  • Hourly Rate: $28.98

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!

At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.

As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.


28.98 hourly

How to Apply

Please apply here:

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: 619-231-1515

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