Grounds Maintenance Worker



Columbus Zoo Gate Guests 2809 - Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Performs activities related to the cleanliness and beautification of Zoo and Zoombezi Bay grounds and event preparation/conclusion.



  • Provides general grounds cleanliness including but not limited to washing and blowing sidewalks; snow removal; sweeping and cleaning; emptying and cleaning trash receptacles; hauling refuse from grounds to packer trucks and operating the packer devises; and the general beautification of Zoo’s egress and ingress areas.
  • Performs all tasks related to mowing, mulching, weeding and upkeep for common areas throughout Zoo grounds and in and around the Zoo’s egress and ingress areas.
  • Provides general maintenance to any and all equipment utilized in the performance of job duties.
  • Sets up and cleans up functions such as holiday events, Zoofari, concerts, catering events, marketing events, amphitheater events and tents.
  • Splits wood for Wildlights.
  • Assists with installation, removal, maintenance and inventory of special lighting and displays for special events, including but not limited to repair and maintenance of light strings, figures, and daily maintenance of light show after installation.
  • Assists with coordination and high lift installation and special electrical needs with Maintenance department.
  • Maintains upkeep of tables, chairs, picnic tables and benches and responsible for movement to and from assigned areas.
  • Assists with maintaining cleanliness of all public rest rooms on Zoo grounds.
  • Assists in the movement of office furniture and equipment.
  • Provides support and assistance to any and all activities related to Zoo special events such as Wildlights and Zoofari.
  • Assures safety of self, the collection, staff and visitors through proper safety training and techniques around the animals, equipment and vehicles.
  • Assists other facilities staff when required.
  • Participates in cross-training activities as directed.
  • Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Club and The Wilds.
  • Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Minimum six months of related experience preferred.
  • Possession of a Commercial Driver’s License preferred.
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays required.
  • Ability to plan and organize work in an efficient and cost-effective manner and without direct supervision required.
  • Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests and upholding the Make it G.R.E.A.T. standards required.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
  • Ability to adhere to standard operating procedures including but not limited to safety protocols required.
  • Proof of negative TB screening prior to placement and annually thereafter required.
  • Possession of a valid Ohio motor vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record required, as well as ability to operate standard shift vehicles required.
  • Ability to adhere to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s drug-free workplace policy including but not limited to pre-employment, random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up treatment required.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal history background check annually required.