Facilities and Mechanical Technician
Company: Lowell Obervatory
Posted on: September 18, 2023
Facilities and Mechanical Technician
The Facilities & Mechanical Technician position is primarily
responsible for the upkeep of equipment, vehicles and facilities.
This position reports to the Mars Hill Facilities Manager and works
alongside a team of grounds and facilities staff. Physical work is
a primary part of the job, often outdoors and in inclement
Automotive maintenance of fleet vehicles and other equipment
Maintenance and minor repairs or coordinating repair services from
local contractors or Lowell technicians as required. Maintain logs
of inspections and performs maintenance on vehicles and grounds
equipment such as tractors, snow blowers, utility carts, facility
equipment HVAC units, and safety equipment such as Automatic
External Defibrillators. Electronic logs, if used, must be
accessible to other Lowell staff. Monitor and order replacement
supplies as necessary.
Maintain lighting - bulb replacement and cleaning of interior and
exterior lighting fixtures. Maintains, cleans and repairs windows,
doors, floors, walls and ceilings. Participates in furniture moves
between offices and buildings. Inspects and does occasional
maintenance on roofs, gutters, decks, siding, etc.
Seasonal yard and grounds maintenance, including snow removal.
Works with landscape and gardens maintenance staff - planting,
mowing, irrigation repair, raking, shoveling. Member of Snow Crew
-- Road and walkway maintenance - snow removal both manual
shoveling and with a truck or tractor, responsible for safety for
public and staff access to campus.
Trees and bushes - planting, trimming, debris removal. Painting
exterior - handrails, curbs, often on ladders and occasionally on
Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned as part of a
team and without supervision
Basic computer skills - email correspondence and recording time
Meets daily/weekly with Facilities Manager and team for assignment
Responsible to keep logs of assigned and completed tasks
Other duties as assigned.
Snow Team - on call throughout the winter months
Strong mechanical aptitude
Requires valid Driver's License
Ability to analyze mechanical failures
Ability to understand written and verbal communications
Ability to operate mowers, tractors, snowplow, leaf blowers,
chainsaws, table saws and other
related power equipment preferred
Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety
Ability to work independently or as part of a team, to follow
through on projects and problem solve
Ability to learn new skills
S. diploma or equivalent required.
Experience working in an OSHA-compliant environment preferred.
Experience with vehicle maintenance and small motor equipment
Two or more years of custodial or grounds experience preferred.
Basic building maintenance and upkeep experience preferred.
Mandatory - when snow is forecast this position will be on call and
may be required to work extra time, on weekends and holidays.
Considerable physical activity, requires heavy physical work;
lifting, pushing or pulling of objects more than 50 lbs. Physical
work is a primary part of the job. Office moves, working with a
partner to lift heavy items, involve moving desks and cabinets, can
occur several times per year.
Work involves frequent exposure to unusual elements, such as
extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors,
and/or loud noises. Some exposure to hazards or physical risk
requires adherence to safety precautions.
Mandatory - Work may require using a company vehicle to service
remote locations, year round. Candidate must have or be able to
obtain a valid AZ Driver's license and have an excellent driving
record. A Motor Vehicle department background check will be
performed annually. Serious violations will be grounds for
No Smoking campus - due to the historic nature of our site all
Lowell Observatory grounds and facilities are smoke-free, at all
Status: Regular, Full-time 40 hours a week
Schedule: 40 hours/week; expect more hours during periods of heavy
snow. Morning availability required, during periods of heavy snow
weekend work is required. Required work day is 7AM- 3:30PM
Compensation: $24-$30/hour. Depends on Experience/Skills; we also
pay a bonus of $4/hr during heavy snow
Benefit Eligible: Yes*
FLSA Classification: Hourly, Non-Exempt
Location: Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory's Mars Hill Campus
Please send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them
off at the Lowell Observatory Visitor Center at 1400 W Mars Hill
Road, Flagstaff, AZ
Lowell Standard Application (lowell.edu/careers)
Letter of interest addressing your qualifications
Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references
The first review of applications will begin on September 26th. The
position is open until filled.
*Benefits Overview: In addition to 11 scheduled paid holidays,
Lowell Observatory offers a Flexible Paid Time Off policy for all
full-time, benefit eligible employees which allows you to determine
how much time you need to rest and enjoy yourself outside of work.
The cost of premiums for medical, life & long term disability
insurances for benefit eligible employees is 100% paid by the
company. Up to a 5% match on retirement contributions after 6
months of employment.
Employment is subject to passing a background check
Lowell Observatory is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace
and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal
employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry,
religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age,
citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran
status. Lowell Observatory has always been, and always will be,
committed to diversity and inclusion. We seek individuals from all
backgrounds to join our teams, and we encourage our employees to
bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.
Lowell Observatory sits at the base of mountains sacred to tribes
throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future
generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever
call this place home.
Lowell Observatory is committed to providing access, and reasonable
accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and
employment for individuals with disabilities. Our non-smoking
campus is at an elevation of 7,200ft/2200m, and the LDT is 40 miles
south of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,800 ft/2370m. If you need a
reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring
process, please notify the Human Resources office for
VERSION August 2023/HR
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