Saint Croix Watershed Research Station Facilities Manager
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Join our St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) team as a Facilities Manager and help us to maintain the physical plant, machinery, equipment, buildings, and lands that make up the Research Station, in support of the Station’s mission of scientific research.
This position is located at St. Croix Watershed Research Station, located in the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN – 30 miles north of the Twin Cities.
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Work Environment & Schedule: Work outside under varying weather conditions; walk and work on uneven terrain. Ability to respond 24/7 for security and emergency calls.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
• Manage the daily plant operations of all station facilities and systems.
• Conduct routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs.
• Update and maintain formal preventive maintenance programs in conjunction with museum engineering and operations staff.
• Hire and manage outside contractors and approve finished work.
• Manage and maintain Research Station lands including but not limited to: grounds keeping (lawns, landscaping, snow removal, refuse control, etc.), forest management, water management, and road and trail management.
• Oversee all land and facility security, fire prevention and other safety systems with first call responsibility.
• Manage and maintain the maintenance shop as a facility in support of Station needs. This position has final authority over inventory and accountability of tools and equipment, as well as ensuring the safe use of equipment by all staff and volunteers.
• Maintain vehicles, boats, lawn and garden equipment and field equipment for use by staff and visiting researchers.
• Assist with programs and events, including room and conference setup, rental equipment and food and beverage pickup or delivery, signage, logistics and guest and traffic management.
• Communicate effectively and act as a liaison with the community, researchers, vendors, cabin and Artist residents, fellow employees, and other contacts.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
• No formal education required.
• Direct operations and/or mechanical experience with facilities and systems.
• A working knowledge of lawn equipment, tractors, chainsaws and other tools and mechanical devices, and the ability to use the instruments to carry out duties.
• Demonstrated experience constructing projects from abstract diagrams.
• Effective communication skills to interact with staff, neighbors, visiting scientists, and other clientele.
• Ability to work independently, to be a self-starter with the vision to prioritize projects in order to maintain the grounds and facilities in a functional manner with a minimum of supervision.
• Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
• Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
• Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).
Starting rate: $19.23+ hourly / Depending on Qualifications
The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.
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