NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT – HELP US KEEP THIS PLACE RUNNING
Join us at Wesselman Woods (WW) to serve as a catalyst for environmental stewardship, regional sustainability, and quality of life through conservation, preservation, research, and education. Our staff share enthusiasm to protect these precious woods and to maintain a safe and well-run organization.
Facilities and Operations Manager
This position seeks a self-motivated, handy individual with excellent problem-solving skills. The Facilities Manager has the primary responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day and longer-term maintenance of our facilities, vehicles, and equipment. This includes implementing maintenance and developing new and innovative improvements to our facilities in alignment with the mission and goals of our organization to “walk our talk” in the realm of sustainability. The Facilities Manager will assist the Education and Natural Resources Director, be involved with community engagement activities, partner meetings, etc. The Facilities Manager would ideally have experience working with various tools and outdoor machinery, canoeing/kayaking and organizing volunteers. You must be comfortable with indoor and outdoor projects at a range of WW locations, and you should have or be willing to develop new projects on our properties and buildings. The Facilities Manager MUST pass a criminal and sex offender background check.
We expect the Facilities Manager to
- Ensure the appearance of the Nature Center building is clean, attractive, and free of hazards to the public;
- Complete daily, weekly and monthly checklists of janitorial duties within the Nature Center building;
- Perform routine maintenance tasks such as, but not limited to, changing lightbulbs, minor plumbing repairs, minor maintenance/repairs using carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, HVAC skills;
- Maintain regular scheduling of vehicle and equipment maintenance, and make general repairs when needed;
- Perform grounds and property maintenance such as mowing, pruning trees, removing fallen trees, removing invasive species, trash removal, trail maintenance;
- Assist in preparation, set-up, clean up for festivals, events, and fundraisers;
- Lead the Canoe Evansville program for both public and private groups;
- Manage the recycling center, and coordinate the recycling center operation with volunteers and community service participants;
- Provide direction for weekly volunteer work crews;
- Collaborate with the Environmental Education Department on maintaining the Nature Playscape (ex. water testing, eradication of invasive species, general cleanliness);
- Perform routine trail maintenance and other outdoor features.
- High school diploma or a GED equivalent
- Valid Driver’s License required
- Able to operate landscaping equipment and machinery
- Mechanical and basic mathematical aptitude, detail oriented
- Basic hand tool/machine experience. Comfortable working near mechanical parts.
- Experience with canoeing / kayaking
- Physical ability to lift at least 50 pounds or more
- Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with hands and perceive attributes of objects and materials
- Must be comfortable working in varied outdoor weather conditions
- Self-motivated with a drive to complete the task at hand, positive attitude
- Must be honest, trustworthy and demonstrate sound work ethics
Hours, Availability and Pay: $12.75/hour. April – September, 32 – 40 hrs/week; October – March, 20-25 hrs/week. Weekdays, Weekends, Evenings, and Holidays as needed.