• Facilities Assistant, Randall Davey Center

    Job Locations
    US-NM-Santa Fe
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Facilities/Property Maintenance
    Santa Fe
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary


    Founded in 1983, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary (RDAC) is a non-profit education center and wildlife sanctuary and the New Mexico State Office of the National Audubon Society. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, RDAC encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center & Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for plants, animals and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 130 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.

    Position Summary

    The purpose of the Facilities Assistant position is to provide support the Center Manager in all operational functions of the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary (RDAC). These operational functions include performing maintenance work for the buildings, grounds, equipment and vehicles at the RDAC or to contract to have the work done when necessary; collaborating with the staff on facilities use and planning; collaboratively manage and improve the site for wildlife with Center Manager and volunteers; and coordinating with volunteers, whenever possible, for gardening, building and grounds upkeep, trails maintenance and other tasks. The Facilities Assistant will regularly interact with the public and with diverse populations of visitors from around the world.


    Essential Functions

    • Maintain buildings and grounds, including upkeep of lawns, gardens, walkways, parking lots, trails, and buildings. Maintain water/irrigation, plumbing, electrical systems.  Tasks may include light repairs, light construction, painting, light cleaning, equipment maintenance and repair, and other work as needed.  Maintenance of Center and State Office vehicles.  Purchase of maintenance supplies and equipment. Use of appropriate safety equipment is mandatory. 
    • Provide assistance for weekend or after-hours meetings, weddings and other events that use the facilities, and to visitors.
    • When necessary, arrange for outside contractors, including soliciting bids, completing contractor paperwork, supervising contractor work, approving and submitting invoices for payment, etc. 
    • Submit annual and periodic maintenance budget requests to Center Manager, including purchasing of new or additional equipment and supplies; working with the staff on the sustainable use and future planning for the Center’s facilities. 
    • Working with volunteers on upkeep and enhancement of the buildings and grounds.
    • Maintain relations with core contractors (cleaning, plumbing, electrical, builders, water, security).
    • Maintain contacts with essential city, county and federal (i.e.Forest Service) officials, and other partner NGO’s.
    • Use of hand tools, lawn mowers, water pumps, water systems, power equipment will be required.  
    • Please note that Saturday will be a required work day.  


    Qualifications and Experience

    • High School diploma or equivalent required; Associates or Bachelor's degree is preferred.  
    • 2 + years’ experience with building and facilities maintenance, preferably at a large facility.
    • Previous hospitality or guest service related experience a plus.  
    • Must be self-motivated, energetic, team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Knowledge of basic maintenance, repair and safety issues essential, including plumbing, electrical, and construction.  Other craft skills highly desirable. 
    • Must have valid NM driver’s license. 
    • Interest in nature, historic preservation, education, working outdoors and working with volunteers desirable. 
    • Willingness to combine manual labor with administrative duties. 
    • Work experience in facility maintenance, landscape maintenance and hospitality industries helpful.
    • CPR certified and have basic first aid skills and training desirable.
    • Should be physically fit and able to do heavy lifting, operate various tools, machinery and other equipment, walk trails and grounds.


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