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General Maintenance Technician

Department: Facilities
Title: General Maintenance Technician
Status: Full Time - Overtime eligible (Non-exempt)
Work Schedule: Five, 8 hour days in a one week period generally Monday through Friday although Saturday and Sunday work may be required.   Must be available to work evening hours as needed.   Work schedule may be altered for events or other occasions and may involve mandatory overtime with minimal notice.  In addition, will be required to participate in the on-call rotation and may be required to return after the conclusion of scheduled shift to address critical failures. This position is designated as an essential staff member and the incumbent is required to report to work as directed and/or remain on post in response to extreme weather or emergency situations including but not limited to emergency/storm preparedness and snow/debris removal.  
Travel: 0 – 10%

Job Summary: Maintain both interior and exterior structures within the Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens Campus. Under minimal supervision, performs both reactive and preventative maintenance tasks at a high level of proficiency.  You will apply your carpentry, finishing, painting, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing skills in order to effect the upkeep or improvement of various property structures or equipment. This may include but is not limited to walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, platforms, partitions, windows, doors and/or boilers, chillers, electrical motors, variable air volume units, and frequency drives.  You will also provide expertise and assistance in daily operations, set-up/breakdown of special events as well as exhibition projects utilizing various trade and supervisory skills.  The type of work varies from day to day based on need, so you must be flexible in terms of work assignments.

Key Job Elements:

  • Carpentry, painting, plastering/drywall and a variety of general maintenance, repair, overhaul as well as construction duties throughout the Museum complex in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • Inspect, repair and/or replace as needed damaged wall board, plaster, cabinets, doors, windows, wood trim etc.
  • Lay out and construct walls, install doors, cabinets, windows, lock sets, door closures, etc.
  • Inspect and repair, replace, or install electrical fixtures, lamps, receptacles, switches, fans, air conditioning equipment, certain kitchen equipment and other electrical equipment etc. as needed.   Install receptacles and pull basic cable/wiring in new and existing work in support of electrical/data installation.
  • Assist or perform solo the duties associated with events to include setups and tear downs assuring they are completed on time, and spaces are returned to their normal state in a clean fashion.
  • Ensure that required documentation, operating logs, and maintenance forms are completed accurately and clearly and are maintained in accordance with department standards/methods including electronic data entry.
  • Carry and utilize issued communication devices for emergency response and daily communication.
  • Assist with storm-preparedness and clean-up to include snow and debris removal.
  • Drives vehicles (e.g. truck, van, motorized utility carts) for the purpose of transporting orders and materials to designated sites.
  • Loads and unloads materials when required.
  • Other duties as assigned within scope of experience/need.

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to Director of Facilities
  • Interacts with various levels of staff, guests and vendors.


Knowledge and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • 5 – 7 years of demonstrated intermediate level general building trades competencies related to carpentry, HVAC, electrical and plumbing, gained through experience, education or a combination of both.
  • Valid US Driver’s License with a driving record that provides for insurability under our general liability policy.

Skills and Abilities

  • Intermediate level carpentry skills.
  • Intermediate level electrical skills.
  • Effectively deploy and use electrical, HVAC, carpentry, plumbing, painting, and custodial hand and electrical powered tools plus measuring and testing instruments.
  • With minimal supervision, must be able to provide cost estimating and Material Take Off (MTO) from blueprints, drawings, and construction documents.
  • Complete work to federal and District of Columbia requirements.
  • Knowledge of NEC and local electrical codes and practices.
  • Read and work from blueprints & schematics.
  • Perform basic arithmetic calculations and interpret/follow drawings, schematics, assembly instructions and construction diagrams.
  • Takes care and custody of issued tools and equipment.
  • Operate gas and electronic powered vehicles on property.
  • General knowledge of safe work practices & OSHA regulations and conducts self in line with same.
  • Detail orientation with a mindset towards meeting Hillwood’s high standards for maintenance of facilities.
  • Demonstrated time management skills and including multi-tasking.  Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Work independently and with general supervision.
  • Regularly communicate in English in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means at a proficiency level suitable for a business environment and which assures comprehension of the information transmitted.
  • Access and employ job related computer software (i.e. Microsoft Office, E-mail, Calendar and ADP Timekeeping) at an effective proficiency level.
  • Access and utilize the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) within the standard protocols for completeness and timeliness.
  • Maintain cooperative, collegial working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.

Work Environment and Physical Conditions: The physical requirements and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job or may be encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions to the extent the Company may do so without undue hardship. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual who with or without reasonable accommodation can perform the essential functions of the position.   

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, stand, sit, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arm and reach above shoulder height.  The employee is regularly required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to taste or smell, and lift and/or move up to 50 pounds unassisted. The employee is required to visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.   Special vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Employee is required to move about their work area, between buildings and the campus grounds, climb up and down ladders, ascend and descend scaffolding and stairs while carrying equipment/supplies, handle various types power and manual equipment, operate machinery.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is subject to extremes of temperature while working in mechanical rooms or with equipment outdoors.  The employee is regularly exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), work near moving mechanical parts, high voltage electricity with risk of electrical shock.  The employee is occasionally exposed to work in high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and extremes of outdoor weather conditions and temperatures.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and occasionally requires the use of hearing protection equipment.

Notice: The preceding job description indicates the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.

To apply: We are a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply. You can do so by sending a cover letter noting your pay requirements and your resume to: Please note “General Maintenance Technician” in the subject line.