Posted 4 months ago
The Morton Arboretum
Position Summary: Assist with the upkeep of the physical plant of The Morton Arboretum, which includes HVAC, plumbing, potable water, sprinkler, pumping stations, and electrical systems. Maintain and repair all fountains and ponds, including those located in Children’s Garden, Grand Garden, Sterling Morton Library, and Fragrance Garden.
Qualifications: Associate’s degree in HVAC and certification of refrigerant recovery required. 2+ years of practical experience in building maintenance: heating, plumbing, electrical, ventilating and pumping equipment. In lieu of the Associate’s degree, 4+ years demonstrated work experience in building maintenance as outlined above. Building Operator’s certification preferred, or ability to receive within the first year. Pool certification required, or the ability to get certified within six months of hire. Basic understanding of waterline maintenance, and construction required. Experience with fountain maintenance, both health testing and maintaining jets and lighting located in underground vaults preferred. Knowledge of maintaining LED lighting fixtures and irrigation systems with quick couplers, wall hydrants, and spray and rotator heads preferred. Ability to work from blueprints, drawing layouts, or other specifications in order to locate and diagnose problems in mechanical systems or equipment required. Familiarity with a variety of hand-tools, measuring devices, and testing instruments required. Must possess a valid driver’s license, which is subject to insurability and an annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) report. Basic computer proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications beneficial. May have exposure to blood borne pathogens as a result of job duties. Optional vaccination (Hepatitis B vaccine) will be made available.
Success Factors: Ability to produce high quality workmanship and be flexible, self-motivated, neat, and safety-conscious in use of tools. Ability to work independently and possess strong decision making skills. Good communication skills. Ability to embrace and align with the organization’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning and make the Arboretum exceptional.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Physical Demands: Requires significant amount of physical activity: some lifting and carrying (up to 75 lbs.), bending, climbing (up to 16 ft.), pushing, pulling, standing, walking, kneeling, and traveling by vehicles. Sense of vision, hearing and smell in the normal range with or without correction. Sense of touch and the ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment required.
Work Environment: Work is performed in a combined indoor and outdoor setting. This position requires regular on-site presence.
Equipment: General HVAC equipment, plumbing tools, hand and power tools, test instruments, locating equipment, ladders, lift truck, Arboretum van and truck, two-way radio, general office equipment.
Schedule: Will require some evening and weekend work. Must be willing to respond to emergency situations involving building maintenance equipment.
All Arboretum employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of that status in order to maintain their employment.
The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking an experienced full-time Building and Grounds Mechanic to help us with existing building maintenance but who also has experience to help us maintain the numerous fountains and ponds throughout the grounds. In order to be successful in this position, previous pool, pond and fountain experience is necessary as well as daily testing to ensure health department standards are met. Additionally, experience in and maintaining fountain jets and lighting controls, located in underground vaults is preferred. Knowledge of replacing and maintaining LED lighting fixtures and irrigation systems with quick couplers, wall hydrants, and spray and rotator heads preferred. This person will interact with staff across the organization as well as guests and members, so good customer service skills are also required. This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional.