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Facilities Maintenance Technician 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

The Facilities Maintenance Technician supports the Museum’s mission to provide quality building, equipment and services so that our members, visitors and staff can enjoy a clean, safe, comfortable and beautiful environment during their visit.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Safely fulfill facility maintenance requests and completes documentation of work in CMMS (Computerized Maintenance System)
  • Works independently and as part of a team to ensure smooth museum facilities operations (opening, closing, maintenance, and general support)
  • Assists with development of and performs Corrective and Preventive Maintenance as assigned.
  • Plans and executes cosmetic building repairs (such as carpentry, sheetrock, patching, painting, caulking)
  • Plans and performs functional building repairs (HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, roof)
  • Perform maintenance/cleaning of building interiors and carpets as required
  • Assist with set-ups for rentals and special events
  • Perform grounds maintenance (blowing, sweeping, snow removal)
  • Collects and disposes properly of trash and recycling as required
  • Ensure and maintain museum security
  • Assist with repair of train engine, coaches and track as requested.
  • Assist other departments with projects or activities as assigned
  • Oversee volunteers and/or community service workers as required
  • Communicate well via radio, and follow written and verbal instructions


Skill Qualifications Include:

  • Aptitude: As a skilled specialist, contributes to the development of concepts and techniques. Completes complex tasks in creative and effective ways.
  • Complexity: Consistently works on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues. Makes recommendations for new procedures.
  • Supervision: Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.
  • Interaction: Works and communicates well within the Facilities team and interacts well with staff and guests. Provide specific task instruction and assistance for other technicians. May lead and direct efforts on projects.
  • Experience/Education: Typically requires a minimum of 4+ years of related experience. High School degree or GED required. Trade school, 2 year technical degree or equivalent experience desired. HVAC, Electrician, or Plumbing/pipefitters certifications a plus.
Position Requirements
  • HS Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid drivers license
  • 4+ years experience in general building maintenance & related functions; mechanical, electrical, lighting, HVAC, plumbing, painting, etc.
  • Working knowledge of electrical troubleshooting and repairs
  • Working knowledge of piping and plumbing troubleshooting and repairs.
  • Experienced in general maintenance troubleshooting and problem solving.
  • Ability to specify, source, and procure maintenance parts and supplies.
  • Confident with computer operation for email and internet search. Competent with Microsoft office suite and able to learn new apps.
  • Physically able to perform duties, to include lifting and carrying up to 75 lbs., walking varying terrains up to a mile, climbing ladders, pulling and pushing equipment as required and working outside in changing weather conditions.
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision. Works well both individually and as part of a team.
  • Able to successfully pass background check prior to employment


  • Experience working in a construction trade (electrical, plumbing, HVAC)
  • Experience operating equipment such as chainsaw, bobcat, tractor, etc.
  • Technical School/ trade school (Electrical/plumbing/HVAC/etc.)
Shift Days  
Pay Range $15.84-17.43/ hour  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. As an equal opportunities employer, we recognize that diversity is a positive attribute and we welcome the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Come join us!
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