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Maintenance Technician 

About the Organization

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable and valued. We are a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

IDEA Commitment
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is committed to fostering a welcoming space and a diverse, inclusive team that reflects the communities in which we live and work. We understand that inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) are integral to the fulfillment of our mission, and to our success as an organization. We are working to build the structures, policies, hiring practices and organizational culture that ensure representation and opportunity for all, and create an environment of belonging where everyone feels respected, safe, and understood. As we continue to engage in this work, we are integrating the core values of IDEA into our programs, exhibits, communications, and other public offerings. Valuing each other's differences brings us together to create a thriving workplace and fair work culture, allowing us to fulfill our mission more effectively.

We believe inclusion is everyone's responsibility. Ways in which our commitment is demonstrated include continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively addressing bias. Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's IDEA page to learn more.

Category Maintenance  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Compensation Initial Step is $18.27 per hour. A Collective Bargaining Agreement covers this position.  

Do you enjoy variety in your workday and being in nature? Are you a proficient maintenance technician with a wide range of skills? Then you may have just found the perfect opportunity!  Join the talented crew in our Maintenance department and surround yourself with the beauty of the desert and its wildlife at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Brief Summary of Position and Requirements
Our Maintenance department is looking for a knowledgeable general maintenance technician to join their team. Journeyman-level electrical skills are preferred, and experience in one or more of the following skilled trades: plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, building automation & controls, or mechanical piping is essential.

Associate degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school, or one-year related experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Must be able to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be willing to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed per department's rotation schedule.

Position Description
Job Title: Maintenance Technician
Department: Maintenance
Reports To: Maintenance Foreman
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation: Bargaining Unit Position. Initial Step is $18.27 per hour plus a comprehensive benefit package. A Collective Bargaining Agreement covers this position.
Date Approved: January 2023

Performs journeyman-level skilled maintenance tasks as part of the Maintenance department, in support of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Maintains, repairs, and installs physical plant systems including, but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, exhibits, and paths on grounds by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Receives written work orders or verbal instructions from supervisor.
  • Performs plumbing, electrical, carpentry fabrication, welding fabrication. Installs system material and components in accordance with blue prints, manuals, building codes and ASDM operating standards.
  • Performs general painting on buildings inside and out.
  • Maintenance, repair and installation of plumbing systems though out the Museum.
  • Maintenance, repair and installation of telephone and data cabling systems.
  • Maintenance, repair and installation of ASDM Filter Building pumps and water systems.
  • Performs scheduled preventive maintenance on all ASDM refrigerators, freezers, and other equipment.
  • Assists other departments as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


Please note: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Be prepared to include contact information for two professional references while completing your job questionnaire. If offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide the equivalent of a satisfactory 3-year Drivers History Record as a final condition of employment.

Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience
Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or one year of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Journeyman-level electrical skills are required.

Language Skills
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
The employee must have a valid Arizona driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

Physical Demands
The physical demands 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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

EOE Statement The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution. The Museum does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status in its policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.  
Open Date 7/31/2023  

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