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Facilities Automotive Mechanic 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

Position Objective:  To support the Museum’s mission by assuring proper maintenance and safety of Museum vehicles, utility vehicles, heavy equipment, and the train.


  • Safely fulfill facility requests as assigned by supervisor.
  • Coordinate repairs with supervisor and end users.
  • Maintain and repair train engine, coaches, and track.
  • Perform routine mechanical and preventive maintenance duties and recommends improvements in PM task lists. 
  • Perform scheduled and emergency vehicle maintenance.
  • Diagnose problems, adjusts, repairs, and overhauls engines, transmissions, rear-ends, clutches, brakes, hydraulic systems, valves, pumps, electrical problems, and other vehicular systems.
  • Maintain and repair other museum mechanical equipment (i.e. mowers, composting, tractors, generators, bobcat, excavator, etc.)
  • Place orders for parts and supplies.
  • Maintain required computerized and manual records of all repairs.
  • Interact with customers and vendors as needed.
  • Make recommendations for outsourcing repairs of equipment and vehicles.  
  • Perform welding repairs as required.
  • Always demonstrate adherence to Museum safety procedures.
  • Engage with Museum visitors in a positive and helpful way to support an enjoyable and safe guest experience.
  • Prioritize the Museum’s values of inclusion and kindness in all interactions with staff, volunteers, and guests.
  • Assist in other assigned facilities projects and activities.



Actual Pay Rate:$28.50/ hour

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma/GED
  • 10+ years’ work experience as an automotive vehicle mechanic
  • Valid NC driver’s license
  • Knowledge of standard materials, tools, equipment, and skills applicable to general and specific automotive service and repair
  • Brings own mechanics tool set for personal use in repairs.
  • With senior level mechanical skills, can provide expertise in diagnosis and repairs.
  • Can work on assignments requiring significant judgment and initiative.
  • Can understand implications of work and make recommendations for solutions.
  • Can work independently and prioritize daily workload.  Can determine methods and procedures on new assignments. May provide guidance to other nonexempt personnel.
  • Can work and communicate well within the facilities team and interacts well with staff and guests.  May provide specific task instruction and assistance for other team members.
  • Physically able to perform duties, to include lifting and carrying up to 75 lbs., walking, manual dexterity, pulling and pushing equipment as required



  • Trade school or 2-year technical degree
  • Certification from the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE)
  • Welding experience and proficiency
  • Experience working on equipment such as bobcats, excavators, tractors.



Shift Various Shifts  
Pay Range $28.50/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. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Facility Management  

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