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Position Title: Maintenance Specialist

Department: Facilities

Responsible to: Executive Director

Status:  Exempt, Full-time Salaried  

Reports to:  Executive Director

 Position Summary: The maintenance specialist is a full-time exempt salaried position on the NWDC team. The position includes extensive knowledge of maintenance and land management including plumbing, electrical, cooling and water treatment systems as well as hot water heating system. Road and vehicle fleet maintenance and management are also important components. The maintenance specialist position is a hands-on, in-the-field position and also includes supervising and managing a small team of maintenance technicians. The person in this position manages all maintenance of the Mountain Campus—Pueblo Mountain Park, Beulah—as well as the River Campus and Raptor Center in Pueblo. May include evening and weekend hours at times.

Accountabilities:

  1. Provide leadership to the maintenance function of the facilities department. Provides clear and consist accountabilities and direction to maintenance staff.
  2. Provides direction and guidance to maintenance staff in determining and developing innovative strategies to ensure effective exemplary functioning of all NWDC physical functions including heating, cooling, plumbing, healthy forest and land management, vehicle fleet maintenance, and road maintenance—including snow removal.
  3. Develops an annual maintenance plan for Horseshoe Lodge, historic Pavilion, River Campus buildings, Raptor Center, healthy forest project—including biomass heat system, composting toilets, pit toilets, landscaping, and trail maintenance.
  4. Coordinate and supervise volunteers and volunteer teams that assist with maintenance projects such as trail maintenance, healthy forest project, wood cutting and splitting for biomass heat system, landscaping, gardening and sprinkler system maintenance at the River Campus and Raptor Center.
  5. Ensure cooperation and the effective flow of communication between maintenance staff and administration, hospitality and program staff to ensure that facilities are safe, comfortable and aesthetic for program participants, lodge guests, facilities renters and general public facility use.
  6. In cooperation with administration and program staff, determine and enforce park restrictions regarding fire danger and other natural threats or dangers to facilities or visitor safety and well-being.
  7. Develop and manage maintenance budget in cooperation with administration.
  8. Participates in strategic planning process as well as staff meetings and organization events.
  9. Adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises small team of maintenance technicians as well as volunteers in accordance with the organizations policies, standards and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning and directing work, appraising performance, addressing complaints, resolving problems and participating in the interview and hiring process as well as rewarding and disciplining employees.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or 3-5 years commensurate experience
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, training and motivating high performing teams including delegating responsibility and coaching others in the development of their skills and abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a culture of exceeding high expectations and providing exceptional customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure
  • Possess a working knowledge of basic plumbing, electrical, carpentry and other facilities maintenance tasks.
  • Ability to set and achieve measurable goals, objectives and benchmarks
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability and adept at problem solving
  • First Aid and CPR certified through nationally accredited agency
  • Class B CDL with passenger endorsement
  • Experience operating trucks, tractors and equipment for snow removal, building and grounds improvement projects, highway transportation and general use
  • Basic computer skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and good sense of humor

Physical Requirements:

  • Bending, squatting, kneeling and twisting at waist
  • Moving heavy objects weighing 25 to 50 lbs. and may weigh up to 70 lbs.
  • Sitting, walking, running, climbing or standing for extended periods of time
  • Working in direct sunlight
  • Operating heavy equipment, motorized tools and power tools
  • Performing manual tasks for extended periods of time and in all kinds of weather conditions including temperatures over 90 degrees and below 32 degrees
  • Exposure to air contaminants, noise, vibration and temperature extremes

Work Environment:

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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is sometimes exposed to extreme weather conditions, may be exposed to hazardous encounters with wildlife and is consistently party to exquisite mountain and outdoor scenery.

Compensation:

Annual salary range between $33,000 and $37,000, DOE. Benefits, paid vacation.

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this position. They are not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.

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POSITION: Environmental Educator for Earth Studies

Department: Programs

Responsible to: Program Director

Status: Hourly, Part-time, As-needed

Reports to: Program Director

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Position Overview:

The Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center is seeking one or more experienced, collaborative, and engaging individuals to join our team as Environmental Educators who will primarily work with our Earth Studies program. This position will co-facilitate NWDC’s outdoor-based program for 5th graders and have the option to facilitate other nature education programs and camps as needed. The ideal candidate will possess a solid education background, environmental science background and demonstrable experience working with children and being in the great outdoors. Position is ideal for a retired teacher or other qualified individual looking for a part time position working with upper elementary children in the outdoors. Training in program curriculum and activities provided.

Program Description:

Earth Studies, now in its seventeenth year, is a comprehensive experiential science education program that brings 5th grade classes from Pueblo City Schools to Pueblo Mountain Park multiple times during the school year.  Each full-day visit covers different subject matter related to the natural sciences.  Lessons cover state and district educational standards in all the major academic fields (science, geography, reading, writing, mathematics, history, health, physical education).

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Lead interpretive nature hikes at NWDC Mountain Park and River Campuses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of local flora, fauna, ecosystems, weather, climate, cultural and historical heritage, etc.
  • Provide direct delivery of education programs on- and off-property, especially in schools.
  • Lead camping trips on- and off- property to teach outdoor skills and conservation techniques
  • Identify and interpret wildlife and vegetation issues.
  • Assist the NWDC Maintenance Dept. to restore and maintain natural areas within the parks.
  • Explain and promote the rules and regulations of the recreation facility intended for the safety and welfare of guests and members.
  • Point out scientific, historic, and natural features of parks, forests, historic sites or other area attractions.
  • Answer questions as needed.

General Accountabilities:

  • Ensure adherence to Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Keep accurate and current records pertinent to the position.
  • Attend training and staff meetings as necessary.
  • Keep all equipment used for the execution of duties clean and in good working condition, properly stored and used only for the intended purposes.
  • Other duties as assigned that are minor or incidental tasks related to the position.

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • The ideal candidate will hold a degree in education, environmental or natural sciences, related field, or have equivalent life experience.
  • Experience leading environmental, interpretive or outdoor recreation programs for children and adults, preferred.
  • At least 1 year in working with or coaching children.
  • A passion for the nature and working with children.
  • Ability to problem solve, think creatively and multi-task.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed professional who is equally comfortable working independently and with a team.
  • Must possess integrity, honesty, and a sense of humor, grit, and adaptability.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance required by Colorado.
  • CDHS Background Investigation and CABS fingerprint record checks required.

Physical Activities and Demands:

  • Medium to strenuous physical demands, requiring light visual acuity, and subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. Work is subject to outdoor conditions (e.g. cold and hot outdoor temperatures, all kinds of weather, and encounters with wild animals and potentially poisonous plants, etc.)

Disclaimer:

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to this position. They are not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time as needed.