Job Opportunity – Facilities Technician

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Facilities Technician

Title: Facilities Technician

Division: Facilities

Classification: Non-exempt, Hourly Full-time

Reports To: Chief of Facilities

Supervises: N/A

Salary: $15 + an hour depending on experience


High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary – Facilities Technician

The Facilities Technician is primarily responsible for maintaining all physical Museum buildings, systems, and grounds. This includes water systems, electrical, HVAC, sewer, fire suppression, irrigation, landscaping, alarm system, security system, forest management and other related duties.. The successful candidate will balance the long-term goals of the museum with the short-term needs of the departments. They are an integral member of the facilities team.

Preferred Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and physical demands satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Professional painting experience
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Working knowledge and experience maintaining commercial buildings and systems.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently, plan ahead and enlist help as needed.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to interface with fellow staff and visitors in a pleasant manner.
  • Pleasant, helpful, service-oriented attitude to all internal and external customers.
  • Ability to function as an effective team player and contribute to and sustain the energy and momentum of the department in the performance of job duties and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and days, including weekends and holidays.
  • Willingness to obtain a current first-aid & CPR certificate.
  • Demonstration of solution-oriented approaches and a positive can-do attitude.
  • High mechanical aptitude and excellent trouble-shooting ability.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and building plans.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with outside vendors and contractors as well as HDM employees and volunteers.
  • Trades experience is beneficial: Painting, plumbing, water systems, backflow, HVAC, refrigeration, electrical, controls systems, security systems, fire suppression and alarm

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Maintain museum interior and exterior paint and finished surfaces
  2. Maintains all HVAC and mechanical systems including maintenance and repairs to the Museum physical plant.
  3. Must have the physical ability to perform the manual tasks required of this position including bending, twisting, crawling, climbing, stooping, and lifting 25 lbs. alone.
  4. Works in extreme weather conditions.
  5. Performs opening procedures daily prior to visitor arrival.
  6. Supports set-up and tear-down for meetings, events and other functions.
  7. Changes light bulbs and adjusts light fixtures as needed.
  8. Provides input to the maintenance staff regarding needed repairs.
  9. Works with fellow staff on various task requests both in staff and visitor areas.
  10. Performs general repairs and preventative maintenance tasks as time allows.
  11. Comply with all Museum policies, procedures, and safety regulations.
  12. Maintain the grounds, landscape and irrigation systems as needed.
  13. Responds to security and emergency related incidences.
  14. Conducts all work with safety in mind for co-workers, guests, volunteers, and for self.
  15. Operates equipment such as: carpet cleaners, power washer, leaf blower, power tools, skid-steer, back-hoe, plows, tractor, snow blower, loader, and hand tools.
  16. Performs other tasks and duties as assigned. Embrace, support, and help implement the Museum’s continued learning and commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  17. Execute other duties as assigned as needed to help abide by the Museum’s values, drive our vision, and fulfill our mission

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no direct reports but will assist in the coordination of projects and staff especially in the Chief Facilities officers absence.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Oregon Driver’s License and be bondable to be covered by Museum’s insurer that protects against employee theft or loss.

Other beneficial certifications include Backflow Assembly Tester Certification or any trades certification

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk long distances on uneven surfaces, use hand to grasp, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, grasp, pull, or crawl and taste or smell.  The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to heavy equipment; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can occasionally be loud. 

Special Requirements

This position requires that the employee be available to maintain equipment during emergency situations outside normal working hours.  Weekend and holiday work may be required.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.  They will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other work-related duties requested by his/her supervisor.

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert

Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Human Resources.