1551 Facilities Maintenance Technician – Jeffers Petroglyphs

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JOB TITLE: 1551 Facilities Maintenance Technician

OPEN TO: This job is open to all applicants.

LOCATION: Jeffers Petroglyphs, 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey, MN 56019

SALARY: $19.60 hourly minimum

STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (approximately 1,560 annual hours) position. Approximately 30 hours per week. This position requires the ability, flexibility and willingness to work a varied schedule including weekends and holidays.

BENEFITS: Eligible to participate in the State Employee Group Insurance Program and a retirement program with employer contribution. Generous vacation and sick time accruals with additional paid holidays.

DEPARTMENT: Greater Minnesota Sites



HIRING MANAGER: Site Manager I, Jeffers Petroglyphs

POSTING DATE: February 22, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: Open until filled

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must apply online at the Minnesota Historical Society’s career center at www.mnhs.org/jobs and include a resume and cover letter by the application deadline date.

DESCRIPTION: This position exists to conduct and/or oversee maintenance and repairs at Jeffers Petroglyphs, Harkin Store and Fort Ridgley, including the buildings, equipment, grounds, hardware, mechanical, and safety and security systems.

SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) Plan, operate, maintain, perform, and document repairs on all site equipment and buildings on and off site mechanical systems to keep items in proper working order; 2) Perform and oversee daily and cyclical maintenance on native and reconstructed prairies, butterfly gardens, prairie interpretive gardens and historic vegetable gardens; 3) Oversee, perform, and document site custodial and housekeeping tasks as per the maintenance plan; 4) Maintain or oversees the maintenance of site grounds to insure historical accuracy, neat appearance and visitor safety; 5) Assess, perform, coordinate, monitor, and track historic sites building safety, security, systems, and preservation issues; 6) Perform or oversees repairs on all site equipment to keep items in proper working order; and 7) Initiate, coordinate, and follow up on contracted work by vendors or other MNHS staff charged with site work.


● High school diploma or equivalent.

● Experience in facilities maintenance and repair.

● Ability to lift 75 pounds rarely, 50 pounds occasionally, and 30 pounds regularly.

● Ability to stand for extended periods of time, to walk long distances regularly, and to perform exterior duties in all Minnesota climate extremes.

● Ability and willingness to climb ladders and enter enclosed spaces.

● Ability to occasionally work 10-hour days, and to infrequently respond to security or fire alarms at all hours.

● Ability, flexibility and willingness to work a varied schedule including weekends and holidays.

● Ability to readily and easily commute to and from various and multiple work locations throughout the west central Minnesota Jeffers Petroglyphs, Harkin Store, and Fort Ridgley.

● Valid driver’s license.


● Operating a wide variety of hand and power tools, including scaffolding and rigging equipment.

● Performing carpentry, mechanical, painting, plumbing, and security repairs.

● Performing groundskeeping, snow removal, de-icing, and general horticultural practices and care.

● Demonstrated ability in historic and modern methods and practices of carpentry tasks.

● Demonstrated ability to take initiative, to work independently, and to be self-motivated.

● Demonstrated ability to repair and maintain historic and modern building structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

● Working independently and taking individual initiative while also being able to collaborate effectively and contribute positively in a team environment.

● Multitasking, working effectively under pressure to meet deadlines, prioritizing and adapting to changing priorities.

● Communicating, both orally and written, including giving work direction, preparing and delivering reports.

● Computer skills necessary to develop quality documentation.

● Thinking imaginatively and problem solving.

● Ability and motivation to study historical reference materials related to preservation of historic buildings and sites.

● Customer service and interpersonal communications skills sufficient to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

● Ability and motivation to study prairies, prairie management, plants, invasive species and removal practices.

● Experience working at a museum, historic site, or comparable setting.

● Ability to negotiate service contracts, working with multiple facility contractors, remodeling, or restoration projects.


● Methods and practices of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and painting tasks.


● Experience repairing and maintaining historic and modern building structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

● Experience maintaining a prairie and prairie management.

● Experience operating and maintaining commercial security and fire alarm systems.

● Experience working at a museum, historic site, or comparable setting.

● Experience working with historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.

● Knowledge of historic and modern building components, related mechanical systems, construction methods, architectural and engineering principles.

● Knowledge of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction of Historic Properties.

● Master Carpenter or Master Craftsman certification.

Should you have questions with the application process, email humanresources@mnhs.org.

At MNHS, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on diversity for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community. The Minnesota Historical Society believes that an inclusive culture among our team members is critical to our success as a historical society and museum, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Minnesota Historical Society is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and employer.

To apply for this job please visit www.mnhs.org.