Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center has captured the attention of leaders in cities across the country. Our model of creating neighborhood-based environmental education centers energizes urban public natural areas. Located in vibrant public green spaces, our fast-growing organization serves over 200,000 people of all ages annually. Our innovative team of cutting-edge non-profit professionals work in creative, high-energy open offices in state-of-the-art green facilities. The Urban Ecology Center serves socially and culturally diverse communities. We are committed to having a team of employees that reflect the richness and diversity of these communities.
Our team enjoys many benefits that may include a UEC membership, workplace flexibility, a generous PTO program to have time to enjoy the outdoors, wellness activities, and retirement saving plan to name a few! All this and employees who are passionate about achieving our mission of connecting people in cities to nature and each other!
We have an opportunity to join the Urban Ecology Center team and are seeking two (2) part-time Facilities Maintenance Specialists.
Position Summary: The primary role of this part-time, 28 hour per week, hands-on position is to support the mission of the Urban Ecology Center by ensuring that all branch buildings, grounds, and vehicles are well maintained and hospitable. The position works with the Facilities department to execute preventative maintenance, repairs and upgrades of all Urban Ecology Center properties. Ensuring work is properly documented and accurate records are kept. Under the supervision of the Facilities Manager, this position works with the Facilities department staff, other staff departments and also works with volunteers, service learners, and others to achieve their goals. The Facilities Maintenance Specialist is responsible for the effective, cost-efficient and timely management of facilities functions in the most environmentally sensitive manner. The position will assist with daily operations of the Center, as needed, directed by the Facilities Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs routine and preventative maintenance including repairs pertaining to building, grounds, and equipment in a prompt and professional manner.
- Ensures the building is always exceptionally clean and presentable. Works with Facilities Caretaker as needed and performs cleaning tasks as needed. Coordinates custodial priorities based on scheduled building usage.
- Maintains accurate records of work utilizing existing systems and methods, including but not limited to software such as Microsoft Office Products, Trello, work order, and project management software.
- Maintains cleaning supplies and expendable goods as needed at Branch locations.
- Considers the environmental impact of all decisions regarding care of the facilities and grounds.
- Manages donations of items made to the Center.
- Works with building vendors and contractors, as well as City inspectors as assigned by Facilities Manager. Maintaining records of work and inspections.
- Ensures regular preventative maintenance schedule is adhered to and checks are conducted on facilities and vehicles.
- Supports other departments within the organization as directed by the Facilities Manager
- Monitors grounds daily for safety conditions, monitors and remediates any graffiti activity within 24 hours. Documents and reports graffiti to the graffiti task force and/or police department.
- Ensures snow removal is done promptly and completely, including monitoring all grounds for winter time safety concerns such as ice and snow. This includes altering the regular work schedule to cover needs as they arise.
- Works to maintain the Riverside Park playground, which may include daily trash and recycling clean up, grounds keeping, grass cutting, trimming, and graffiti removal as needed.
- Ensures other park infrastructure is maintained and kept in safe, functional condition.
Vehicles and Small Engines
- Repairs and maintains vehicles and small engines.
- Anticipates needs, coordinates repairs and maintenance with vendors.
- Ensures regular maintenance checks are conducted on all vehicles and repairs made in a timely manner as well as documented.
Supervision & Communication
- Works with volunteers, service groups, interns and others to meet departmental needs.
- Communicates and coordinates facilities needs and priorities with Facilities Manager & Branch Manager.
- Communicates and works with other branch stakeholders as appropriate.
- Ensures all work is done following proper safety protocol.
Knowledge, Skills, and Responsibilities:
Education/Training: High School Diploma, GED and/or equivalent job experience. Relevant job experience in a similar field strongly encouraged. Associate’s degree in a technical field is preferred.
Experience: 2-5 years of experience in maintenance position, and/or custodial experience. Willingness to learn new skills as needed.
Skills and Abilities:
- Self-directed, reliable and motivated
- Ability to receive instructions, follow through with work, and report back to necessary parties.
- Ability to work in a team and independently, staying on task.
- Ability to determine priorities and utilize time management skills.
- Good problem solving skills, willingness to seek out additional assistance as needed and provide attention to detail.
- Ability to train, motivate, mentor and supervise others as needed.
- Participate in Emergency Response team actions and handle crisis situations in a calm, direct manner
- Familiarity with local codes, and OSHA standards.
- Participate in Safety Committee meetings, implement safety measures, and participate in safety trainings as needed.
- Current Drivers License and ability to be insured under Urban Ecology Center insurance policy.
- Good communication skills and the ability to interact well with supervisor, staff, contractors, and volunteers
- Flexibility in work location and schedule
- Mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills
- Plumbing, HVAC, electrical, fabrication skills; experienced with the use and care of hand and power tools; experienced repairing and maintaining vehicles and small engines
- Ability to identify and responds to urgent needs as they arise
- Ability to work with supervisor, co-workers, the public and others in a professional manner
- Computer skills including Microsoft Office products, Trello, work order, and asset management software.
- Desire to share and uphold the Urban Ecology Center’s Mission and guiding lenses.
Job Conditions/Work Location: Work inside and outside at all branch locations occasionally other locations to assist with projects or to fill in during absences.
Emergency Responsibilities: It may be necessary to respond to emergency situations, including but not limited to fire monitoring and security system alarms. Other building emergency such as mechanical problems, weather related incidents, vandalism, may occur. It is expected that this position respond accordingly to such instances, including during non-work hours.
Physical Requirements: Endurance to work in varying conditions, ability to be on your feet throughout the day, lift heavy objects safely and properly; safely use hand and power tools and equipment. Must be able to lift objects up to 50 pounds with or without accomodation.
Equipment Used: Pickup truck with plow, snow blower, lawnmower, chainsaw, trimmer, power tools, hand tools and other equipment.
Supervisory Responsibilities: volunteers, service groups, and interns.
The Urban Ecology Center is an equal opportunity employer. It is Urban Ecology Center’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran status, and any other protected status. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please call 414- 964-8505 and ask for Human Resources.