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This Grounds Technician position is full time, benefit-based, and located at Palomar Observatory (North County San Diego). Position works under the supervision of the Mechanics and Grounds group supervisor. Under limited direction, position will work alone or with other members of the observatory staff to perform routine grounds and building maintenance at the Palomar Observatory.
Job Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to, weed/brush abatement, tree trimming, mowing, fence repair, snow/ice abatement, building repair and maintenance, painting, and general water systems repair. As needed, position will assist with industrial water and septic systems repair. Position will document grounds and building preventive maintenance tasks - Routine grounds maintenance including blowing, weed/brush control, mowing, tree trimming, fencing, snow/ice abatement, and other grounds maintenance tasks - Routine building maintenance including wall/door/roof repair, painting, water systems repair, and other building maintenance tasks - Assist with grounds water and septic infrastructure inspection and repair - Document and schedule grounds and buildings preventive maintenance tasks - Assist with telescope and dome maintenance tasks as needed - Assist with mirror cleaning and coating - Other duties as assigned
Basic Qualifications - High school diploma or GED - Must have some general facility/building maintenance experience - Must have a valid California driver's license, and maintain throughout course of employment - Must be able to lift 50 lbs. of facility maintenance equipment, tools, and supplies - Must be able to work outside in inclement weather, in confined and/or elevated spaces, at an elevation of 6000' - Must be able to safely use basic tools - Successful completion of background check and physical exam
Preferred Qualifications - Previous experience with grounds and building maintenance tasks - Able to safely operate power tools including blowers, weed eaters, mowers, chain saws, drills, etc.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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