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25 Jun 2018

Other Outdoor Facilities Assistant

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – Posted by Megan Selvig Gates, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Position: Facilities Assistant
Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon
Work year: Seasonal: July-November, with possibility for continued winter work
Responsible to: Facilities Manager; Program Director
Compensation: $10/hour, plus housing, utilities, and partial board

Our Story
The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Summary of Position
The Facilities Assistant is responsible for maintaining and improving the facilities at Jawbone Flats alongside the Facilities Manager. This is a residential position, and the Facilities Assistant will live in Jawbone Flats in housing provided by the organization. The facilities team promotes the mission of the organization through their work.
Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

Maintenance (80%)
• Maintain the hydro-electric and solar power systems at Jawbone Flats
• Maintain all the Jawbone Flats buildings
• Maintain fleet of vehicles
• General repair of the facility
• Monitor/test municipal water supply
• Acquire firewood

Other (20%)
• Coordinate with on-site senior staff for daily operations and scheduling
• Host all program participants, ensuring their stay is comfortable
• Drive gear shuttles; load and unload cabin rental gear
• Clean cabins to rental standards
• Staff the company store, selling merchandise to participants and the general public
• Interact with USFS counterparts
• Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

We have a small staff and everyone is required to help in all aspects of running a remote residential facility with a diversity of programs. This position may be asked to assist the program and kitchen departments at times.

Requirements of Position
• Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
• Experience in trades or facility management
• Off-grid/alternative energy experience preferred
• Knowledge and skills to fix many problems including: plumbing, electrical, carpentry and mechanical (including small motors such as air compressors, lawn mowers, etc.)
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• A curiosity and passion for continuous learning
• Able to complete projects in the face of challenges
• A desire and the ability to live and work in a remote residential environment with a small number of people
• Possesses the qualities of integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, and good humor
• Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary
• Able to pass a background check
• Able to drive company vehicles, including manual transmissions
• Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
• First Aid/CPR certified by time of employment
• OSHA-30 certified by time of employment

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at This position is open until filled. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: #education, conservation, facility, hydro power, maintenance, offgrid, opalcreekwilderness, and solar power.

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