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4 Sep 2018

Other Outdoor Winter Facilities Assistant

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

Job Description

Position: Winter Caretaker/Facilities Assistant
Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon
Work year: Winter Season: November – March
Responsible to: Facilities Manager
Compensation: $10/hour, plus housing and utilities

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 Winter Caretaker is responsible for helping to maintain and improve the facilities at Jawbone Flats while programs are closed down for the winter season (November – March). This is a residential position: the Winter Caretaker will live in Jawbone Flats in housing provided by the organization and must be able to winter over, potentially being snowed in without vehicular access for a period of 4 months. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:
• Prepare Jawbone Flats buildings and systems for winter, and again for spring
• 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
• Execute deferred maintenance projects
• Monitor/test municipal water supply
• Provide snow removal if necessary from all buildings
• Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

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 in the winter
• Possesses the qualities of integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, and good humor
• Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary
• Able to walk/snowshoe at least 5 miles with a pack
• Able to pass a background check
• Able to drive company vehicles
• Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
• First Aid/CPR certified by time of employment

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at Applications will be accepted until September 26th. There are two rounds of interviews for this position. We will offer the position by mid-October, with Caretakers starting mid-November. 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: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: ancient forest, maintenance, and off-grid community.

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