The Water Conservation Garden
Job Description and Application for Employment
POSITION: Facilities Assistant
Part-time, hourly (approximately 20 hrs/week); non-exempt
Director of Operations
The Facilities Assistant will perform a wide variety of manual or semi-skilled duties related to Garden operations and events. This entry-level position is predominately scheduled for weekend shifts but requires some weekdays, evening, and holiday shifts. The Facilities Assistant will work both supervised and independently.
WORK YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE (DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES)
- Facilities maintenance tasks that may include light construction, exhibit installation and repair, painting, woodworking, small power tools, etc.
- Landscape maintenance projects may include but not limited to; pruning, hand-watering plants, clipping and debris clean-up, and assist with other miscellaneous projects
- Events set-up, breakdown, and oversight such as weddings, meetings and special events
- Cleaning and maintaining rest rooms facilities, garden structures, and exhibits
- May help lead and supervise volunteers/docent teams in assigned work projects
- Responsible for opening and closing of the Garden facility
- Ability to lead groups on educational tours of The Garden
- Responsible to follow safe work practices
- Other relevant duties as assigned
- Arm and disarm the building
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE ORGANIZATION (EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)
Senior high school or GED equivalent required;
Preference may be given for additional job-specific education including trade schools and specialty programs.
Valid California driver’s license or ID required.
DESIRED SKILLS (COMPETENCIES) – REQUIRED
- Work in cooperative manner with others and contribute to a successful team effort
- Use and properly operate assigned tools and equipment
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions
- Read, write and understand English to follow safety precautions and procedures
- Good personal and customer service skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-faceted and sometimes, demanding work environment
DESIRED SKILLS (COMPETENCIES) – PREFERRED
- First Aid and CPR certification a plus or will be trained once in the position
WORKING CONDITIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Work to be performed mostly in an outdoor environment. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to exert physical operations requiring but not limited to sitting, standing, walking, climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and hearing; lifting and carrying of tools and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Workplace is non-smoking and drug-free. Weekend and evening hours required.
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
ABOUT THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN
The Water Conservation Garden, a nonprofit organization founded in 1999, is a 5-acre public garden whose mission is “promoting water conservation in the southern California landscape through excellent programs and exhibits that educate and inspire the public.” The Garden serves over 50,000 visitors annually and offers educational tools via 16 display gardens and a full program of tours, classes, and events for children, adults, families, and landscape professionals, both on-and off- site. In 2007, The Garden won the Rain Bird Corporation’s international award for leadership in water conservation; in 2009, Sunset Magazine listed The Garden as one of the “Top Ten Western Gardens.”
EMPLOYMENT AT THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN
It is the policy of The Water Conservation Garden to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected under federal, state, or local law. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the Water Conservation Garden to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon the employee’s reporting for the first day of work, an individual will be expected to present proper documentation establishing employability.