We’re Hiring! Building & Grounds Maintenance Worker


Building & Grounds Maintenance Worker – Job Description

REPORTS TO: Building & Grounds Manager

PURPOSE:The Carey Institute for Global Good is dedicated to making a better world by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.

POSITION: The Building & Grounds Maintenance position supports the mission of our organization by providing a safe, secure and serene environment that hosts guests, staff and community members. This role is responsible for performing semi-skilled tasks in a multi-craft environment, including the maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, electronics, carpentry, plumbing, security and grounds elements of buildings and facilities.


  • Delivers exceptional service to all guests and clients of the Institute
  • Assists in the repair, maintenance and remodeling of plumbing and pipefitting systems, equipment and facilities
  • Assists in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic lighting, data communication, security, control, street lighting and related systems; performs installation and repair of motors, generators, transformers, conduit and interior wiring components
  • Performs rough and finish carpentry, including cabinetry, shelves, dividers, paneling and partitions; assists in installing ceiling and flooring materials; installs locks, closing devices and other door and window hardware; prepares forms for cement laying and assists in the finishing of cement projects
  • Performs painting of interior and exterior building surfaces; prepares surfaces for painting, protects surrounding surfaces and uses a variety a methods to apply paint or other covering materials such as brushes, rollers and spray equipment
  • Mows, trims, edges, fertilizes and waters parks, playing fields and other landscaped areas; weeds, prunes, mulches, fertilizes and sprays trees, plants and shrubbery; prepares soil for planting; seeds and re-sods lawn areas; plants trees, seedlings and shrubs
  • Installs, repairs and maintains irrigation systems; adjusts, repairs and replaces timing mechanisms; reads and interprets standard plans, specifications, blueprints and schematics; prepares as-built sketches
  • Inspects assigned areas; corrects or reports safety hazards; cleans and maintains park grounds, cemeteries, athletic fields, campsites, paved areas and paths; grooms and prepares ball fields and other park facilities for public use
  • Performs snow removal and salting of facilities and access ways
  • Operates and maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment related to activities
  • Observes safe work methods and uses safety equipment; secures worksites from safety hazards as necessary; attends safety meetings
  • Responds to questions and complaints from staff and guests; carries out assignments in a non-disruptive manner in areas receiving heavy public use
  • Maintains basic records of work performed
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a team
  • Represents the Carey Institute for Global Good with dignity, integrity and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public
  • Models diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Strives for sustainability efforts in operational excellence
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Speak, read and write and communicate in a clear and congenial manner with our guests, visitors and employees. Hear verbal instructions, directions and warnings
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers, to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 100 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Work under stress from contact with public, demanding deadlines and changing priorities and conditions
  • Work outdoors and exposed to natural elements
  • Understand and adhere to safety standards and practices



  • Experience with landscaping, facilities maintenance and general repair
  • Enthusiasm for our beautiful and natural location and organizational mission, and an eagerness to share that with others
  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Works well under pressure and resolves challenges while calm and professional
  • Possess valid Driver’s License with clean 3-year history and no DUI convictions in the past 5 years
  • Willing and able to work varying shifts, weekends, evenings and holidays


  • Experience with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, welding or heavy equipment a plus
  • Experience with historic building preservation a plus

In keeping with our mission and values, the Carey Institute is committed to equal employment and volunteer opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information, existing military obligations or veteran status.

This policy applies to all areas of employment and volunteer participation, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.


If you feel you would be a great fit for the Carey Institute, please email your resume and/or letter of interest to cigghumanresources@careyinstitute.org  

63 Huyck Road, Rensselaerville, New York 12147
Phone: 518.797.5100 | Fax: 518.797.3692 | www.careyinstitute.org