Maintenance & Buildings Manager

  • Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
  • High Falls, NY, USA
  • May 16, 2023
Full time Facilities General Labor Installation-Maint-Repair Management Non-Profit

Job Description

Organizational Description 

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and gives them care and sanctuary, connects animals with people to advance veganism, and advocates for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements. We welcome visitors to come and meet animals who are most commonly exploited, abused, and killed in animal agriculture. Our animal residents are given lifelong sanctuary and are treated with respect as individuals. By giving farmed animals the chance to live their lives with dignity and by sharing their stories, we advocate for veganism and aim to reduce suffering for all. 

Job Overview

The Maintenance & Buildings Manager position is a full-time, year-round, exempt (salaried) job. The  Maintenance & Buildings Manager will supervise a team of two Maintenance Technicians, and oversee the maintenance and ongoing build-out of a 137-acre property currently with more than 40 buildings (mostly barns and coops) and more than 30 trucks, cars, UTVs, tractors, skidsteers, wheel loader-backhoes, and trailers. The Maintenance & Buildings Manager will work in close coordination with other departments to support office needs, public tours and events, and primarily sheltering needs – which involves facilitating the shelter team’s efforts to provide specialized shelter and care for nearly 400 rescued farmed animals including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and many kinds of birds. This is considered a leadership position.

The ideal candidate, along with having serious experience in facilities and equipment maintenance, will also have business-management background involving strong budgeting and planning skills. The best position fit is someone who is able to communicate well with team members from other departments to plan collaboratively around competing priorities and complex ROI factors. The ideal candidate has experience managing multiple projects and outside contractors / vendors to complete projects as cost effectively as possible.

Woodstock Sanctuary is interested in a broad applicant pool, and no candidate is expected to excel in every area listed below.

Trade Skills and Experience

  • Fencing and fence line maintenance / repair
  • Light construction and repair 
  • HVAC maintenance  
  • Roofing
  • Operating tractors, backhoes, trucks and trailers   
  • Barn and coop construction, framing
  • Grounds and road maintenance, light landscaping, snow removal, mowing
  • Equipment and vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Plumbing  
  • Electrical infrastructure maintenance   
  • Major appliance repair   
  • Must be able to do physically demanding work for long periods in any weather, including the ability to lift 60 pounds

Management Skills and Experience

  • Ability to coordinate with coworkers and work well as a team member and also work well independently   
  • Demonstrated ability in staff supervision, coaching, training, and delegating with emotional intelligence and accountability
  • Background that includes materials and equipment procurement
  • Experience in navigating zoning and building permits and fire codes and inspections
  • Experience in managing multiple projects with other contractors and vendors
  • Comfort level with systems, including Microsoft office, project management software, Outlook, Slack, and the basics of excel spreadsheets, or willingness to learn
  • Ability to be flexible in a kind and casual work environment – but also in a professional, fast-paced, fluid setting where new challenges can arise unexpectedly
  • Comfort and patience around farmed animals   
  • Occasional weekends and evenings, and occasional on-call duties

Compensation and Job Parameters

·         Full-time, onsite, salaried position with baseline work week of 36 hours and paid lunch break

·         Woodstock Sanctuary promotes work-life balance and offers generous paid time off and paid holiday benefits, and can be accommodating with some scheduling flexibility when possible

·         Benefits also include medical insurance, dental, vision, 401K with match, and life insurance

·         Pay: $55,000 – 65,000 per year

To Apply

Email resume and cover letter with subject line of “Maintenance & Buildings Manager.” Confidential applications are welcome, no references will be checked until later in the search process.

We regret that the number of applicants allows us to respond only to those candidates who we are interviewing. No phone calls please. 

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is an equal opportunity employer, committed to values of diversity and inclusion. We are an actively anti-racist organization. BIPOC individuals are encouraged to apply.