Carpentry & Maintenance Lead


Oxbow’s Carpentry & Maintenance Lead splits time between supporting maintenance of farm equipment and facility maintenance. Time will be spent both directly supervised on technical projects and performing independent work such as interior/exterior, rough and finish carpentry and critical systems/equipment maintenance. This is a great position for an individual looking to expand their skills and technical knowledge in a wide variety of subjects including: electrical, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical, diesel/gas/small engine repair, irrigation, landscaping, land stewardship, etc.



Under the supervision of the Facilities & Grounds Manager, assist with all aspects of equipment and property maintenance with a focus on old and new buildings. Key tasks include:

Property and Facilities Maintenance, 45%

  • Maintenance of barns, out buildings and plastic growing houses
  • Build new structures as needed
  • Perform light renovations of existing spaces
  • Install landscape features using machines and hand tools
  • Supervise other grounds keepers and volunteers as needed
  • Assist/ lead maintenance crew during festivals and events

Equipment Maintenance, 45%

  • Repair and servicing farm vehicles, tractors and implements
  • Small engine care/repair
  • Repair and servicing of specialized farm equipment
  • Safely operating large vehicles to move material, equipment and soil around Oxbow
  • Build and maintain irrigation systems
  • Care for and maintenance of tools


  • Ensure Facilities and Maintenance team’s objectives, strategies and messages are aligned with and supportive of Oxbow’s mission and strategic plan
  • Work cross-functionally with program teams to ensure efficient and effective communication and operations
  • Represent Oxbow in a positive, professional manner, engaging with and educating visitors about Oxbow’s mission and programs
  • Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Finance & Grounds Manager



  • Strong and demonstrated experience with all aspects of general carpentry, including familiarity with different mediums such as wood, metal, cement
  • Comfortable dealing with and supporting activities revolving around public engagement
  • Able to work with a positive attitude: standing, sitting, bending over or kneeling, to lift heavy & awkward objects, up to 60 lbs., perform physical work such as digging or constructing, in inclement weather
  • Willingness and capacity to take initiative
  • Able to take direction, ask for help/clarity when necessary, and accept constructive feedback on work and technique
  • Clear, consistent communication
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Tractor driving experience a plus, but not necessary
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Flexible, creative, and able to perform well in diverse conditions and under pressure

Additional desired qualities include: environmentally conscious, detail oriented, self-motivated, energetic, and professional.

The Oxbow Facilities and Maintenance team  is part of a larger non-profit organization. A commitment to Oxbow’s overall mission and working as part of a team is critical.



This is a regular, full-time position, paying $16.50 – $18.50 per hour, with competitive benefits including: 100% employer paid healthcare, annual dental stipend, generous holiday, vacation and sick pay, and access to food from the fields.


REPORTS TO: Facilities & Grounds Manager



Please read carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered. Email a resume, letter of interest, and 3 references to:

Tara Baron
Recruitment Specialist
Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center

Please write Carpentry & Maintenance Lead in the email subject line and include where you found this position in the message body.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 01, 2020