Volunteer Maintenance Technician, Palmyra Atoll Job Listing at The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, VA (Job ID 41189)

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Location: Arlington, VA
Application deadline: None
Type: Full time
Career Level: Not specified
Salary Range: Not specified
Number of Jobs: 1
Relocation Available: No
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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working globally to protect ecologically important lands and waters for people and nature. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. Palmyra is a 680-acre atoll with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Refuge out to 12 miles and a Marine National Monument out to 50 miles. The Nature Conservancy owns Cooper Island, and manages the atoll in partnership with the USFWS.

Palmyras research station supports scientific research by the world renowned research institutions making up the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC) (see www.palmyra-research.org ). We are seeking seasonal volunteers who can commit to serve approximately 3 months at a time to help operate the research station and camp facilities. Board and lodging are provided while on-island.

The Volunteer Maintenance Technician is responsible for field station maintenance and supports field station operations. This three month position is responsible for upkeep and repairs of all field station facilities including buildings, roads, and runway; maintenance of water, waste, plumbing and electrical systems; maintenance of generators; assists with vehicle maintenance including boats, trucks, tractors; trouble-shooting including rust abatement and painting; assists with maintenance and repairs for diesel, gasoline and outboard engines, as well as all motorized and non-motorized equipment. Responsible for tracking and maintaining inventory of necessary parts and materials for maintenance operations. Responsible for daily cleaning and maintenance of selected field station facilities and any other duties as assigned by the Field Station Manager or Palmyra Program Director.

This is a seasonal volunteer assignment with the opportunity to return for future assignments based on performance. Assignments require residence on Palmyra Atoll with no option of leaving until season is complete.
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BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • High school diploma and 4 years direct experience maintaining facilities and equipment with applied knowledge in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, basic carpentry and painting skills.
  • Experience with repairing mechanical equipment and engines.
  • Experience driving and operating heavy machinery.
  • Experience with maintenance of water and waste systems.
  • Experiencewith workthat requires physical mobility and ability to lift up to 50 lbs; including climbing tall ladders, working on roofs and small cramped spaces.
  • Cumulative 1 year experience working in a confined community such as aboard a ship, field camp, or remote field station.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma and 4 years direct experience in maintaining facilities and equipment with applied knowledge in electrical, mechanical, plumbing, refrigeration, basic carpentry and painting skills.
  • Experience with repairing mechanical equipment and engines.
  • Experience driving and operating heavy machinery.
  • Ability to perform work that requires physical mobility; including climbing tall ladders, working on roofs and small cramped spaces.
  • Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g.; lawn mower, chainsaw, tractor, backhoe, bulldozer, dump truck, two-way radio, etc)
  • Ability to complete tasks independently and manage diverse activities under deadlines.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid drivers license
  • PC familiarity; ability to maintain inventory of parts and supplies in Excel.
  • Experience felling large trees and appropriate certification.

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
  • This is a full-time, temporary position.
  • This position requires living with a small community of people 24/7 with no option to leave for 3 months

EXPENSES

The successful applicant(s) will need to cover their travel to and from Honolulu, HI. The Nature Conservancy will cover all expenses for travel to Palmyra, as well all food and housing expenses while on assignment.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT

The Maintenance Technician will work 6 days per week, in variable weather conditions (hot, humid, wet), at a remote location, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:

  • require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present frequent possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings
  • exposure to petroleum products, paint and fuels
  • require volunteers to assist with community chores even on days off

BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
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