The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Maintenance Worker I

Hiring department McDonald Observatory
Monthly salary $2,083+ depending on qualifications
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 700AM to 330PM
Posting number 18-07-06-01-5290
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Non-exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location McDonald Observatory (near Ft. Davis, TX)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

Work schedule is 7:00-3:30 M-F with occasional weekend rotations in the custodial department. Position is located at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis (440 miles from UT Campus in Austin, Texas).

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To perform fire prevention tasks, grounds-keeping, equipment maintenance, and repair at the McDonald Observatory site near Ft. Davis.

Essential Functions

Fire prevention measures at the observatory including trimming and removal of trees using the appropriate equipment such as a pruners, shears, handsaw, chainsaw, axe, etc. Performs various types of semi-skilled labor in support of fire prevention and suppression of wildland fires and structure fires, cuts and removes brush from roadsides, fire roads, and fuel breaks using hand and power tools. Maintains the observatory grounds including around the facilities and on-site housing as needed. This includes trash and litter disposal, mowing grass, operating string trimmers, vacuuming leaf blowers, and other related ground maintenance tasks. Provides preventative maintenance and repair to equipment used in grounds-keeping. Works weekend duty as needed or scheduled to back fill other positions during staff vacations and sick leave to assist in general building cleaning, such as cleaning restrooms, maintaining floors, and other routine custodial duties. Maintains a clean and safe workplace and performs all duties in accordance with established safety procedures. Ensures that all tools, equipment and vehicles are maintained in a clean and orderly fashion. Maintains a Class C Drivers License. Drives a UT vehicle within the McDonald Observatory facility to respond to calls and provide services to the multiple facilities. Maintains a professional customer-service demeanor and appearance according to UT McDonald Physical Plant dress code. Wears applicable personal protective gear as appropriate. Assists with special events including delivering and moving furniture, equipment, and materials. Participates in the set up and break down of tables, chairs, and trash receptacles, and stocks supplies as necessary. Participates in the Emergency Response Team for the Observatory as necessary. Required to take fire fighting training, first aid, and CPR.

Licenses: Class "C" Operator's Driver's License. Applicant selected must provide a current three year Driving Record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, must obtain a Texas Driver's License within 30 days after entering Texas as a new resident.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Performs other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

High school graduation or GED. One year of experience related to ground maintenance including using equipment needed for work to be performed. Mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting experience for small engines, such as weed trimmers, lawnmowers, etc. Maintain a Class C Drivers License. Responsible for completion of assigned work without the necessity of constant instruction and supervision. Works and communicates effectively as a team player and with supervisor. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Two years experience in fire prevention grounds keeping. Two years of experience in general ground maintenance and equipment repair.

Working conditions

Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished) May work in all weather conditions May work in extreme temperatures May work around chemical fumes May work around standard office conditions May work around biohazards May work around chemicals May work around electrical and mechanical hazards Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving Principal working environment is outdoors.

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