WA State Historical Society logoThe Washington State Historical Society is hiring for a Facilities Operations Maintenance Specialist. Click here to view the job posting on their website. 

Job Title: Facilities Operations Maintenance Specialist
Opening Date/Time: Sat. 08/01/15 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $3,838.00 – $4,340.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, Washington
Department: Washington State Historical Society
This position is responsible for building maintenance and operations of the Washington State History Museum (WSHM), Research Center (RC) and State Capital Museum & Outreach Center (SCM&OC) (Lord Mansion & Coach House). The incumbent plans and directly implements facility maintenance and repair, and/or coordinates with contractors performing such work.  The incumbent provides technical advice to the Deputy Director who plans and implements capital projects for the three facilities.
Plan, prioritize and perform all maintenance work necessary for optimal operation and preservation of the agency’s three facilities.  The incumbent is responsible for planning and implementing a program for the care and maintenance of assigned buildings, and for responding to unforeseen problems in a timely manner to ensure a safe and appropriate building environment for the irreplaceable archival and artifact collections on display and in storage  Especially important is emphasis on HVAC controls and equipment to maintain a stable environment, both temperature and relative humidity, to meet museum conservation standard.  This is the sole position dedicated to this work and thus requires a wide range of building maintenance skills.  The incumbent is responsible for carrying an agency-provided cell phone and responding to building emergencies 24/7 and for remote monitoring and adjustments of DDC HVAC controls as needed.WORKING CONDITIONS:

This position is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional evening and weekend work to complete tasks. Position requires some travel.
Must have a valid automobile driver’s license.
Must pass a criminal background check.
Required Qualifications:
Four years of journey-level skill and ability in HVAC maintenance, operations and direct digital controls where temperature and relative humidity are controlled within narrow tolerances.
Ability to install, maintain and repair mechanical, plumbing, electrical and other HVAC related equipment and devices.
Ability and willingness to remotely monitor HVAC controls on weekends and holidays and respond to emergencies.
Skill in using the equipment and instruments required to accomplish the tasks listed above.
Ability to do ordinary maintenance and repairs in a variety of other areas not requiring licenses or certifications including basic plumping, carpentry, electrical, lighting and HVAC.
Ability to effectively evaluate a situation, make sound decisions, include and/or inform others in an appropriate manner.
Ability to generate and maintain a building maintenance schedule with emphasis on HVAC.
Demonstrated ability to read and understand construction drawings and specifications.
Ability to organize, store and retrieve building documents such as warranties, drawings and O/M manuals.
Ability to develop and present clear and comprehensive cost estimates for ordinary repair projects.
Able to stand for two hours or more, climb and work from ladders, lift 40 lbs. and carry for a distance of 15 feet.
Can be relied upon to achieve excellent results with little need for oversight.
Interacts well with other departments, agencies, vendors and the public.
Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.
Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
Demonstrated understanding of Washington State contracting rules and ethics.
Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Treats everyone with dignity and respect; respects opinion of all other people.
Must be able to return to work site within one hour when required.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

HVAC-R Certified
Experience working with DDC controls, preferably Siemens Industry, for HVAC.
Experience in operation and repair of refrigeration chambers.
Ability to read and interpret construction drawings.
Ability to conceptualize and draft by hand or computer basic construction plans or details for minor projects or repairs.
Ability to operate basic hand and power tools, power equipment and motorized vehicles related to maintenance.
Ability to understand and respond effectively in a timely manner to written and verbal communications and directions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff members.
Knowledgeable about L&I safety regulations and consistently demonstrates safe working habits.
Experience working with basic operations of Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Excel and Word.
 Supplemental Information:
This position is open until filled. It is in the candidate’s best interest to apply before Monday, August 10, 2015 when a first review of applicants will be completed. The Washington State Historical Society reserves the right to fill and close this position without notice.

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the required and/or desired qualifications of this position (generic cover letters will not be accepted).
  • A current resume (maximum two pages).
  • Three (3) professional references (personal references do not count as professional references).
Please do not include any attachments other than the ones requested above.
Please note:  Failure to follow the above application instructions will result in disqualification.  E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.
Please note that initial screening will be solely based on the completeness of application materials submitted and the contents and completeness of the “work experience” section of your application in NeoGov. A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application. The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application may disqualify you from consideration for employment in this position. All information will be verified and documentation may be required.
The Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (253) 798-5901 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.


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