Facilities Assistant

Job Title:                           Facilities Assistant

Reports to:                       Director of Facilities and Exhibit Maintenance

Schedule:                         20 hours per week; Sunday-Thursday; occasional evenings required; willingness to be on-call for emergency situations

Classification:                Part-time, hourly, exempt

Compensation:             $17 hourly


Position Overview

The Facilities Assistant works closely with members of our Facilities Department to create a positive environment for all visitors by helping ensure well-maintained, clean, and safe museum buildings, grounds, and indoor and outdoor visitor spaces within the Discovery Museum’s 4.5 acre campus. This position requires regular janitorial and maintenance responsibilities but also an eye for the small cleaning and upkeep tasks that keep the property looking good and functioning well for visitors and staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Helping maintain outdoor spaces including wooded and landscaped areas and gardens with light regular cleanup, gardening, and yardwork;
  • Maintain the Museum’s indoor facilities (the main Museum building and a separate Administration Building and Meeting/Party Room) by actively collecting and clearing trash and debris, managing collection from our compost receptacles, and replenishing bathroom and cleaning supplies;
  • Assist in maintenance and upkeep of indoor spaces including exhibit galleries, staff workspaces and offices, building systems, and storage and maintenance spaces
  • Distributing deliveries and supplies across the campus (heavy lifting)
  • Other duties as assigned in support of the Museum’s facilities needs and the objectives of the Facilities Department.
  • Conduct groundskeeping activities such as mowing, clearing leaves, removing trash and debris, light gardening, and painting
  • Provide support for Museum exhibits and supplies on the exhibit floor, event and meeting set-up and take-down, and other tasks as needed 
  • Assist with exhibit fabrication and repair
  • Ensure proper upkeep of equipment and tools, as well keeping  museum maintenance facility clean and organized
  • Be on-call for routine facilities needs 
  • Assist in directing visitors and vehicles during peak visitation periods and coordinating arriving and departing groups

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Ability to both follow directions and work independently to identify and resolve routine facility needs
  • Sufficient proficiency in spoken and written English to understand and accomplish the regular tasks of this role
  • Experience with outdoor maintenance is a plus
  • Familiarity with power tools is a plus
  • Extra hours supporting evening events and other special projects may be available on an irregular basis

Physical Demands and Work Environment 

  • This role includes significant outdoor work with exposure to extreme temperatures and inclement weather conditions; noise levels may be loud at times
  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull 50 pounds, stand for prolonged periods of time, and be comfortable stooping, kneeling and crouching, and ascending and descending steps and ladders
  • Must be able to comfortably move through both indoor and outdoor spaces on the museum’s campus
  • This position requires good manual dexterity and stamina


In addition to a creative, fun, and flexible work environment, Discovery Museum offers the following benefits with this position:

  • Voluntary 403(b) retirement plan
  • Free or discounted admission to more than 1,000 museums and cultural institutions and a variety of discounts on museum programs, memberships, and museum store items


About Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. Our mission is to spark delight in learning by igniting curiosity and creativity in children and adults, as they discover together the joys of science, nature, and play.

As an organization, we strive to broadly reflect the communities we wish to serve, both in visitors to our campus and our own staff, volunteers, and board members. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive space for all. We believe that a diversity of thoughts, experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and identities helps us think bigger and better, and enables us to reach our goals more effectively. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

To Apply

Please submit an employment application to Mark Cooper at mcooper [at] discoveryacton.org (mcooper[at]discoveryacton[dot]org) stating the title of the job in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about the position. 

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing an application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment requirements, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please likewise direct your inquiries to Mark Cooper at mcooper [at] discoveryacton.org (mcooper[at]discoveryacton[dot]org).  

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.