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Requisition Number 17-0141
Post Date 7/10/2017
Title General Maintenance Person I
City Tucson
State AZ

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), a division of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has an opening for a General Maintenance Person I. This position will work under the direction of assigned Lead, Supervisor or Manager to assist in the maintenance and operation of the facilities at the Observatory including custodial, plumbing, carpentry, painting and general renovation/maintenance.



Essential Functions:

  • Provides custodial services to buildings, offices and housing facilities as needed to maintain them in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Performs general maintenance under the direction of a crafts person
  • Experience in general crafts including carpentry, electrical, mechanical and plumbing and working knowledge of the same.
  • General knowledge of maintenance and janitorial methods such as dusting, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming or shampooing carpets, cleaning wall, windows, restroom facilities, etc.
  • General knowledge of use of tools required for custodial and maintenance duties.
  • Ability to cooperate with others to work as a team, or independently as assigned.
  • Basic reading, writing, and speaking skills needed to communicate with co-workers and supervisor regarding work to be done, and to report on tasks completed.
  • Computer skills for basic communication a plus.
  • Physically able to perform duties and work effectively at an elevation of 6800 feet.
  • EMT qualifications a plus.

To apply send cover letter and CV/resume, and please include a telephone number where we may contact you during business hours between 8 AM – 3 PM. Please reference Job #17-0141 General Maintenance Person I when applying. If you have any attachments, please save them with the following format: 17-0141_lastname_docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to

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Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.

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