Jobs Mechanical Operations and Maintenance Technician


$20.28 - $25.96/hour


Hitchcock Nature Center; 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek

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The Pottawattamie County Conservation Department is announcing the hiring of a full-time Mechanical Operations and Maintenance Technician. 

This position performs a variety of routine maintenance, service, and repair duties to assist in the upkeep of County equipment and properties. Tasks will consist of general maintenance of buildings including carpentry, minor plumbing, and mechanical and minor electric repairs and maintenance. General maintenance on outside equipment including ski-lifts, outdoor power equipment, small engines, and operation stations for lifts. Directly reports to the Site Manager and Mechanical Operations & Maintenance Manager.

Submission of a Resume with Cover Letter is preferred, but not required.

Position will remain posted, until filled. 

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Perform routine maintenance on buildings including but not limited to siding replacement, window replacement, inside wall changes including framing, electrical, plumbing, and finish work.


Perform routine maintenance and repair on machinery and equipment, change filter, grease and oil as needed. Examine belts, shafts, bearings, and equipment to wear.


Perform minor repairs on electrical fixtures and equipment such as switches, receptacle, fans, + lights.


Perform minor plumbing repairs and install water pipes, faucets, toilets, sewer drains, and vents, maintain septic system.


Conducts carpentry work, repairs and replace building frames, insulation, drywall, roofing, and painting and concrete work as needed.


Operate a vehicle safely and in compliance with traffic laws and regulations, in the performance of job duties. Operate pickups and trailers, skid steer, high lifts and other heavy machinery, and equipment as needed.


Perform snow removal as needed.


Perform duties in high lift up to 60 ft. in the air, or on maintenance lift chairs.


Conduct routine inspections (lights, tires, fluid levels, safety device, etc.) on assigned vehicles to assure proper operation, inform supervisor of needed parts or repairs.


Work in other departments when needed and perform other duties as assigned.

Special Qualifications:

Must be reliable and punctual and have own transportation.


Be able to work in a cold environment for extended periods of time.


Solid mechanical and electrical aptitude.


Skills to be able to assist in troubleshooting and repair any ski hill machinery.


Previous experience working at a ski area with chair lifts, snowmaking machines, snowmobiles, and snowcats will be highly preferred.


Work as part of a team and can foster a positive, fun, and safe work environment.


Flexibility to work during evenings, weekends, and holidays


Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

General knowledge of tools and techniques, equipment, and machinery used in the trade.

General knowledge of the safe operation of tools and equipment.

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, and concurrent projects.

Ability to pay close attention to detail and to effectively organize time and anticipate, plan, and successfully respond to changing circumstances.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other departments, and the public.

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Must be eighteen (18) years old at the time of hire. High School Diploma or GED required.

2-5 years’ experience in various aspects of manual labor, power-tool use, equipment construction, plumbing, operations of heavy equipment, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Must be able and willing to work flexible schedule to include early mornings, overnights, holidays, and weekends required.

In my role I get to help others achieve their goals. That plus the great people and the variety of projects make working at Pottawattamie County fun, challenging and fulfilling!

David, CIO
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16 Years with Pottawattamie County
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