Maintenance Staff

Employment Position

Maintenance Staff

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  • Ensure smooth and efficient operations of all building, land, and infrastructure systems at Tara Mandala.
  • Ensure smooth workflow of repair tasks for residents and staff under the Facilities and Land Manager.
  • Ensure rewarding and balanced experience for Living Dharma Program participants working on Land Crew in the summer retreat season.
  • Participate in new systems, innovations, and approaches to operations working directly with the Facilities and Land Manager, Operations Director and Executive Director.
  • Oversee minor repairs with local contractors.
  • Keep land, roads, and gardens in good condition, and provide snow plowing in winter months.

Required skills, competencies and duties:

  • Competent carpentry skills, land and infrastructure system skills and experience, maintenance schedules.
  • Maintain equipment, electrical, plumbing, water, and septic systems as needed.
  • Proven ability to stay on schedule, take directions, and stay on task.
  • Have a working understanding of building systems including; water systems (well, softening, and heating) solar systems.
  • Collect, prioritize, and distribute maintenance requests in a timely fashion and track completion with Facilities and Land Manager.
  • Assist in keeping staff and retreat cabins in good working order and ensure that they are well stocked in the winter months, including wood stove maintenance, and safety and supplies are secured, e.g. wood, tarps, chopping blocks and equipment, snow shovels, rodent control, etc.
  • Perform weekly facilities walk through using the “facilities walk through” checklist with Facilities and Land Manager, including checking systems in each building, including heat, electricity, and water (e.g. Temple, Prajna, and Community Building).
  • Maintain files (both electronic and paper) as needed.
  • Track all maintenance activities in Task Management software used by Facilities and Land Team.
  • Participate on Emergency Procedures Committee, have key lead role in emergency responses team (Level 2) and carry emergency radio and monitor at night.
  • Participate in yearly fire drills, including how to use the fire trailer, hydrants and water hoses at resident cabins/yurts.
  • In collaboration with the Staff and Resident Coordinator, participate in community Spring and Fall clean up events, and garden clean up and plantings at three buildings.
  • Oversee regular maintenance and care of land vehicles and tractor including; oil changes, tire changes, etc. working with Facilities and Land Manager.
  • Providing emergency services, such as pulling cars out of ditches.
  • Assist in winterization of land, buildings and ensure residents have wood, and other equipment needed for winter months.
  • Provide snow plowing in winter or organizing it with other staff.
  • Oversee gardens and landscaping in warmer months, including plantings, irrigation drip system, etc.

Other position requirements:

  • Maintenance Staff reports direct to the Facilities and Land Manager, who then reports directly to the Executive Director (ED), and to the Operations Director in the ED’s absence.
  • Commitment and interest in Buddhism and the Dharma.
  • Attend community councils held once a month (talking circles).
  • Attend community meetings Tuesday mornings and other planning meetings as needed.
  • Attend community 5pm practice 5 days a week.
  • Participate in community wide clean ups, projects, etc. as directed by ED.
  • Adhere and agree to our Code of Conduct and Tara Mandala Leadership Values

Personal characteristics:

The essential personal qualities of the position are:

  • Strong ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, receives and gives feedback, communicate project needs, and work closely in a team environment.
  • Be proactive and able work well with ambiguity to bring clarity and definition to projects under management.
  • Be creative and resourceful in problem solving.
  • Strong time management and communication skills.
  • Driven to be successful and contribute to a team obtaining a common goal.
  • Unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Accommodating, cooperative, and able to take direction and inspire others to serve.
  • Willing to train new staff or residents as needed, and study and service participants.
  • Motivated to provide high quality of work.

Educational and experience requirements:

  • An undergraduate or associate degree from an accredited university is preferred.
  • 3 years’ experience in similar position.
  • Three quality references:
    • Please provide position, person’s role in position, relation to your work, name, email and phone; company or job.


This is a full time residential position at Tara Mandala, Pagosa Springs, Colorado and includes room and board, and other benefits, including Paid Time Off and opportunity to attend some retreats at Tara Mandala.

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