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Facilities Manager

Morganton, GA
Job Type

Project Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary located on 236-acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Morganton, Georgia, is accepting applications for the position of Facilities Manager. The Facilities Manager supports the mission of Project Chimps by supervising, coordinating, and conducting maintenance and construction of chimpanzee housing, buildings, structures, equipment, vehicles, and grounds to enable the provision of safe and secure lifetime sanctuary care of chimpanzees.

General Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to a positive and professional organizational culture that promotes Project Chimps’ values, mission, and vision
  • Ensures quality completion of repair and maintenance requests
  • Plans, budgets, and schedules facility modifications, providing cost estimates as needed
  • Manages and implements preventative maintenance programs
  • Reviews proposals from independent contractors and monitors contractor/construction work
  • Orders and purchases facilities maintenance supplies, tools, and equipment
  • Operates heavy equipment, vehicles, and power tools
  • Maintains a clean and organized Maintenance Shop
  • Leads, manages, and supervises the Facilities Department
  • Assists in the development of an annual budget
  • All other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or GED required; advanced education preferred, such as technical certificates or Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree in a maintenance/engineering-related field
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive experience and responsibility in a maintenance or construction field, three of which were holding a supervisory position directing a multifunctional maintenance staff.
  • Experience with zoological and/or agricultural facilities preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Willing and able to work in the vicinity of chimpanzees, who are intelligent, loud, and potentially dangerous great apes. *No direct physical contact with the chimpanzees is permitted.
  • Willing and able to prioritize the needs of the chimpanzees when coordinating and conducting work
  • Broad technical and mechanical repair knowledge, including but not limited to: HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, metal fabrication/welding, engines
  • Ability to work safely and efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to think strategically, be flexible, and use good judgement
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team of individuals with diverse backgrounds, education, and experience
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Basic computer skills
  • Advanced math skills, in particular architectural design and systems engineering
  • Because effective communication is essential to maintain safe working conditions and respond effectively to emergencies, the ability to speak, write, and understand English is required.

Physical Requirements:

The following physical requirements are considered to be essential for this position: the ability to stand, walk, run in the face of danger, and climb stairs, 20/20 binocular vision and peripheral vision with or without corrective lenses, the ability to hear with or without hearing aids, the ability to speak with or without assistive devices, the ability to use arms with a full range of overhead motion, the ability to use hands and fingers, the ability to bend and squat, and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) without assistance.


Individuals who are offered a position will also have to meet medical screening and vaccination requirements, and complete a background check. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Project Chimps participates in E-Verify.

Project Chimps is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter by November 3, 2017.

For more information on Project Chimps, please visit www.projectchimps.org

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