Job Title: Maintenance Assistant

FTE: Full-time, non-exempt hourly

Hours: 45 hours per week (5 days of 9 hour shifts that include 1 hour lunch per day)

  • Split shifts rotate weekly among the team and are either 7-4 or 8:30-5:30

Salary Range: $18-$22 per hour for average 40 paid hours per week; eligible for premium pay, on-call pay and other additional comp detailed below. Base pay range is $37,440 to $45,760 annually.

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts. Candidate must live within 45 minutes of our location due to on-call needs of the position.

Deadline to apply: Applications accepted on rolling basis and will be listed until filled

Start date: Flexible, but as early as February 13, 2023

Organization Description: The American Antiquarian Society is a learned society and national research library dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the printed record of the United States through 1876. The Society’s collections are used by scholars, students, creative and performing artists, and writers in many fields studying and working with American history and culture. The Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the institution, as expressed in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility: a statement from the Council and Staff of the American Antiquarian Society.



The American Antiquarian Society has an immediate opening for a full-time maintenance assistant for our five-building campus in Worcester. The assistant will perform the duties necessary to keep the physical structures, properties, and associated equipment of the Society in good repair. This person will assist in maintaining the grounds, landscaping, and parking areas in a clean, neat, safe, and attractive manner. The maintenance assistant will understand and apply all required safety and security procedures to maintain a safe and secure environment for employees and visitors. This includes but is not limited to preventative, emergency, corrective and routine repairs in electrical, mechanical, fire/life safety, plumbing and HVAC equipment. The position reports to the Head of Buildings and Grounds, and is part of a three-person team.

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Performs all assigned tasks in a professional manner as to reflect the highest integrity of the Maintenance Department
  • Maintains HVAC, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire/life safety and other associated equipment to maximize efficiency levels
  • Performs preventative maintenance on equipment and systems per the Preventative Maintenance schedule
  • Perform all seasonal outside duties including but not limited to spring cleanup, fall cleanup, mowing, weeding, edging, weed trimming, bush trimming, snow removal, salting, sanding, and parking lot maintenance for a small campus.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned including but not limited to general cleaning including vacuuming, garbage and recycling pickup, overseeing outside contractors; work as assigned (day, evening, nights, weekends) and as required by emergency situations when directed by the Head of Buildings and Grounds


  • Minimum two years experience; post high school education in facilities studies desirable
  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision; good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Basic craftsman skills
  • Knowledge of HVAC systems including building monitoring systems preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in electrical systems, plumbing, mechanical equipment, as well as in the maintenance of these types of systems
  • Knowledge of minor small engine repairs including performing preventative maintenance on outdoor equipment.
  • Ability to lift, bend, move heavy equipment/furniture of up to 50 pounds & remain on one's feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must have reliable transportation and ability to reach our campus within 45 minutes during on-call periods.
  • Must have cell phone for on-campus communication use; the Society will provide a stipend towards this cost
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful fulfillment of a criminal background check


High school diploma with at least 2 years of work experience

Language Skills

Ability to comprehend and communicate effectively in the English language

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Duties require periods of standing, walking, and sitting. Duties require periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items weighing up to approximately fifty pounds, and reaching with arms and hands. Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges.” Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, and keyboarding. Physical duties are subject to change. May be exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Hazards are considered minor and controllable.

Hours: This is a non-exempt full time, position of 45 hours minus a one-hour unpaid lunch per day. There may be occasional nights and weekends to support events and these would be scheduled in advance. You also will be on-call one week out of every three weeks (generally).

Each week you will work either 7-4 or 8:30-5:30, depending on the on-call rotation.

Compensation and benefits

The range for this position is $18-22 per hour for which is approximately $37,440 to $45,760 annually (base). We also have premium pay of time-and-a-half for time worked outside of your normal shift and for snow removal time. Additionally we provide a flat stipend for weeks that you are on call, whether or not you end up needing to come in. We also provide a monthly cell-phone stipend.

Examples of benefits for full-time staff are vacation, sick and personal time, as well as ~12 paid holidays, your birthday off and a paid full-office closure for approx. one week in December. We also have employer-sponsored health insurance, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement plans that includes an employer match, among other benefits.

How to apply

Please submit a résumé, and brief cover letter through our online platform here. Finalists will be asked for references at a later stage.

For questions on this position, please contact careers[at] Please do not submit applications to this address.

Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)

As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.