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Maintenance Technician

JOB TITLE:  Maintenance Technician
DEPARTMENT: Operations
REPORTS TO:  Maintenance Supervisor and Director of Operations
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York City’s oldest museum and to one of the nation’s most distinguished independent research libraries. N-YHS is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the world’s greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York.

Responsible for building and grounds upkeep and provides assistance to staff and visitors. The maintenance technician must be a well-rounded individual able to perform on a variety of equipment units, conduct building maintenance, and assist with basic grounds keeping.

EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or GED

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of one year performing building cleaning and maintenance work, and or equivalent combination of training and experience.


  • Performs work according to New-York Historical’s standard operating procedures in conjunction with building's operational schedule.
  • Maintains clean facilities including, hallways, stairways, restrooms, locker rooms, offices, and windows.
  • Responsible for vacuuming, mopping, surface cleaning and dusting, and bathroom services.
  • Performs general sweeping, scrubbing, and mopping of hardwood floors, laminate, strip, hardwood and tiled floors.
  • Uses vacuum cleaners to clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and blinds.
  • Washes walls, ceilings, woodwork, windows, doors, and sills.
  • Maintains snow removal of outdoor walk-ways in the winter
  • Maintains and upkeeps all cleaning equipment, supplies, and products, including replenishing restroom supplies.
  • Uses hand tools and power tools in making minor maintenance repairs and maintaining grounds and walks.
  • Conducts minor carpentry, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing repairs, including touch up and painting
  • Performs routine electrical repairs such as changing light bulbs, fluorescent lamps, and assists in repairing ballasts and light fixtures.
  • Responsible for reading, understanding, and managing set-up memos shared by various departments throughout the museum; responsible for set up and break down of events throughout the building.
  • Picks up and delivers supplies and materials to other Departments in the Institution including assisting in shipping and receiving
  • Provides assistance to officials, staff, visitors, and other employees as necessary.
  • Conducts walk-through inspections at beginning and end of shifts.
  • Participates in building back-up coverage that may require working evenings and Saturday rotation as needed.
  • Follows all applicable safety rules and procedures.
  • Provides daily reports of work accomplished to supervisor.
  • Other duties responsibilities and duties as required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. 

For consideration please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: resumes@nyhistory.org   
Please reference the job title in the subject line. 

The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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