FACILITIES &
INFRASTRUCTURE DIRECTOR

Starting as soon
as Oct. 1, 2021


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Quail Springs is a leading environmental educational nonprofit that empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.
Quail Springs Mission Statement

Background

about quail springs

Founded in 2004, Quail Springs is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human community on land through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of simple living provide direction towards a thriving Earth and society.

Residents & Staff

The residents and staff of the Quail Springs site and non-profit are a group of makers and thinkers who work together to create regenerative land and community systems. The residents and staff of Quail Springs strive to create a vibrant community and balanced workplace through passion, collaboration, and celebration.

Structure

Prospective candidates must embrace simple, remote rural living in a community while working in a nonprofit organization. Quail Springs has recently adopted a new organizational structure with the aim of empowering all employees with decision-making power in their areas of work and supporting a more equitable, efficient and engaging work environment. We are excited about this new structure and a successful applicant must have an interest in non-hierarchical workplace structures and a commitment to engage with us.

About You

Successful applicants are flexible, willing to learn, and have an interest in equitable and resilient community structures. A good sense of humor, excellent communication skills, a collaborative spirit, and an orientation towards leaning in during conflict instead of leaning out will serve the successful candidate in this position.

Position Description

This person is responsible for directing the team who manages and maintains the facilities and infrastructure that support our off-grid community and nonprofit. This position is largely self-directed and the right candidate will be able to work independently as well as in collaboration with the community and be responsive to the greater organizational needs.

Primary Responsibilities

The ideal candidate may not have experience in all systems below, but is looking to learn in the areas in which they are not already proficient.

ENERGY AND WATER SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE

  • Maintain solar-voltaic systems, batteries, back-up fuel supply etc.
  • Maintain solar-thermal hot water systems
  • Operate well pump, maintain domestic water storage
  • Maintain greywater systems
  • Maintain and install basic plumbing and electrical

FARM & PROGRAM INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Support Program Director, Hosting Director & Farm Directors in meeting the needs of the farm and programs
  • Farm structure maintenance (Gates, Fences & Irrigation)
  • Coordinate weed whipping and fire wood collection with community
  • Campground maintenance
  • Permaculture Plan Implementation

WASTE MANAGEMENT

  • Maintain compost toilets
  • Coordinate dump runs with community

RECORD-KEEPING

  • Maintain records in an organized and accessible manner
  • Plan & track recurring scheduled maintenance
  • Plan and track expenditures within a budget

GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

  • Small engine repair and maintenance
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Structural Building repair and safety
  • Repair and maintain Natural Buildings and structures.
  • Teach and delegate tasks to others on the team and in the community

Qualities & Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

We value relevant life experiences that demonstrate qualifications as much as education

  • 1+ years experience in a similar position
  • Management or supervisory experience
  • Ability to create an inspiring and motivating work environment
  • Clear and effective communication skills
  • Flexibility to changing work hours and projects
  • Ability to create and manage your own schedule
  • Self-directed and takes initiative on work and projects
  • Responsive to the changing needs and priorities of the organization & community
  • A strong spirit of volunteerism and willingness to engage in community chores (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.)
  • Enthusiasm for living in community and working collaboratively
  • Cultural sensitivity and commitment to dismantling systems of oppression
  • LGBTQ+ folks and BIPOC are encouraged to apply.

Location

Quail Springs is based near Ventucopa, California in the Cuyama Valley, 1.5 hours from the nearest urban/suburban center. The Farm is at 3600’ above sea level in a hot and dry rain shadow of Pinon Pine and Juniper/Oak high desert sagebrush.

Working & Living Conditions

This position is approximately 30 hours per week, with some weeks being less, and others being more. The successful candidate is self-directed, able to delegate, and thrives with a shifting workload. In addition to the 30 hours per week commitment, we all share in community responsibilities. The Facilities & Infrastructure Director will live and work in the Quail Springs community setting, where there are anywhere from 10-25 other people living and working on the mission of the organization. The site is remote, with limited communications (cell phones do not work, and the internet and phone service are limited to the central area).

Application Process

Please take care to fully fill out our online application so we may best get to know you. If your application is approved, we will set up interviews. We are hard-working folks, so please be patient with our response time! But also don’t hesitate to check back in on the status of your application.

We highly recommend planning to come out for a day (or night, if a host is available) to see if it feels like a good fit.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to reviewing your application!

Questions?

Please let us know below if you have any questions about this position.

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