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Historic Park Maintenance Technician

04.20.2023 @ 8:00 am - 05.20.2023 @ 5:00 pm

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Hands-on historic preservation position in Mesquite, Texas, located 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas. Open until filled. Fulltime with benefits.

Opal Lawrence Historical Park and Florence Ranch Homestead are the City of Mesquite’s two historic parks, with 20+ historic structures combined of varying sizes and uses. Both sites are Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks and one is on the National Register of Historic Places. The position would also coordinate and help oversee the work of contractors and volunteers.


Salary: $38,937.60 minimum to $48,547.20 midpoint (Depending on qualifications)

Lead, oversee, and participate in maintaining historical structures and landscapes. Perform skilled maintenance and repair of historic buildings, including preservation carpentry (journey level), masonry, and painting; and perform a variety of other technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility. Coordinate and supervise work of contractors and volunteers. Provide general support to staff and assist the public during visits and events at the historical parks.

Opal Lawrence Historic Park and Florence Ranch Homestead


General supervision is provided by the Manager of Historic Preservation.



  1. All behaviors comply with the Code of Conduct & Rules of Behavior outlined in Chapter 8 of the General Government Policies and Procedures Manual.
  2. Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in city and department attendance policies and procedures.
  3. Performs preventative, cyclical, and regular maintenance of historic structures and sites overall.
  4. Provides skilled journey level carpentry work including the construction, installation, remodeling and repairing of porches, ramps, fences, windows, doors, and other carpentry work.
  5. Provides building maintenance to site structures including painting, masonry repairs, roof repairs, lights, toilets, sinks, flooring, etc.
  6. Inspect grounds and facilities to identify maintenance needs and performs initial diagnostics, service, repairs, and ensures the smooth daily operation of the facilities while maintaining a safe environment for visitors and staff.
  7. Monitors, maintains, and sets environmental controls to adhere to required museum specifications for the HVAC systems.
  8. Schedules contractual preventative maintenance and repair as necessary and supervises contractors and vendors in a manner sensitive to the role and significance of an historic site.
  9. Will supervise facility and grounds maintenance contractors and interface with other employees to coordinate projects, working carefully in a museum/historical park environment and perform a variety of tasks both collaboratively and individually.
  10. Provides grounds maintenance work including planting, trimming, weeding, irrigating, etc.; maintain litter and trash control; maintaining and repairing pathways and drainages in the historical parks.
  11. Perform minor repair and install electrical lighting systems and fixtures.
  12. Work includes general custodial duties, cleaning, maintaining, and repairing site facilities, buildings, utility systems, and stationary equipment; operating motorized equipment; requisitioning materials and supplies; organizing and maintaining an on-site maintenance workshop and maintaining records and files on projects involving construction, replacement, systems, and fixtures.
  13. Maintains exteriors of structures including sweeping, cleaning, caulking, repairs, etc.
  14. Compiles information necessary to ensure all site-specific documentation and reports are completed accurately and on time, including (and as applicable): Infrastructure Manual, Operations Manual, Vendor Certificates of Insurance, As-built Drawings, and other reports and documentation as required.
  15. Oversee and direct work of staff and contractors assisting on HVAC related tasks.
  16. Manage building automation systems. Run, interpret, and analyze various reports related to building automation systems. Locate and correct deficiencies as indicated in reports.
  17. Oversee and direct work of staff assisting on plumbing and electrical related tasks.
  18. Provides support for historical park special events including planning preparation, set-up/breakdown of special events, litter control, greeting and assisting visitors. Open and closes the buildings and the site for events.
  19. Maintains a prioritized list of maintenance needs and follows a maintenance schedule; works with the Manager of Historic Preservation on maintaining a cyclical maintenance plan for the sites and to develop the yearly maintenance budget.
  20. Develops purchase estimates for grounds and building maintenance and orders parts and supplies once they have been approved.
  21. Adheres to recognized building codes and museum standards.
  22. Develops and maintains an integrated pest management system in collaboration with contractors and museum staff.
  23. Must be available to work weekends and nights for special events and on an as needed basis. May be on-call during non-working hours.
  24. Work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
  25. Must be self-motivated and be able to schedule and complete numerous tasks with minimal oversight.




High School Diploma or GED.


Three (3) years of experience in carpentry; preservation carpentry preferred.


Employee will not have a record of being convicted of a Class B misdemeanor or higher offense in order to work with and view Criminal Justice Information Services data.


Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Possession of aerial lift and forklift certification, or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire date.

Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM, with some overtime and some weekends may be required.