Washington National Cathedral seeks an enthusiastic licensed apprentice or journeyman to assist our maintenance mechanics and electrician full-time, and to work with the Facilities team to carry out maintenance and repair of the Cathedral and its associated buildings. The position requires practical skill and knowledge, although not proficiency, in trades such as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work, and involves performing preventative maintenance, fulfilling work order requests, and assisting with special projects. The position requires enthusiasm and willingness to learn and assist, as needed, with all maintenance requirements. Also needed are the ability to read, interpret, and follow instructions and operations manuals, and comfort with computers and using facilities management systems.

Among the duties assigned to the position are the following:

  1. Assists the Facilities Manager, Deputy Facilities Manager, General Maintenance Mechanic and Chief Electrician with daily preventive maintenance, work order repair requests, and other facilities-related work as assigned.
  2. Work involves a variety of the following duties:
    1. replacing electrical receptacles, wires, switches, fixtures, and motors,
    2. repairing or replacing sinks, water coolers, and toilets;
    3. painting structures and equipment;
    4. performing general maintenance on equipment and machinery.
  3. Performs preventive maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, such as replacing evaporative cooler pads, belts, pumps, air filters, etc.
  4. Performs daily checks with building management operation; assists with arranging repairs on electronic and wiring components affiliated with controllers and building automation systems.
  5. Assists facilities team to ensure that building systems can fully support regular and specialty needs of events and worship services without interruption. This may on occasion require working outside of regular office hours.
  6. Follows policies and procedures to ensure safe and efficient facilities operations of the Cathedral and its ancillary buildings, while maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the Cathedral fabric.
  7. Coordinates work with facilities team, vendors, and outside consultants, as directed, in order to best serve Cathedral needs. Maintains productive internal and vendor management relationships as assigned.
  8. Assists with monitoring the effective and efficient operation of the mechanical, electrical, domestic water, emergency power, fire protection, air conditioning and heating systems for Cathedral buildings.
  9. Assists with identifying needed repairs, organizing projects by priority and trade, and stays current with work order requests.
  10. Keeps abreast of current safety procedures, national and local code requirements, and other pertinent rules and regulations.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. High school education/GED required.
  2. 2+ years building maintenance experience.
  3. Apprentice or journeyman’s license.
  4. Computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Outlook. Experience or willingness and ability to learn facilities management systems (“Asset Essentials”).
  5. PECF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any boosters recommended and available to the general public, in the absence of eligibility for medical or religious exemptions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Technical knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of engineering duties concerned with the design and layout of plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, electrical power, controls, energy management, energy procurement and other systems.
  2. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret construction documents and drawings, technical procedures, and operating manuals and regulations.
  3. Demonstrated experience assisting teams with identifying and communicating potential cost reduction strategies, including analysis and implementation of energy efficiency projects.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, collegial environment. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment that supports interaction of staff, volunteers, contractors, and executives.  Ability to resolve conflicts with subordinates, superiors, and peers in a professional and participative manner.
  5. Ability to assist with assessing and prioritizing work based on critical systems and equipment requirements, resource availability, and customer satisfaction.
  6. Ability and willingness to obtain DC 3rd class engineer license, Universal Technician CFC’s Certification, and Certified Backflow Prevention Technician Certification.

 Working Conditions:

 This position requires periodic work outside normal business hours and a need to be “on call” with ability to respond promptly in the event of off-hour emergencies.

  1. This position requires frequent climbing of scaffolding and access to areas that are designated as service access only.
  2. Light work lifting up to 50 pounds on an infrequent basis and/or carrying up to ten pounds.
  3. Required to climb ladders, stoop, or navigate confined spaces.

Washington National Cathedral is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a more diverse and inclusive atmosphere for all. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

We support an inclusive workplace where associates excel based on personal merit, qualifications, experience, ability, and job performance.

Washington National Cathedral seeks individuals who are committed to our mission. We appreciate interest from those who will contribute to an atmosphere in which diversity is valued and supported.

Apply: Send a cover letter and resume, noting job code C22-22, to [email protected].