Facilities Manager at Solano Land Trust

Facilities Manager

Solano Land Trust

Facilities Manager
Reports to the Stewardship Manager
Full-time, exempt position
Compensation: $65,000 – 70,000 with potential to earn 10% bonus through annual incentive plan
Hours: Generally, between 8:30 and 5:30 pm, Tues-Sat; some Sundays and evenings.

The Facilities Manager – (FM) maintains all facilities, equipment, and trails and oversees infrastructure repair/replacement planning and public access on SLT lands.
As this role develops and expands, opportunities for growth will arise (more complex projects, input for strategic planning, budgeting, and public access on SLT properties) with potential for future growth. No guarantees for advancement are inferred or implied.

Specific Duties

Facilities and Equipment Maintenance:

  • Maintains all facilities, equipment, trails and infrastructure:
  • Develop and maintain OSHA compliant safety protocols for facilities and storage of equipment and supplies.
  • Organize and lead volunteer assisted trail crew days and projects
  • Coordinate with staff on infrastructure repairs
  • Maintain Qualified Applicator’s License and implement weed control and habitat projects, and perform other duties as assigned on Solano Land Trust properties
  • Maintain or supervise maintenance of all structures including tractor shed, barn, horse stable, visitor information center, sheds, blacksmith shop, corral at Rush Ranch and fences, roads, stock water facilities, and other capital improvements on all Solano Land Trust properties.
  • Supervise landscape maintenance (garden) and janitorial activities (public restrooms, guest house, Nature Center) at Rush Ranch.
  • Perform and or supervise the scheduled and minor maintenance of off-grid electrical systems, well-supplied public water systems, septic systems, and all stock water systems.
  • Assign, perform and or supervise the maintenance of vehicles and other assigned equipment, and keep adequate maintenance records and logs.
  • Oversee the Caretaker at Rush Ranch, including duties such as opening and closing the gate, responding to the alarm and other responsibilities, as assigned.
  • Supervise and/or prepare and mobilize equipment needed for field operations, ensure safety and functionality of operations, and demobilize all equipment at the end of the day.
  • Ensure safe, clean and functional public use facilities, including trails, restrooms, informative kiosks/signage, benches and tables.
  • Manage budgets related to facilities and equipment.

User Support:

  • Maintain visitor access sites at the Jepson Prairie Preserve and Rush Ranch Open Space to include the Rush Ranch Nature Center, picnic areas, fishing access sites, trails, information boards, etc. by picking up trash, emptying trash receptacles, emptying Iron Ranger, mowing trails, installing signage, identifying and documenting safety concerns, etc.
  • Coordinate with other staff and user groups and their requirements.
  • Check in and orient visiting scientists and guests using living quarters, office space and use of working laboratory space, as needed.
  • Assist staff with fundraising events
  • Conduct volunteer workdays on trails, structures and habitat restoration.
  • Monitor and enforce safety rule compliance of all volunteers and other workers on SLT lands.

Landscape and Habitat Maintenance:

  • Perform weed control with ride-on mower, weed eater, tractor mower, chain saw, manual removal, and herbicide application by back-pack, ATV, and tractor.
  • Maintain trails, ranch roads, parking lots, trash receptacles, kiosks, levees, barbed wire and wood fences, trail signs, and gates.
  • Install and maintain irrigation systems.
  • Provide assistance to grazing licensee in coordination with Stewardship Manager.
  • Implement land-related projects such as fencing, trail, and minor construction that may include supervising volunteers and staff.


The Facilities Manager is accountable for delivering the following results:

  • Functioning systems and upheld safety standards at Rush Ranch including off-grid electrical system, septic system, water pumping and water purification system.
  • Well managed and accurate files for facilities management, weed control and equipment maintenance (including insurance requirements, budgets, logs, etc.)
  • Stocked field supplies. (e.g. fuels and lubricants, herbicides, cleaning and bathroom supplies, laboratory supplies, spare parts, replacement tools).
  • Well maintained and safe visitor-related structures (e.g. trails, interpretive kiosks, benches, tables, restrooms)
  • Implemented weed control on all SLT properties with guidance from the Stewardship Manager.
  • Livestock infrastructure, including fences, gates and watering systems are functioning, as directed by the Stewardship Manager.

SLT’s Culture
We value and benefit from the unique life experiences and collective wisdom of our diverse community and we intentionally seek out and welcome those voices who have historically not been involved in our work. We are learners who are always looking for ways to grow personally and we support and encourage our colleagues to be their best. We are self-starters and are flexible to the ever-changing circumstances and we operate with integrity, trust, personal responsibility, and mutual respect.

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Associate’s degree in a relevant field may substitute for one year of experience, bachelor’s degree in a relevant field may substitute for two years of experience.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum four years paid experience in maintenance of electrical, mechanical or other systems or related work in the construction or agricultural industry
  • Basic carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical skills; ability to hand tools.
  • Basic equipment repair and maintenance
  • California Class C driver’s license.
  • Willingness to work with chemical herbicides and to obtain Qualified Applicator’s Certificate (required for any person who uses or supervises the use of federally restricted use pesticides or state restricted materials) within 6 months of hire.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Strong and reliable work ethic; ability to rigidly adhere to maintenance and management schedules.
  • Willingness to work in all kinds of weather conditions; walk for several miles over rough terrain; and endure biting and stinging insects.
  • Experience managing contractors and interacting with the public
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, develop timeframes, and complete tasks within timeframes.
  • Ability to lead others in assigned tasks.
  • Ability to resolve problems independently as delegated.

Preferred Skills / Knowledge

  • Experience operating All Terrain Vehicles over hilly terrain.
  • Experience managing small construction projects.
  • Experience with GPS hand-held equipment.
  • Experience with trail construction or maintenance.
  • Experience with chemical herbicides and associated equipment.
  • Experience working with project management software
  • Experience working with OSHA safety requirements
  • Ability to operate a chainsaw
  • Ability to operate a small farm tractor, load it onto a trailer and tow with a standard truck.
  • Experience with facilities maintenance; off-the grid power system experience is ideal

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to do physical work related to various maintenance and fieldwork activities.
  • Ability to walk over difficult over hilly and/or difficult terrain for one to two miles with a three-gallon backpack sprayer.
  • Ability to lift and carry tools and heavy (60-100 pounds) field equipment.
  • Ability to drive for local and regional travel.

SLT provides a portion of the employee’s health, dental, and vision insurance, matches up to 3% of employee’s contribution toward their 403.b retirement account, and provides eleven paid holidays and three weeks of vacation per year.


Hadley McDonell
[email protected]