Employment Opportunity: Facilities Apprentice

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Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time position as a Facilities Apprentice. This is an entry-level position within our facilities department.

Position Description

The successful candidate will join our facilities team (currently a staff of four) that cares for and maintains multiple buildings on our 55-acre campus located in Avondale, Pennsylvania. The apprentice will assist our facilities manager, cleaning staff, and grounds crew with the following:

  • Routine building maintenance and repair (including HVAC systems, lighting, plumbing, electrical, light carpentry)
  • Light automobile maintenance/care
  • Building cleaning/housekeeping
  • Light grounds work and snow removal
  • Major and minor equipment repair


The successful applicant must be willing to learn, where necessary, and perform routine building and auto maintenance, housekeeping, and groundskeeping. Maintenance training will include all aspects of the building trades from the basics in MEP systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) maintenance to carpentry to wastewater and drinking water system function, to heating and cooling systems. Duties will include (not limited to):

  • Painting, plumbing, carpentry/drywall, and electrical.
  • Sanitation, including composting toilet maintenance and wetland waste-treatment and septic system maintenance.
  • HVAC/furnace maintenance and automated systems operation.
  • Vehicle fleet maintenance and service.
  • Housekeeping training will include all aspects of custodial services including, operation and maintenance of cleaning equipment. Mopping, vacuuming, dusting, waste/recycle removal and window cleaning.
  • Some high work from ladders is required. Occasional after hours work may be required.
  • Groundskeeping training will include mowing, trimming, weeding, leaf fall removal, and planting.
  • Maintenance and operation of groundskeeping equipment.
  • Occasional travel will be necessary for field plantings of trees, or other Stroud Center-related projects requiring assistance.

Minimum Qualifications and Job Expectations

Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license, basic computer skills, and demonstrated experience(s) with one or more of the following: light carpentry, introduction to plumbing, electrical, or mechanical skills. The applicant must be willing to get their hands dirty, be able to work indoors and outdoors in all seasons and sometimes in adverse weather conditions, and must be able lift a minimum of 50 lbs. The applicant must be willing to submit to federal and state criminal and driver’s record background checks.

Preferred Qualifications

Trade school or other technical/vocational education is a plus. An ability to read trade-related documentation (e.g., construction documents) and blue prints is a plus, but training will also be provided. Demonstrated experience using multi-platform computer systems (e.g., Apple and PC) and trade-related software is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

The facilities maintenance technician/apprentice is a full-time salaried position with competitive pay that will be commensurate with experience. Salaried employees are eligible for health care benefits and for participation in the pension/defined-benefit retirement plan (fully vested after five years of service).

How to Apply

To apply, use the application form below to submit a cover letter explaining your education, experience, and motivations to work at the Stroud Water Research Center and including contact information for three references. The name of the attached file should start with your last name (e.g., LASTNAME_FACILITIES_APPRENTICE_APPLICATION.PDF).

Review of applications will begin March 1. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by video conference. Intended start of employment is shortly after a candidate is selected. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud™ Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s Education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 55 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more at