Special Services Assistant (4393)

Administrative Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has an immediate opening for a full-time Special Services Assistant.  The Special Services Assistant is responsible for a variety of support functions including:  maintenance of leased vehicle fleet and AUI owned vehicles; duties related to office services involving furniture moves, office transfers and meeting configuration setups; moving mail between buildings; courier trips to vendors and banks; and supply transfers between local buildings.  Position also assists in driving passenger vans for conferences, tours and workshops. This position assists all staff in performing these duties in a timely manner under the direction of the Site Business Manager.  This is a Safety Sensitive position as noted in the requirements section.


The position is based at the Science Operations Center in Socorro, NM on the campus of New Mexico Tech (www.nmt.edu). Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque. In addition to competitive pay, the NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. Our retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

  • Schedule preventative maintenance and coordinate contractor shop repair of GSA leased and Observatory owned vehicles
  • Daily shuttle driver between Socorro and the Very Large Array (VLA) site, carrying passengers, mail, freight and cardboard for recycling
  • Weekly or as needed, drive truck to I-25 (Albuquerque to Las Cruces) locations for vendor drop-offs/pick ups
  • Daily, or as needed, courier trips to local bank, vendors and shops
  • Daily resupply canteen/kitchen areas
  • Fastens pictures, boards, bookshelves to walls
  • Daily, or as needed, reconfiguration of auditorium furniture for meetings, conferences and workshops
  • Assists with office moves and configurations
  • Daily pickup of local newspapers
  • Unlock building main entrance
  • Assists with shuttle driving duties during VLA tours, conferences and workshops
  • Clear walkways, as needed, during winter inclement weather
  • Assist in Shipping & Receiving department (Socorro and VLA), as needed


Work Environment

Work is typically performed in an office setting and outdoors; regularly works at high altitudes and in outside weather conditions.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent


Minimum Experience

Two years related experience


Preferred Education and Experience

Auto Mechanic training or certificate from a trade school


Physical Requirements

Must be able to sit for sustained periods; required to lift, carry and load tools and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, unassisted.  Must be able to perform 25% of workday in a vehicle.


Additional Requirement

Must maintain a valid Driver license; a Commercial Driver License (CDL) is not required but is preferred.


Competency Summary

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Good mechanical equipment competence
  • Good oral competency, ability to work well with a wide variety of employees (service workers, clerical staff, engineers, technicians, PHDs), GSA staff and commercial vendors
  • Excellent driving skills on a variety of light to heavy motor vehicles, clean driving record
  • Well organized to perform routine daily, weekly, monthly tasks on time with reliability and minimal direction


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button below.  You will need to be prepared to upload your current resume and will have the option to add a letter of application.


The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.