Maintenance Specialist (4480)

Crafts / Trades Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is recruiting a full-time Maintenance Specialist to work at the Very Large Array (VLA).  Under general supervision, the Maintenance Specialist performs a wide variety of tasks such s a general fix-it specialist who uses problem-solving and technical skills to solve facility maintenance problems involving carpentry, grounds, roads and building maintenance.


In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s 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

Specific duties that the Maintenance Specialist is responsible for include:

  • Assist carpenter with demolition and general construction and maintenance of buildings and concrete slabs.
  • Maintains road and landfill on site using heavy equipment such as backhoes, graders, and dump trucks.
  • Operate and make minor repairs on heavy equipment such as tractors, motor graders, and backhoes. 
  • Installation of underground utilities using heavy equipment including trenchers, and backhoes.
  • Prunes scrubs to shape to improve growth or remove damaged leaves and branches.
  • Mixes and applies herbicides to control unwanted vegetation on site. 
  • Shovels, salts, and plows snow from walks, parking lots, and onsite road ways.
  • Cleans grounds and removes litter.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both inside and outside, near moving mechanical parts, with heavy equipment.  The employee must be able to operate a variety of vehicles.  The employee generally works at ground level, but occasionally works at heights above 5 feet.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

High school diploma/GED


Minimum Experience

A minimum of four years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Preferred Experience

As part of the minimum experience requirement, three years that involve hands on experience in the construction and/or building industries.


Physical Requirements

The employee must be able to climb ladders while carrying equipment and tools, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and operate a variety of tools and equipment.  The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be able to work in a high noise area with PPEs.  Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Competency Summary

Broad-based knowledge of all construction and maintenance trades required.  Position requires the ability to read and follow operating instructions. Must be able to operate equipment including backhoes, motor grader, trenchers and dump truck. Must be fluent in the use of construction tools used for carpenter and concrete finishing.


Additional Requirement

Must have (or obtain within six months of employment or transfer) and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (minimum of a Class B; Class A preferred). Must be available for afterhours call out.


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.  Please be will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application (letter is optional) describing interest and suitability for the position.


 Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to


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