Facilities Technician Oregon Humane Society Oregon Humane Society 22 reviews

Founded 150 years ago in 1868 by Thomas Lamb Eliot, Oregon Humane Society (OHS) is the third-oldest humane society in the country. With the help of nearly 200 employees and 2,000+ volunteers, we are proud to be the largest humane society in the Northwest.

The Facilities Technician is responsible for performing a wide variety of duties for the purpose of maintaining and supporting the needs of the OHS Animal Shelter and Medical facilities, grounds and vehicles. All duties are performed according to established safety procedures, OSHA requirements and department guidelines. Also, responsible for working as a collaborative team member with a high degree of customer orientation and attention to detail. All OHS staff members contribute to the stewardship of the organization’s mission and are expected to stay current on and understand issues related to animal welfare and OHS programs.


  • Locate, read and interpret all facility blueprints, as well as OEM and shop manuals accurately. Maintain department documents in an orderly, readable and easily accessible manner.
  • Use and understand processes for use of standard measuring devices, levels and power tools in a safe and accurate manner and according to manufacturer guidelines, including but not limited to skills saws, jig saws, table saws, drills, drill press, routers and sanders.
  • Paint in interior and exterior areas of the OHS facility, using prescribed colors and proper technique as specified by product specifications. Properly prep, spackle and repair damaged areas prior to painting. Prepare and protect non-painting areas to avoid damage, discoloration and/or rework.
  • Understand and retain knowledge of the controls and components that operate OHS’ mechanical and utility systems, including HVAC, security, fire/sprinkler and lighting systems. Understand and retain knowledge of naming conventions pertinent to each system. Correctly locate and operate controls that shut off, modify or turn on systems. May operate a computer or remote control panel which controls and monitors these systems. Must be able to quickly and effectively trouble shoot issues or problems with the system and initiate service calls to trained professionals.
  • Inspect and perform minor repairs on buildings and equipment, including light carpentry, mechanical and/or masonry work with the supervision and guidance of a senior member of the team or leadership.
  • Perform minor plumbing maintenance such as repairing plumbing leaks or breaks, opening clogged lines and drains, replacing washers and other minor parts and repairing pressure washing and soap pump fittings, hoses, PVC and galvanized pipe lines according to manufacturer protocols.
  • Respond to emergency maintenance requests as required. Assist in completing maintenance requests. Report situations beyond expertise to Facilities Manager and/or Operations Director in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Perform minor electrical maintenance including but not be limited to replacement or repair of fixtures (e.g. wall switches and outlets, incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, ballasts, sockets, fuses, minor appliances, cords, etc.) using appropriate hand, power and specialty tools.
  • Assist in performing scheduled and "as needed" inspection and preventive maintenance on tools, equipment and vehicles to maintain operability of the tools and equipment. Accurately maintain records of scheduled maintenance procedures.
  • Drive OHS vehicles to run errands. Maintain and operate vehicles in a safe and responsible manner at all times and report damages or required maintenance to Facilities Manager immediately upon observation. Ensure that each vehicle is stocked with appropriate emergency kit supplies.
  • Assist with Memorial Services including helping clients select an interment space, completing and printing contract with accurate information, assisting client with Admissions processes for payment and receipt of the animal, scheduling burial or interment, and engraving memorial plaques and affixing them to correct interment space or burial site.
  • Perform private cremations, burials and mausoleum placements as needed.
  • Perform pressure washing routines as requested.
  • Operate a forklift safely as needed.
  • Patrol parking lots and grounds throughout the OHS campus picking up litter and debris daily.
  • Perform on-call duties as assigned by management.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an animal shelter environment, with frequent exposure to various outdoor conditions.
  • Constant exposure to dust, odors, fumes, oil and noise.
  • Noise exposure varies and often includes uncontrolled barking and other animal vocalizations.
  • Animal waste related contact, smells and visual exposure is prevalent.
  • Holiday, weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Animal contacts and related injuries may occur.

Education, Training and Competencies:

Minimum Requirements

  • Must demonstrate skill and knowledge necessary to correctly select and safely use various applicable hand and power tools.
  • Able and willing to successfully complete Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) background check including a fingerprint.
  • Able to apply methods, practices, and procedures in preventative maintenance, diagnosis, inspection, repair, renovation, and minor construction of facilities, fleet, grounds and utilities.
  • Able to read, interpret and follow instructions found in product specifications, correspondence, and memos.
  • Able to troubleshoot and to determine root cause of equipment failure.
  • Able to observe, record, and report unsafe working conditions and to follow safety standards in working with multiple services, tools, and equipment.
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Able to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret miscellaneous drawings and schematics.
  • Able to follow instructions and complete work assignments with a minimum of supervision.
  • Able to prioritize and plan effectively and complete assigned on time.
  • Able to learn quickly and retain knowledge in order to acquire additional skills and maintain technical competencies.
  • Able to work effectively in a team environment and to provide excellent customer service.
  • Basic working knowledge of computer hardware and software programs and able to learn to use standard office and communication equipment (e.g. radio, calculators, keyboards, computers, FAX machines, copiers, etc.)..
  • Able to work weekends, evenings and holidays as requested.
  • Able to maintain a valid Oregon or Washington Driver’s License and provide proof of insurance.


  • Any combination of related education and apprentice, trades helper or equivalent experience in building construction, maintenance and repair to total five (5) years

Physical Requirements

  • Able to work in various adverse conditions such as tight or enclosed spaces, heights, and temperature extremes, indoors or outdoors to complete work assignments.
  • Able to lift objects weighing up to 50lbs on a regular basis.
  • Frequent moving of equipment requiring lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of items weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Prolonged standing, walking, and/or stooping may occur.
  • Frequent climbing, bending, stooping, crawling, lifting and carrying.
  • Frequent use of hands and arms at or above shoulder level.
  • Frequent driving on public roadways in varying weather and traffic conditions.
  • Able to safely operate OHS vehicles and/or equipment in all weather conditions.
  • Able to wear required safety and/or personal protective equipment including but not limited to gloves, eye protection and ear protection.
  • Able to distinguish frequencies, sounds, colors and odors in the operation of equipment in order to troubleshoot for repairs

Oregon Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer. This company considers all candidates of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. OHS values diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce

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