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UW's School of Environmental & Forest Sciences has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary Facilities Assistant at its Botanic Gardens.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG) mission is to: Provide meaningful educational experiences that enrich participants’ and visitors’ connections with plants and the natural world.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, we value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, fairness, and opportunity for all. We see implicit and explicit exclusion from green spaces like botanic gardens as an injustice that shapes our past and present and must be countered as we move into the future.
As a community, we believe that working to achieve equity and promote inclusion is both crucial and complex; we embrace the continuous commitment, the collective growth mindset, and the humility required to make meaningful transformation.
Position details: This position works at two sites: UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture and Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitor Center. Shifts generally range 6 hours/day, generally on the weekends, and work between 6 and 12 hours per week.
Pay Rate: This position is part-time, paid hourly, $18.26/hour.
The Facilities Assistant coordinates the rental/event and visitor use of Wisteria Hall in the Graham Visitors Center (GVC) as well as multiple buildings at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH).
Under the general supervision of the Event Coordinators and reporting to the Event Coordinators and Rental Program Manager, this position serves in a professional, friendly, customer-service-oriented way as a Facility Assistant to events at the Center for Urban Horticulture and Wisteria Hall in the Washington Park Arboretum - ranging from weddings to meetings to plant sales to memorial services, etc. The position will greet renters and renters’ vendors upon arrival, ensure proper room setup, trouble shoot A/V equipment, remain available to renters during their events, monitor parking and provide excellent customer service. Light custodial work, including garbage removal, vacuuming, restocking supplies and other cleaning is required. In addition, lock-up procedures to buildings are part of all closing procedures. This position will assist with covering front desk responsibilities at the Graham Visitors Center. These duties include answering phones and handling general questions from visitors and taking tram tour reservations/Check-in when applicable.
This is a physically active job, which involves moving and setting up tables/chairs as well as A/V equipment; cleaning up between events such as vacuuming, trash removal, wiping tables/counters/floor, etc.; and performing other tasks as assigned. The person in this position must be able to move 50 lb. tables, stack chairs and carry equipment. A/V knowledge a plus (hook up a laptop to LCD projector, wireless microphone setup, etc.).
Conditions of Employment: Must be able to move, set up, and tear down 50lb conference tables, chairs, A/V equipment. Must be able to transport self from one site to the other in a timely fashion (2.6 miles one way). Weekend availability is critical.
•Two years of college education, including courses in Drama, Education, Communications, or related courses AND two years' public contact experience OR equivalent education/experience. Additional public contact experience may substitute, year-for-year, for educational requirements. •Outgoing, mature, and professional. •Ability to interpret visual diagrams and translate to-scale drawings from paper to room. •Basic computer skills, including familiarity with reservation systems and ability to quickly access and print documents as needed from said system. •Background in setting up simple AV systems and familiarity with setting up Zoom calls in a conference setting. •Promptness and a high attention to detail. •Excellent customer service and people skills. •Ability to work quickly and handle stressful situations. •Background in tourism/hospitality industry. •Experience or interest in horticulture. •Car is not required but helpful.
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