W. M. Keck Observatory

4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, and a tuition assistance program for dependent children (K - 12th grade).

W. M. Keck Observatory in Waimea, HI is looking to hire a full-time Maintenance Worker / Custodian to maintain a clean and safe working environment at our various facilities. Are you highly driven to perform excellent work? Would you like to join a mission-based organization that treats you well? If so, please read on!

This handyman position earns competitive compensation depending on experience. We provide superb benefits, including 4 weeks of annual paid vacation, 100%-paid employee health insurance, a 403(b) plan, and a tuition assistance program for dependent children (K - 12th grade). If this sounds like the right handyman opportunity for you, apply today!


From Hawaiʻi's Maunakea, astronomers from around the world have the privilege of observing the universe from a place that holds extreme importance to the indigenous Native Hawaiian people. Our twin telescopes are among the world's most powerful tools for unraveling the mysteries of the universe. We focus on service and stewardship to carry out our mission and do good for our community.

Each employee is a part of our mission. We provide meaningful jobs to pursue careers in a special place with a tight-knit community held together by a beautiful host culture. We are passionate about what we do. We're looking for more individuals to join us!


As a Maintenance Worker / Custodian, you perform the essential duties that maintain our buildings and grounds. Under the direction of your supervisor, you complete maintenance tasks and custodial work that keep our facilities clean and comfortable. You perform regular building, grounds, and equipment inspections and make notes of all necessary repairs and upkeep in detailed logs. Responding quickly to requests, you perform tasks such as repairing minor wall damage, replacing light bulbs, and troubleshooting various equipment issues.

You diligently follow a schedule of daily, weekly, and monthly custodial duties, using cleaning materials and tools to maintain our work environment. Attentive to supply levels, you restock cleaning, bathroom, and kitchen supplies as well as wash laundry and change bed and bath linens according to an occupancy schedule. You are eager to help others, which you do so by moving furniture and equipment, assisting with shipping and receiving, and performing other functions such as purchasing items from hardware and grocery stores. You take great pride in upkeeping our buildings and grounds and helping our employees be successful!


  • 2+ years of custodial and basic maintenance experience
  • Experience as a maintenance worker or similar position
  • Experience working with tools, including hand and electrical tools
  • Basic working knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Proficiency with basic computer skills
  • Ability to occasionally work nights and weekends
  • Valid driver's license and clean driving record

Shipping and receiving experience would be preferred but is not required. Experience with operating a forklift would be a bonus. Are you a strong and clear communicator? Can you build positive working relationships with your peers? Do you remain calm and cool-headed while under pressure? Are you a dependable worker who is committed to doing a great job? If yes, you might just be perfect for this handyman position!


If you feel that you would be right for this handyman job, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!

Location: 96743

W. M. Keck Observatory
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