W. M. Keck Observatory
  • competitive pay

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 Kamuela, HI is looking to hire a full-time Facilities Maintenance Technician to perform essential upkeeping jobs around our work building. This position is located on the summit of Mauna Kea at 14,000 feet elevation. Do you thrive in fast-paced, busy environments? Would you like to be a part of an amazing team that wants you to succeed? Are you interested in joining a mission-based organization that will treat you well? If so, please read on!

This building maintenance position earns competitive pay 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 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 our Facilities Maintenance Technician, you are responsible for the upkeep of our grounds and building. Every day, you perform a wide variety of duties that keeps our work area clean and comfortable. You complete regular preventative maintenance and general repairs on our HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems, working with outside contractors as needed. To maintain a pleasant aesthetic, you meticulously repaint structures, drywall, and plaster as well as perform basic masonry work. When people move offices or conference rooms need to be set up, you assist with moving furniture and setting up audio and video equipment.

You keep a close eye on our maintenance, cleaning, bathroom, and kitchen supplies, ordering materials before they run out. As you complete your duties, you drive a variety of vehicles ranging from forklifts to 4WD SUVs. You also help maintain these vehicles by filling their gas tanks, washing them, and preparing them for the morning crew. If other needs arise, you are happy to jump in and help however possible. You take great pride in maintaining our facility and helping us complete the important work we do!


  • 4+ years of general building maintenance or construction experience
  • Ability to effectively use maintenance and custodial equipment
  • Ability to complete forklift training and certification
  • Proficiency with basic computer skills
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license and a clean driving record

Experience in electrical, HVAC, custodial, or automotive repair positions would be preferred. Forklift experience is a bonus. Are you highly motivated to do a great job? Do you pay close attention to details? Are you a skilled problem solver? Can you effectively prioritize multiple tasks? If yes, you might just be perfect for this building maintenance position!


If you feel that you would be right for this building maintenance 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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