Facilities Assistant

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. A one-page cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in this position and outline experience that directly relates to it.


The University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum is looking for one part-time (60%) Facilities Assistant. The Facilities Assistant will report to the Facilities Manager and will help with the development, maintenance and management of our buildings, hardscapes and grounds to support teaching, research, public outreach, and conservation goals. This position is 24 hours per week, Monday through Friday with occasional weekend and evening responsibilities.

Why Work at Michigan?

Benefits at the University of Michigan:

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


  • Inspection and monitoring of buildings, infrastructure, systems, hardscapes and grounds

  • Student intern oversight and scheduling grounds work (Mowing, aeration, trash collection, trimming, weeding)

  • Routine cleaning and organizing, power washing, painting, and light repairs

  • Assist with on-site coordination with Plant Operations personnel

  • Minor construction, carpentry, general repairs and landscaping.

  • Maintain a variety of building systems and equipment.

  • Lead student interns, work-study students, and volunteers.

  • Will be asked to work in multiple conditions and tolerate the physical challenges of working on building systems, in greenhouses and outdoors.

  • Ability to move or transport up to 40lbs.

  • Snow removal and winter grounds maintenance.

Required Qualifications*

  • Highschool diploma or higher, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Experience in any of the following industries: construction, building services, transportation and infrastructure, environmental health and safety, horticulture, landscaping, grounds maintenance, or public gardens.

  • A valid Driver's License and ability to pass a motor vehicle record (MVR) check is required

Additional Information

For more information about Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, please visit mbgna.umich.edu

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely.   More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.