Manager – Department of Built and Natural Environment

Position Description: Manager – Department of Built and Natural Environment 

Position overview:

The B&NE Manager will be responsible for maintenance of all facilities at SMC, including inspecting, maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems to ensure optimal operating results.  The position plans, budgets, and schedules all facility repairs, services, and/or modifications.  Assures that all work is done in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, and to high standards.

Position responsibilities:

  • SMC seeks constantly to provide safe working and living conditions. As such, this position helps assures that all work in this department is done in compliance with SMC rules and regulations, as well as local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Oversee department staff schedules, as well as various department schedules: vehicle maintenance, shop cleaning, tool maintenance, etc.
  • Work within the confines of a tightly managed budget.
  • Coordinate with Senior Director on all facilities / infrastructure related purchasing.
  • In project management, generate accurate budget models, accurate timelines, personnel plans, stakeholder management plans, and general professionalism in approach and execution.
  • Create, maintain, and execute a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan, to be created with department leadership and staff members. This includes creating and implementing a tool management and tracking system.
  • Track and maintain accurate records to support facilities operations (e.g., MSDS sheets, equipment manuals, &c.)
  • Perform maintenance of building systems, including complex problem identification and troubleshooting, regular inspections of space use to assure compliance with building standards, and regular safety inspections.
  • In cooperation with Department leadership: repair, maintain, replace, install, and work with a variety of equipment that include all (but not limited to) the following systems: electrical/electronic systems, mechanical systems, pneumatic / hydraulic systems, &c.
  • Operate power- and manual-hand tools.
  • Schedule and perform duties in carpentry, electrical, painting, plumbing, heating/cooling, ventilation, and roofing.
  • General operational support: cleaning and maintaining common areas and work areas daily.  This includes event support, including occasional set-up and breakdown of events and meetings.
  • Other duties as prescribed.


Physical demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an incoming B&NE Department Manager to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties are performed year-round, with a significant portion out of doors, with some office work (regular exposure to computer screen and extensive typing on computer may be required). Regular highway driving and attendance at night meetings may be required to carry out duties.  Considerable standing, walking, and hiking for several miles and some lifting up to fifty (50) pounds as well as regular crouching, bending, kneeling, &c., are required.


Required Training / Skillsets:

  • Demonstrated experience in facilities management
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills (verbal and electronic)
  • Demonstrated understanding of management, budget management, critical thinking, and general professionalism in the workplace.
  • Experience using and maintaining tools, machines, drills, cutting equipment, power equipment, paints, solvents, and other maintenance equipment and materials while adhering to all safety protocols. Ability read, interpret, and share/communicate documents such as safety rules, operating parameters, general maintenance expectations, and procedural manuals
  • Experience supervising teams of staff and volunteer management.
  • Knowledge of basic computer systems including Word, Excel, Google documents / sheets
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the general community.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver License
  • Strong, demonstrated ability to work independently


Preferred qualifications:

  • Degree in facilities / construction management or related certifications
  • At least two years of closely related experience
  • Project management certifications


Classification:  Full-time.

Accountability:  This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Master Planning & Project Management

Reporting structure:  This position will work with a small crew (as budget allows) and will oversee some seasonal workers each summer.

Pay rate: To be determined.

Additional offerings:

  • Housing at $100 / month
  • Food (three meals a day, available between-meal snacks, tea, coffee) currently offered at $275.00 / month
  • Floating holidays – can earn up to 15 / year with 2+ years of service
  • Health days – can earn up to 18 / year with 2+ years of service.


To apply: Please email Mac McGoldrick: and include a cover letter addressing your qualifications for this position, and a resume that highlights your relevant experience.





Shambhala Mountain Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Shambhala Mountain Center is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Shambhala Mountain Center is committed to providing a safe and productive working and living community.