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Engineer 2

  2019-10-18     Esalen Institute     55000 Highway 1, Big Sur     Commensurate with experience   

At Esalen, we care about being present. We bring that to everything we do. We don’t just build a table, we build a work of art that’s also a table. We don’t just say hello, we make eye contact and listen with intention. We feel the same way about our team members - showing up in support of their full being. We offer great health care, access to workshops, and the space to do your personal and collective work.

We stand for supporting you to realize your potential.


This position plays a key role in the repairs and maintenance of the property, carries out the preventative maintenance program as directed, and supports repair and renovation projects. This position is full time and reports directly to the Maintenance Manager.

What will this role do?

  • Assist other engineers as needed

  • Perform basic electrical and plumbing repairs

  • Paint buildings, equipment and machinery, using both latex and oil

  • Monitor and perform basic repairs on baths, pool, and filtration systems

  • Lubricate and change machinery filters

  • Replace light bulbs and clean fixtures

  • Clean and perform preventative maintenance on sewer and drain lines

  • Complete guest room preventative maintenance programs, including checking furniture and electrical system

  • Repair furniture, vacuums, small appliances and other items as needed

  • Respond to guest room calls in a timely manner

  • Respond to emergencies in a timely manner

  • Maintain shop and engineering equipment in a clean, neat, and orderly way

  • Perform repairs on gas fired and electrical kitchen appliances and equipment

  • Weld, solder, silver solder and braze in order to make necessary repairs

  • Perform minor carpentry work, including the repair of doors and furniture

  • Perform masonry work, such as plastering, new cement, and stucco

  • Ability to interact with seminarians and co-workers in a professional manner that is consistent with Esalen culture and values

  • Comply with all Esalen Institute safety and health policies and procedures.

  • Other various tasks as assigned

Qualifications + Requirements + Skills:

  • 3-5 years’ experience in engineering or related fields, preferably at a hotel, or building complex

  • Under general supervision, perform repairs and preventative maintenance on a wide variety of building and facility equipment, fixtures and systems

  • May provide work leadership for lower level maintenance engineers through assignment of work, coordination of effort, providing and technical guidance

  • Installs, trouble-shoots, repairs, and maintains a wide variety of facility plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems.

  • Conducts preventative maintenance inspections and performs required preventative maintenance actions such as lubrication, cleaning, filter change and the like

  • Valid California driver’s license

  • CFC certification for handling spent coolants

  • Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification or the ability to acquire one in a year’s time

  • Ability to work in a neat and orderly way

  • Ability to perform carpentry work helpful

  • Knowledge of lockout procedures important

  • Ability to take responsibility, be held accountable, flexible and make on the spot decisions

  • Ability to balance the needs of Esalen’s guests and seminarians with the resources available in the best possible way

  • Ability to react and respond calmly and graciously in stressful and demanding situations

  • Strong communication skills, with an emphasis on listening, empathy and common sense

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the teammate must be able to maneuver on uneven ground, stand for long periods of time, often carry and lift up to 50 pounds, safely operate tools and machinery, tolerate exposure to changes in temperature, and be able perform daily repetitive hand movements as it pertains to repair and maintenance.


The pay for this position is commensurate with experience. This role includes a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and paid time off. Esalen gives teammates access to an extensive range of daily experiential classes (yoga, dance, tai chi, and meditation), ongoing in-house education and training programs, and scholarship for Esalen workshops and massage.

Esalen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


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