The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee


Employment Opportunities

Facilities Maintenance


Conducts maintenance and construction projects on the grounds, building, and fences within the habitat and offices.


  • Supervised by the Director of Facilities Development
  • Position Type: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
  • Pre-employment Requirements: Drug Test, TB Test, Health Screen for wearing respiratory protective equipment, Valid Driver's License, Social Security Card, I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Post-employment is subject to random Drug and Alcohol Test and annual TB Test


Under the direction of the Director of Facilities Development

  • Repairs fencing, office buildings and barns, and provides general maintenance to all structures
  • Participates in recycling program to include all aspects of The Sanctuary
  • Provides maintenance to habitat road pathways
  • Performs/arranges for vehicle and equipment repairs
  • Maintains grounds, plants trees, and landscapes property
  • Mows, weeds, and performs other related tasks as needed
  • Hauls and disposes animal waste
  • Works with contractors for outsourced projects

Qualifications and competencies

  • High school diploma
  • Mimimum of 5 years experience in building, grounds, equipment repair and maintenance
  • Experience operating heavy equipment; e.g., backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, tractor, forklift, auto repair
  • Valid driver's license, insurable, and ability to safely operate agency vehicles, 4-wheelers, lifts and other related equipment, and will adhere to The Sanctuary's policies regarding safe operation of same
  • Working knowledge of electrical and mechanical
  • Well, septic and plumbing systems, auto repair, and general carpentry.
  • Welding experience preferred.
  • Ability to read schematics and blueprints

Physical Demands

  • Able to repeatedly lift, move, or carry 75 lbs
  • Able to climb and work comfortably on 30' ladder
  • Able to walk several miles in hilly, rough terrain

Forward your resume and cover letter to Joe Rizzo, Director of Facilities Development at:

Email: or
Fax:  931-796-7493

No telephone calls please. All applications will be held in strict confidence.