Caretaker/Maintenance Person (Live-in)

Job description

SEEKING FULL-TIME, EXPERIENCED MAINTENANCE/REPAIR HANDYPERSON for Menla Retreat & Dewa Spa, a beautiful 330-acre, 26-building Buddhist retreat center and health spa belonging to Tibet House US, the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan cultural embassy in North America.

Under the direction of the Facilities Manager, this year-round position primarily focuses on all kinds of minor and occasionally major repairs to our guest rooms and group meeting spaces, also helping to carry out the on-call duties of the maintenance department to ensure that facilities emergency calls from guest and employees are handled promptly and thoroughly.

Applicants must be adept in skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electric, and be able to fix any common household problem. Must be dependable, flexible, friendly, equally able to work independently or in tandem with others, and highly adept at multi-tasking. Knowledge of HVAC systems, machine and appliance repair, and finish work are a plus.

Responsibilities include:

– Guest assistance with facilities issues in their accommodations. Strong customer service skills required

– Light carpentry, plumbing/electrical repair and occasional installation

– Keeping an eye out for things needing repair that management is not yet aware of and reporting them to management

– Assist with building maintenance and general upkeep, including gutters, keeping outdoor spaces around buildings free from debris and clutter so our houses and property as a whole look guest ready

– Occasional on call/after hours assistance for guests and staff – this includes covering the facilities emergency phone while guests are present on site

– Help maintain roads and drainage including culverts, ditches, tree debris and road maintenance including potholes. Ability to operate large machinery (skid steer and mini excavator) preferred

– Sheetrock repair, painting and staining

– Occasionally working on bigger projects with the whole maintenance team

– Assist Management with guest space organization and winter/off season projects

– Snow shoveling/ice removal in winter

– Help maintain landscaping, tree debris, building entrances, decks and step maintenance, repair and restoration and work with gardener on projects, as needed

Candidates must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. You will be expected to be at work in a timely fashion even if it’s actively snowing.


– $22-25/hr starting pay DOE

– 12 paid vacation days initially (can earn up to a total of 17/yr over time)

– Up to 5 paid sick days

– 11 paid federal holidays

– Share of staff tips

– Matching 401K plan

– Free shift meals

– Steep discounts at our spa and giftshop

– Free attendance of most Menla-sponsored programs when available

– Use of facilities including hiking trails, fitness room, and seasonal pool

– Modest very affordable on-site housing with kitchen available for the right candidate.

Please contact us with a cover letter, resume and references for consideration. Serious inquiries only please.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $22.00 – $25.00 per hour


375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464