Status: Full-time; non-exempt


Under the general direction of the Facility Operation and Maintenance Manager, the Facility Operation and Maintenance Technician ensures that the CDM facilities are safe, clean, well-operating and maintained.  This position directly accomplishes our core purpose of creating great and unique spaces in which to work, play, and learn.


Works within strategic framework and established goals and objectives with varied autonomy depending on level.  Focus is on project/program delivery and execution.  Applies technical knowledge to achieve results.  Problem analysis and creative solutions impact museum resources.  Expectations and experience required described below.

  • Perform facility operation, preventive maintenance and repairs;
  • complete facility Work Orders;
  • Assist in the development of facility operation and maintenance schedule and budget;
  • Maintain exhibit and facility work spaces, tools and equipment;
  • Maintain stock of facility parts, and supplies;
  • Perform minor electrical, plumbing, and HVAC repairs;
  • Understand and operate the HVAC building management software
  • Manage and direct janitorial contractors
  • Cultivate relationships with key vendors, contractors and city contacts
  • Assist with the install and de-install of traveling exhibits;
  • Provide on-site traveling exhibit support including painting, lighting, flooring, etc;
  • Perform other duties as requested
  • Perform Exhibit King responsibilities as per required by schedule;
  • Support facility event rentals;
  • Manage 3 – 4 part-time staff members to operate and maintain the Discovery Express Train.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of facility operation and maintenance practice;
  • Knowledge of basic HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems and operations;
  • Skilled in basic repair practices for plumbing, electrical, lighting, painting, and carpentry;
  • Skilled in computer based work management system;
  • Ability to plan and integrate multiple work tasks;
  • Ability to diagnose and problem solve basic building systems and functions;
  • Strong ability to work in a team; and
  • Ability to work independently

Any combination of education and experience providing the required knowledge and skills are qualifying.  Minimum employment standards are:

  • High School Diploma, and
  • Three years of comparable experience in facility maintenance and operations


About Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose strives to be a community anchor that helps to build awareness and understanding among people of diverse ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic situations, religions, abilities and family configurations.  We believe that our community wants the best for its children, and it is our goal to create opportunities for today's children to become tomorrow's visionaries.

In our role as a community anchor, we embrace the following ideals:

  • Everyone feels welcome, included and well-represented at our Museum
  • We are a positive reflection of our community
  • Culture is more than ethnicity; it is a set of values, beliefs, traditions and experiences.  Each person's cultural heritage is different, and we can find and embrace the similarities and difference between cultures
  • We value the experiences that our visitors, staff and volunteers bring to the table, and incorporate their insights in our programs, exhibits and operations
  • It is our responsibility to offer unique opportunities for lifelong learning that build global awareness allowing people to explore and understand their cultural differences and similarties
  • Cultures themselves evolve and grow and we endeavor to do the same