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Part-Time Facilities Associate

Position Title:                   Part-Time Facilities Associate

Department:                     Operations

Pay Type:                          Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt

Reports To:                       Operations Manager

Position Overview

The Rothko Chapel is a work of art, a sacred space of contemplation, meditation, and prayer creating opportunities for spiritual growth and dialogue that illuminate our shared humanity and inspire action leading to a world in which all are treated with dignity and respect.

The Facilities Associate is a vital member of the Rothko Chapel team, helping to ensure a positive experience for each visitor to the Rothko Chapel grounds. The Facilities Associate helps reduce the impact and normal wear and tear on all buildings, equipment, and grounds due to the 100,000+ guests Rothko Chapel welcomes annually. The team strives to maintain the Rothko Chapel campus, creating a clean/neat, and functional environment across the property. This includes, but is not limited to, minor to moderate electrical, plumbing, and HVAC maintenance, monitoring, and repair. In additional to maintenance work, this position helps keep Rothko Chapel facilities clean and organized, augmenting the contracted cleaning services Rothko Chapel has in place.

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General Responsibilities             

  • Monitor all areas of the property to identify potential problems before they become larger issues/repairs
  • Routine tidiness and cleanliness of Rothko Chapel grounds:
    • Basic cleaning of restrooms, sump pumps, water fountains, doors, and windows
    • Removal of litter and move trash from permanent receptacles to City of Houston containers
    • Removal of dead animals, branches, and other common issues to the grounds/area
    • Clean building exteriors (walls, gutters, siding, walkways) including potential mold removal via power washing or other tools
  • Routine maintenance and repairs of equipment, facilities, including but not limited to:
    • Plumbing: Restroom (clogged toilets and clogged drains), kitchen, minor irrigation system replacement/repair
    • HVAC: Replacing filters and inspection, monitoring of HVAC controls and equipment in Energy Building
    • Electrical: Change light bulbs (interior and exterior, including pool)
    • Fix/Troubleshoot exhaust/restroom fan malfunctions
  • Minor mechanical and structural work:
    • Evaluate/fix structural damage such as roof leaks, rotten wood, door malfunctions, etc.
  • Assist with Chapel set-up, including stage assembly/disassembly, movement of benches/chairs, and other minor logistical items

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities

  • Ability to safely operate and common tools/equipment such as a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, saw, ladder, lifts, and other lawn/pool/facilities tools
  • Familiarity with large HVAC equipment, including chillers, generators, HVAC controls, condensing units, and fan coil units
  • Familiarity of moderately complex electrical and plumbing systems
  • Ability to routinely lift, move or carry objects over 50 pounds
  • Ability to work in high temperatures and humidity levels for periods of time
  • Ability to work at higher elevations such as roofs of buildings with proper safety equipment
  • Ability to work on average 5 days per week, some evenings and most weekends (at least 1 weekend day per week); shifts will typically vary from 2-4 hours in duration per day
  • Represent the Chapel and embody its core values.

Education & Experience

  • Irrigation Technician License or Certificate of Competency a plus
  • HVAC experience required; HVAC license/certification preferred
  • Electrical experience required; certified electrician and/or licensing preferred
  • Experience in museum, large venue, or other public spaces a plus
  • Minimum high school diploma/GED and 5+ years’ relevant work experience required

To apply, please email letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to HR@RothkoChapel.org.
No phone calls please.

The Rothko Chapel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values and encourages a diverse workforce.

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Our interns are involved in activities that can range from office support to more substantive projects, depending on the needs of the organization and your skills.

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internship opportunities

The Rothko Chapel is always looking for dedicated individuals who possess a strong interest in the areas of art, spirituality, and human rights, and who seek to gain valuable experience working within a non-profit organization. Internship opportunities are made available on a case-by-case basis, and are customized depending on the applicant’s area of interests, skills and past work experience, and duration of commitment, availability, and the organizations’ needs.


Fall – Winter
September – December

Winter – Spring
January – May

June – August

Archives Intern - Summer 2020


The Rothko Chapel seeks an enthusiastic intern to work in the Rothko Chapel archives. The unpaid internship provide an invaluable opportunity for a student or post-grad interested in pursuing studies or a career in archives, library science, or the non-profit sector. The Rothko Chapel Archive contains over 400,000 items stored in archival quality boxes and filing cabinets documenting the Chapel’s history since its founding in 1971. The fall internship will consist of a variety of tasks in support of the ongoing maintenance and strengthening of the Rothko Chapel Archive. The intern will process collections, catalog and process books, help prepare information and collections for research, and perform any other function necessary to the operation of the Rothko Chapel Archive. This internship position reports to the Director of Programs and Community Engagement. 


•    Process incoming and backlogged collections by accessioning them into the main collection.  
•    Organizing archival materials 
•    Re-housing documents in acid-free folders and containers
•    Arrange, describe, and manage inventory using ArchivesSpace
•    Assist researchers on-site electronically with reference requests
•    Lift boxes of no more than 50 lbs.
•    Manage the digitization of the collection, using internal and external resources as needed


•    Strong organizational skills required
•    Must be detail oriented with excellent research skills
•    Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
•    Ability to work independently with little or no supervision 
•    Ability to work in a team and to prioritize projects
•    Goal oriented with exceptional time management 
•    Competency working with databases and in Microsoft Office systems
•    Experience working in archives or libraries is preferred


Unpaid/Volunteer Internship (June-August 2020) with the possibility of an extension

Work an average of 20 hours per week (schedule is flexible)

To apply, please email letter of interest and resume to hr@rothkochapel.org.
No phone calls please.

The Rothko Chapel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values and encourages a diverse workforce.