Oz Farm is seeking a full time, residential Maintenance person. This position is for someone who enjoys living communally on the land.

Job Summary

The Maintenance person is responsible for general upkeep and preventative maintenance on Oz infrastructure and machinery. This position reports to the Director of Operations. 

Experience, Qualifications, and Skills

  1. 3-5 years’ experience in maintenance engineering or related fields

  2. Under general supervision, ability to perform repairs and preventative maintenance on a wide variety of building and facility equipment, fixtures and systems

  3. Ability to install, trouble-shoots, repair, and maintain a wide variety of plumbing, mechanical, and off-grid electrical systems.

  4. Conduct preventative maintenance inspections and perform required preventative maintenance actions such as lubrication, cleaning, filter change and the like

  5. Valid California driver’s license with clean CA DMV record

  6. Ability to work in a neat and orderly way with good time management, prioritizing, and delegating

  7. Ability to perform carpentry work

  8. Ability to react and respond calmly and graciously in stressful and demanding situations

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

  10. Ability to be self-motivated and self-managing and to work both independently and collectively

  11. Excellent record-keeping skills and computer literacy where necessary

  12. Passion for Oz Farm’s mission and work

Primary Responsibilities of the Job

  1. Assist other engineers as needed

  2. Perform basic off-grid electrical and plumbing repairs

  3. Paint buildings, equipment and machinery, using both latex and oil

  4. Monitor and perform basic repairs on buildings, hot tub, and Oz infrastructure

  5. Lubricate and change machinery filters

  6. Replace light bulbs and clean fixtures

  7. Complete guest cabin preventative maintenance programs, including checking furniture and electrical system

  8. Repair furniture, vacuums, small appliances and other items as needed

  9. Respond to guest needs and emergencies in a timely manner

  10. Maintain shop and maintenance equipment in a clean, neat, and orderly way

  11. Perform repairs on gas fired and electrical kitchen appliances and equipment

  12. Perform carpentry work, including the repair of doors, decks, and furniture

  13. Perform masonry work, such as plastering, new cement, and cob

  14. Ability to interact with guests in a professional manner

  15. Manage Maintenance Department budget

  16. Coordinate with Retreat and Farm Managers

  17. Participate in weekly Oz Farm staff meetings when appropriate

  18. To be flexible with the tasks required for the business, depending on the needs of Oz Farm, which may include tasks other than those related strictly to Job Description

Physical Requirements of the Job

1. Employee must be able to consistently perform physical tasks
2. Drive and operate farm vehicles and small machines
3. Ability to lift up to 60lbs
4. Handle use of tools and machinery safely and responsibly

Responsibility of Community Member

We are looking for someone who enjoys living communally, working closely and making decisions with others, and is a thoughtful communicator. The nature of living and working together is unique; a strong sense of self awareness, boundaries & needs, and the ability to communicate respectfully is important.

1.Participate in weekly staff meetings when necessary
2. Abide by all Oz Farm Policies & Protocol
3. Participate in cooking rotation
4. Respect & care for communal spaces
5. Maintain kindness, communication, and care for other community members


1. Compensation of this position is commensurate with experience
2. 3 days paid sick leave and 2 weeks vacation in the slow season. 
3. On- Site private cabin with compact kitchen
4. Oz provides bulk staple foods and produce from the farm
5. Staff can participate in Oz Farm courses and events free of charge and use the Oz farm facilities


To Apply

Please refer to for background on Oz Farm and our programs.
We are accepting applications until position is filled.  Estimated start date for the job is early January.

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and list of current references to with the subject “Maintenance Position.” Please tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to join the Oz Farm Community.

Couples and families encouraged to apply.

Please email with any questions regarding this position.  Thank you.


Oz Farm does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.