Merry Lea Building Manager and Grounds Assistant

Goshen College has an opening for a full-time Building Manager & Grounds Assistant at its Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, located thirty miles southeast of Goshen, near Wolf Lake, IN.  Work schedule will be primarily during the work day, Monday through Friday, with some periodic early morning hours. This position is responsible to provide for the repair/maintenance/minor renovations, regular light custodial work and periodic heavy custodial work of Merry Lea’s buildings, including building structures, plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. Will work with vendors and arrange for contractors, when needed. Will provide support in the planning and oversight of major construction projects. Will do the seasonal mowing of the surrounding lawns and assist in snow plowing. Involves the operation of hand and power construction tools, commercial riding lawn mowers, floor cleaning machines, pickup truck-mounted plows and trailers. May periodically supervise volunteers related to building maintenance (i.e. painting).



Minimum of high school diploma/GED required: with building trades training preferred. Valid driver’s license.


Five or more years of related work experience in building maintenance and construction responsibilities. Experience with operating commercial riding mowers, truck-mounted snowplows and utility tractors preferred. Basic computer skills are required to enter timecards, take required safety training, and read and answer e-mail on-line. Working knowledge of computer word processing and database programs helpful. Must have the ability to lift 25 lbs. regularly and up to 75 lbs. occasionally.


Hazards: Moving equipment, sharp tools. Fumes from engines, chemicals, petroleum. Smoke and heat from open burning. Machinery noise. Poison ivy, insect bites, and stings. Pollen, Stones, sticks and leaves thrown from machinery operation . Icy, muddy roads. Falling limbs. Lightening. Sewer gas.

Physical Environment: Clean outdoor air – can be cold, hot, humid. Generally clean indoor air – can be fumes, dust, mold.

Social Environment: Generally works alone. Depending on the season and task, may also work with volunteers or other staff members.

Physical Demands: Medium to heavy work involving travel by equipment and vehicles. Travel may be in wet and snowy conditions. Climbing on ladders and working on rooftops will be involved. Bending, lifting up to 75 pounds, reaching, pulling.

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Please be sure to provide all required materials noted below, as incomplete applications may not be considered.  Application materials may be attached to the Staff Application Form or sent electronically to

  • Complete and submit the online Staff Application Form
  • Three professional letters of references, including name, company name, and phone number

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Goshen College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Goshen College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status. To protect the welfare and provide for the safety of the students, employees, visitors and resources of Goshen College, background checks are conducted by the Office of Human Resources on all new and re-hired employees.

Goshen College
1700 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526-4795

Telephone: (574) 535-7111

About Goshen College:

Goshen College is a liberal arts institution dedicated to the development of informed, articulate, sensitive and responsible Christians.  It is nationally ranked for its study abroad programs.  As a ministry of the Mennonite Church, the institution seeks to integrate Christian values with educational and professional life.  Goshen College has adopted five core values around which programs are built:  1) Christ-centered; 2) Passionate Learners; 3) Servant Leaders; 4) Compassionate Peacemakers; and (5) Global Citizens.  The college is located in the heart of Elkhart County, centrally located within several hours of Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit.  Residents of Goshen enjoy a culturally diverse small-town atmosphere with an active arts community, a vibrant downtown, the Maple City Greenway network of bicycle paths and affordable housing prices.