The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee


Employment Opportunities

General / Facilities Maintenance


Conducts maintenance and construction projects on the grounds, building, and fences within the habitat and offices.


  • Supervised by the Director of Facilities Development
  • Position Type: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
  • Pre-employment Requirements: Drug Test, TB Test, Health Screen for wearing respiratory protective equipment, Valid Driver's License, Social Security Card, I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Post-employment is subject to random Drug and Alcohol Test and annual TB Test


Under the direction of the Director of Facilities Development

  • Repairs fencing, office buildings and barns, and provides general maintenance to all structures
  • Participates in recycling program to include all aspects of The Sanctuary
  • Provides maintenance to habitat road pathways
  • Performs/arranges for vehicle and equipment repairs
  • Maintains grounds, plants trees, and landscapes property
  • Mows, weeds, and performs other related tasks as needed
  • Hauls and disposes animal waste
  • Works with contractors for outsourced projects

Qualifications and competencies

  • High school diploma
  • Mimimum of 5 years experience in building, grounds, equipment repair and maintenance
  • Experience operating heavy equipment; e.g., backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, tractor, forklift, auto repair
  • Valid driver's license, insurable, and ability to safely operate agency vehicles, 4-wheelers, lifts and other related equipment, and will adhere to The Sanctuary's policies regarding safe operation of same
  • Strong mechanical background a plus
  • Experience with welding a plus
  • Well, septic and plumbing systems, auto repair, and general carpentry
  • Ability to read schematics and blueprints

Physical Demands

  • Able to repeatedly lift, move, or carry 75 lbs
  • Able to climb and work comfortably on 30' ladder
  • Able to walk several miles in hilly, rough terrain


At-Will Employment: The State of Tennessee and The Sanctuary recognize all employment to be "at-will." This means thatyou, the employee, as well as The Sanctuary can terminate employment at anytime, with or without advance notice and with or without cause.

Equality Employment Opportunity:  It is our policy to treat you and all employees equally without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status or disability.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Free Workplace: 
The Sanctuary is a drug; alcohol and tobacco free workplace and prohibits all employees from using non-prescribed drugs, alcohol or tobacco in any form while on duty.

Employees are subject to E-Verify to assure they are eligible to work in the United States.

Forward your resume and cover letter to Joe Rizzo, Director of Facilities Development at:

Email: or
Fax:  931-796-7493

No telephone calls please. All applications will be held in strict confidence.