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Grounds Maintenance Crew


Grounds Maintenance Crew
Reports to: Facilities Manager
Department: Facilities
Employment Classification: seasonal, hourly, non-exempt position
Salary: $19.00/hour
Job Description (PDF)


This role works as a member of the Facilities Team to maintain the Opera’s grounds in a clean and attractive manner during the summer rehearsal and performance season.  Duties and responsibilities include daily cleaning and preparation of opera buildings and grounds. This includes maintaining restrooms in a clean and healthy state, cleaning and mopping of rehearsal areas, setting up areas for meetings with table and chairs as requested, removal of trash and recycling, sweeping, raking of grounds, watering plants, irrigation work and general landscape projects and maintenance.  Other duties as required and assigned.

Employment Standards


  • Familiarity with products and tools used for cleaning and landscape maintenance.


  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.


  • 40 hours per week, regular schedule being Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Some flexibility of hours may occur due to scheduled events during the course of the year.  Weekend work is occasionally necessary (hours over 40 per week paid at time and a half).  This is an hourly position with no benefits.  This is a seasonal, hourly, non-exempt position.
  • Wages begin at $19.00/ hour.

Physical Standards:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • No allergies to cleaning products.
  • Capable of spending significant amount of time on your feet walking, standing and climbing stairs and ladders.
  • Must be able to spend the work day outdoors.


  • A uniform (shirt) is required and will be provided.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included, and these are the essential job functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The Santa Fe Opera supports employees with its robust safety program, devotion to environmental sustainability and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion while setting the industry standard for stagecraft. The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, political affiliation or philosophy. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

The Santa Fe Opera has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, which requires employees/interns to be fully vaccinated against COVID to perform work for the company or have been approved for an accommodation based on disability or sincerely held religious belief. Employees will be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster.

Application Process

Positions require proof of eligibility to work.

  1. Submit a completed employment application form using either the (PDF) Form or Online Form.
  2. Submit your (PDF) application form, resume and cover letter by email to Human Resources or by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Human Resources
Post Office Box 2408
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2408

(PDF) Application Form

Online Application Form