Fri May 10th, 2019
Jeremy Wade Shockley
The Southern Ute Drum
The GF Properties Group, LLC is seeking an interested Southern Ute tribal member for a unique trainee position at Three Springs in Durango, Colo.
The Facilities Technician Trainee position is open to applicants with little to no experience, but must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. The program could be as long as three years, or shorter depending on the individual’s previous experience and certifications.
“This is a great way to start a career,” emphasized Maria Baker, assistant HR manager for the Southern Ute Growth Fund. Applicants would receive on the job training and certifications in building systems maintenance. “It could be quicker if they have some of the experience already,” Baker stated.
The position entails mostly field type operations, day-to-day maintenance to keep Three Springs running well and looking good, explained Tim Zink, real estate portfolio manager for GF Properties Group.
The focus is on GF Properties owned assets: Three commercial buildings, 15 rental units, vacant lots and the undeveloped property to the north leased for agricultural use. “On the vacant lots, it’s about keeping the weeds and trash cleaned up, snow removal in the winter,” Zink said. In the building systems, it’s understanding power, HVAC, and telecommunications — preventative maintenance. “That’s why it is a three-year program,” he stated. “The big picture here is if someone is trained on the Growth Fund side, they can [take that experience and] work on the Permanent Fund side. Training here would prepare someone to work other assets.”
Level 1, which is up to a year on the job, trainee would learn and understand building maintenance in addition to landscaping and agricultural know how. Communication skills are also emphasized. Level 2, involves more training courses, more responsibility; trainee advances forward with skill sets from the first year. Level 3, involves assuming many of the responsibilities and assisting, as well as completion of all required courses and certificates.
“They are going to get a lot of experience; what it takes to make a building run, to keep the value up,” added Stacy Toppin, facilities manager for GF Properties Group. “We are often overseeing contractors, coordinating and scheduling. It is real world experience — a good foundation for the future.”
There is also the natural aspect of this job, we get to be stewards of the land, Toppin emphasized. The ranchers who lease the ag portion of the Three Springs property manage fence repairs and other upkeep, but the Facilities Technician plays a key role in insuring that gates are closed, overseeing irrigation and trail systems on the property.
The job application posted to The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s website on May, 1, and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Once the three-year training program is complete, a successful applicant would then be employed with GF Properties Group in Three Springs.