Maintenance Assistant

Oakland, California, United States | Facilities | Full-time


Come join Children’s Fairyland as a Maintenance Assistant for a unique opportunity to use your experience in sanitation and maintenance experience to make our park a colorful, inviting outdoor experience for our guests!  The Fairyland team is a diverse group of dedicated individuals committed to creating a magical fantasy world for young children to create, imagine, play, and learn!

The Maintenance Assistant is responsible for facilities and custodial support with a goal of maintaining a quality and safe environment for guests and employees.  Reporting to the Maintenance Manager and member of the Facilities department, the position will perform a variety of non-skilled, semi-skilled, mechanical, maintenance and custodial tasks.  The position seasonally fluctuates to reflect the demands of the park.  During the winter months, the role will primarily be an assistant laborer to the other teams within the Facilities Department and during the summer months the role will primarily consist of custodial duties.  .

COVID-19 Update:  In an effort to keep our visitors, staff, volunteers, and communities safe, Fairyland has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. In accordance with state and federal laws, Fairyland will consider all qualified applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation from our vaccination policy based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • A minimum of one (1) year of previous paid work experience and knowledge and familiarity with materials used to perform various building, mechanical, and maintenance repair tasks
  • Knowledge of general carpentry and repair
  • Able and willing to learn new skills
  • Understanding that the position can be messy
  • Ability to work collaboratively and regularly communicate with other people and work teams
  • Experience with the use and care of hand and power equipment necessary to perform various building and maintenance repairs.
  • Ability to follow instructions from supervisors or senior maintenance workers.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Possess a clear background history with no barriers to working with children
  • Possess current valid California Driver’s License with an insurable driving record

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least one (1) year of experience in one or more of the following trades: carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, roofing, painting, mechanical and other related field

Personal Attributes/Values

  • People-orientation- able to interact effectively, politely, and productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of situations. Comfortable working with non-English speaking and culturally diverse stakeholders
  • Professional maturity to manage composure during stressful interactions
  • Energetic, diplomatic, adaptable and with a good sense of humor.
  • Passionate about the mission, vision, and goals of Fairyland and possess an understanding of how this position contributes to the organization’s success.
  • Strong work ethic
  • Impeccable integrity and honesty

Physical Requirements

This position is primarily located in an outdoor environment.  Able to perform the following duties with or without accommodation:

  • Stand, sit, kneel, walk, bend, and perform repetitive motions for the duration of an eight (8) hour shift
  • Ability to work in small, cramped areas
  • Traverse safely over uneven terrain throughout the entirety of the 10-acre amusement park
  • Safely lift and transport items of up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to reach high work areas with ladders and/or scaffolding and work at heights greater than ten (10) feet
  • Ability to mix or work with cleaning fluids, chemicals, paints, cleaning agents or similar solutions using normal protective equipment
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
  • Respond quickly to sounds
  • See and respond quickly to situations
  • Communicate in clear, loud voice
  • Operate two-radio for communications with park personnel
  • Work in outdoor, seasonal weather conditions for 100% of shift
  • Ability to work on weekends and holidays
  • Proven track record of punctuality and attendance
  • Current COVID-19 Requirements
    • Ability to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to start of employment;
    • Ability to wear and maintaining a face mask for the duration of the scheduled shift;

Benefits & Compensation

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position scheduled 40 hours per week (5 full days) Sunday through Thursdays, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. with occasional flexibility to switch schedules to meet park needs.  The rate of pay is $19.25 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in benefits the first of the month following 60 days of service. Benefits include:

  • Medical: Fairyland pays 100% for employees and 50% for dependent children for our base Kaiser plan with options to buy up to Gold and Platinum plans. 
  • Dental: 100% premium coverage for employees and 50% for dependent children on SunLife PPO. 
  • Vision: 100% premium coverage for employees on VSP. Eligible dependents may be added to the vision plan.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO):  In the first year, new full-time team members accrue ten (10) PTO days, ten (10) sick days, and  six (6) paid holidays including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day,  and three (3) floating holidays! 
  • Retirement:  All eligible team members can participate in the 401k plan upon hire.
  • Employee membership program: Team members receive their choice of two (2) adult memberships and three (3) named children OR  six (6) guest passes annually to enjoy the park with their families and friends.
  • Employee discounts:  Discounts on merchandise in the park’s gift shop and a 20% discount at our Café. 
  • Fairyland parking pass:  Working at Fairyland means you don’t pay for parking! We provide designated passes for our staff.

How to join Team Fairyland

To apply for a position with Fairyland, please complete the application here. Due to the size of our operations, we are unable to take phone inquiries about positions.

Children's Fairyland fully and actively supports equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Our commitment applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. We see candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, community building, and meaningful connection with a broad range of people and institutions.

About Fairyland

Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s travel section on unique places to visit in Oakland and touted by BuzzFeed as “The Most Amazing Place to take Kids” in California, Children’s Fairyland is the first storybook theme park in America! In 1950, a group of visionary Oaklanders partnered with the city’s park superintendent and garnered support from enthusiastic citizens to build the outdoor 10-acre theme park on the shores of Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland. Visited by Walt Disney as he was conceptualizing Disneyland, Fairyland has inspired many other fairytale-themed parks across the United States. Over 220,000 visitors enjoy Fairyland’s many activities and programs annually, and through our outreach program, free or reduced admission is offered to over 16,000 children and families every year. Fairyland operates 362 of 365 days a year, weather permitting.