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Who We Are

Shorefast is one of North America’s most creative and notable social enterprises and the charitable organization behind the world-renowned Fogo Island Inn and Fogo Island Arts. Shorefast’s work has garnered significant international interest including a feature on 60 Minutes and named in The New York Times’ 52 Places for a Changed World.

Shorefast is committed to building economic and cultural resilience on Fogo Island while making it possible for local communities to thrive in the global economy; we’re forging a new path at the intersection of business, philanthropy, and community economic development.


The Opportunity

The Maintenance Team Lead based on Fogo Island, will support the Maintenance team in performing a variety of functions. The Maintenance Team Lead will report to the Director, Construction, Facilities Systems and Special Projects. Working in a fast-paced environment, the incumbent will demonstrate a positive can-do attitude, while ensuring the Shorefast’s maintenance team is supported, and the department is organized to run in a smooth manner.

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Director, Construction, Facilities Systems and Special Projects.

  • The Maintenance Team Leader will lead maintenance teams responsible for repair of electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), carpentry, painting, and other building systems.
  • Planning, coordinating repairs, maintenance, and refurbishments of all systems for Shorefast properties.
  • Monitors and keeps accurate records of all repairs and maintenance performed by Maintenance Team.
  • Must be knowledgeable in the use of computerized programs and systems, including word processing, e-mail and maintenance management software. Experience with IQtrac a huge asset.
  • Ensures the implementation of continuous preventative maintenance programs.
  • Ensure tasks are scheduled, assigned and completed properly by the maintenance team.
  • Responsible for ensuring the maintenance and cleanliness of all Shorefast Properties and tools and equipment in all shop areas.
  • Establish proper inventories of materials, parts and products.
  • Source and prepare orders of material and parts as needed.
  • Enforce and follow all applicable safety rules and procedures and ensure all maintenance team members are adhering to safety standards.
  • Work in a collaborative and positive manner with all members of the Shorefast team.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and overtime as necessary.
  • Other duties as required.


Qualifications you’ll bring

  • Relevant education at the post-secondary level (degree or diploma), red seal certification in a trades related field or equivalent experience.
  • Red Seal Certification in Refrigeration or HVAC considered a strong asset.
  • Minimum of five years experience supervising maintenance programs considered a strong asset.
  • Valid Canadian driver’s license is an essential requirement.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Computer skills such as using Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, maintenance based software and email.
  • Capable of maintaining accurate, up to date records.
  • Possess a demonstrated ability to effectively organize and lay out work programs.
  • Must be able to produce accurate reports and written recommendations.
  • Be a proven and strong team player.
  • Positive, outgoing, ambitious, and energetic.
  • Organized and strives for perfection.
  • Team player with a roll up your sleeves approach to getting the job done.
  • A passion for small communities.

What we offer:

  • An engaged, highly supportive, and collaborative environment
  • The opportunity to work in a thriving social entrepreneurship
  • A commitment to recruiting, promoting, and training qualified individuals at all levels within the organization
  • Competitive salary and compensation plan
  • A dynamic culture that encourages and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit


To Apply:

Submit a cover letter & resume to subject line Maintenance Team Lead

Deadline for Applications: October 1st, 2023 or Until Filled

We are grateful for all applications but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Questions about this position may be directed to:

About Shorefast:

About Shorefast & Fogo Island: Strange and Familiar   

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