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Small Engine Mechanic

Small Engine Mechanic

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA

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Who We Are

Founded in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational, historic, and cultural institution that owns and operates one of the largest and best-known museum complexes in the world. Our mission is “that the future may learn from the past” through preserving and restoring 18th-century Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. We engage, inform, and inspire people to learn about this historic capital, the events that occurred here, and the diverse peoples who helped shape a new nation. Today, Colonial Williamsburg is the largest living history museum in the U.S. The Historic Area is the 301-acre restored colonial capital with 88 original buildings and 525 buildings reconstructed to how they appeared in the 18th century through extensive archaeological, architectural, and documentary research. The Historic Area is staffed by highly trained, historically dressed interpreters and expert tradespeople who bring the 18th century to life. The Foundation also owns and operates two world-class museums, the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, and a renowned research library, the John D Rockefeller Jr Library. Additionally, Colonial Williamsburg is home to five world class accommodations at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge Autograph Collection, the Griffin Hotel, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotels and Suites and the unique Colonial Houses in the Historical Area. Visitors may also indulge in food and drink at our many on site restaurants and taverns that blend a historically inspired dining experience with today’s evolved tastes. Each year over 5 million people visit Williamsburg and another 20 million engage with us digitally.

The mechanic is responsible for 1) the repair and maintenance of all small engine equipment and selected motorized equipment utilized primarily within the landscape department, but to include other departments within the Operations Division and Foundation, 2) training landscape staff for the safe and proper operation of equipment, and 3) advising management for budgeting and purchasing of equipment. This equipment includes but is not limited to mowers, garden tractors, edgers, blowers, chainsaws, snow removal equipment, power trimmers, golf carts, ‘Gators’ and similarly powered landscape equipment, including power washers, generators, pumps, tampers, rollers and other small construction machinery may be included. During emergency operations this position may also function as a work leader.

Essential Functions: 

  1. Services, repairs, operates and tests Foundation motorized and electric equipment for proper functioning.
  2. Repairs and overhauls gasoline/diesel engines and components as well as battery powered equipment.
  3. Repairs and overhauls drive train, suspension and steering, hydraulic, and electrical systems.
  4. Maintains parts inventory and purchases replacement parts.
  5. Trains landscape employees in servicing and safe operation of equipment.
  6. Responsible for sharpening or adjusting all types of blades used in landscape equipment.
  7. Operates welding equipment.
  8. Maintains accurate equipment maintenance records.
  9. Performs research and provides input on the purchase of commercial landscape and agricultural equipment and replacement parts.
  10. Utilizes computers and e-mail for parts, equipment, and communication.
  11. Available 24/7 including weekend, holidays, and evenings for emergency operation.

Supervision to be Exercised: Indirect: Serves as work leader during inclement weather for a group of equipment operators.

Required and Preferred Education and Experience: 

Required: High school education/G.E.D. plus 4-8 years experience as a small engine mechanic. Requires valid Virginia driver’s license and a driving record acceptable to the Foundation indicating a high degree of reliability

Preferred: Proficient in the use of meters, electronic test and analysis equipment and jacks and related servicing equipment. Ability to read and write at least at high school graduate level and interpret automotive, electrical, and hydraulic schematic diagrams. Have 5 years experience in automotive/small engine repairs at a dealership level or equal. Formal training/experience in gasoline engine maintenance and rebuilding. Experience with Microsoft computer software.


Minimum: Good communication skills, oral and written, plus thorough knowledge of maintenance and repair techniques of all landscape maintenance equipment; ability to (1) safely operate maintenance equipment; (2) perform work on small engines, gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulic equipment, engine electrical systems, battery powered equipment, etc.; (3) weld and do body work; (4) read instructions and fill in reports. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing systems, filing, and records management systems. Perform physical activities that require moving one's whole body, such as in climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, where the activities often also require considerable use of the arms and legs, such as in the physical handling of materials. Be available to work a variable schedule (night/day shifts) weekend and overtime. . Must be able to work on an emergency basis, seven days per week. Be physically qualified to work standing, bending, kneeling, use a crawler, and lift and carry 50 pounds. (Engine mechanic related)

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Colonial Williamsburg

Management Company

The Colonial Williamsburg Company has been driven by the same core values since 1930, when the ideas were first established by Williamsburg Tavern and Ordinaries, Inc. With a new formation of hotel properties, the opening of the Williamsburg Inn by Mr. John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1937, we’ve hosted and entertained guests from across the globe with our rich history and impressive collection of amenities.

Today, we offer gorgeous guestrooms & colonial homes, over 20 food and beverage outlets, three championship golf courses, a 30,000 sq. ft. spa wellness & fitness center, and a retail shopping district – all supporting The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s education mission and historic preservation. By utilizing our relevance, craftsmanship, courage, and inclusion we’ve continued to fuel our passion in providing captivating experiences for our guests and rewarding opportunities and benefits for each of our trusted employees. And as an Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity and incorporate culture to unite our team and ensure that we always exceed our guests’ expectations.