Grounds/Maintenance Staff
The Desert of Maine

Exploring the Desert in the fall!

Love working outdoors? Handy with tools, landscaping, and building? We'd love to meet you!

20 acres of rolling sand dunes surrounded by beautiful Maine forest!

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall

Grounds/Maintenance Staff

The Desert of Maine
Freeport, Maine
$16.00 - $20.00 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Mar 06, 2023)

The Desert of Maine is an iconic destination located in Freeport, Maine going through a total reboot under new ownership. After an incredible 2022 season that included opening our new mini golf course, new A-Frame cabins in our campground, and an overhaul of our operations, we are heading into our 2023 season with even more exciting new exhibits, features, and more new cabins for our campers! We are seeking a core group of staff who can commit to our entire season, from May through October to help us deliver a world-class experience for our visitors.

You would become a core member of our small, close-knit team. What we are trying to pull off is ambitious, so we move fast and we occasionally break things. We operate more like a startup than the 100-year-old business we are, but we offset the inevitable weeks of hard work and moments of stress with a deep appreciation for workplace humor. We are looking for someone who wants to be part of (re)building something special. Breathing new life into this beloved destination gets us out of bed every day because we think the stories that echo here, stories of sustainable land use and environmental resilience, are particularly pressing now. We hope you will be drawn to the magic of this place and help us create a (not-so-hidden) gem on Maine’s coast for tourists and locals alike.

The Role

  • Reporting to the Owner, our Grounds and Maintenance staff are responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks across the Desert of Maine to ensure that all areas of the property are functional, beautiful, and memorable for visitors and campers. The grounds and maintenance staff perform regular tasks to keep the grounds, exhibits, and features safe for the public and in immaculate condition. Additionally, grounds and maintenance staff are assigned projects ranging in scope that have a long-term impact on the business.
    • Weeding, mowing, leaf blowing, and landscaping across all areas of the property
    • Execute daily procedures for keeping exhibits safe and functional
    • Carry out maintenance in the campground, including daily site turnover, firewood restocking, common area maintenance
    • Maintain greens and ponds on the mini golf course
    • Address safety hazards, damages, or issues with exhibits or grounds
    • Painting, staining and varnishing as needed
    • Light carpentry, fixing issues with cabins, equipment maintenance, and other handyman duties
    • Occasional projects, ranging from day-long projects to week-long projects


  • Experience with a wide variety of outdoor work, including landscaping, basic carpentry, and mechanical repairs
  • Comfort operating lawn equipment and power tools required. Experience operating a tractor is preferred.
  • Experience working both independently and in a team environment
  • Great customer service, communication, and a self-motivated attitude
  • A long history of over-achievement, attention to detail, and consistent personal growth throughout your entire school and work history.
  • A burning desire to make an impact at a mission-driven organization. It may alternate between being exhilarating and a little overwhelming, but the right candidate will relish the challenge.
  • A valid driver's license is required.

Other Information

This is a full-time position from March through October, with required weekend shifts throughout the season. The hourly rate will range between $16-$20 per hour. Access to reliable transportation is required. As part of the grounds and maintenance team, we need someone who can operate a small golf cart EV, walk across loose sand, climb our various exhibits, lift at least 40 lbs, and perform tasks that include fine motor skills. Grounds and maintenance staff perform work in areas of the property where visitors and campers are present, therefore staff in this role are expected to interact with the public in a professional manner, answer questions, or direct visitors to helpful resources.

A note about our accommodations: We can offer accommodations in our beautiful campground in one of our tent/rv sites, so this is an ideal opportunity for experienced tent campers or folks with travel vans or small campers. If you do not have a camper or tent, we can provide a tent, complete with electricity, water, an outdoor seating area that is lit, and a fire pit for relaxing in the evening. Our bath house is a short walk away and has literally the nicest bathrooms in the history of campgrounds (or so we're told), and private showers with actually hot water.

How to Apply

We want to see a short cover letter telling us why you would be perfect for this role. Feel free to let your personality shine through! Include a resume that highlights any experience you think is relevant. This could be a great career building job! 

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