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Facilities Technician (Seasonal, Part-Time)

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESPHS) seeks applicants for the seasonal, part-time position of Facilities Technician.

Facilities Technicians are responsible for ensuring that all areas of the facility are neat and clean — including outdoor spaces, restrooms and offices — and for creating a positive and engaging experience for each and every visitor.

Facilities Technicians must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and work independently. Examples of responsibilities include sweeping, breaking down cardboard boxes, routinely taking out garbage and recycling, maintaining exhibits, changing lightbulbs, landscaping and other duties as assigned.

Other responsibilities include working cohesively with security and other departments in keeping guests safe from any potential safety hazards. Please note that Eastern State Penitentiary is a ruin and working conditions are not always ideal. Facilities Technicians may spend a significant portion of their workday in outdoor conditions.

You are a great fit for this job if you are:

  • Safety conscious.
  • Comfortable working around the public.
  • Able to provide exceptional customer service in a fast-paced environment.
  • Committed to team process and fostering a collaborative work environment.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Available to work weekends.

We especially encourage you to apply if you:

  • Have previous custodial or janitorial experience.
  • Speak a language other than English.
  • Have experience with the public.
  • Have knowledge and experience maintaining safe working conditions. 

Specifications / Qualifications

Abilities: Willingness to learn and take initiative to handle problems as they arise. Excellent customer service orientation. Team oriented and able to work with people from many different backgrounds.

Education / years & type of experience: HS Degree or equivalent, some experience working in a custodial or janitorial capacity preferred.

Additional Responsibilities: Other duties as assigned to foster an efficient flow of business. All duties to be conducted in accordance with Eastern State’s policies.

Physical requirements (lifting, etc.): Position requires significant walking, climbing stairs, lifting heavy objects, and other tasks which include maneuvering into small or tight, dark spaces.


Eastern State Penitentiary is open during the day, as well as select evenings during Night Tours: Summer Twilight from May 25 through September 4. Halloween Nights, our annual fundraiser, runs from September 22 through November 11 (schedules may vary). This position primarily supports the day-time operations of our facilities. Applicants must be available a minimum of three days per week, including Saturdays and Sundays. Opportunities to pick up other shifts, including evenings, will be available on an as-needed basis. Job begins ideally mid-May and ends last week of November 2023. Hourly rate is $16.50.


SUBMIT AN EMAIL explaining why you would be a good fit for this role to Chris Welty, Facilities Maintenance Manager, at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

About ESPHS:

When Eastern State opened more than 180 years ago, it changed the world. The first prison of its kind – a penitentiary – it was designed to inspire true regret in the hearts of its inhabitants. The building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat before the White House, and attracted visitors from around the globe. Although the prison now stands in ruin, its story remains relevant today.

When Eastern State Penitentiary opened as a historic site in 1994, it attracted just over 10,000 daytime visitors – in 2019, it was visited by more than 300,000. The site’s programming continues to grow by inviting the public into new spaces, mounting original exhibits and artist installations, and engaging visitors in dialogue about history that deepen the national discussion about criminal justice today.

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner