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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Rana Siegel

Ox-Bow Grounds & Maintenance Assistant

Position Classification: Seasonal, Full Time, Non-Exempt, Salaried

Compensation: $16.00/hr; Eligible for Overtime, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays; Daily Meals Included


Ox-Bow School of Art is a 113-year old art school and artists’ residency. The Grounds & Maintenance Assistant position supports the upkeep of excellent facilities standards on Ox-Bow’s campus, which comprises over 100 acres of forest and over 40 varied structures. The primary tasks of the person filling this position will encompass care of the grounds and buildings. Working closely with the Facilities Manager and Operations Manager, the Assistant will have the opportunity to offer their ideas on facilities best practices and systems.

This position is ideal for candidates within a 40 mile commuting radius. Limited on-site housing may be available for candidates beyond that range. This position will run from mid-April to late-August, and may include evening and weekend hours. This position is a 1-year contract with the option for annual renewal up to 3-years pending satisfactory performance review.


  • General grounds maintenance, including raking, shoveling and chopping wood
  • Responsible removal of recycling and trash, including hazardous materials
  • Clean, paint and maintain buildings, exterior and interior
  • Operate electric- and gas-powered tools and equipment
  • Assist Facilities Manager and Operations Manager with special projects
  • Assist with event and classroom set-up as assigned
  • Assist in turning over classroom and studio spaces as assigned
  • Support campus opening and closing as necessary
  • Other maintenance duties as assigned
  • Communicate Maintenance standards to fellows and work study students working in that area; work alongside those fellows and students
  • Other project- and event-based support as determined by the Campus Director; including but not limited to office, housekeeping, and hospitality support


  • Experience in maintenance, groundskeeping or related professional area
  • Must have valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a ¾ ton pickup truck
  • Experience in a hospitality, arts, and/or creative field preferred


  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Must be a team player, able to work independently as well as in a group
  • Must be innovative, reliable, patient, tenacious
  • Must be able to travel to and from Ox-Bow Saugatuck campus and/or various vender locations in the West Michigan region
  • Experience working with hand tools and power tools
  • Woodworking experience a plus
  • A passion for the arts preferred


  • Must be able to stand, bend, and routinely lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to traverse uneven terrain including stairs
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors in high heat and humidity
  • Ability to work around potentially hazardous materials and loud noise
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment correctly for most of the day while organizational COVID-19 safety protocols are in place
  • Ability to work nights and weekends

Submit a completed application via submittable You will be directed to our main page; click the position(s) and follow the instructions. Resumes/CVs and Cover Letters are preferred. If you have any questions regarding the position or application process, please contact Rana Siegel, Director of Administration and Human Resources at For more information about Ox-Bow School of Art, visit

Working At Ox-Bow
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, founded in 1910, offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages of their careers. Our campus is nestled on a peninsular interdunal wetland in Saugatuck, MI. With programs that target degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow builds a supportive frame in which artists can push their practices in new directions. Ox-Bow’s community is expansive and ever-evolving. Working at Ox-Bow is a unique experience. Our staff consists of both year-round and seasonal positions. Some staff live on campus during their working months, while others commute or work remotely both within the state of Michigan and beyond.

Working at Ox-Bow is working at the intersection of education, hospitality and culture. Together we seek to create a welcoming environment that nurtures the creative process while building community across generations, career stages, disciplines and identities. With over 100 years of arts education behind us, we have a vast community of alumni, including staff, students, resident artists, faculty, and community supporters, who love and care for Ox-Bow. Working at Ox-Bow is to become part of that community, and help sustain a historic non-profit arts organization for current and future generations of artists and art lovers.

At Ox-Bow we have a vision to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, lend their creativity, and work in support of an evolving, yet historic, art school. We pride ourselves on thinking and acting creatively, and recognize that part of what makes us a unique place for both our staff and students, is the talent and dedication of our employees.

Ox-Bow is committed to diversity and inclusion, we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin and work to reflect that in our classrooms, programming, faculty, staff and board.

Equal Opportunity Employment
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for its students, visitors, faculty, and staff, and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on an individual’s abilities and qualifications. Ox-Bow does not tolerate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or former military status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, in its programs and activities, public accommodations or employment practices.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Saugatuck, MI