To apply for any of the four positions or for more information, please email: secretary@grovefarm.org


Steam Locomotive Mechanic 

        Preserve part of Kauai’s sugar plantation history while using your talents to restore and operate 100 year old sugar plantation steam locomotives.  The Steam Locomotive Mechanic maintains and runs the historic locomotives on the original railroad right-of-way and authentically preserves the design, scale, dimensions, colors and arrangements in caring for this collection.

        Serving as a conservator, the Steam Locomotive Mechanic is an active part of the overall exhibit and visitor experience, interacting with guests and providing additional safety and security for everyone.

        This full-time position offers excellent compensation based on museum industry standards and a strong benefits package, which includes medical, dental, 401(k), and paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Have a working knowledge of and function within the Grove Farm Railroad Operating and Maintenance Standards, and Standard Operating Practices and Maintenance ProceduresProtection over presentation.
  • Responsible for preparation and maintenance duties involved with Grove Farm’s locomotive operations including Hawaii State Boiler compliance as well as being a State Registered Power Boiler Operator for Grove Farm museum (upon completion of training).
  • “Fire-up” one of the historic locomotives on the second Thursday of each month for free rides along the historic right-of-way for community members, school groups and visitors alike.
  • Know and share the history of the steam locomotive collection and historic area during the rides and with school and other special groups.
  • Oversee the restoration, repairs and maintenance of the Plantation Steam Collection, which includes Kaipu, Paulo, Wainiha and upon restoration the Fowler steam plough and Wahiawa.
  • Accomplish chores, including but not limited to, boiler maintenance, skilled craftsmanship, metal fabrication, carpentry, painting, concrete work, as well as specialized repairs and construction of parts for objects in the collection.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and working experience with steam locomotive functions and operations.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and accept supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Have valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to be a State Registered Power Boiler Operator with a thorough knowledge of State mandated requirements and operating procedures.


Grove Farm museum

Museum Conservator

        Being a Museum Conservator at the authentically preserved Grove Farm museum offers you the opportunity to care for the history of Kauai while being surrounded by beauty.  The pristine property includes a large front lawn surrounded by mature trees as well as the main house that has Koa stairs and ohia wood floors, which serve as the backdrop to fine furniture and lovely objects.

        Museum Conservators are responsible for cleaning and caring for the museum’s collections, interior of the buildings, and lanais.  They serve as preservationist to aged and fragile objects, while maintaining the historic cleaning schedule and methods established by Mrs. Sam Wilcox in the late 1800’s.  Museum Conservators are an active part of the overall exhibit and visitor experience.

        This full-time position offers excellent compensation based on museum industry standards, and a strong benefits package, which includes medical, dental, 401(k), and paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain the interiors, windows, lanai, and all historic collections contained in the various buildings.
  • Tasks include, but are not limited to, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, window washing, silver polishing, and flower arranging.
  • Open and close buildings on tour days.
  • Lend support to the Cook and Laundress as needed.
  • Provide additional security and monitoring for the collections, buildings and site.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Cook, Curator or Director.

Qualifications

  • Experience in cleaning and maintenance of interiors.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds.
  • Ability to accept supervision appropriately.

 

Waioli Mission House
Groundskeeper

         Spend your days surrounded by the never-ending beauty of the Waioli Mission House property.  The history of Kauai thrives on the eleven-acre historic site, with the authentically preserved mission house that was the home of missionary teachers Abner and Lucy Wilcox.  Originally completed in 1837 then restored in 1921, the home and property are located in the shadows of three majestic mountains; Hihimanu, Namolokama and Mamalahoa, in Hanalei.  Waioli is Hawaiian for Singing Waters, which are reflected in the many waterfalls that flow down the mountains.

        Groundkeepers serve as preservationist and care for the grounds using similar methods as those that were traditionally used in the past.  It is the responsibility of the Groundskeepers to care for many different types of plants and foliage, most of which have grown at Waioli for more than 100 years.  Groundskeepers are also an active part of the overall exhibit and visitor experience for the museum.

       This full-time position offers excellent compensation based on museum industry standards and a strong benefits package, which includes medical, dental, 401(k), and paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accomplish assignments received from the Grounds Supervisor or Resident Caretaker.
  • Accomplish chores that include, but are not limited to, raking, watering, weeding, planting, pruning, fencing, clearing overgrowth, cleaning, mopping, and harvesting of produce.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of proper care of plants and grass.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and accept supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.


Waioli Mission House

Preservation Carpenter

       Share your abilities while preserving one of Kauai’s historic gems.  The authentically preserved 1837 Waioli Mission House was originally restored in 1921 and has been continually maintained since.  Its white clapboard exterior is stunning against the mountains of Hihimanu, Namolokama and Mamalahoa and the charming interior is truly beautiful in its simplicity.

       Surviving hurricanes, historic floods and the severe sun that shines in Hanalei, the mission house inspires respect, but requires patience.  The Preservation Carpenter serves as a conservator focusing on preserving the original design and dimensions, with the intention of making repairs undiscernible.

       This full-time position offers excellent compensation based on museum industry standards, and a strong benefits package, which includes medical, dental, 401(k), and paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Restore and maintain the buildings and collections with skilled craftsmanship while authentically preserving the sites.
  • Accomplish chores that include, but are not limited to, carpentry, plumbing, painting, concrete work, and window repairs.
  • The Preservation Carpenters are an active part of the overall exhibit and visitor experience, and providing additional security and monitoring for the collections, buildings and site.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Resident Caretaker and the Director.

Qualifications

  • Experience, patience, and understanding to work on authentic historic buildings.
  • Have strong preservation carpentry skills or the willingness to learn them.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, while understanding that priorities may change to attend to urgently needed repairs.
  • Ability to work independently and accept supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds.