Steam Locomotive Mechanic
The Steam Locomotive Mechanic maintains and operates the historic Plantation Steam Locomotives on the authentic RR right-of-way and authentically preserves the original design, scale, dimensions, colors and arrangements in caring for this collection.
The Steam Locomotive Mechanic is directly responsible to the Director and/or Rail Operations Supervisor. This is a full-time position with full benefits.
- Extensive knowledge 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 75 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.
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 Procedures.
- Responsible for all 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 and visitors alike. Also provide train rides for special groups, and participate in community events.
- 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, including but not limited to, 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.
- The proper treatment of the historic site requires the Steam Locomotive Mechanic to serve as conservator and preservationist to aged, fragile objects. Protection over presentation.
- The Steam Locomotive Mechanic is an active part of the overall exhibit and visitor experience, interacting with guests and providing additional Safety, Security for guests.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Director, Rail Operations Supervisor or Site Manager.
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The third child of Sam and Emma Wilcox, Elise was formally schooled at Punahou School and Wellesley College with a degree in education. She served as Hawaii's first woman in the Territorial Senate serving from 1932 to 1940 where she chaired the Education Committee. As was true with her grandparents and her mother, "Miss Elsie" knew education to be very important and Christian charity to be a virtue. She was a 1914 founding member of the Kauai Historical Society, serving as its Secretary throughout her life. For her work in education, the new elementary school in Lihue was named Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School in her memory.