Property Manager

University of Notre Dame

Property ManagerDescription
The University of Notre Dame is accepting applications for a Property Manager to work and live at its research and retreat property at Land O’ Lakes, on the border of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This property of 7,000 heavily-wooded acres with roughly 30 lakes serves as the home of an undergraduate research program, year-round grant studies, and a center of retreat for the University. The area’s lush vegetation and placid waters invite visitors to leave daily anxieties behind to be enveloped in the serene, natural beauty. The property has also been the site for several gatherings of historical significance, including a meeting of Catholic university leaders in 1967 which produced a document that has come to be known as the Land O’ Lakes Statement.

If the idea of being the leader of a team which provides a high level of safety and hospitality to University of Notre Dame leaders, faculty, students, and visitors sounds like a job you would love for years, then we want to speak with you about this unique opportunity. We are looking for someone with deep knowledge of mechanical systems, a commitment to preserving the environment, an ability to thrive in a remote setting, and a strong appreciation for the unique Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame.

You will work and live in a beautiful setting and enjoy the full benefits (insert link) offered to all University of Notre Dame staff and faculty. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide oversight for over 7,500 acres of water and land, ensuring the integrity of the property is maintained to facilitate unencumbered research. This includes maintenance of roads, buildings, and equipment/vehicles and coordination and completion of construction, renovation and repair projects.
  • Coordinate with the Hospitality Manager to plan and prepare for visitors to the retreat property and assist in hosting visitors to the property. This includes ensuring all parties are kept informed of activity and visitors to the property, providing historical perspective of property, conducting property tours, fishing outings, and attending meals with guests.
  • Supervise staff in performance of their duties and provide recurring safety training on equipment and conditions.
  • Maintain physical safety and security of guests and property, including security of the property boundary through control of electronic gate access, ensuring phone and wireless connections on the property are maintained and adequate for staff, and checking property for safety hazards.
  • Maintain financial records and manage budgets related to repairs and improvements to buildings and land.

We are also accepting applications for the next Hospitality Manager (insert link to posting) for the Land O’Lakes property and have a strong preference to hire a married couple to live onsite and fill both the Property Manager and Hospitality Manager roles.

Finally, we are accepting applications for the next Housekeeper/Cook (link) for the Land O’Lakes property. The person in this role will not live onsite.

Land O’Lakes Property
The Land O’Lakes property is a multi-use property with over 35 buildings, including dormitories, labs, faculty and executive residences, and office space. The use of the property is primarily segmented into retreat and research functions. As a research facility, the property is intended to remain as pristine as possible to allow for uninhibited research.

The property is largely unspoiled and scores of plant, fish and animal species thrive. Forests thick with green run for miles in every direction, interrupted only by a small network of gravel roads and streams; a dozen or so lakes of all sizes shimmer with a vibrant blue, while just as many bogs, with their heavy, black-as-tar water, sit much more still; eagles soar high above the trees, while scores of deer prance between them; and on most nights the stars are so plentiful that they paint the charcoal sky nearly white.

Land O’Lakes offers students an amazing introduction to the world of biological research, provides scientists with a perfect setting to continue unlocking the secrets of nature and gives retreat guests from the University the chance to marvel at the beauty of nature and the significant role the property has played in several historical settings.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree and deep knowledge of Mechanical or Electrical systems
  • Basic technical understanding and abilities for tasks related to carpentry, plumbing, electrical, large equipment, vehicle repairs, and road maintenance.
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery such as wood chipper
  • Ability to operate and navigate small fishing vessels
  • Experience managing people
  • Ability to manage budgets and expenses
  • Strong work ethic and ability to prioritize tasks for a team
  • Strong communication and social interaction skills.
  • A service-oriented mindset
  • Ability and desire to thrive in extreme cold conditions, including hiking through un-groomed trails and woods
  • Ability and desire to thrive in an isolated environment
  • Understanding and commitment to environmental research and the environment.
  • Understanding and commitment to University of Notre Dame values and mission

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in forestry or ranch/camp management
  • Experience managing property

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