Facilities Maintenance Specialist

Saildrone Inc
Alameda, CA
Added: April 4, 2024
About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, protect, and preserve our world. We provide real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and use proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Our fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate without the need for a crewed support vessel. Saildrone works with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing into the eye of a category 4 hurricane to obtain new data about how storms intensify, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, and counting fish biomass to inform sustainable fishery management, to mapping the ocean floor and reducing illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, Saildrone has been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, earned an Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, won Best Tech For Good from the Timmy Awards, and was recognized by Andreessen Horowitz’s American Dynamism 50 list of the Top 50 Companies Kickstarting American Renewal. Our first-annual Atlantic hurricane mission with NOAA was included as one of The New York Times’ 21 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2021 and Popular Science's 100 Greatest Innovations of 2021.

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL, and operate our missions worldwide. Saildrone is backed by top-tier investors in the frontier tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

The Role

The Facility Maintenance Specialist strategically supports Saildrone’s goals by driving outcomes to support the Saildrone facility as well as its material handling and manufacturing equipment. The successful individual will report to the Director of Facilities and have extensive knowledge and abilities to carry out the hands-on repairs on a daily basis to critical equipment at the Alameda Saildrone HQ to minimize production and R&D interruptions.


  • Manage inbound facilities requests system for requests from the organization. Work with the Director of Facilities on prioritization.
  • Preventative maintenance program management - work to allocate time and resources supporting all required PM’s on Saildrone equipment and building systems.
  • Manage building system improvements and repairs personally or through hired support resources and contractors.
  • Perform general maintenance and repair activities within the facility including but not limited to office equipment, furniture, minor electrical repairs, patching and painting, plumbing, carpentry, and facilities manufacturing equipment.
  • Assist managing work performed by outside service providers such as janitorial, HVAC, data cabling, electrical, plumbing, etc...
  • Support corporate event services, such as all-hands meeting set up and breakdown.
  • Track all employee locations within the office, and keep a live record of occupied/available seating.
  • Order and stock facilities supplies including cleaning, ergo, filters, office, etc.
  • Diagnose and perform mechanical and electrical repairs to Saildrone’s manufacturing and material handling equipment including but not limited to: forklifts, boom lifts, boat lifts, pumps, compressors, transport vehicles, and building infrastructure.

Required Skills And Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing and/or R+D environment, HS diploma or equivalent
  • Preferred Technical understanding of equipment and processes used in the composites industry.
  • Strong technical background in building infrastructure, repairs and maintenance
  • Ability and willingness to manage schedule and perform overtime and/or after-hours work as needed.
  • Strong understanding of Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO)
  • Strong understanding of Job Hazard Analysis Risk Matrix.

Desired Skills And Experience

  • Trade experience and/or equivalent certifications from trade school or program.
  • Experience coordinating and partnering with Safety teams to support and enhance our EHS programs.
  • Safety Committee/ Emergency Response Team activities.
  • Perform routine monthly site inspections to proactively address mechanical and infrastructure failures through the facility.
  • In partnership with other teams, improving and refining the ergonomics program continues to provide a productive employee work environment and reduce risk.
  • Possess electrical certifications
  • Must be able to work outdoors for prolonged periods

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit and/or stand up to 8 hours while performing required tasks.
  • Occasionally lift objects weighing up to 75 lbs, prolonged standing and walking, climb, bend, stoop and reach for extensive periods of time while performing these tasks.

Location : This position is in Alameda, CA. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.

Benefits :

  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

A reasonable estimate of the current range is $80,000-$102,000 annually.

Catch up on the latest news about us:

The Tiny Craft Mapping Superstorms at Sea – The New York Times

Alameda's Saildrones collect hurricane data - KTVU Fox 2

Record Setting: Saildrone Explorer SD 1045 Entered into Guinness Book

Saildrone Takes the Wraps Off its Voyager Autonomous Research Vehicle – TechCrunch

An Underwater Mountain was Newly Discovered off California Coast – San Francisco Chronicle

The Quest for CO2: You Can’t Capture What You Can’t Find – Inside Unmanned Systems

Hacking the Anthropocene with Survivalist Robots [VIDEO] – Freethink

Here’s What Hurricane Fiona’s Surf Looked Like, from Atop a 50-foot Wave – The Washington Post

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now These Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

At Saildrone, we value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that welcomes people from all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that a diverse and inclusive team leads to innovation and better problem-solving. We encourage applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, disabilities, and backgrounds.

Individual compensation packages are based on geographic location, scope of the role, relevant experience, and the ability to deal with complexity and problem solve within our organization, among other factors.

All employees are required to provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. within their first 3 days of work. Please note that the Company does not sponsor employees for work visas or permanent resident cards to work in the U.S. If you need sponsorship for a work visa or green card, you will not be qualified for employment with Saildrone.

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