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9620 Dry Run Road
Painted post, NY 14870


Watson Homestead is a full service conference and retreat center, open year-round, serving 8000 - 10,000 guests annually.  In addition to hotel-style accommodations and meeting rooms, Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center has an indoor, heated swimming pool; climbing tower, historic one room schoolhouse, hiking trails, miniature golf, archery range, ball fields, covered picnic pavilion, full summer cabin area, playgrounds and a meditation labyrinth. Guests are served home-cooked, healthy meals buffet style in our dining room with a fireplace and panoramic view of 375 acres.  Call us today to book a day or overnight meeting or retreat.  Watson Homestead is an excellent location for youth, sports or organizational retreats, weddings, clergy or religious retreat groups, conferences, trade shows, banquets, seminars, quilt, scrapping, yoga and wellness retreats, team building and staff training retreats.

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Buildings and Grounds Position

 Buildings and Grounds Position- Immediate Opening at Watson Homestead. Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center is seeking a full-time buildings and grounds staff member. Candidates must be comfortable “serving guests with gracious hospitality.” Watson Employees must be flexible and able to work weekends, weekdays and some holidays. Personal characteristics must include trustworthiness, excellent problem-solving skills, and an exceedingly strong work ethic.


1. Experience in two or more construction-related jobs.

2. Excellent references from two or more employers in construction related jobs.

3. Must pass criminal and sex offender background check. Clean driving record required.

4. Able to lift 100+ pounds.

5. Able to stand for six hours indoors/outdoors regardless of weather extremes.

6. Able to bend, lift, dig, carry, climb and engage in strenuous activities.

Job Requirements

1. Driving Watson vehicles including truck, snowplow and tractors.

2. Consistent and productive collaboration with Watson Team.

3. Ability to prioritize daily, short-term and long-term work and projects.

4. Must frequently work independently and follow-through on details.

5. Must follow direction and constructive feedback from supervisor.

6. Care for building systems, structures and envelopes.

7. Daily moving and set-up of tables, chairs, and other items for groups and events.

8. Sweep and mop large dining hall floor after events and before groups arrive.

9. Follow all policies and procedures set forth in Watson Employee Handbook and by direct supervisor.

10. Be familiar with Watson Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan.

11. Be courteous towards and caring of guests and colleagues at all times.

12. Maintain a safe and clean environment in collaboration with Watson Staff.

13. Daily, weekly, monthly, water testing/monitoring.

14. Handling of chemicals (pool).

15. Upkeep of monthly safety equipment i.e. emergency lights/exit signs.

16. Independent worker and self-directed when given tasks.

17. Other general maintenance tasks as needed.

To Apply (click on this link for application) complete and send to Karen Epstein, Executive Director at address below.

Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center

9620 Dry Run Road

Painted Post, NY 14870