Maintenance, Renovation, Repair
13 months
Start date
End date
Deadline for applications
Closed position
The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the efficient maintenance, repairs and improvements of the Centre’s buildings according to the maintenance plan and the long-term strategic development of the Centre. This includes projects such as room renovations, and general caretaking of Centre’s facilities and vehicles. The Maintenance Manager is supported by the Maintenance Assistant, and supervises their daily work. If you are good at handiwork and enthusiastic about working behind the scenes and helping the operation run smoothly, we look forward to your application.
  • Needs to be at least 18 years old
  • Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
  • Communicates well in written and spoken English



  • Ability to work within an international team of volunteers
  • Experience with general maintenance and building work
  • Holds a driver’s licence for cars (manual) and has driving experience
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team of volunteers
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within strict timelines
  • Ability to work independently and organise work efficiently


  • Has previously been a member of the staff team at KISC
  • Formal qualification/experience relating to maintenance work (carpentry, plumbing, electricity, grounds work etc.)
  • Has a chainsaw license
  • Ability to communicate in German or willingness to actively learn it


Main tasks

  • Follow the maintenance plan for all KISC buildings
  • Plan and execute room renovations in cooperation with the line manager
  • Regularly check and maintain all machinery and systems such as freezer, cooling, ventilation and heating
  • Maintenance and minor repairs of household machinery
  • Keep a relevant stock of all materials necessary for daily maintenance, according to budget
  • Decide on repairs through external companies according to financial guidelines
  • Safety, cleanliness and order in the workshops (including managing tools and equipment)
  • Maintain and clean the Centre vehicles
  • Train staff (including the use of equipment and machinery, bicycle repair)
  • Maintain good relations with external suppliers
  • Deputise the Grounds Manager in their absence

Other responsibilities

  • Ensure a high standard of guest service at all times
  • Deal with any guest enquiries relating to the Centre
  • Run and develop staff training
  • Assist in other areas of the Centre where necessary
  • Involve in the execution of the Centre’s Operational Plan
  • Work and communicate effectively with all staff and guests
  • Flexibility in working hours according to the needs of the Centre


This position is part of the Internal Services Team at the Centre.

Line manager

The line manager for this position is the Internal Services Director. The Maintenance Manager will have weekly meetings with the line manager to cover operational matters, and also has regular one-on-one appraisals.

Team Management

The Maintenance Manager will have regular contact with other members of the Long Term Staff team and it is essential to build a good working relationship and honest communication with them.

Staff Management

The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the Maintenance Assistant and staff working part time in maintenance or on specific projects.




  • Accident Insurance (provided by the Centre): Everyone is insured for accidents, both work and non-work related over the duration of the contract.
  • Private Liability Insurance (provided by the Centre): This insurance covers any damage caused by any staff on an object or person.
  • Sickness Insurance (provided by the Centre): All LTS will get private sickness insurance if necessary. The deductible (amount each LTS has to cover per calendar year themselves) is, if nothing else mentioned, CHF 300.-. This insurance covers any treatment due to sickness.
  • Social Insurance according to the Swiss Law (provided by the Centre): Every LTS must have Social Insurance according to the Swiss regulations. This includes invalidity insurance, maternity leave and old-age and survivors' insurance (OASI). More information will be given during training.


  • A room in one of the shared flats in Kandersteg
  • All meals at the Centre, both while at work and on days off
  • 2 days off per week and 20 days of holidays
  • Pocket money starting from 500 CHF per month       
  • A Swiss Pass (discount card for transportation in Switzerland)
  • Management and leadership training
  • Administration of work permits
  • Other benefits as detailed here on our website





  • Citizens of EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa, and the Centre secures the necessary work permit.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have not been Staff at KISC before, we can apply for a 4 month visa, for 4 month contracts. The applicant needs to be under 35 years old for the whole duration of the contract.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have been Short Term or Long Term Staff at KISC before, there is usually a very low probability of getting another visa. If the non EU/EFTA applicant is suitable for the role and fulfils specific requirements set by the Swiss authorities, there is a possibility to get a visa for a longer contract.
  • The employment is dependent on securing the necessary special permission from the Swiss authorities.



Maintenance Manager


Maintenance Manager
Working at KISC in the Maintenance Team was a challenge because I always had many aspects to consider. This role came with big responsibility because sometimes I was working with things that involve the safety of the people but in the same time it was great because I got to prioritise what needed fixing and I was also working with different other teams at the Centre. The thing that I enjoyed the most is that I was given a chance to use a lot of various tools for different jobs and areas around the Centre.