Ecuador is a beautiful and diverse country in the northwestern part of South America along the Andes Mountains. It is a democratic republic and a developing country dependent on its commodities such as petroleum and agricultural products. Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the majority of the population, though many indigenous languages are spoken as well.

Hacienda El Refugio is a 300 acre property in a country setting just north of Quito in the mountains. We are a training and retreat center which also functions as a camp and are uniquely positioned to reach the roughly 3 million people that live in Quito, 45 minutes away. Our mission is to facilitate a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through nature and outdoor adventure. We offer a wide range of experiences, but always infuse outdoor adventure, rest and spiritual reflection, and purpose/direction into each of our customized experiences. Those experiences range from customized retreats to conferences, youth camps, internships, spiritual retreats, backpacking excursions, short term mission experiences, and community development.

As our Building Projects Manager, you would use your experience in construction to assist us with the following:

  • Works with the Director in executing the implementation of the El Refugio Master Plan for facilities expansion and construction projects 
  • Manages the building schedule and timeline of projects
  • Applies for permits and manages all legal components
  • Works with architects and public works individuals for projects
  • Coordinates hours for maintenance/projects staff
  • Oversees maintenance staff members and seasonal workers to ensure projects maintain the anticipated timeline
  • Aids in and oversees purchasing of materials
  • Maintains the budget for projects, ensuring funds are used responsibly and stays within budget limits
  • Aids in the building process and day to day to work
  • Provides feedback to El Refugio Director and Leadership Team during and after each build/project
  • Aids in sharing financial needs to contacts and supporters in hopes of helping with fundraising needs for projects 


Skills Needed: Willingness to learn Spanish; Experience in construction settings and project management; Experience working with various materials (concrete block, drywall and timber, roof tiles, ceramic flooring, etc.; Has a 'team player' mentality and works well with people of different ages, backgrounds, and cultures; can effectively communicate and work with others; and has a passion for the Lord, desiring to serve Him through their skills and abilities.

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