Job Descriptions

Job descriptions and details

Whether we are actively searching for candidates or not, we always want to speak with people that share our passion. Check out our various positions to see if you might be a good fit for steveworks.

About our company

steveworks is a Triple Bottom Line company, committed to people, planet, and prosperity. Our residential remodeling projects exemplify craftsmanship, durability, value, and sustainability. We currently work in the near Boston suburbs. We believe supporting our employees, clients, and the environment are integral to the success of our company and community. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and creating a team that makes you want to come to work every day! We are also transitioning to become a worker-owned co-op.

Lead Carpenter

The lead carpenter is the point person on the jobsite, managing and directing tasks of all crew members and subcontractors on site to ensure efficiency and productivity. The lead carpenter is responsible for customer satisfaction, material take-offs and orders, job site supervision (including protection, cleanliness, and safety), supervising and scheduling subcontractors, inspections, and paperwork. The lead carpenter needs to have the competency of a carpenter, along with the managerial skills to actively manage and supervise all the different people who work on the job site.

Outcomes

  • Projects are completed on time.
  • Projects are completed on budget.
  • Projects are completed to the clients and to the company’s satisfaction.
  • The job site team is cohesive, mutually respectful, and works well together.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Excellent rough and finish carpentry skills
  • Effective communication skills with clients, crew, subcontractors, and management
  • Experience running a crew, scheduling subs, standing inspections
  • Comfort with email communication, spreadsheets, and technology in general
  • Effective problem-solving and ability to plan ahead
  • Understanding of principles of sustainability, building science, advanced framing, air sealing, water management, and weatherization techniques
  • Ability to calculate material takeoffs and order materials
  • Budgeting and time tracking; reporting to management
  • Track record of running a safe, clean, efficient job site
  • Ability to take initiative when needed and show good judgment
  • Ability to lead a job site team that is cohesive, mutually respectful, and works well together
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • RRP & Massachusetts CSL a plus

Responsibilities

  • Has read and follows the steveworks employee handbook
  • Understands principles of sustainability, including advanced framing, air sealing and water management, and can problem solve different approaches
  • Has the ability to get a crew working together productively toward a common goal
  • Sets a positive example for the job site team; does not criticize other team members (including architect, engineer and client) in public; is supportive of crew in general and apprentices in particular
  • Teaches junior and apprentice carpenters, and encourages all crew members to advance carpentry and building science skills
  • Ensures that all crew members understand which job cost code to track time against on timesheets
  • Convenes a 2–5 min. crew meeting during the day to answer questions and make sure time is accurately tracked
  • Arrives consistently on time, works within daily start and stop times, takes break and lunch with crew
  • Organizes work day and work flow to minimize overtime
  • Notifies subcontractors in a timely manner about schedule updates; makes sure subcontractors show up when needed
  • Takes responsibility for making sure job site is ready for subcontractors and for daily on-site subcontractor coordination; includes making sure all rough-ins are located correctly and finishes are installed to steveworks standards
  • Solicits the production manager or designer help for answering design intent and documentation questions as needed
  • Runs weekly client meetings; writes own meeting notes and sends summaries to clients and production team
  • Solves most problems on own initiative; knows when to come to production manager or architect for additional help
  • Is able to keep job site stocked with required materials with three or fewer supplier trips per week
  • Works with production manager to make sure special orders arrive on time and are installed properly
  • Works with production manager to generate change orders; notifies production manager when client requests a change so that paperwork can be presented to client for signature prior to starting additional work
  • Works with production manager to understand budget and hold to it
  • Works with production manager to understand schedule, update it, hold to it, and communicate clearly and in a timely fashion any anticipated delays in completion date, and reasons for delays
  • Works with the production manager to understand all aspects of the “job book” and fully understands the documents within
  • Is able to maintain high standards without production manager, architect, or project manager intervention;
  • Maintains personal, job site, and crew safety at all times
  • Make sure job site is clean at the end of the day and well-organized during the day
  • Keeps client accurately and consistently informed about issues of importance to the client; keeps a reliable job site notebook; responds to client requests quickly and professionally; solicits production manager or architect help with those requests if needed; keeps production manager informed of everything that is communicated to client
  • Schedules and handles required building inspections
  • Takes responsibility for completing all punch list and job-close out tasks
  • Is 100% reliable about returning calls promptly; maintains cell phone and iPad in good working order and in close proximity; uses email and other relevant software effectively
  • Works well with 1–3 helpers of mixed skill levels; is able to work with other leads effectively to schedule helpers efficiently and across projects
  • Shows good comprehension of the skill components listed below; shows ongoing interest in continuing education
  • Submits coded receipts to the office in a reliable and timely fashion, and
  • Holds and maintains required licenses.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, year-round hourly position with a pay range of $33-37/hour depending on experience. steveworks offers a comprehensive health insurance policy for employees, including family coverage, health reimbursement account (HRA), a 401(k) contribution, generous paid vacation and holidays, paid sick leave, and a tool allowance.


Carpenter

The carpenter reports to and supports the lead carpenter in meeting [steveworks]’s goals of on time and on budget as well as to the clients’ satisfaction. Carpenters take direction from the lead carpenter.

Outcomes

  • Assignments from the Lead Carpenter are completed reliably, accurately, and professionally
  • The job site team is cohesive, mutually respectful, and works well together
  • The lead carpenter is confident that the carpenter has their back

Required Skills and Experience

  • Rough and finish carpentry skills
  • Global understanding of all major aspects of construction projects the company performs; can foresee the next several steps so as not to have to backtrack, duplicate work, or do unnecessary work
  • Can read and follow plans and specifications
  • Understands principles of sustainability, including advanced framing, air sealing, water management, and weatherization, and can problem-solve different approaches
  • Works well with others, including less experienced coworkers
  • Maintains a clean, safe job site
  • Demonstrates effective problem-solving and ability to plan ahead
  • Can take initiative when needed and show good judgment
  • OSHA 5 certification

Responsibilities

  • Has read and follows the steveworks employee handbook
  • Sets a positive example for the job site team; does not criticize other team members (including architect, engineer and client) in public; is supportive of crew in general and apprentices in particular
  • Submits accurate timesheets on a weekly basis
  • Arrives consistently on time, works within daily start and stop times, takes break and lunch with crew
  • Works with lead carpenter to organize work day and work flow to minimize overtime
  • Solves most problems on own initiative; knows when to come to lead carpenter for additional help
  • Works with lead carpenter to maintain personal, job site, and co-worker safety at all times
  • Makes own work areas clean at the end of the day and well-organized during the day
  • Is 100% reliable about returning calls promptly; maintains cell phone in good working order and in close proximity; uses email and other relevant software effectively
  • Works well with others on the job site, including less experienced employees
  • Shows good comprehension of the skill components listed below; shows ongoing interest in continuing education, and
  • Submits coded receipts to the lead carpenter in a reliable and timely fashion.

Carpentry skills

  • Accomplish tasks proficiently by themselves and without supervision
  • Lay out wall framing, floor framing, and roof framing
  • Operate all required tools, including table saw and compound miter saw, safely and efficiently
  • Install all types of exterior siding and trim
  • Install and patch hardwood flooring, including stairs
  • Install door knobs, adjust doors, etc.
  • Apply roofing underlayment and finishes
  • Be proficient in door and window installation and flashing procedures
  • Perform accurate sill layout
  • Know roofing skills, including valleys, edge and ridge cap, standing seam skills, and shingles
  • Understand and spot/adjust and troubleshoot all waterproofing, flashing, and underlayment scenarios
  • Build and install interior trim
  • Hang kitchen cabinets, including layout, leveling, troubleshooting, room discrepancy solutions
  • Cut and install rough and finished stairs
  • Safely set up, use, and monitor all ladders, scaffold, and fall-protection equipment
  • Make material lists for framing, sheathing, and trim
  • Have global understanding of all major aspects of construction projects the company performs, including being able to foresee the next several steps so as not to have to back track, duplicate work, or do unnecessary work, and
  • Able to give sequential instructions to Apprentices to company standards.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, year-round hourly position with a pay range of $25-32/hour depending on experience. steveworks offers a comprehensive health insurance policy for employees, including family coverage, health reimbursement account (HRA), a 401(k) contribution, generous paid vacation and holidays, paid sick leave, and a tool allowance.


Apprentice Carpenter

The apprentice carpenter represents an opportunity for a relatively inexperienced person to develop skills as a carpenter in a supportive learning environment.

Outcomes

  • Learns quickly and eagerly
  • Fits in well with the rest of the crew
  • Advances steadily and within a reasonable amount of time is promoted to the carpenter position

Responsibilities (by end of trial period)

  • Has read and follows the steveworks employee handbook
  • Shows an ability to get along with a range of supervisors and trainers
  • Has a strong desire to learn and contribute; has a positive attitude even toward more distasteful tasks; is willing to work with all leads; is able and willing to keep busy
  • Shows a steady increase in number of continuous hours per day they can work unsupervised, to minimize impact of training on productivity over time
  • Learns to help facilitate subcontractor productivity on site
  • Shows steady ability to apply lessons learned from past mistakes to subsequent work
  • Is developing a familiarity with construction products; reliably comes back from the lumberyard or other supplier with the right items
  • Works with team to be aware of hours available for a task or phase, and tries to stay within those parameters
  • Works with the team to assure steady productivity and schedule awareness
  • Shows steady, satisfactory improvement (both quality and speed)
  • Gives safety its proper priority; shows good job site sense with regard to safety practices
  • Takes initiative to help keep job site organized
  • Is polite with client; makes sure requests from client are quickly and accurately communicated to the lead carpenter or project supervisor
  • Returns calls and emails promptly; remembers staff meetings and shows up on time
  • Demonstrates ability to learn quickly; is open to learning new tasks; demonstrates strong inclination for a wide variety of educational opportunities; and
  • Submits timesheets and coded receipts to the office in a reliable and timely fashion.

Carpentry skills (by end of trial period)

  • Successfully complete safety training on all related equipment and materials
  • Demonstrate use, storage, and maintenance of all related hand and power tools, according to current industry and OSHA standards
  • Identify and describe scaffold safety practices and procedures
  • Use and maintain ladders, scaffolding, and fall protection according to current industry and OSHA standards
  • Identify the safety hazards associated with the use of ladder brackets, and suggest alternatives
  • Identify and apply OSHA and other health and safety regulations that apply to specific tasks and jobs in carpentry
  • Read a tape measure to 1/16th of an inch
  • Add/subtract fractions
  • Use a calculator to multiply, divide, and perform basic trigonometric functions
  • Define the importance of a 3-4-5 triangle to carpentry calculations
  • Check walls for plumb using a level and a plumb bob
  • Check floors and walls for square
  • Check floors and ceilings of varying distances for level
  • Describe and demonstrate the use and care of hand tools
  • Demonstrate use and maintenance of layout, marking, and measuring tools
  • Demonstrate use and maintenance of fastening, clamping, and dismantling tools
  • Demonstrate use and maintenance of sawing tools
  • Demonstrate use and maintenance of drilling and boring tools
  • Demonstrate use and maintenance of planing, smoothing, and shaping tools
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of a portable circular saw
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of a portable power miter box
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of a portable table saw
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of reciprocating saws
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of a screw gun
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of pneumatic equipment
  • Demonstrate the use and maintenance of power fastening tools
  • Explain the importance of layout at 16 and 24 inches on center
  • Identify floor framing members
  • Explain why and demonstrate how to crown joists
  • Explain the purpose of sill seal
  • Describe the purpose and apply blocking
  • Identify subfloor material thickness
  • List the purpose of construction adhesive
  • Explain and apply nail spacing and nail sizing
  • Can assist in framing
  • Can assist in all phases of exterior siding and trim, and
  • Can assist in hanging kitchen cabinets, installing door knobs, adjusting doors, etc.

Compensation and Benefits

To be discussed.