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Departmental Assistant (Carpenter - Summer Season)

UMass Amherst
United States, Massachusetts, Amherst
Jul 09, 2024

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Perform varied carpentry tasks, including layout, framing, hanging / finishing gypsum wall board, painting, flooring installation, trim / finish carpentry, installations, doors.

Essential Functions



  • Perform general construction tasks and perform carpentry work using hand and power tools such as drills and saws.
  • Assist co-workers during the course of a job; holding materials or tools in place while co-worker works on them; cleaning work area upon completion.
  • Work with individuals or teams of tradespeople on construction projects, with tasks including demolition and installation of partitions, ceilings, floors, fixtures, doors, windows, etc.
  • Assist in erecting and/or dismantling scaffolding and/or rigging used to gain access to high places.
  • Maintain machinery, equipment, and tools by cleaning, lubricating, greasing, oiling, etc., to ensure their optimum working order.
  • Operate automobiles, trucks, power tools, hand tools and other equipment as required in support of maintenance, repairs and construction activities.
  • Perform varied tasks to assist co-workers in the performance of their duties in a variety of trades (e.g. Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, etc.).
  • Perform routine related maintenance and repair, maintain machinery, equipment and tools, install glass, install and replace floor covering, and perform related work as required.
  • Perform related duties such as furnishing tools and materials to co-workers during the course of a job; holding materials or tools in place while co-worker works on them; cleaning work area upon completion.



Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)



  • Ability to complete carpentry tasks as required for renovation work.
  • Possession of a current and valid Driver's License.
  • Knowledge and skill in the use and operation of handheld power tools such as drills, etc.
  • Knowledge and skill in uses of small hand tools such as pliers, chisels, hammers, etc.
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the care and maintenance of small and handheld power tools.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to maintain a calm manner in emergency situations.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to climb ladders and scaffolds.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Physical stamina and endurance.
  • Mechanical aptitude.
  • Manual dexterity.



Work Schedule



  • Monday - Friday, 6:00am - 2:00pm.
  • This is a temporary, unbenefited position.



Physical Demands/ Working Conditions



  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a construction crew.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to climb ladders and scaffolds.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.



Additional Details



  • Employee will acquire on the job knowledge of materials, tools and equipment used in one or more trades including plumbing, electrical or carpentry, type and uses of agency forms, knowledge of the policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.
  • This is a seasonal assignment for the summer.



Salary Information

$26.00 per hour.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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