TimberHomes Vermont is Hiring in Montpelier and Huntington

May 1, 2024

About TimberHomes Vermont

TimberHomes is a small, worker-owned and worker-managed design/build construction company with a focus on the beautiful craft of timber framing. We build custom-designed barns, cabins, houses, carports, pavilions, and kiosks for clients within an hour radius of one of our shops located in Vershire, VT or Montpelier, VT. Our buildings reflect our company values, which include soulful building practice, ecological responsibility, worker quality of life, and community/client involvement. Employees participate in the day-to-day decision making involved in cooperatively managing the company and our dispersed organizational structure is designed to empower individuals to have authority over their own work.

Position Summary

TimberHomes’ seeks one full-time (40 hours/week), short-term site carpenter to join our worker-cooperative with a start date sometime between July 15th and August 15th, 2024 and extending through December. This carpenter would be based out of our Montpelier shop, however, almost all carpentry will take place on a job site in Huntington, VT. On this site we will be building and finishing a modified Very Fine House 2.5 . The frame of this house is a hybrid, with some heavy timber elements and panelized stick frame elements being cut in our Montpelier shop and installed on site. Therefore the first month of this position may involve work at our Montpelier but this is primarily a site based carpentry job.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: timber frame raising, wall and roof panel raising, installation of roof boards, roofing underlayment, air sealing, siding, floors, board and batt insulation, doors, windows, stairs, and other finish details. Some additional shop carpentry may occur such as preparing trim, window casings, stairs, etc.; pre-raising and project mobilization tasks; and other projects as assigned. Prior experience with site carpentry skills is strongly preferred, and TimberHomes will train individuals on TimberHomes’ specific construction details and standards and/or skills that are unfamiliar to them.
These positions are short-term, temporary positions. While at this time TimberHomes is not hiring for long-term shop/site carpenters, some of our long-term carpenters have started with us as short-term workers. In December of 2024, TimberHomes will reassess its need for additional long-term carpenters.

Desired Skills and Competencies

– willingness and ability to commute to site in Huntington, VT
– general knowledge of the carpentry trade and building materials
– ease with reading/following plans and accurately measuring/laying out timbers
– ability to operate the full complement of carpentry tools comfortably and safely, including traditional hand tools
– capacity to work with the flow of labor and materials in a busy job setting
– ability to lift and carry 50 lbs
– comfort working and operating tools at heights
– experience with heavy equipment (tractors, loaders, trailers, etc.) and securing heavy loads is helpful, but not required
– a strong work ethic, attention to detail, excellent problem-solving skills, a positive attitude, and aptitude for both independent and team-oriented work

Ideal Experience and Our Company Culture

The ideal candidate would have site carpentry experience with some timber framing knowledge.

However, a background in other trades or other relevant hands-on work could be a sufficient substitute. The candidate would be interested in commuting to the site in Huntington, VT during the time of employment.
Our Timber Gnomes (as we call ourselves) are tight knit; we try to maintain a steady flow of baked goods and some of us talk about our feelings at work. We value diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from anyone and everyone as long as they have some carpentry and/or trades experience. We’re proud to have many women and queer/trans carpenters working for TimberHomes.
Our wage system is transparent to all employees. Feel free to inquire about our starting wages and the many other benefits of working at TimberHomes.
To apply, please send an interest letter and a brief resume or list of experience to Dawn Robin (). We will review applications on a rolling basis until the job is filled.