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Volunteer Construction Crew Lead

  • June 17, 2021 12:55 PM
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    About Us

    At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that everyone deserves a stable and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. We are proud to be among the top affiliates in the nation with leading edge program development, construction, innovation, and fundraising. We are invested in creating a Portland Region where everyone has the opportunity to build a better life.

    We are intentional about building a healthy and thriving organizational culture and envision a community of staff, partners, volunteers, and donors who are deeply committed to equitable and anti-racist practices in every facet of our organization. We engage in continual learning and seek ways to operationalize equitable practices. Our Equity Statement and Cultural Compact are living, breathing documents that we continually work toward.

    Position Summary

    The Construction Crew Lead is integral to Habitat for Humanity’s goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area. The primary responsibility is to lead groups of volunteers to build homes at different phases of construction. Tasks include but are not limited to site prep, framing, finish carpentry, interior and exterior paint, landscaping, clean up, and performing punch list work assigned by the Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. Crew Leads also provide daily-on site orientations and safety talks. On occasion, participation in larger community projects and affiliate events is required, at times outside of the normal work week.


    Closing date: open until filled

    Location: Portland, Oregon

    Position: Volunteer Construction Crew Lead

    Reports to: Construction Superintendent

    Location: Assigned Job Site(s)

    Type: Full-time, Non-exempt

    Compensation:  Starting range of $15.00 - $18.00 per hour, commensurate with experience

    Key Responsibilities

    Volunteers and Partner Homeowners

    • Lead and teach crews of volunteers in building homes.
    • Understand elements that contribute to successful volunteer experiences and help ensure that volunteers have a consistently safe, positive, encouraging environment, motivating them to return.
    • Ensure that communication with volunteers and partner homeowners is respectful, accurate, and timely.
    • Assist in identifying volunteer jobs/needs not currently filled and satisfy needs with appropriate volunteers.
    • Lead small groups of volunteers, ensuring that they are well-utilized while on the work sites.
    • Use volunteer management techniques to facilitate positive experiences for volunteers and partner families working on site.
    • Collaborate with construction staff to identify skilled/enthusiastic volunteers and cultivate their involvement in Habitat’s work (i.e., encourage them to consider being trained as regular site leaders and/or returning volunteers)


    • Assist with hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, site prep, framing, roofing, finish carpentry, landscaping, and clean up.
    • “Fix” construction task performed below acceptable standards by volunteers.
    • Assist the Construction Supervisor in meeting the project schedule.
    • Keep the Construction Supervisor informed of any conditions that negatively affect the build.
    • Organize, inventory, and track tools and equipment for volunteers on the job sites, including PPE, safety equipment, and first aid kits.
    • Maintain a clean worksite.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    • Maintain project safety in accordance with OSHA Standards, including site safety inspections in Procore.
    • Maintain site safety through modeling of safety practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring.
    • Attend safety trainings, often with other construction staff.
    • Provide on-site orientations and safety talks to groups of volunteers and family partners.


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and/or with varied language skills.
    • Proven leadership skills; positive disposition and even temperament
    • Understand and embrace the volunteer perspective.
    • Strong multi-tasking skills, including managing various projects and deadlines.
    • Keen attention to detail
    • Problem-solving skills, including supervising unexpected issues and emergencies.
    • Commitment to affordable housing development and the mission of Habitat

    Minimum Qualifications

    • One year minimum experience in the construction/contracting business.
    • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • Experience volunteering and/or managing volunteers.
    • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Carpenter or framer experience

    Work Environment and Physical Demands

    • Job is located at and operates on the assigned active construction site.
    • Position is very active and requires climbing ladders as well as considerable standing, bending, kneeling, and reaching in awkward and tiring positions during varying weather conditions.
    • Employee must frequently lift, move, and/or load items over 50 pounds with mechanical assistance or a team lift.


    • Tue-Sat 7:30am - 3:30pm, occasional events outside the normal work week


    We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

    • Health insurance (medical, vision, alternative, prescription)
    • Health reimbursement arrangement
    • Dental insurance
    • Generous paid time off
    • 3% matching 403(b) retirement plan
    • Flexible spending accounts
    • Short-term disability insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • And more!

    How to Apply

    Submit the following materials at:

    • Cover letter addressing how your personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this position.
    • Resume
    • Three professional references

    Employment is contingent on passing a background check.

    Habitat for Humanity Portland Region hires a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive.

    Habitat for Humanity Portland Region is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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