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St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

Job Details



Position Title: Carpenter

Department: Facilities

Reports To: Assistant Director of Facilities

Classification: Non-Exempt

FTE: 1.0

Salary: $30/hr

Essential Job Duties:

1. General Carpenter Shop Responsibilities
  • Utilize maintenance software to complete requested work orders
  • Be self-motivated and has the ability to work independently
  • Accurately track and maintain time and material costs
  • Communicate with faculty, staff, and students
  • Assist in maintaining the safety and efficiency of all carpenter shop operations
  • Use a variety of tools, processes, materials, and equipment in completing assigned projects and work orders

2. Daily Jobs Task
  • Implement and develop standard maintenance procedures
  • Perform repairs on flooring and wall tile
  • Perform repairs on furniture and assorted fixtures
  • Investigate and perform minor repairs on building leaks, including leaks in commercial flat roof systems
  • Build shelves, cabinets, and other specialty items
  • Perform repairs on commercial doors, windows, and hardware
  • Perform rough and finish carpentry work for renovation and new construction
  • Install, tape, and finish drywall
  • Perform basic paint/plaster/drywall tasks
  • Perform concrete and masonry work
  • Communicate with outside contractors
  • Work with other tradespeople to complete tasks and projects

3. Support Campus Events
  • Coordinate work with various campus offices, departments, and individuals
  • Set up seating, shells, risers, and stages for special events

4. Support, respect, and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community

5. Complete and meet deadlines for required training and performance management cycle

6. Perform other related duties as assigned

Work Schedule:

Term: Year-round

Shift: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. overtime hours as required; travel up to 10% of work schedule, which includes local (Twin Cities metro area) travel.
Flexible work arrangements may be proposed and are subject to approval by HR and relevant supervisors. Occasional evening and weekend hours as required

Required Qualifications:
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English
  • Ability to interpret and build from construction drawings
  • Understanding of safe of operation of hand, power, and pneumatic tools
  • Ability to repeatedly lift up to 70 pounds
  • Ability to climb ladders and work at heights
  • Ability to crawl and be on hands and knees for extended periods of time
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and adapt to changing directions
  • Ability to work well as a team member as well as independently
  • Ability to perform high-quality work quickly
  • Ability to effectively meet and communicate with college faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to train, organize, assign work to, and supervise student crews in the summer
  • Maintain a valid driver's license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record
  • Skills in using standard office equipment and computer applications, including email, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases, or willingness to learn.

Education: High school diploma or equivalent

Experience: 2+ years of rough carpentry; 2+ years in finished carpentry; Experience managing small crews

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with commercial flat roofing systems
  • Proficient use of the Google Workspace software
  • Skilled in computer-aided design


Employment in this position is conditioned upon successful completion of a background check, which may include criminal background checks, reference checks, verification of work history, verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, a motor vehicle check, verification of a DOT certification, a credit check, employment eligibility verification, and/or a pre-employment physical. Whether a background check is deemed successfully completed will be at the sole discretion of St. Olaf College. Please note that St. Olaf College reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to conduct periodic background checks.


This job description is for general information purposes. It is not intended to list all duties and responsibilities of the position. This job description is subject to change at any time, with or without prior notice, by St. Olaf College.

About Us

Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a 9% retirement match, monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, contributions to eligible employees' health savings accounts, a significant tuition discount (up to an 80% reduction) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employees' children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of the college's benefits, please see the summary of our benefits here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

A summary of the Flexible Work Policy for staff:

A link to our DEI page:

A virtual campus tour:

An overview of Northfield:

An overview of the Twin Cities:

The college strongly recommends that incoming students and new employees complete the primary COVID vaccine series before beginning their studies or work on campus, and that all members of our campus community remain up to date with COVID vaccines, per CDC guidance.

St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.

For Staff Application Assistance:

For Faculty Application Assistance:

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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St. Olaf College

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf serves 3,000 students, ranks #1 among U.S. colleges for the number of students studying abroad, and celebrates carbon-free electrical power.  Its mission is to challenge students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.  The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities.

A St. Olaf education embraces the entire undergraduate experience. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in residence halls, rehearsal rooms, practice fields, worship services, student employment, and community organizations. These diverse learning opportunities work together to help students achieve a comprehensive set of college-wide learning goals.

At St. Olaf College we are dedicated to creating an inclusive and globally engaged community. We believe in fostering different identities, beliefs, and traditions because our differences make us stronger. St. Olaf strives to promote cultural diversity and multicultural understanding and create a campus where individuals of all backgrounds feel accepted and supported. We encourage applications from candidates committed to the enrichment of our diverse community.

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