The Presidio Trust is seeking a journey-level Carpenter to join our Building Maintenance Team. The Presidio of San Francisco, the 1,491-acre former Army base at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, is now a new kind of national park.  The park includes 477 individually significant historic buildings, about 6 million square feet of office space, and more than 180 historic objects. To date, 325 historic buildings have been fully or partially rehabilitated and are now occupied. Now, these beautiful, historic buildings are revived with new life and new uses for our public visitors, tenants, and employees. The Maintenance Department keeps these spaces both beautiful and functional for their modern uses. 

Our Carpenters construct, frame, and repair our historic and non-historic buildings using a wide variety of wood working machines, tools, techniques, and expertise. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter, carrying out projects from the initial layout to completion under limited supervision; as well as a visual sleuth, interpreting drawings, blueprints, and specifications accurately in order to complete precision work. You will deal directly with tenants and have impeccable customer service skills.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Minimum salary is $31.24 per hour. Applications received by March 19th, 2018 will receive first consideration. We are planning to hold interviews beginning the week of March 26th, make a job offer in early April, and set a work start date in late April, 2018.


  • Study blueprints, sketches, or building plans for information pertaining to type of material required, such as lumber or fiberboard, and dimensions of structure or fixture to be fabricated.
  • Identify specified types of lumber or other materials for specific projects.
  • Prepare common framing layout of walls, flooring and ceiling details.
  • Shape materials to prescribed measurements.
  • Responsible for framing, sheetrock, and cabinetry. Install doors, doorframes, weather-stripping, interior and exterior trim, and finish hardware such as locksets, letter drops, and kick plates.
  • Install and repair wood double hung windows and aluminum windows, including glazing and wooden stops.
  • Verify trueness of structure with carpenters level and a laser level.
  • Erect framework for structures and install subflooring.
  • Build stairs and exterior decks, and install railings and related hardware.
  • Construct roof framing including frieze blocks, ceiling joist and fascia. Install exterior siding, including plywood, and lap siding and prepare exteriors for stucco or masonry finishes.
  • Apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, and decorative paneling to ceilings and walls.
  • Fit and install prefabricated window frames, doors, doorframes, weather stripping, interior and exterior trim, and finish hardware, such as locks, letterdrops, and kick plates.
  • Construct forms for setting concrete and pier blocks. Finish concrete flat work including slabs, sidewalks and curb and gutter.


  • Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school, or six months to one year related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Skilled in setting up and operating the full range of industrial woodworking and related machinery such as routers, band and scroll saws, and drill presses; and in using power and hand tools and other woodworking equipment such as portable drills, clippers, joiners, shavers, tenoners, sanders, power activated nailers, combustion type saws, screw fasteners, and table saws. Skilled in performing routine maintenance on equipment.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals, and a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to write routine reports and effectively present information in one on one and small group situations to tenants and employees of the organization.
  • Ability to use advanced shop mathematics to plan, compute and lay out more complex projects, including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals, and computing ratios and percentages.
  • Ability to independently evaluate problems and determine how or what repairs to make and the type and grade of wood or wood substitute materials and type of tools to use.
  • Ability to accomplish all phases of work independently including work requiring close tolerances, precise fit, and finished appearance.
  • Frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Required to wear all PPE equipment and occasionally a respirator.

About the Presidio Building Maintenance Department

The Presidio is an extraordinary place to work for the thousands of employees of approximately 100 business who lease commercial space in the park. More than 3.5 million square feet of non-residential space is located throughout the park. Approximately 3,000 people reside in 2 million square feet of residential apartments, multiplexes, or single-family homes in one of the 21 distinct Presidio neighborhoods, which are located near forest groves, trails, waterfront paths, a golf course and two beaches. Two-thirds of the buildings are historic, representing a variety of architectural styles, spanning the periods of Spanish rule, the Civil War, World War I & II, through the 20th Century, to present day. The Presidio Trust Building Maintenance Department ensures that these beautiful, historic buildings are renovated and maintained for contemporary uses, while preserving their unique characteristics for our tenants, residents, employees, and visitors. The Building Maintenance Department successfully manages to accomplish these many and varied tasks utilizing green building sustainable practices while holding one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry.