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Carpenter Work Leader

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Carpenter Work Leader. 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 Carpenter Work Leader leads and performs journey-level work on a crew of carpenters responsible for constructing, erecting, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, wood substitute and wallboard requiring close tolerance fit and structural soundness, and conforming to building codes.

Our ideal candidate is a team player with excellent communication skills, strong computer skills, and the ability to assess and problem solve.


This is a full-time position with benefits and a minimum salary of $32.68 per hour. Applications received by November 18, 2019 will receive first consideration.



  • Plan new or modified installations to minimize waste of materials, provide access for future maintenance, and insure that all UBC and ADA codes, as applicable, are followed.
  • Prepare sketches showing locations of wiring, mechanical, and equipment, or follow diagrams or blueprints, ensure that all concealed components are installed before completion of future walls, ceilings, and flooring.
  • Prioritize workload and, when necessary, work in the field alongside crew to support Turns and Work Orders.
  • Interpret drawings, blueprints, and specifications independently for information pertaining to type of material required, such as lumber or fiberboard, and dimensions of structure or fixture to be fabricated.
  • Determine the layout and work sequences and types of lumber or special related materials; plans and carries out projects from initial layout to completion.
  • Select specified type of lumber or other materials.
  • Prepare layout.
  • Use a wide variety of wood working machines and tools to assemble items with a variety of joining techniques such as miters, rabbets, dados, biscuit, and mortise and tenon, and use glues and adhesives to secure wood pieces, veneers, and counter tops.   
  • Mark cutting and assembly lines on materials.
  • Shape materials to prescribed measurements.
  • Assemble cut and shape materials and fasten them together with nails, dowel pins, or glue.
  • Verify trueness of structure with plumb bob and carpenter's level.
  • Erect framework for structures and lays subflooring.
  • Build stairs and lay out and install partitions and cabinet work.
  • Cover subfloor with building paper to keep out moisture and lays hardwood, parquet, and wood-strip-block floors by nailing floors to subfloor or cementing them to mastic or asphalt base.
  • 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, letter drops, and kick plates.
  • Construct forms and chutes for pouring concrete.
  • Erect scaffolding and ladders for assembling structures above ground level.
  • Instruct crews according to guidance and deliverables as received from supervisor and initiate work projects with crews or individuals, e.g., by assigning the immediate tasks to be performed by individual members of the crew.
  • Work along with others and set the pace of work.
  • Demonstrate proper work methods.
  • Ensure that needed plans, blueprints, materials, and tools are available, and that needed stock is obtained from supply locations.
  • Obtain needed information or decisions from supervisors in order to solve problems that come up during the work.
  • Maintain current knowledge of, and answer questions of other workers on, procedures, policies, written instructions, and other directives.
  • Ensure continuous work is available, scheduled and prepared in order to keep everyone in the work crew busy.
  • Check work in progress and ensure supervisor's instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines have been met.
  • Urge or advise other workers to follow instructions from supervisors, and that deadlines are met.
  • Ensure that safety and housekeeping rules are followed.
  • Report to supervisors on status and progress of work and causes for work delays.
  • Answer questions of supervisors on overall work operations and problems (for example, concerning additional on-the-job training requirements for individual employees).
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Associate degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or
  • Six (6) months to one (1) year related experience and/or
  • Training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Valid Driver's License
  • 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;
  • Skilled in operating and 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 drawings for the repairs and upgrades of historic and non-historic buildings for both residential and nonresidential structures. 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to use advanced shop mathematics to plan, compute and lay out more complex projects, including the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals, and the ability to compute 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. 
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 
  • Ability to write routine work reports; ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables. 
  • Ability to direct a crew in the performance of assigned work.


About the Presidio Building Stewardship 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 Stewardship 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 Stewardship 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.


Driver's License Investigation & Review

This position requires a current, valid Driver's License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver's license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver's license investigation as a New Entrant, and annual driver's license reviews thereafter. An individual's granting of an investigation and resulting reports thereafter is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a driver's license investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete the driver's license investigation.