Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College is pleased to announce an opportunity for an expierenced carpenter in our full time (40 hours/week), year-round role. Carpenters perform skilled work for all interior and exterior carpentry activities involved in the construction, remodeling, operation, maintenance and repair of all facilities and equipment. Work may be for new or exisiting residential housing, office buildings and/or general campus facilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of carpentry, developing a plan or layout for the project or following a blueprint or schematic. 
  • Maintain, construct, install, alter, and repair structures and fixtures including but not limited to doors, door closures, roofs, windows, frames, furniture, cabinets, shades, flooring, walls, structural supports and exteriors using hand and power tools such as drills, jointers, sanders, saws, and other equipment of the carpentry trade. 
  • Verify trueness of structures using plumb bob and level. Observe soundness and aesthetics of all structures and fixtures and inform supervisors of work needed.
  • Install and finish drywall, wood paneling, and siding.  Fill cracks and other defects in plaster or plasterboard and sand patch, using patching plaster, trowel, and sanding tool.  Install and maintain wood, ceramic, and resilient or cement floors including carpet tiles.  
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans to prepare project layout and determine materials and equipment required for assigned work.  Indicate any changes on as-built plans. Select and order lumber and other required materials, as directed.   
  • Operate assigned vehicles as required to assist with transport of goods to designated areas and/or to facilitate execution of job functions.  
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations including using appropriate guards and safety devices on all equipment.  Maintain a safe and clean work environment. 
  • Expected to be available by telephone to assist in any emergency.
  • Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with.  Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.

Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnic/racial minorities, international and global constituents, sexual minorities, and various social classes, among other identities. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 


  • High School graduate and/or GED equivalent required; completion of a carpentry vocation/technical school or recognized apprenticeship program in carpentry is preferred.
  • Five (5) plus years of relevant experience in the carpentry or building trades is required including experience and familiarity with all phases of carpentry work, from framing through finish work Seven plus (7+) years’ experience preferred, cabinetmaker experience is a plus.  Requires skilled carpentry ability which includes, among other things, the use of small hand and power tools, precision measuring and testing devices, mechanical equipment and materials applicable to the carpentry trade. 
  • Ability to interpret blueprints, technical drawings and schematics as well conceptualize, plan and execute advanced carpentry projects.  
  • Proficient in use of computer technology (gmail/email and other programs as needed).  
  • Valid/current driver’s license.
  • Requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, prioritize and complete work orders in a timely manner.  
  • Language Skills: Ability to read and comprehend written instructions, correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write correspondence; Ability to read, comprehend and follow oral instructions and procedures.  Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Exceptional customer service skills; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships with internal customers; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships with internal customers. Demonstrated ability to multi-task, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, and complete work orders in a timely manner.  
  • Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure and inventory, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals to solve problems.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and discussing ideas with supervisor. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Working conditions and physical demands

This position works both indoors and outside of regular office buildings, academic/campus facilities, residential houses and the general maintenance plant building.  This position requires routine medium to heavy physical exertion; typically involves lifting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and climbing stairs, stepladders and extension ladders to coordinate work.  This position requires the ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds and the ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force frequently. This position may require some overtime as well as weekend and holiday coverage.