Department of Public Works (DPW)

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Statement of Duties

The Carpenter in Buildings and Grounds constructs, alters and repairs structures, buildings, furniture equipment and fixtures made of wood or similar materials.  Work is performed in accordance with building codes and standard trade practices.  Fabricates, alters, and repairs structural wood work, floors, stairways, and fixtures.  Performs such activities as measuring, sawing, squaring, drilling, drilling, sanding, fitting and fastening.  Performs repairs on such equipment as desks, chairs, tables, shelves, and cabinets.  Hangs doors and repairs related hardware.  Repairs windows, frames, and screens.  Performs other duties as required.


Safety Sensitive Position



5 plus years’ experience.


Must have ability to receive and interpret written and oral instructions from supervisor.


Must be in good health, dependable and able to do hard physical work.


Must have and demonstrate ability to use tools of trade in workmanlike manner.


Must possess valid Massachusetts Class D driver’s license.


Must possess valid Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Builder's License, Department of Labor & Industries Contractor License, or Board of Building Regulations & Standards Construction Supervisors License.


WORK ENVIRONMENT                                                                                                                              

This position primarily works indoors, but may be subject to outdoor environmental conditions, including wet, hot and cold, and exposure to fumes, dust and air contaminants. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Work may require some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain, or standing or walking most of the work period.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to bend, crawl, climb, reach, twist, turn, kneel, bend, crouch, stoop, move about, hear and speak. Noise level may be high when operating power equipment. Employee may be exposed to outside weather conditions especially in emergency repair situations.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and greater than 50 pounds using appropriate equipment.

Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with constant interruptions; and interact with City staff. The position also requires balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping and feeling to complete tasks.

Visual Skills

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Employee is required to properly use such safety equipment as is appropriate to the work to prevent injury to self or others.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by February 21, 2019 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
Salary: $851.14 +$50 weekly plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Application End Date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019