Carpenter I - Lead

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on June 17, 2022
Apply Now

The Carpenter I – Lead position is a working lead. The incumbent will perform journey-level carpentry work consisting of construction, repair and maintenance of equipment in King County facilities such as Detention, Health Care Clinics and office spaces. This position will also perform lead duties such as identifying, scheduling, coordinating, planning, assigning, and overseeing the work of other crew members.
 Building Operations Section (BOS) is responsible for custodial services, maintenance, and building operations as well as building security. BOS is committed to providing high quality service to effectively and efficiently support and maintain King County's buildings.
BOS maintains approximately 3 million square feet in facilities where King County provides regional services including the King County Courthouse, District Courts, Maleng Regional Justice Center, King County Administration Building, King County Animal Shelter, and several Public Health facilities. Our facilities range in age from 8 to 100 years with equipment and assets that represent a similar age range.

 King County was named "Best-in-State Employer" in the Forbes magazine 2019, ranking 16 on the list of best employers in Washington State, visit Awards given to King County to see more! King County's Investing in YOU initiative to build a workplace where ALL employees can thrive and become the nation's Best Run Government. Enjoy a balanced life with benefits that support you!
 Why it's worth taking a second look at working for King County:
 As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
 We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
 To learn more, please visit:

Job Duties

In addition to Carpenter I duties, the successful candidate will demonstrate skill and/or ability at a minimum to:

  • Identify scope of work, prioritize daily work assignments and assign work to individuals.
  • Develop strategies and/or mechanical solutions for projects and existing systems. Perform systems analysis; troubleshoot.
  • Direct, coordinate and assist individuals in their regular duties.
  • Coordinate the unit’s work with other crafts.
  • Establish and maintain repair and maintenance records.
  • Establish procedures and implement training programs.
  • Calculate labor, material and equipment charges, permit fees and subcontractor costs for various projects; write purchase orders; and track materials for delivery.
  • May lead others within the same trade and/or utility workers, laborers and/or helpers on a temporary basis for specific projects.
  • Assist the foreman in planning and implementing of special projects associated with maintenance, preventative maintenance, and construction projects.
  • Respond to trouble calls, customer complaints, equipment failures and work requests.
  • Plan, design, construct, and coordinate assigned construction projects.
  • Ensure all required documents such as staff payroll records and work orders are properly filled out and turned in.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have experience performing the work of a journey-level Carpenter, and able to work independently or with other Carpenters, or in a composite team with other trades.
  • Have experience in a leadership position; giving direction, planning and coordinating the work of others; Project Leadership applies.
  • Have the ability to communicate and synthesize complex ideas and concepts effectively in multiple settings with a diverse audience.
  • Are customer – focused in building and maintaining positive relationships with multiple stakeholders and team members.
  • Have experience with estimating materials and labor needed to complete work.
  • Are proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Have skill in problem-solving.
  • Assess, research, and recommend solutions for facility carpentry needs with assistance from coworkers and leads as needed.
  • Three (3) years or more of experience performing the work of a journey-level Carpenter.
  • One (1) year or more of experience in trade industry in a leadership position.


Supplemental Information


  • This recruitment is open to the general public, however King County Career Service union members interested in a lateral transfer will be considered first. This recruitment is an effort to fill our immediate vacancies as well as create a hire list that will be used for any positions that become vacant within the next 12 months.
  • This position is required to be on a paid rotating standby list for non-duty days such as weekends and holidays.
  • Main office locations include King County Courthouse in Downtown Seattle and/or the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. 
  • Historically this position is scheduled to work an 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. shift, Monday-Friday.  This schedule may vary and is subject to change dependent upon operational needs.
  • The position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore overtime-eligible.
  • Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek.
  • This position is represented by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, 30.
  • The selected applicant must also possess a valid Washington State driver's license or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles.
  • Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a stringent and thorough federal and county background investigation and clearing a pre-employment physical examination.
  • This position has been designated as Emergency Responders meaning an employee designated by their department leadership who provides for and maintains the functions of county essential services.
If you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact Jessica Mango at or 206-477-9082
Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

Required Question