Painter I (T3M : JCC Council 5-Painters)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 13, 2021
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The King County’s Building Operations Section (BOS) within Facilities Management Division (FMD), is currently looking to hire a Painter who wants to be part of a team that prides themselves at providing excellent customer service to our King County customers. This position is part of our Paint/Sign Shop and will be responsible for performing journey-level painter duties such as prepping and painting interior and exterior surfaces and fulfilling sign work orders.


This position requires the capability to respond to shifting priorities all while accomplishing daily tasks in a safety sensitive work environment. The painter must have strong communication skills to interact, collaborate, and prioritize problems with coworkers, customers, and management in a demanding fast paced environment.


Who are we?

Through a workforce of over 300 dedicated employees, the FMD operates and manages the County's capital assets by developing and maintaining cost-conscious, sustainable, high-quality facilities, and environments. The BOS provides custodial services, maintenance and building operations as well as building security. BOS is committed to providing high quality service to support and maintain buildings effectively and efficiently.


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.


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Job Duties


In order to be considered for this exciting opportunity, the successful candidate at minimum will demonstrate skill and ability to: 

  • Perform journey-level painting activities including interior/exterior facility.

  • Conduct duties in a calm, professional, and efficient manner under close supervision.

  • Prepare a variety of surfaces and apply various coatings to both interiors and exteriors of buildings and facilities, amenities, equipment, and furnishings.

  • Operate, clean, and maintain various pieces of equipment.

  • Operate equipment such as high lift, scissor lift, forklift, striping machine, paint sprayer and power tools.

  • Finish drywall with various texture techniques.

  • Ensure proper use, storage, handling, and disposal of all hazardous, chemical, and paint materials.

  • Document maintenance and repair activities on work orders and maintain detailed paint logs in our Maximo work order system.

  • Provide technical assistance and advice to coworkers and supervisors.

  • Be available for mandatory overtime as needed and to perform other duties as assigned.

  • Use and carry a King County issued cell phone for communications.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills


  • Completed a verifiable apprenticeship program or equivalent program and at least three years of full-time paid experience as a journey-level painter, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of preparing, mixing, blending, harmonizing, and contrasting colors, and occupational hazards and materials and tools of the painting trade.

  • Knowledge of paints, varnishes, enamels, paint removers and their properties and application.

  • Ability to clearly communicate orally and in writing and follow directions.

  • Skill in selecting proper materials, mixing, and matching paints, and applying paints and other finishes with brushes or spray guns.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of the standard practices, materials, and tools of the painting trade 
  • Ability to be organized on the job site, in the shop and in an office setting.
  • Skill in working at heights from ladders and scaffolding.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks including, bending, kneeling, standing, reaching, climbing, stooping, squatting, and twisting on a regular basis.

  • Familiarity with using or the ability to learn sign creation software.

Supplemental Information


  • This position is open to ALL qualified candidates.

  • This position has been designated Mission Critical, which means that you provide for and maintain critical functions of county services that must remain operational, but may not be critical to the emergency response. In the event of an emergency, you must report for work as directed by your management or your immediate supervisor/lead.

  • This position reports to the King County Courthouse in Downtown Seattle, however, may be relocated to other locations such as the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, WA.

  • The work schedule is Monday-Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • We are also creating a hiring list for any future positions that become available in the next 12 months.
  • These positions are non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore overtime-eligible.
  • Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; schedule and work location are to be determined.
  • Incumbents in these positions are represented by the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 5.
  • Final appointment is contingent upon successfully passing a thorough federal and county background investigation and clearing a pre-employment physical examination.

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement 
As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th.   People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

This directive applies to 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.

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 And 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 AND 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. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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