Construction Laborer

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ORGANIZATION: Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation


The primary responsibility of the Construction Laborer is to assist trade personnel to perform residential construction and renovation projects, including general construction, insulation, plumbing, basic wiring, HVAC, siding, and roofing. This is a multi-faceted position requiring the individual to perform tasks and assignments across a broad range of rehabilitation-related construction projects, either independently, with an assigned work crew and/or in conjunction with volunteers assigned to the project.


The Job Site

  • Performs a variety of rough carpentry tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: wall framing, floor framing, roof framing, door and window framing, stair framing, and roof and wall sheathing.
  • Performs a variety of tasks that require working at heights equivalent to two or three stories, including but not limited to, roof tear off, installation of new roof sheathing, membrane and asphalt roofing materials, and window installation.
  • Performs all work activity in conformance to the "Work Site Safety Plan" as provided by the Construction Supervisor.
  • Performs a variety of finish carpentry tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: interior and exterior trim work, drywall hanging and finishing, siding work, hanging of doors, and installation of windows.
  • Performs a variety of plumbing tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: roughing in supply lines and drain lines, and installing tubs, shower units, sinks, water closets, and vent systems.
  • Performs a variety of electrical tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: rough in work of receptacles and switch circuits, lighting circuits, troubleshooting of electrical problems, relocation of existing lines, and circuit breaker installation.
  • Performs a variety of masonry tasks, including, but not limited to, the following: block and brick work, foundations, form work, and slab construction.
  • Ensures the health and safety of building occupants.
  • Provides appropriate project documentation and completes paperwork as required.
  • Ensures quality of his/her completed assignments.
  • Determines the appropriate actions to take in regards to assigned tasks.
  • Maintains a secure worksite with regard to all equipment and materials.
  • Performs related work as required.

General Requirements

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • Minimum of two years of experience or technical training in construction, building trades, or other related discipline sufficient to demonstrate a thorough understanding of construction theory and techniques such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, physical plant maintenance, or any combination of education and experience, sufficient to demonstrate possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Possess and maintain a valid Virginia Driver License, with the daily availability of a reliable transportation carrying adequate insurance.
  • Clear speaking voice and the mental and physical ability to perform essential job functions without any health restrictions, including the ability to sit, stand, be capable of climbing extension ladders, working at heights, lifting a maximum of sixty pounds unassisted and one hundred pounds assisted, working in restricted areas such as crawlspaces and attics for long periods of time, and wearing safety equipment as required by OSHA.
  • Must pass drug screening and a criminal background check.

Skills & Abilities

  • Skilled in various phases of housing construction/rehabilitation including, but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, rough and finish carpentry, HVAC, and roofing.
  • Skilled in utilizing hand and power equipment to effectively perform work in all aspects of construction.
  • Strong communications skills both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Effective mathematical and analytical ability.
  • Ability to perform construction tasks such as climbing, framing, siding, carpentry, roofing, and repairs.
  • Ability to spend time outdoors exposed to all weather conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain professional relationships.
  • Flexibility, patience, tolerance, and willingness to learn new construction and non-construction related skills.
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday, with some Saturdays.

Required Tools

The following tools are required equipment for all Housing employees.

  • Hammer (Framing)
  • Flat Bar (Pry Bar)
  • Tape Measure (16-25 ft.)
  • Four-in-one Screwdriver
  • Pliers (Simple)
  • Tool Bags or Nail Apron
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Flashlight
  • 2" Putty Knife
  • 4" Putty Knife
  • Speed Square
  • Knee Pads
  • Safety Goggles
  • Work Gloves
  • Steel-Toe Shoes
  • Torpedo Level
  • Vinyl Siding Tool
  • Nail Punch Set
  • Utility Knife

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About Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation


445 N. Main Street, #1574, Suffolk, VA 23439, US

Mission Statement

The community development mission of Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation (VHCDC) is to educate and empower individuals, families and minority business owners to build wealth, access capital and credit, and achieve home ownership. VHCDC achieves this mission through a steady stream of wealth building initiatives, home ownership education and assistance, small business financing, and acquiring and rehabilitating distressed housing in targeted communities.


VHCDC is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt Community Development Corporation (CDC), a U.S. Treasury Certified Community Development Entity (CDE) and recognized Non-Profit Community Developer (NCD).


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719 High StreetPortsmouth, VA 23704


  • Construction
  • Carpentry
  • Renovation
  • Home Repair




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18

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