Maintenance Technician 1 at DESC in Seattle, WA

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Location: Seattle, WA

Days Off: Saturday & Sunday

Pay Range: $21.13 - $23.33 per hour

Shift Differential: N/A

Location: International District/Downtown

Shift: Office Day

Insurance Benefits: Dental, Life, Long-term Disability, Medical

Other Benefits: Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), ORCA card subsidy, Paid Time Off (34 days per year), Retirement Plan

The Maintenance Worker I performs high quality maintenance and repair tasks to DESC facilities, utilizing HVAC Preventative Maintenance, repair, plumbing, electrical, and general carpentry skills, in order to provide DESC clients and staff with a safe, sanitary, and positive living and working environment.

  • Perform high quality repair and maintenance tasks in all areas of assigned facilities, including, but not limited to, shelter dorms, individual apartments, hallways, common areas, offices, storage and trash rooms, equipment rooms, stairways, elevators, kitchens, laundry rooms, lounges, bathrooms, showers, alleys, sidewalks and roofs.
  • Repair basic building or apartment systems as assigned, including work on basic electrical systems (switches, outlets, breakers, fixtures, and minor wiring), general carpentry work (woodwork, door maintenance, floor repair, wallboard and plaster work, painting, and lock systems repair), and plumbing repair.
  • Coordinate repair work with Facilities Manager and other relevant agency staff, ensuring maintenance logs are up-to-date, and providing written notification of repair completions.
  • Complete general maintenance work orders as assigned and in a timely manner.
  • Assist with renovation projects and unit preparations for new tenants.
  • Assist Facilities Manager with general Maintenance Team coordination issues, including staff scheduling and inventory and ordering of supplies.
  • Respond to emergencies, initiating emergency maintenance actions, cleaning up debris, water, etc., and contacting supervisors. On occasion, respond to after hour emergencies.
  • Safeguard building and unit keys, never giving anyone access to occupied tenant units.
  • Work at ground level or from ladders and scaffolding. Carry and lift heavy materials, ladders, tools and other equipment to and around work sites.
  • Maintain work order records, notifying Facilities Manager regarding status and parts needed for completion.
  • Monitor facilities and equipment for damage and unsafe conditions and provide upkeep and repair as needed.
  • Assist other staff with large projects as assigned.
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings, as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Five years of Maintenance or trade experience. One of the trades should be at Journey level of proficiency.
  • Ability to organize workload and complete duties with minimum direct supervision.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people from various backgrounds.
  • Ability to handle a wide range of unpleasant and/or bizarre behavior from clients.
  • Commitment to the philosophy of cooperation and continuity across programs and consideration and respect for clients.


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 essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, communicate with other employees, operate computer hardware systems, work at ground level as well as on scaffolding, ladders and heights of 50 feet or more including roofs and patios, frequently lift and carry items weighing 75 pounds including heavy materials, ladders, tools and other equipment to and around work sites. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Also required is the ability to tolerate strong odors and ability to wear appropriate protective equipment.


DESC is committed to diversity in the workplace, and promotes equal employment opportunities for all staff members and applicants. The Agency will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability in any employment practice, unless based on a bona fide occupational qualification. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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