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Employment Opportunities

Maintenance Technician I

Posted 1/14/2022


Homes First is a small but mighty nonprofit with approximately 9 staff members, multiple contractors and an awesome group of volunteers. Our organization serves low-income households who struggle to find and retain a safe and healthy home they can afford.

Since 1990, Homes First has developed a unique approach to housing.  We purchase and rehab pre-existing homes in Thurston and Mason counties and then rent them out at below market rate to those who live at 50% or less of area median income.  We care about people and our community and work with many partners to provide permanent supportive housing. Many of our real homes provide shared housing options to further reduce the cost to individuals.

We treat our residents and our staff with dignity and respect. 


The Maintenance Technician I position works with our property management team of four to perform the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of all 46 scattered-site Homes First properties, including our administrative office in Lacey. This position will respond to both emergency maintenance needs and assist with implementing longer term projects across the organization. This position will report directly to our Property Manager and will work collaboratively to create a safe, clean, and inviting environment within all facilities.


Must possess experience and knowledge in all areas of general maintenance. Must possess mechanical ability with a prefered background in property maintenance as well as nonprofit housing experience. Ability to work with diverse populations. Must have a reliable car, valid driver's license, and insurance.


  • Facilitate the ongoing, emergency and preventative maintenance of all properties and equipment. This includes such things as: apartment turnovers, plumbing needs, preventative maintenance, installation/repair of window coverings/cabinets/light fixtures, heating/cooling, and electrical.

  • Complete unit turnovers,including individually completing minor maintenance repairs, such as lock changes, installation of window coverings and replacing light fixtures, and paint touch up as needed. This also includes working with vendors on larger needs (electric, plumbing, carpet cleaning, and heating/cooling).

  • Maintain upkeep of Homes First vehicles and scheduling needed preventative maintenance.

  • Maintain sidewalks by shoveling and distributing salt as needed throughout the winter season.

  • Lend support on volunteer maintenance projects as they occur.

  • Support outside contractors/vendors or services when necessary

  • Order, purchase, and pick up approved parts and equipment.

  • Perform annual inspections of properties.

  • Other duties as assigned

Program Expectations:

  • Willing to take on new tasks and learn new skills.

  • Work collaboratively across internal programs.

  • Attend program meetings as requested by supervisor.

Organizational Expectations:

  • Promote Homes First mission & philosophy.

  • Willingness to embrace Homes First goals of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)

  • Attend all staff meetings & position specific training.

  • Provide support and/or attend Homes First events throughout the year, as requested by supervisor.

  • Displays high ethical/professional standards.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Flexibility in daily scheduling is necessary. The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required for this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear in English. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds on their own.


Homes First strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic.

These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Homes First is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Homes First offers a generous salary and benefits package which includes:

Full compensation including benefits:

  • Starting Salary Without Benefits:  $16.50 - $20.10

    • Full Range Without Benefits:  $16.50 - $23.90

  • Starting Salary With Benefits:  $23.10 - $28.15

    • Full Range With Benefits:  $23.10 - $33.46

Signing Bonus of $500 paid after 90 days of satisfactory employment.  An added $500 for those who can communicate effectively in the Spanish language (spoken and written)

Benefits include:  Generous Paid Time Off, 3% Pre-Tax Retirement Savings Match, Generous Health, Vision, Dental Plan, Paid Family Leave contribution


How To Apply:

Please submit responses to this questionnaire.

***No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please. Qualified applicants will be contacted after the completed questionnaire is reviewed.