Rebuilding Center Deconstructionist


A project of The ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages, DeConstruction Services disassembles unwanted buildings and structures of all sizes, salvaging materials for reuse and recycling. The deconstructionist works to safely and efficiently hand-deconstruct building structures, maximizing reuse of construction materials and diversion of demolition waste. Primary

Responsibilities and Duties:  Hand-deconstruct building structures, including but not limited to: surface salvage, structural and nonstructural disassembly of interior and exterior building surfaces and dimensional framing; handle recycling and waste materials; prepare and load salvaged product.  Actively participate in all assigned DeCon meetings; promote and practice good communication skills.  Inform appropriate DeCon staff of safety and scheduling needs, requests, and recommendations.  Arrive at job sites on time with required personal tools and safety equipment.  Follow supervisory directions and request clarification as needed.  Help maintain safe, clean and orderly job sites by coordinating & cooperating with co-workers.  Contribute to a safe and healthy work environment by practicing written and verbal procedures, rules, regulations, and employee policy handbook guidelines.  Contribute to the efforts of DeConstruction Services and The ReBuilding Center by accomplishing all related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements:  Three or more years of experience in general construction labor (general labor in roofing, masonry or commercial landscaping background is helpful).  Lift up to 100+ lbs throughout the workday. Demonstrated expertise in safe and efficient lifting techniques.  Conduct repeated movement -- including prying, gripping, working overhead, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, and other related tasks throughout an 8 hour work day.  When required wear a hard hat, safety glasses, steel toed and soled shoes, gloves, reflective vest, ear protection, and a half mask, negative pressure, air-filtering respirator (as determined by a doctor).  Ability to work in all outdoor elements and conditions.  Enjoy physically demanding labor.  Self-motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic.  Demonstrate grace and humor under pressure.  Enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds. Pluses:  Experience with electric and pneumatic tools.  Knowledge of used building materials and deconstruction methods.  Previous safety, lead paint, and/or asbestos trainings.  Bi-Lingual English/Spanish fluency.  Reside in north/northeast Portland. Compensation: Hourly rate, based on experience. Eligible for holiday, leave and vacation benefits. Employee discount offered for purchases of used building materials.

Application process: Our United Villages’ completed application form is required. Cover letter and resume are optional.  Application forms are available online:  Application forms (paper copy) are also available at The ReBuilding Center’s front desk and in the office. To submit: 1. Application forms can be completed online (preferred). You can also upload your resume and cover letter (optional) along with the online application. OR 2. Completed application may be mailed or hand-delivered to: Deconstructionist Position Opening, Our United Villages, 3625 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland 97227; OR 3. Application materials may be faxed to: 503-331-1873. Deadline: Apply as soon as possible. Open until filled. Questions? Please contact: For more information, please see The ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages is committed to workforce diversity.