Cape Breton Island Housing Authority Maintenance Worker Full Time in Richmond, NS

Cape Breton Island Housing Authority

Branch Richmond NS CA

Maintenance Worker
Richmond, NS

Under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for carrying out material and equipment installations, renovations, repairs and…

Note: This is not a Civil Service position.

Cape Breton Island Housing Authority is recruiting for a permanent, full-time Maintenance Worker for Richmond and surrounding areas of Port Hawkesbury and Inverness, NS. This is a bargaining unit position represented by UFCW Local 864.

Please merge your cover letter and resume into one document when applying. In the cover letter, please quote the competition number, competition name, and the source of posting.

Housing Nova Scotia relies on the expertise and professionalism of its Housing Authorities employees for the management and maintenance of safe, suitable, and affordable housing for the benefit of low-income Nova Scotians. Located across the province, the five housing authorities are responsible for the administration, operation, and maintenance of Nova Scotia’s 12,000 social housing units.

Cape Breton Island Housing Authority is responsible for the management of social housing units within the Cape Breton Island region of the province.

The Housing Authorities are committed to employing staff that is representative of the diverse community we serve. We welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the designated groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your cover letter or resume.


Under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for carrying out material and equipment installations, renovations, repairs and servicing in the following areas – carpentry, plumbing, heating, basic electrical, painting, ventilation, on properties, under the jurisdiction of the Authority. The incumbent is also required to carry out preventative maintenance to all assigned Cape Breton Island Housing Authority (CBIHA) buildings, appliances, fixtures, utilities and equipment in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures; assisting with maintaining buildings and grounds in clean and proper order; assisting with the preparation and implementation of maintenance budgets and schedules; monitoring contractors engaged to carry out maintenance contracts; and providing recommendations regarding the replacement and acquisition of materials and equipment.

Specific accountabilities include, but not limited to:

  • Maintain properties under the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority, including maintenance and repairs of walks, driveways and parking areas, drainage systems, curbs and gutters, swales, culverts, manholes, catch basins, etc.
  • Repair foundation including crack repairs, parging, flashing and related mortar installations.
  • Maintain framing of walls, floors and partitions, and roofs and sheathing.
  • Maintain and repair all aspects of the building envelope of Housing Authority properties.
  • Install, maintain and repair the following finished carpentry components: door jambs, doors, exterior fascia, soffits, railings and wood trim, counters, cupboards, shelving, windows, glass and screening.
  • Install and maintain waterproofing, damp-proofing, caulking, thermal insulation and vapour barriers, weather-stripping and sound insulation.
  • Replace and repair asphalt and wood shingles, siding, building paper, gable, eave and roof vents, eaves trough, conductor pipe and flashing.
  • Restore and install finishes such as drywall, including taping and filling, suspended ceilings, ceramic tile, flooring including tile, sheet-vinyl, stair nosings and rubber mats.
  • Prepare interior and exterior surfaces and apply paint, stain, and varnish and associated sealers.
  • Replace and maintain wardrobe and closets, toilet and bath accessories, drapery track and postal boxes, identifying devices and clothesline poles and pulleys.
  • Install and monitor fire extinguishers and make arrangements for inspection for service in accordance with policy and procedures of employer.
  • Monitor operation of elevators and arrange for service in accordance with policy and procedures of employer.
  • Maintain and repair sanitary drainage and venting systems, domestic hot and cold water systems, exhaust and air supply systems, heating systems components, domestic hot water heating systems and plumbing fixtures and trim.
  • Monitor, repair and arrange for service, in accordance with applicable codes and employer’s policy and procedures, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency and exit lighting, T.V. antennas, lighting and power systems and fixtures, doorbells, and entry intercom systems.
  • Service heating systems including low voltage electric heating equipment and control heating system components.
  • Prepare and complete documentation such as work orders, vehicle reports, maintenance logs, inspection reports, and inventory records


  • Grade 12 or equivalent, plus five years’ experience in building and property maintenance or a related field is required. Must be able to perform basic tasks in carpentry, plumbing,
  • heating, electrical, painting and drywall.
  • Knowledge of residential building technology, basic knowledge of National Building Code and Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  • Client service oriented.
  • Ability to operate electrical and mechanical tools and equipment.
  • Ability to perform physical tasks using good body mechanics.
  • Strives to meet deadlines with accuracy in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Requires excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities.
  • Detailed oriented, accurate, and able to analyze data and trouble shoot as required.
  • Ability to accept responsibility for achieving the expectations of the job/role.
  • Work cooperatively with others and display a positive attitude to further the goals of the organization.
  • Adaptable to change as the job requires. Is receptive to new ideas and willing to try new methods and approaches
  • Ability to interact with the public and tenants in an appropriate manner on job sites.
  • Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, sound judgment and initiative when investigating, questioning and dealing with inquiries, requests and submissions; and
  • Possess a valid Nova Scotia driver’s license with access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.


  • Knowledge of computer systems is beneficial.
  • Possess current Emergency First Aid and WHMIS certifications.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer or will result in termination of employment. Checks may include one or all of the following: reference checks, criminal background checks, driver’s abstract, child abuse registry and education.

Classification: MAINTENANCE
Hourly Rate: $23.82
Work Week: 35 hours
Closing Date: May 23, 2018

To Apply:

All applications/resumes should be sent directly to:

Housing Authority, Human Resources Services
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (902) 420-6599
Mail: Human Resources, Housing Authority HR Services, 3770 Kempt Road, Suite 3
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 4X8

Submissions must be received by midnight on the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Richmond, NS, CA
Posted on: 2018-05-23
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