Maintenance Technician I / Non-Exempt, Represented

Closing Date

Open Until  May 29, 2023

Salary Range

$48,652 – $64,066

36 Hour Work Week

New hires start between step 1-3, $25.99 to $27.84 per hour. Placement within the range is based on qualifications and professional experience. The current full hourly range for this position is between $25.99 – $34.22 per hour.


This position is chiefly responsible for maintaining BHA properties, preserving the asset, enhancing the livability for residents and ensuring BHA continues to have quality affordable housing opportunities to offer.


The Maintenance Technician I is capable of performing all of the following duties but will be primarily responsible for those assigned to them. The duties of staff in this position may vary to balance workloads, maximize individual strengths, and provide opportunity for personal and department growth and effectiveness. The essential job functions are not to be considered a detailed description of every duty allocated to this classification but rather an illustration of the more typical functions.

  1. Performs basic building system repair, maintenance, and carpentry of all building systems such as cabinets and counters, flooring, drywall, ceilings, roofing, trim, doors, windows, paint/varnish, foundations, crawl spaces and drive/walkways. Replaces filters, thermostats, valves, and motors.
  2. Performs vacant unit restoration/renovation. Demolishes items to be replaced and removes trash. Performs plumbing, electrical work, paint preparation and wall painting. Maintains floors, carpentry, and windows. Installs carpet and vinyl flooring.
  3. Performs basic plumbing maintenance and repair to bathrooms, kitchens, sprinklers, hot water systems, heating systems, clogged drains, toilets, faucets, and thermostats.
  4. Performs basic electrical repair and maintenance to equipment, appliances, telephone, and cable. Repairs and replaces plugs, switches, elements/controls, phone jacks, receptacles, TV/cable receptacles.
  5. Performs unit inspections accurately applying applicable program inspection standards.
  6. Performs routine maintenance of heating, cooling and exhaust systems.
  7. Applies appropriate pesticides and controls for insects, rodents, and birds.
  8. May assist in the removal, cleaning and restoration of biohazards and environmental contaminants.
  9. Assists in performing repair troubleshooting/diagnosis. Assists in assessing repairs needed and determining the best remedy.
  10. Assists in the requisition of replacement parts and supplies inventories.
  11. Performs after-hours on-call duties as needed.
  12. Communicates with contractors and vendors at the assignment of the Maintenance Manager or Maintenance Technician III.
  13. Performs appliance pick-up and delivery.
  14. Removes, disposes, and delivers trash, furniture and other items to refuse location as needed.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned, including providing back up to Building Services Technician I & II and assisting Maintenance Technician II as needed.


    This position works at various Housing Authority properties. Work is performed both indoors and on the grounds. The incumbent is exposed to construction site hazards and inclement weather.

    QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

    • Ability to complete work orders in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Ability to use computers and applicable software.
    • Ability to climb, crawl, and work at roof level heights while performing basic construction tasks.
    • Knowledge of fall protection/safety practices.
    • Knowledge of standard construction and maintenance practices, including ability to complete facility/house repairs.
    • Ability to read, write, understand the English language, follow and understand oral and written instructions.
    • Ability to read and interpret appliance service manuals.
    • Ability to work effectively with and around a wide range of people.
    • Ability to operate a forklift.
    • Working knowledge of pest control techniques.
    • Ability to recognize and guard against unsanitary conditions and hazards, including removal and disposal of biohazards and environmental contaminants. Performs assigned work in a safe manner.
    • Maintain dependable, punctual attendance.

    Education & Experience

    • High School Diploma or G.E.D. required and one year of trade school in areas of mechanical repairs, carpentry, electrical and plumbing. Education may be substituted for up to one year of work experience.
    • Two years of maintenance work experience required. Also, experience using equipment such as a variety of hand construction and repair tools and equipment, including saws (hand and power), drills, plumbing tools, electrical tools, sanders, and ladders.

    Licenses or Certificates

    • Must possess valid Washington State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and an acceptable driving record (according to BHA standards).
    • Must acquire State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries Basic First Aid Card and CPR certification within one year of employment.
    • State Pesticide Applicator’s License highly desirable.
    • OSHA HAZWOPWER certificate highly desirable.



    The position requires the incumbent to drive from site to site, lift construction materials, perform repetitive, heavy labor, climb, walk, stand, crawl, and stoop. Must be able to list 50lbs routinely and 75 lbs with assistance.


    Ability to diagnose basic maintenance problems and identify solutions.

    The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.


    • Salary Range: $48,652 – $64,066 plus exc. benefit/retirement package
    • Medical, Dental, and Vision
    • Life Insurance
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS)
    • 12 Holidays and 2 Personal Holidays
    • Generous Vacation and Sick Leave Accruals
    • Employer Contribution to HRA Account




    Applications reviewed on receipt – it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as
    possible. Submit your resume, cover letter and completed application by 5:00pm on Monday, May 29th.

    Download forms below.



    FAX:   360-676-7747

    MAIL:   P.O. BOX 9701, BELLINGHAM, WA 98227

    The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 715-7330. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 1-800-833-6388.

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