Common Ground is Seeking a Creative Carpenter and Handy Person

Job Title:  Creative Carpenter and Handy Person (Part Time)

Job Description

Help us connect children to nature based learning and play! Seeking a creative carpenter who can design and build a variety of outdoor learning and play elements for use in school settings.

Outdoor learning and play as a part of the school day is supported by raised garden beds, mud kitchens, music walls, water tables, balance scales, and more. Most of these are designed and built to meet the unique needs of each school, balancing both creative ideas and the need for safe and durable structures.

The pictures below are examples of the kinds of elements to be designed and installed.


Position Requirements
  • Experience with the carpentry skills needed to design and build elements similar to the included pictures
  • Ability to look at a project plan and provide a cost estimate for materials and number of hours needed to complete the job
  • Enthusiasm for non-standard building projects that may require some problem solving and creative thinking
  • Ability to transport building supplies in a personal vehicle,  including large items such as lengths of lumber (mileage will be covered between work sites)
  • Willingness to represent self and Common Ground in a professional manner while working in a school setting (appropriate attire, no smoking, safe and tidy workspace at the end of each day)

Will vary with requests from schools. We anticipate 10 – 30 hours per week starting in September 2022, however, actual schedule may vary from 0 – 30 hours per week.  Hours and schedule are often self-determined, however being open to specific scheduling requests may sometimes be necessary in consideration of school schedules.


$20 per hour, including time spent on estimates, materials purchase, planning, and installation.


Common Ground: 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

Work will take place on our campus and at schools in the greater New Haven area

To Apply

Email a letter of interest and a resume or link to website or portfolio of work to Robyn Stewart:



Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society.

Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)< Act 1, Section 1 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution, Governor Grasso’s Executive Order Number 11, Governor O’Neill’s Executive Order 9, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Law (Sec. 46a-60-69) of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Code of Fair Practices (46a-7081), Deprivation of Civil Rights (46a-58(a)(d)), Public Accommodations Law (46a-63-64),

Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity.



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