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Department: Facilities 
Title: Painter
Status: Full Time/Overtime eligible (Non-exempt)
Work Schedule: Generally comprises ten, 8 hour days in a two week period, which may include Saturdays and Sundays.  Some evening/night hours are required.   
Travel: 0 – 10%

Job Summary

Under general supervision, perform journey level work in the painting, finishing, and maintaining of a wide variety of interior and exterior surfaces and structures; may direct the work of other staff or contractors; and perform related work as required.

The Painter prepares surfaces for painting and finishing; applies undercoats and finish coats using the full range of application methods and materials; mixes and matches paints and finishes; performs power-washing; advises in the selection and storage of painting materials.

Key Job Elements

Direct Responsibilities: 
  • Prepares, primes, sands, seals, patches and paints furniture, surfaces, buildings, and fixtures utilizing all types of painting materials such as varnish, lacquer, shellac, enamel, latex, epoxy, water-proofing and heat resistant finishes.
  • Tapes, flushes, repairs and applies texturing, wallpaper, and acoustic layers on a variety of surfaces. Adjusts colors when necessary; utilizes enhanced finishing skills when appropriate.
  • Applies materials to new construction, existing, multi-story buildings, alterations, and remodels.
  • Operates, cleans and maintains all painting equipment, including brush, roll, sprayers and electrostatic sprayers, pumps, etc. Safely stores and labels all materials.
  • Estimates time and materials required; keeps computerized records and submits reports of work performed.
  • Erects scaffolding, rigging and ladders as necessary in a manner consistent with safety codes.
  • Reads and understands blueprints. 
  • Offers assistance and advice on materials, designs, and color.
  • Assists in the writing of specifications for repairs and new construction.
Shared Responsibilities 
  • Maintains appropriate service and repair records.
  • Researches, purchases and inventories equipment parts, chemicals and supplies.
  • Responds to routine and emergency calls for repairs and service within established protocols.
  • May train and direct the work of other staff in the area.
  • Assists and serves as back up to other Facilities employees.
  • Respond to priority two emergency statuses during storms or natural disasters that require gardens and grounds to be cleared of debris, snow or ice.
  • Operate pick-up truck, van, and utility vehicles.
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports to Director of Facilities.
  • Interacts with various levels of staff and vendors. 


  • High School diploma or GED. Completion of a private, military, or trade school training program that includes theory and on-the-job work. 
  • Four years as a journey-level painter with demonstrated expertise in residential and commercial settings, both interior and exterior.
  • Mastery of the residential and commercial/industrial practices and processes of the painting trade; paints, varnishes, lacquers, enamels, epoxies, paint removers, and related materials, and of their properties and application; applicable code requirements.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the methods and practices followed in the maintenance of tools, machinery, and equipment; occupational hazards of the painting trade and precautionary measures to be observed.
  • Ability to complete in-house or formal trainings or certifications as required, which may include but are not limited to equipment/vehicle operation, asbestos and lead identification, ladder/scaffolding safety, respirator, etc.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license for state of residence and an acceptable driving record for insurability purposes.  
Skills and Abilities
  • Operate and use required tools and equipment skillfully and safely; mix and match paints and varnishes.
  • Apply finishes to a wide variety of surfaces; estimate time and materials required on widely varied assignments.
  • Perform heavy physical labor. 
  • Coordinate work flow for multiple projects; read, comprehend, and work from plans and blueprints.
  • Train and direct the work of others.   
  • Follow and give oral and written instructions; maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
  • Detail orientation with a mindset towards meeting Hillwood’s high standards for design and maintenance of facilities. 
  • Highly organized with demonstrated time management skills and including multi-tasking.
  • Effective planner with the ability to meet ongoing deadlines. 
  • Keep computerized records and prepare reports.  Access and employ job related computer software (i.e. Microsoft Office) at an effective proficiency level. 
  • Works independently with limited supervision, interacting effectively with and quickly gaining the respect and support of facilities and museum staff.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual who with or without reasonable accommodation can perform the essential functions of the position.    

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in English professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about their work area, between buildings and the campus grounds, climb up and down ladders, scaffolding and stairs while carrying equipment/supplies, handle various types power and manual equipment, operate machinery and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess.   The employee is regularly required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted and work at heights up to 50 feet above ground. 


The preceding job description indicates the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job. 

To apply 

We are a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply. You can do so by sending a cover letter noting your pay requirements and your resume to:

Please note Painter in the subject line.