Housing Maintenance Laborer/Groundskeeper

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #224
Monday, July 19, 2021
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:    When Filled

Department:     Housing

Reports To:     Maintenance & Rehabilitation Manager              
Hours:              40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time

Salary:             DOQ + Benefits                                                       


*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.

Position Summary: 

The Maintenance Laborer/Groundskeeper is responsible for all carpentry, plumbing, painting, maintaining, and keeping the lawn and grounds of all development sites owned and managed by Tribal Housing. Work may include, but is not limited to mowing, edging, pulling weeds, applying lawn care treatments, cleaning trash and debris, pressure washing, and performing basic unit maintenance duties as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Cleans up trash and debris at sites.
  2. Mows lawns, weed eats, edges, and trims shrubs using power mowers, weed eaters, edgers, shovels, loppers, rakes, brooms, etc., and disposal tarps and bags.
  3. Collects and properly disposes of trash, grass clippings, weeds, leaves, berry vines, etc., recycling where appropriate.
  4. Performs cleaning, caulking, painting, weatherization, pressure washing, and basic repairs of dwelling units as assigned.
  5. Maintains a working knowledge of and follows proper repair techniques and manufacturers’ installation instructions, as appropriate.
  6. Completes forms accurately describing work done and the physical condition of grounds and dwelling units.
  7. Keeps the Maintenance Manager informed of work progress and observations of grounds and building maintenance needs, including non-operating vehicles, etc. and reports any suspected damage to the Maintenance Manager.
  8. Prepares and completes work orders for maintenance of PNHA owned dwellings.
  9. Makes appropriate entries in maintenance records, keeps files in order and maintains confidentiality.
  10.  Coordinates with the Tribe’s maintenance department as appropriate.
  11. Operates all tools, vehicles and other equipment in a proper and safe manner and maintains them in good working order.
  12. Patches and paints items as needed. 
  1. Replaces windows, doors, tile, vinyl, and shingles.
  2. Maintains clean orderly maintenance shop.
  3. Maintains effective working relationships with residents, PNHA and Tribal staff, following standard business practices.
  4. Continually follows up on all issues or concerns until they are resolved.
  5.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

One year certificate from college or technical school; and no less than three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
Knowledge of proper grounds-keeping, landscaping and basic home maintenance methods and standards.
Working knowledge of how to properly use and maintain maintenance and grounds-keeping tools and equipment.


Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).


Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization. Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's.  Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Licenses or Certificate

Must have a valid and unrestricted driver's license.

Must pass background check prior to hire and periodically throughout employment.


Other Skills and Abilities

Ability to plan, organize, and perform maintenance and grounds-keeping duties and maintain tools and equipment.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, staff, and other individuals.

Ability to initiate responsibly and work independently with minimal supervision.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. 
  • The employee must have skilled reading vision.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. 


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; risk of radiation; and vibration. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
  • The physical exertion is moderate.
  • Work is performed mostly outdoors, frequently near residents and, at times, in their homes.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


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5.       Provide 3+ references. We cannot obtain references from direct family members (parents, grandparents, siblings, or children). One reference must be a recent past or present supervisor. We prefer the rest of your references to include co-workers, subordinates, or other supervisors, but we can accept a personal reference from someone who is familiar with your work ethic, skills/abilities, and attendance.

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If you have any questions about the online application, please call (253) 573-7863

or email jobs@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov.


Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA