Build Site Lead Hand (Residential)
Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo
Fort McMurray, AB

Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo (HFHWB) is a social profit organization that builds safe, modest homes sold to low-income families through an affordable mortgage program. Since the wildfire, HFHWB also assists qualified, uninsured and underinsured homeowners rebuild their home lost in the fire (Wildfire Recovery Program-WRP).

HFHWB is seeking a Build Site Lead Hand (BSLH) to oversee the day-to-day construction activities on our build sites. The Build Site Lead Hand is responsible for the supervision of all on-site personnel (including contractors, volunteers, partner families & other HFH staff). They are also responsible for maintaining a positive safety culture on the build site through implementation of the HFH Safety Program, safe work practices, safety talks and a general positive attitude towards site safety.

The HFHWB build program relies heavily on donors & volunteers for success. The Build Site Lead Hand will develop volunteer-friendly work plans to ensure volunteers have every opportunity to learn & grow on our build sites in a safe, positive environment. The successful candidate will not only have exceptional construction skills, but also the ability to transfer skills to others and to create a team atmosphere. The Build Site Lead Hand will be expected to work alongside volunteers, as well as lead them.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Experienced Journeyman Carpenter
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of new home construction, permitting process, local building codes and energy code
  • Experience in all aspects of residential construction- from reading & understanding house plans through to finish work (including: footings & foundations, dampproofing, framing, siding & soffits, insulation & vapour barrier, drywall, painting, flooring, finish work, etc)
  • The ability to coordinate multiple build activities at once
  • The ability to develop & manage build schedules, work plans
  • The ability to manage/maintain on-site tool & build material inventory
  • The ability to work well under pressure and to adapt
  • Strong planning & organizational skills
  • Strong commitment to safety
  • Commitment to the supervision & teaching of volunteers & staff
  • Commitment to quality workmanship
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid understanding of OH&S standards & regulations
  • Experience with ICF foundations an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid certificate (preferred)
  • Valid Driver’s License (required)

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

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $35.00 to $40.00 /hour


  • residential construction: 3 years (Required)


  • AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (Required)


  • Alberta Class 5 Operator’s License (Required)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR (Preferred)