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General Building Maintenance Worker I

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$43,128.18 - $71,879.60 Annually
Closing date
Oct 10, 2022

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Works as part of the Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), a division of Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD.) Will be part of a team to ensure the county’s homeless shelters, group homes, and other supportive housing are maintained in a high standard. Conducts basic repairs and preventive maintenance in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and painting, as well as ensures the lawns are mowed and raked/free from debris regularly and driveways and sidewalks free of snow in the winter. Make a difference in the lives of many in Fairfax County by ensuring their home is safe and everything is in working order.

Note: The Department of Housing and Community Development is committed to the One Fairfax Policy by intentionally considering equity when making policies, delivering programs and services, considering diverse ideas and perspectives, and communicating with transparency in the decision-making processes. Click here to learn more about the One Fairfax policy.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Assists in preparing vacant housing units for occupancy by performing maintenance and repair work using a variety of trades skills;
  • Informs supervisor of major maintenance issues;
  • Performs plumbing repairs and replaces fixtures when necessary;
  • Performs electrical repairs including replacement of plugs, outlets, switches, bulbs and light fixtures;
  • Performs carpentry, drywall and plaster repairs;
  • Makes repairs and installs window treatments such as screens, blinds and shades;
  • Performs minor appliance repairs, replacing motors, switches, gaskets and burners to insure safe, efficient appliance operations;
  • Performs preventative maintenance in vacant units, e.g., caulking areas subject to water damage, adjusting doors, drawers and windows;
  • Assists other repair workers to prepare vacant units for occupancy;
  • Operates and performs routine maintenance on a County vehicle;
  • Performs cleaning and custodial work to complete the preparation work in vacant housing units.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • General knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods, practices and tools used in the building maintenance and construction trades;
  • Knowledge of the common hazards and necessary safety precautions;
  • Skill in the use of tools, equipment, materials pertinent to the trades;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions, diagrams and manufacturers manuals;
  • Ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships;
  • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on a County motor vehicle.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the tenth grade; plus, completion of an acceptable apprentice-level training program in a specific trade with one year of experience performing building maintenance, repair, and/or construction work independently, or two years of varied and responsible full performance-level experience in building maintenance, repair or construction trades.

  • Experience working on a maintenance crew a plus.
  • Experience in the repair and installation of residential plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems.
  • Experience using construction tools and equipment, as well as general carpentry, drywall installation and painting.
  • Experience working in occupied residential properties and interacting directly with clients.

Driver's License (Required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date . Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driver's record check and pre-employment medical evaluation to the satisfaction of the employer.

To perform the essential functions incumbent must have the ability to frequently stand; walk; use hands to grasp, handle, or feel; reach, climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; bend; or crawl and occasionally sit. Use varied hand and power tools; lift or move materials and/or equipment exceeding 50 lbs. with assistance of other staff or equipment. Ability to communicate with others verbally and in writing. Vision is required to read printed materials, computer screen and distinguish between colors; operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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