Established:  12/05
FLSA:  Non-Exempt
EEO:  8



Under close supervision in a training capacity, to learn and assist, in installing weatherization materials and repairing home items that relate to energy efficiency; and to do other work as required.


The Community Solutions Division of the Department of Human Services provides vocational services to disadvantaged, unemployed and underemployed County residents.  The Division also administers the County's low-income weatherization program.

The Weatherization Trainee learns and assists in performing standard residential weatherization measures and minor repairs according to written specifications and established procedures.  Incumbents work on site individually or as part of a crew and receive technical training from higher level specialists.

The Weatherization Trainee differs from the Weatherization Installer which performs journey-level weatherization services. 


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Learns, assists, and performs in insulating floors, ceilings and walls with blown fiberglass and cellulose or fiberglass batting; insulates and seals duct systems and insulates water pipes on conventional and mobile homes.
  2. Learns, assists, and performs in measuring, installing and replacing glass and storm and replacement windows; caulks and weather-strips doors and windows; installs or repairs doors and locksets; learns and assists in blower door infiltration to determine air leakage.
  3. Learns, assists, and performs in repairing and/or replacing roofing materials, duct systems, stairs, rodent barriers, and other energy saving or health and safety repairs on conventional and mobile homes.
  4. Assists in maintaining work equipment and tools, vehicles and shop area, and contributing to the inventory process by counting items quarterly; may learn to operate forklift.
  5. Learns, assists, and performs in repairing basic issues on plumbing and furnaces that do not need a journey-level plumber or furnace repair person such as pulling a fan motor, replacing a faucet, fixing a broken pipe, or pulling a toilet to replace the wax ring.
  6. Learns, assists, and performs in educating clients about energy saving techniques.
  7. Responsible for personal safety, contributing to team, customer, and site safety, and attending staff and safety meetings.
  8. Recycle all materials possible from job site including loading, separating, dismantling, and placing in disposal bins.


Working knowledge of: Basic carpentry and home repair techniques, materials and tools; basic math; basic methods of home construction; safety rules and regulations.

Some knowledge of: Standard building codes.

Skill to: Follow oral and written instructions; safely operate light power and hand tools, including hammer, tape measure, carpenter square, level, plane, saw and drill; add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers and fractions; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with crew members, homeowners, vocational trainees and other County employees.


Duties include stooping, bending, crawling, scootching on stomach or back, climbing and working on ladders, working on roofs and working in cramped locations such as in crawl spaces, attics, under mobile homes, and in furnace closets.

Workers will be exposed to a variety of hazards inside and outside homes including all types of household trash, medical or drug garbage, pet and vermin waste or carcasses; numerous pests including insects that bite and sting, spiders and rodents; other materials include mold and mildew, thick tobacco smoke, potential lead paint and asbestos; adhesive fumes, and contact with grey water or raw sewage. Employees work inside and outside homes in all weather conditions.


Incumbents must obtain an Oregon Lead Based Paint Permit within one month of employment.

Incumbents must obtain CPR and First Aid certification within 6 months of employment. 

Employees who operate forklifts must maintain forklift certification.

Ability to lift 25 pounds overhead and ability to lift and carry 100 pounds. 

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

Driving may be necessary for County business.  For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license.  Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.  For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.


The Weatherization Trainee is part of a promotional career path within Community Solutions. Incumbents in the Weatherization Trainee classification must qualify for and be advanced to the Weatherization Installer classification within twelve (12) months of hire.  Possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities at the higher level must be documented in an approved promotional evaluation.