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The Organization

Greater Victoria Housing Society is a registered charity and non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable rental housing for low to moderate income households.

Purpose of the Position

Reporting to the Manager of Maintenance and Capital Assets, the Maintenance Assistant creates a safe residential environment by maintaining in good working order, through repair or replacement, the physical assets of each building managed by the Society.

Job Description

Reporting to the Manager of Capital Assets the Maintenance Assistant will be responsible for maintenance services to assist in the creation and facilitation of affordable housing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Building Maintenance

  • Paint suites, common hallways, doors, frames, trim, lounges, guest rooms, exterior repainting of fences, garden sheds, concrete walls and parking lot lines.
  • Replace electrical receptacles; ballasts; switches; fans; electrical fixtures; baseboard heaters/thermostats; breakers and smoke alarms.
  • Plumbing fixtures and hardware; including toilets, sinks, tubs, and basins, caulking, water lines under two inches in diameter and all sanitary and storm piping.
  • Repair wall board; sliding door and window rollers; weather stripping; trim repair and adjust door closers; window and door locks and hand and balcony rails.
  • Clean and repair roof and gutters; flashing; emergency patching any other associated maintenance.
  • Repair fencing; and carry out routine maintenance on equipment; parking lot maintenance and cement repairs.


  • Purchase materials and supplies needed for repairs by using established accounts.
  • Complete records to account for materials and labour used on projects.
  • Complete Work Orders per the Society’s policy.
  • With Caretaker staff or designate, performing annual suite inspections to identify items requiring repair or replacement, and suites not maintained to health or safety standards.
  • May be required to provide holiday and sick coverage for Caretakers, performing duties as noted in the Caretaker Position Description.
  • Respond to emergencies as required.
  • Trains and orientates new caretakers on caretaking practise as requested.
  • Other related duties as required.

Core Competencies

  • Flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Effective Communication
  • Commitment
  • Empathy
  • Attention to Detail
  • Reliability
  • Resiliency

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of both regular maintenance and emergency operations for electrical systems, elevators, boilers, fire panels, mechanical systems, emergency back-up generators, sprinklers, and timer systems.
  • Skills in painting, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, irrigation, roofing, concrete and basic metal work.
  • Ability to independently lift and move up to fifty (50) pounds frequently, to relocate equipment, furniture and appliances as needed to perform maintenance.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with building caretakers, office staff and tenants. Respond to issues with diplomacy and tact.
  • Prioritize and manage various issues at a time while maintaining safety and efficiency.
  • Keep accurate records and complete standardized forms.
  • Communicate with tenants, staff, suppliers, and contractors in a clear, concise manner in writing and verbally, with a focus on customer service.
  • Ability to identify and mitigate potential safety issues on the job.

Education and Experience

  • Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Diplomas or certificates in building systems/technology preferable.
  • Experience in construction or building maintenance preferably in multi-residential housing units.
  • Experience in one or more of the following skills: painting, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, irrigation, roofing, concrete and basic metal work.
  • Experience working with clients, customers, or the public.
  • Experience using the internet, email, and mobile communication devices.

Working Conditions

  • Union Membership: CUPE Local 1978.
  • Hours of Work as provided in the Collective Agreement.
  • On-Call rotation for afterhours emergency as per Collective Agreement
  • Provide own vehicle and tools (see Appendix A); vehicle mileage allowance and tool allowance provided.
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Record Check.
  • Outdoor work environment – Field Dress Code

How To Apply

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