Lead Carpenter


Rare Forms


Northampton, MA

Rare Forms is a high-performance design/build company based in beautiful Northampton, Massachusetts. We are mission-driven and committed to the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and prosperity. Rare Forms is known for high-quality craftsmanship and for supporting sustainable, high-performing buildings. Most of our work is located in the Pioneer Valley and surrounding Hilltowns (30 min radius of Northampton), though we occasionally entertain projects as far as Southern Vermont and The Berkshires.

Are you looking for the chance to be a creative part of a growing construction company? Rare Forms is seeking a motivated, highly skilled individual with an attention to quality and detail who is ready to jump right into the world of design-build services. The Lead Carpenter role is an important part of our team – leading a team of carpenters and being responsible for the successful completion of construction projects. We love what we do and thrive on seeing our customers happy. We're looking for candidates that have an interest in eventually becoming part of a worker owned cooperative.

Can you lead our carpentry teams to success through your example? If so, please consider applying for this lead carpentry position today!


We see employees as people first, provide generous compensation and benefits and support your professional growth.

Hours: We respect your time and know there is life outside of work.

The Lead Carpenter is expected to work 35-40 hours per week.
Compensation: We offer a fair wage based on experience.

The hourly compensation starts at $32 per hour, with room to grow based on experience and certifications.
Benefits: We value our team members and believe in work/life balance

15 days flex PTO, increasing with time
401(k) - 3% company contribution
Profit sharing
Flexible schedule (many of us have families)
Tool allowance
Training / Continuing Education allowance


You will provide on-site support to ensure that projects are executed efficiently and to a high level of finish. You’ll have broad carpentry skills (frame to finish) along with managerial skills to actively manage and supervise all Jobsite crew members and subcontractors. You’ll partner with the Project Manager(s) and Production Manager and be self-directed in executing day-to-day tasks.


Provides leadership to ensure that the crew works together efficiently toward defined project goals.
Sets a positive example for the Jobsite team by actively supporting everyone on the crew, regardless of skill level.
Ensures that all crew members understand which job cost code to track time against on timesheets.
Facilitates crew meetings at the end of each day to answer questions and make sure time is accurately tracked.
Runs projects with a total annual revenue of $100,000 to $1,500,000.
Prepares the Jobsite for subcontractors and ensures that expectations of performance and cleanliness are met.
Requests support from the Production Manager, Project Manager, or Designer as needed to answer design intent and documentation questions.
Takes initiative to solve project problems and maintain high standards.
Works with the Project Manager or Production Manager to make sure special orders arrive on time and are installed properly.
Works with the Project Manager, Production Manager, or Bookkeeper to generate change orders; notifies the Project Manager or Production Manager when the client requests a change so that paperwork can be presented to the client for signature prior to starting additional work.
Works with the Project Manager or Production Manager to understand the budget and schedule and make updates as necessary.
Maintains personal, Jobsite, and crew safety at all times.
Ensures that the job site is clean at the end of the day and well-organized during the day.
Keeps a reliable Jobsite notebook and informs the client and other project team members promptly about issues of importance.
Oversees required building inspections.
Ensures completion of all punch list and job close-out tasks.
Fills out weekly Jobsite reports in a timely manner.
Coordinates with the Production Manager and other Lead Carpenters to schedule crew efficiently across all ongoing projects.
Submits coded receipts to the office in a reliable and timely fashion.


Construction Supervisors License (CSL) preferred / training provided
Certified Passive House Builder (CPHB) - training provided
Experience driving with a 12’+ trailer preferred


Valid Driver’s License


To apply for this position, please submit three references with phone numbers, an up-to-date resume, and an introduction that describes your relevant work experience and why you would be a great addition to our team.

Rare Forms is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our team. We are committed to fostering a truly diverse workforce that is inclusive of everyone. Individuals of all backgrounds (people of color, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, people in the LGBTQ+ community, and women) are encouraged to apply.