Position Opening: Shop Assistant

Philadelphia | Full, part, or flex time

Kole Made Design/Build seeks a skilled shop assistant for our woodworking shop who is passionate to learn, thrives in creative, collaborative settings, can work clean but is not afraid of getting their hands dirty, and enjoys finding innovative building solutions.  The ideal candidate will be good at working with their hands and willing to learn Kole’s particular methods while being able to handle physically-demanding work.  This is a great opportunity to learn about woodworking, cabinet and furniture making, and renovation projects.

Essential qualities & skills:

  • Strong ability to work with your hands

  • Comfortable working in a shop environment

  • Ability to take direction and follow instructions

  • Ability to read detailed shop drawings & measurements

  • Ability to learn quickly

  • Willingness to learn Kole’s particular shop practices

  • Responsibility: the ideal candidate must show up every day on time ready to work

  • Safe working habits: personal and team safety is out top priority

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team or be self-directed when the management is occupied

  • Ability to take direction and constructive feedback

  • Ability to lift 50 Lbs solo

  • Some experience w/ the safe operation of various power tools


  • Assist with the fabrication of Kole’s various projects

  • Handle much of the sanding, finishing, and assembly

  • Assist on job-site installations

  • Help maintain a clean, safe, organized shop environment

Opportunities we offer our employees:

  • Training in the safe use of various power and hand tools and the operation and maintenance of a high-quality woodshop

  • Learn how to take complicated woodworking projects from the idea stage to final fabrication

  • The chance to work in a mutually-respectful team environment that values craftspeople and their work

  • An interesting and varied work load that always provides new challenges, not just doing the same repetitive thing repeatedly

Position details:

  • Schedule: Option for full, part, or flex time

  • Start Date: Rotating availability

  • Compensation: Depending on candidate’s existing skill level