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Department:  Facilities Management Division, Architectural

FTE: 1.0 FTE

Status:  Term position up to 6 months, with the possibility of extension.

Competition No.:  17125-T

Salary Information: The starting salary is $4,327.44 to $5,834.14 per month (Trade Services, Phase 5). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: Responsible for the application and maintenance of coatings, coverings, and painted finishes on campus buildings, equipment, and other assets at the University of Saskatchewan. Ensures that the cultural heritage of campus buildings is respected by applying protective coverings and finishes in order to foster an academic, professional environment that is conducive to learning and working.  

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Architectural Supervisor, the incumbent provides expertise, cost-effective and environmentally-responsible solutions, and safety in the application of coatings, coverings, and finishes to a wide range of campus infrastructure at the University of Saskatchewan. Coordinating with the Architectural Supervisor, trades workers, project managers, other units within and outside of FMD, clients, contractors, etc., the Painter strives for the highest quality of workmanship and performance in meeting and maintaining University of Saskatchewan assets.

The position requires attention to detail, effective communication, and time management skills.  Working independently and at times under pressure to meet deadlines or minimize downtime, the work is of high volume, variety, and complexity, often involving inspection, material requirement planning and acquisition, and the organization of execution with coworkers, other trades, clients, and contractors under deadlines, staff shortages, and changing divisional needs. The incumbent must have a high degree of manual dexterity and physical fitness, often working in varying extreme climates (cold, wet, hot, windy, noisy, etc.) and elevated spaces (rooftops, lifts, scaffolding). The Painter may come into contact with hazardous materials such as asbestos, isocyanates, free silica, lead, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and at times, carcinogenic materials. The incumbent may work with some physical discomfort when preparing surfaces or applying coatings in awkward positions using repetitive hand, arm, and leg motions. The incumbent must fully understand safety hazards and work in compliance of all departmental and University safety practices and procedures as errors in execution of work can result in cosmetic imperfections, premature breakdown and aging, loss of building heritage, and injury and harm to self and others. The incumbent will be provided with and required to wear personal protective equipment, including respiratory protection which requires the worker to be clean shaven at all times. The incumbent is expected to work shifts, during evenings and/or weekends, and must be able to be on-call for emergencies  as required. 

Typical Duties: Surface preparation and application of different finishes to machinery, equipment, and furniture and the interior and exterior of campus buildings operates and uses a wide variety of painting equipment including sprayers and equipment used for preparing and repairing different types of surfaces.  Other duties may be assigned.

Education: Must hold a valid Journeyperson Certificate as a Painter and Decorator as recognized by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Licenses: Must have a valid Province of Saskatchewan driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Experience: Minimum of three years of experience in the residential, commercial, or institutional painting industry.


  • Commitment to excellence in customer service
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills that enhance the incumbent’s ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a team
  • Sound trouble shooting, preventive, and problem-solving skills are critical in order to identify maintenance trends, proactively resolve potential problems, and develop recommendations for improvements and implementation of cost-effective and environmentally-responsible solutions
  • Effective organization and time management skills, in addition to the ability to multi-task under stressful timelines are also crucial
  • Results-oriented, demonstrate support for progress, and will exhibit strong personal effectiveness and relationship building skills
  • High proficiency in reading and speaking, and basic writing skills in the English language
  • Basic working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Physical ability to perform rigorous, labour tasks that regularly involves heavy lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, and prolonged standing
  • Ability to use various hand and power tools, related to the painting trade, while adhering to safety practices and policies is critical
  • Observe and differentiate details and colours of objects is also critical to the Painter position
  • Ability to work at varying heights from ladders, elevated platforms, scaffolding, lift trucks, roofs, etc. is also necessary

This position is in scope of CUPE 1975.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Kevin Paur at 306-966-7042.  

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.