Employment Opportunities at Shelter

Shelter offers employment opportunities in a workplace that is committed to thinking, building, and living well. We promote a working environment that values both personal and professional growth.

Shelter is a widely recognized and respected organization with over 40 years of experience in education, building, and fine woodworking tools.

Architectural Designer(Fully Remote Option)

We are currently hiring a full-time Designer for our Woolwich, ME team. Shelter Institute is the area’s premier timber framing company and fine woodworking tool store. We have been evolving durable, adaptable, energy-conscious building techniques since 1974 and we are looking to expand our design team!

The ideal candidate will have a strong work ethic and a never-give-up self-starting attitude. This position entails working with clients to design their homes, creating cut sheet and design packages and traveling frequently to install them. The travel is often in Maine but can be anywhere in the country. We believe that it is crucial for the designer to be on job sites seeing how their work, works in the real world.

This job offers a meaningful career and endless opportunities for growth. We are a small growing business and we are looking for applicants who are excited to take part in our growth.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Use Vectorworks to design homes and other structures with clients
  • Use Vectorworks to design cutsheet packages for clients and for our crew
  • Travel when necessary to be on the job site erecting the structures you designed
  • 1+ years as a designer with a residential construction background
  • 1+ years experience in Vectorworks or a similar design software
  • Self-starter who seeks growth
  • Consistently keep an open mind about learning new skills
  • Eagerness to learn about new building materials and building science methods
  • Ability to travel frequently
  • Humor
*Pay is commensurate with experience and there is significant room for growth
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  • Pete Neidhardt
    After taking their Design & Build course, I had the confidence to build this timber frame house, from a version of their stock plans. And you will too.
    Pete Neidhardt
  • Chasen Gillies
    We drove thirteen hours through a blizzard to take the timber framing course and it was worth it. You can tell this family has been teaching people since the 70's. 70's?! These guys are great. I hope to be back to learn but just saying "HI" would be a win. They've probably mapped out every minute of the week for the students but it still feels relaxed. Best of all, I can say with confidence, I can build a house. A timber structure. And I will
    Chasen Gillies
  • Matt Anglin
    Excellent course on house building. Teaches about every aspect of house including good design principles.
    Matt Anglin
  • Laurie Palagyi
    Shelter is a phenomenal resource of skill, intelligence, and good people. I took the two week design/build course and it was wonderful. I left with the confidence to assess my own home and any future home that I may build or purchase. Shelter is the real deal.
    Laurie Palagyi
  • David H T Kane
    Instructors make sure their lectures are clear and understandable to the students. Great follow through.
    David H T Kane
  • Deborah Caldwell
    Nothing can beat the hands-on experience that my daughter and I enjoyed for three weeks at the shelter institute. I have kept in touch ever since. I am disappointed that I cannot leave a comment on Pats chainsaw videos. The system does not seem to acknowledge our presence.
    Deborah Caldwell
  • Enzo Talladira
    As a second generation carpenter/joiner Shelter Institute's online course is a must for all who are interested in Timber Framing and the enjoyment of life.

    I have found the team to be responsive, caring and helpful. A pleasure to deal with.
    Enzo Talladira
  • Kristina Rae Bolduc
    So far our online courses are phenomenal!!! We love Pat, Gaius, and Blueberry! Gabe is pretty awesome too!!
    Kristina Rae Bolduc

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