Are you a perfect fit for the Giraffe team?


We are looking for a few exceptional people.

Giraffe Design Build is a small company with big vision. Our mission statement describes how “We love creating inspired designs and environments, building with excellent craftsmanship, and delivering it all with integrity and empathy to delight people.”  We design and build residential spaces from remodels and additions to new builds, while also building lasting relationships with our clients. We are passionate about design and delivery.

Giraffe Design Build, a fully licensed, insured contracting company, has been in the community for over 20+ years. We specialize in sustainable residential projects and home remodels in Washtenaw County and surrounding areas. We promise competitive pay, collaborative teamwork, and a dedication to ongoing improvement.

If you would like to work with Giraffe, we are always looking for talented designers, artisan carpenters, skilled project managers, inspired interns and apprentices. Please send us an email with your resume.

Giraffe Design Build, LLC is growing rapidly. We are always looking for excellent people filled with integrity, who want to create inspired livable spaces while building lifelong relationships.

If this sounds like you, we want to meet you! Please send your resume and cover letter along with the type of work you are seeking and your availability. Compensation is based on your skill set and experience.  We do not offer benefits. Please reply only through email, no phone calls. Thank you for considering us.

info@giraffedesignbuild.com

Who we are

Giraffe Design Build strives to create works of beauty to go beyond function. Our mission begins with inspired designs that become more than the sum of their parts, synthesizing space, flow, style, and project goals that bring form to function.

We are a rapidly growing, client centric, design inspired company looking for motivated, hard working people who enjoy working as part of a team which seeks to delight our clients and each other at every turn. Our teams are expected to provide the highest level of customer service at all times. We strive to inspire our values of cooperation, equality and inclusion with our goal of helping each other grow and learn, while designing and building inspired, beautiful homes together. To achieve this, we hire great craftspeople with kindness, integrity and a sense of humor.  

Who you are

As an Apprentice Carpenter you possess a teachable spirit and enjoy learning your craft and practicing it. You are eager to develop and apply your skills to have a positive impact with the team and the project. You are passionate about building things with your own hands and you’re eager to learn and complete a variety of residential construction projects from rough framing to custom finish work. 

As an Apprentice Carpenter you have a direct impact on Giraffe culture by embracing our core values each day. With your positive can-do attitude you will develop your skill level to ensure a successful project from start through to completion. 

The work you will be doing:

  • Be a reliable member of our construction team with a keen focus on quality and craftsmanship
  • Work closely with carpenters to learn all aspects of the trade
  • Assist construction team with all tasks including keeping the job site tidy, demolition, framing, drywall, cabinetry and window installation, finishing carpentry, etc
  • Become an integral team member embracing and encouraging our company values of trust, safety, teamwork, responsibility, and service
  • Strive to exceed expectations for quality, craftsmanship, and schedule
  • Learn to read and understand blueprints and drawings
  • Load and unload materials, carry tools to and from the job site
  • Hone your problem solving skills and resourcefulness to provide and build positive solutions

Skills you will need:

  • Experience in residential carpentry is beneficial but not required
  • An eagerness to dive into vigorous work with a strong can-do attitude
  • Willingness to learn, maintain a positive attitude, and take direction from carpenters is essential
  • Self motivated, hard working, dependable, on time, and ready to work full time
  • Good communication skills and basic math skills are a plus
  • Provide your own hand tools

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Who we are

Giraffe Design Build strives to create works of beauty to go beyond function. Our mission begins with inspired designs that become more than the sum of its parts, synthesizing space, flow, style, and project goals to bring form to function.

We are a rapidly growing, client centric, design inspired company looking for motivated, hard working team members who enjoy working as part of a team which seeks to delight our clients and each other at every turn. Our teams are expected to provide the highest level of customer service at all times. We strive to inspire our values of cooperation, equality and inclusion with our goal of helping each other grow and learn, while designing and building inspired, beautiful homes together. To achieve this, we hire great craftspeople with kindness, integrity and a sense of humor.  

Who you are

As a Lead Carpenter you are skilled and passionate about your craft and enjoy working in it as much as sharing and teaching it. You balance your skills in the form of craftsmanship and knowledge of construction. You will lead carpenters of all skill levels through the complete build phase of a residential remodel, addition, or new build. Your style of leadership is about serving the needs of the team, the project, our clients and the business as a whole. You lead by example with a high attention to quality and detail, and kindly instruct fellow team-members as needed while nurturing accountability. You lead from the front by virtue of competence and skill, with friendly, engaging enthusiasm, without requiring supervision or prompting.

As a Lead Carpenter you have a direct impact on Giraffe culture by modeling our core values each day. You expect the best of your team, mentor them through problems, encourage their continued learning, and you honor their achievements. You have a positive can-do attitude that raises the skill level of your team and ensures a successful project from start through to completion.

The work you will be doing:

  • Review, understand, approve, and follow project plans, specifications, and estimates
  • Lead a build team through all levels of construction with focus on quality and craftsmanship
  • Solve construction challenges while maintaining design intent, and work closely with designers as needed – you are able to build a box, and to think outside of it too
  • Find the appropriate balance between excellent execution and budget realities
  • Coordinate daily tasks to keep projects on time, on budget and meeting client expectations
  • Manage a team of carpenters,  trades people and vendors 
  • Drive productivity and meet daily production goals
  • Communicate with clients, manage their expectations and ensure change orders are processed accurately
  • Perform material take-offs and framing layouts
  • Implement best practices and industry standard construction methods
  • Promote leadership by example
  • Advocate for your team and the client with the goal of delighting both
  • Provide positive training and direction for carpenters and laborers as needed
  • Empower your team to exceed expectations for quality, craftsmanship, schedule, and budget

Skills you will need:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience in the construction industry, focus in custom, high-quality residential remodeling and new building is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience as a lead carpenter or similar management position 
  • A sense of design and appreciation for aesthetic
  • Building skills include framing, material take-offs, siding, window, and door installation, interior and exterior trim, finish work, and cabinet installation 
  • Artisan level carpentry skills preferred
  • Ability to read and interpret architectural floor plans, elevations, shop drawings, and structural plans
  • Desire to train apprentice carpenters using an inclusive management style
  • Skilled in leading a jobsite while also working as a team member and promoting a positive culture
  • Ability to communicate with clients, subcontractors, coworkers, and designers
  • Reliable transportation to a variety of worksites throughout Washtenaw County
  • Self motivated and able to perform duties with minimal supervision
  • Bring your own hand tools

Giraffe Design Build is an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOC). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.