Madison Community Cooperative - Maintenance Intern

Co-op / Organization: 
Madison Community Cooperative
Madison, WI
Type of Organization: 
Housing Organization
Brief Description of Organization: 

MCC is a federation of 11 housing co-ops located in Madison’s downtown and near-eastside neighborhoods. MCC is incorporated in Wisconsin as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and as a cooperative.

Madison Community Cooperative is a group-equity housing co-op, which means that members do not gain equity by living in MCC houses. Instead, MCC owns the houses and we pay rent to sustain MCC, collectively serving as our own landlord.

MCC strives to improve the Madison community by providing low-cost, not-for-profit cooperative housing for very low to moderate income people and to be inclusive of underrepresented and marginalized groups in the community.

Number of Members: 
Number of Staff: 
3 Coordinating Staff positions (contracted), 4 Assistant Staff positions (contracted), 4-10 ad hoc staff positions (not contracted)
Dress Code: 
Casual. Close-toed shoes required. Durable clothing recommended.
Position Title: 
Maintenance Intern
Position Duties: 

Summary: assisting with MCC house maintenance based on current projects and needs of the MCC maintenance team.

Detailed job description:

    • Assist MCC Maintenance Officer and/or Maintenance Coordinator with planning and supervision of building, repair, and landscaping projects.

    • Assist MCC Maintenance Officer and/or Maintenance Coordinator in keeping ongoing communication with House Maintenance Coordinators, contractors, and suppliers.

    • Participate in Worker Group to execute building, repair, and landscaping projects.

    • Participate in Maintenance long-term planning and/or new project development.

IMPORTANT: SEE ATTACHED FILE for list of required and preferred qualifications.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: position start date flexible based on needs of Intern.

Position Training: 

Maintenance Officer will supervise Maintenance Intern. Intern will train through work with Maintenance Officer, Maintenance Coordinator, Skilled Maintenance Workers, and Maintenance Worker Group. Maintenance Officer will develop training plan based on Intern's level of experience with maintenance and construction planning and execution. Training in specific tool use will occur before Intern is expected to use any tools. 

Skills Development & Learning: 
  • Intern will gain:
    • Experience with minor building maintenance

    • Experience with landscaping

    • Experience with construction and/or demolition

    • Experience with file sharing applications (such as shared drive/dropbox, calendar apps, messaging and email apps, spreadsheets, text documents, etc.)

    • Experience explaining relevant knowledge to people with varying degrees of familiarity with concepts

    • Experience with cooperative housing organization structures

    • Experience with creative problem-solving and long-term maintenance planning

  • Specific skill development priorities will be determined based on needs of Organization and Intern's areas of interest.

Other details of working conditions: 
Any protective equipment required for position (e.g.: respirator, hard hat, gloves) will be provided by MCC on an as-needed basis.
Compensation ($): 
Room-and-board stipend equal to the average MCC rate ($535), paid monthly. Hours of work in excess of 15 per week paid at Dane County living wage rate ($13.01 per hour), bi-weekly.
is Room Included for members?: 
Working Hours: 
No explicit structure. Working hours will fall between 8am and 8pm, with specific time ranges based on preferred work schedule of Intern, availability of Supervisor, and needs of Houses. No workdays beyond 8 hours encouraged or required.
Total Hours of Work Per Week: 
25-35; exact number of hours determined by Intern and their Supervisor