Woodworker III

Northampton, MA

VCA Inc. is a growing company located in Western Massachusetts, who creates very high end residential interiors and unique furniture for clients around the world. We specialize (and excel) in custom architectural millwork and one-of-a-kind furniture for discerning architects, designers, general contractors and owners.

We collaborate with artists and artisans both locally and globally. No finish or material challenge is too much for us, be it wood, metal, custom glass, parchments, lacquers and paints, or stone. We take pride in maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality. We value collaboration, commitment to craft and high quality results. We respect the input and efforts of everyone involved in the creative process. We emphasize attention to every aspect of production and strive for excellence on each project we complete.


If you’re just looking for a paycheck in a stress-free environment, VCA is probably not for you. We are looking for people who are not only passionate, but eager to work in collaboration with like-minded co-workers. If you are seeking a position that is different every day with an opportunity to make a real difference, then look no further.

This position is busy, sometimes crazy, and always dynamic. Creativity and input from the team are encouraged. There will be moments of stress with deadlines and the like, but that will be rewarded with the sweet satisfaction of working with team mates who have your back to help ensure everyone’s success. That, in itself, can be and is, exhilarating.

You will have pride in being part of some of the most incredible, one-of-a-kind creations on the planet, with the accomplishment of a job well done.

If you have the passion, work ethic, commitment, interest and inherent ability, as well as willingness to learn and work with others, this might be a good fit. The possibilities are endless.

Job purpose

A Woodworker III is an expert level position that manufactures millwork and furniture using wood, veneers, and laminates. They often combine and incorporate different materials into wood. A woodworker should be self-motivated and willing to learn. This position is responsible for producing, crafting, and testing wood products using specialized tools.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Able to handle milling operations independently  (i.e. cutting, shaping, sanding, measuring of woodwork)
  • Able to sharpen and maintain chisels and hand planes; and use them efficiently
  • Take necessary measures to protect adjacent surfaces and structures from splatters, damage, etc.
  • Meeting deadlines which may require a willingness to work overtime while tracking hours worked on specific jobs.
  • Organize tools and materials needed for the current days’ work as well as planning for tomorrow.
  • Update the department manager of any scheduling delays, issues or woodworking procedural changes.
  • Communicate in an efficient and effective manner with co-workers and supervision to insure jobs are done correctly
  • Ability to lead and assist others on projects
  • Foster harmonious communications within the shift and between shifts
  • Inspect all machinery and assess safety concerns
  • Promote safety rules, work policies and procedures per training/instructions
  • Confident in taking on challenging projects and tasks
  • Expert in utilizing woodworking techniques and joinery
  • Process projects efficiently with no supervision
  • Be accountable for the sequence of a job from start to finish
  • Able to glue independently
  • Assist is loading and unloading materials
  • Maintain and organize a clean work area. 
  • Perform the duties of the job as needed


  • GED, high school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • 6+ years’ experience in woodworking
  • Mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and the ability to pay attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills enabling coordination with job managers
  • Able to work independently if necessary and to identify and solve problems
  • Able to expand basic woodworking techniques and construction
  • Willingness to further train as well as teach in woodworking skills
  • In-depth understanding of machine tool set up and use
  • Demonstrate maturity and a humble approach to tackling new skills
  • Able to accurately track time and job allocations
  • Able to work safely and consciously with regard to yourself and fellow workers
  • Basic understanding and minimum experience using hand tools required

Working conditions

This position will be a manual labor position and the ability to follow directions is critical. This position will require common sense, logical thought processes, and the ability to work in a safety conscious manner. This position requires the employee to wear all required PPE.

  • This position is full time (40+ hours), hourly nonexempt
  • Benefits eligible
  • Hours of operation are flexible: 630AM – 630PM
  • Work in a manufacturing environment with exposure to contaminants
  • Must be able to wear and use safety equipment regularly such as goggles, masks, gloves, and stops
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions and equipment
  • Must be able to lift 70 pounds
  • Must be able to sustain posture in a standing position for prolonged periods of time
  • Must be able to verbally communicate
  • Overtime may be required to meet project deadlines
  • Dexterity utilizing hands and fingers to operate machinery

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $20.00 - $28.00 per hour