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Rowan University Painter (Internal Applicants Only) in Glassboro, New Jersey

Under direction of a Crew Supervisor, applies paint, and other coating materials to various surfaces from ground level and/or scaffolds, platforms, and ladders at various heights, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns; follows accepted methods and uses proper materials and/or tools to prepare various surfaces for painting; cares for and cleans standard painting tools; does related work as required.

NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

NOTE: Although not specifically outlined in the following list of tasks, certain jurisdictions occasionally require painters to measure, cut, and install panes of glass to replace broken windows and/or hang wallpaper. Those not specifically outlined in the following list of tasks, may be considered as related work, but it is not normally required that candidates possess the skills, knowledges, and abilities to perform them upon entering the position.


  • May work alone or as a member of a team, on both indoor and outdoor assignments.

  • Prepares surfaces utilizing various methods which may include sandpaper, wire brushes, or steel wool, and removes loose and old paint from surfaces using paint remover, scrapes, or wire brushes to properly coat, cover and adhere to the surface.

  • Fills nail holes, cracks, and joints with putty, spackle, or other fillers to make a suitable surface for the finish coat.

  • Uses premixed paints or prepares paints to match specific colors by mixing required portions of tints and colorants to obtain proper colors, hues, and shades.

  • Thins, stirs, and mixes paint to obtain proper consistency.

  • Applies paint or other coating materials to various surfaces with brushes, rollers, and spray guns, and observes that the paint finish meets surface protection requirements.

  • Applies various coating materials such as varnish, stain, shellac, lacquer, or enamel using brushes and/or other related tools, methods, and techniques to refinish cabinets, desks, chairs, or doors, or to decorate and protect interior or exterior surface, trim, and fixtures of buildings, and other structures.

  • Paints various surfaces including cramped and hard to reach places, from ladders scaffolds, and platforms at varied heights, using brushes, rollers, or spray guns.

  • Erects various types of scaffolding such as prefabricated metal or aluminum, wooden and/or swing stages (suspended by ropes or cables attached to roof hooks or outriggers), "A" ladders, window jacks, or ladder jacks, or ladder jacks by following standard methods to paint tall buildings and structures.

  • Receives oral and written work orders outlining the work to be done and methods to be used to accomplish the job according to specifications.

  • Cleans and cares for brushes, rollers, and other equipment using water, turpentine, paint thinner, or other cleaning materials.

  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS: Three (3) years of experience in work involving the painting and repainting of the interior and exterior of buildings and structures.

NOTE: Applicants not having the above experience may meet the requirements if they have the following: Successful completion of an apprentice painting program approved by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

LICENSE: Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.


  • Knowledge of the procedures used in preparing surfaces for painting.

  • Knowledge of standard tools, materials, methods, occupational hazards, and safety precautions involved in general painting work.

  • Knowledge of the methods involved in the thinning, mixing, and matching paint.

  • Knowledge of the procedures involved in staining, vanishing, and refinishing cabinets, desks, chairs, and other woodwork.

  • Knowledge of the procedures involved in the cleaning and use of standard painting tools.

  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out verbal or written orders and assignments.

  • Ability to putty, spackle, and fill holes and cracks where needed.

  • Ability to work from various elevations.

  • Ability to rig scaffolding at various elevations.

  • Ability to use the brush, roller, or spray method for application of paint.

  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.

Title Eligibility:

  • This position is open to current Rowan employees in the competitive and non-competitive divisions who have an aggregate of one (1) year of continuous permanent service as of the closing date in any title and meet the experience requirement listed above.

Salary: C16


  • Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diverse people and abilities. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

  • Please note that this position is subject to the NJ First Act, requiring public employees to establish residency in the State of New Jersey. See N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70) for further information.

  • Only completed online applications submitted on or before the posted deadline will be considered.

  • Only those internal candidates who possess both the title and experience requirements will receive interviews.

  • For promotions, this would be a provisional opportunity pending exam.