Welcome to Monkey Island Co-op

We Have Two Openings at Our Co-op

Seeking a handyperson/housemate (or two)

We are searching for a handyperson/property manager/housemate for a group house in Berkeley’s charming Elmwood neighborhood in exchange for reduced or free rent. This role includes fix-it and maintenance tasks around the house, ongoing yard work, and arranging additional repairs as needed.

We are open to splitting this job between two new housemates, or bringing one handyperson and one regular housemate into our co-op.

The handyperson/housemate will be responsible for regular maintenance of the house, including small fixes and upgrades (for example, the house currently needs further weatherizing and some areas need repainting). Desired qualifications include general handy-ness and experience maintaining old houses; experience with light carpentry is preferred and any experience with plumbing or electrical work would be an asset. For tasks beyond the handyperson/housemate’s ability, they will be responsible for finding and arranging services from craftspeople (carpenters, electricians, arborists, appliance repairs etc.,).

There may be additional opportunities for paid work, including administrative work involved in the search for new housemates and chances to work on house renovations. We envision the position taking an average of 30 hours of work per month; the handyperson will track their own time, which will be deducted from their rent at a rate of $25 – $35/hr, depending on applicant qualifications. The house has some deferred maintenance, so there won’t be a shortage of possible tasks.

We are also seeking someone who is comfortable with community living and fits well with the current housemates. The handyperson/housemate will have equal decision-making power with other residents and will not be in charge of enforcing house norms (like kitchen cleanup responsibility).

About the Available Rooms

Southwest Second Floor Bedroom, Available Now:  This large bedroom on the 2nd floor shares a large west-facing deck (great for sunsets!).    Room dimensions: 14’0″ x 14’2″ (199 sq. ft).  Shares a bathroom with 2 other rooms. ($1250/mo before work compensation.)  

Northwest Second Floor Bedroom, Available Now:  This somewhat smaller second-floor bedroom also shares the deck.:  Size: 14’4” x 11’5”  (165 sq. ft.)  Shares a bathroom with 2 other rooms. ($1125/mo before work compensation.)  

All utilities are included. In addition to rent, each resident currently contributes $100 a month toward basic foodstuffs (oils, grains, spices, etc.), household supplies, high-speed Internet and twice-a-month professional housecleaning.  

Application Process

Fill out the questionnaire here. We will review applications as they come in. Top candidates will be invited to visit the house and meet the residents; there will also be a virtual interview with the co-owners. We look forward to hearing from you!

More Important Info

  • We are committed to racial, social, and environmental justice and to open communication and decision-making.
  • We welcome people of all colors, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities.  
  • We follow the science on COVID-19. Everyone in the house is vaccinated.