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As you head down the leafy streets of Forrest you’ll find Lewis, Curtis and Frazer, three of Manteena’s carpenters completing a new Alfresco area on a previously constructed Manteena home. The carpenters are a part of the Manteena Residential team, employed directly by Manteena and dispersed across a variety of projects in Canberra from new builds to extensions and renovations.

Lewis joined Manteena as a third year apprentice in mid 2019, Frazer came on board as a second year apprentice in early 2022 and Curtis was fully qualified when he came on board in mid 2022. It is the varying levels of experience at Manteena, and experiences outside of Manteena that make the Residential Carpentry team as diverse as it is. Now, it is your chance to join this growing team as we look to welcome a new apprentice to the team for 2023 and beyond.

Don’t take our word for it though, hear from the boys themselves about what makes working at Manteena Residential so great.

What is it like to work as a carpenter for Manteena Residential?

Lewis:    Every day is different and there is more opportunity to do different types of carpentry. You get to do everything, not just basic carpentry. Some days it is trusses and steelwork, other days it is standard carpentry or putting up a new Alfresco area.

Curtis:   We get to build and work on some of the better homes in Canberra from setting out footings through to the final clean out.

Frazer:   And the culture is good. We have a good crew, we have fun.

Lewis: We act as the middle man between the project managers and the clients a bit too. Myself and Nick step up as leading hands to help Scott out when needed so there is more opportunity and responsibility in that area as well.

Why Manteena?

Lewis: There’s a lot more opportunity than a standard builder. You can travel the world if you want to and work across other areas of the business.

Curtis:   For me it’s the satisfaction of seeing the end result and working through the whole project. And also the quality and type of jobs we work on.

What was your apprenticeship experience like with Manteena?

Frazer: Really good! I came in as a second year apprentice and the transition across was seamless. You get to work with different people and are exposed to different techniques in various stages of a job straight away.

Lewis: The team looked a bit different when I started but like Frazer I learnt a lot really quickly and was well looked after. There was definitely an opportunity to learn things quicker and with a broader scope of work.

What is your advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship In carpentry and joining Manteena?

Frazer:   It’s a good pathway to more than just a specific trade.

Curtis:   It’s very rewarding and there is greater satisfaction in the final result. Working at Manteena requires a higher focus on quality and care so you have to be prepared to invest in that.

What is the best think about working as a carpenter for Manteena?

Good people, good team, good houses.

Interested in Applying?

We have opportunities available for apprentices at various stages of their apprenticeship and fully qualified carpenters.

Contact Danny Agnello for more information, or send your resume to

Project Manager

We are seeking an experienced Commercial Construction Project Manager to join our team!

If you have 8-10+ years of proven experience managing construction projects in excess of $5M, and are looking for a stable, long-term career with opportunities for growth and development, we want to hear from you.

As our Project Manager, you will work closely with our management team to oversee the delivery of allocated projects while maintaining strong stakeholder relationships. You’ll also work alongside a committed site/project team, ensuring safety, quality, and commercial goals are met.

At Manteena, we’re committed to our staff’s professional development and offer a range of benefits, including career progression opportunities, leadership training, and mentoring programs. We’re a values-based, family-friendly company that encourages work-life balance and offers flexible work arrangements.

If this sounds like the perfect role for you, apply now via the following link:

Site Managers

We’re hiring Site Managers!

If you’re an experienced Site Manager with a proven track record of managing and coordinating all physical aspects of day-to-day construction projects in excess of $5M, while ensuring safety and compliance with regulatory requirements, we want you on our team.

As a Site Manager, you will be responsible for controlling all site aspects of the project, managing day-to-day supervisory tasks, establishing and monitoring site commitments, and adopting good operational risk management practices. You’ll work closely with the Project Manager and Senior Construction Manager to create a collaborative team environment that achieves positive outcomes for the project and our clients.

To succeed in this role, you will need strong knowledge of building techniques, well-developed communication skills, and the ability to lead and motivate the entire site team. You must be able to work well under pressure, manage multiple tasks, and be accountable for your work and your site.

We offer a committed site/project team and the support of senior management to ensure your success. If you have 10-15+ years of experience as a Site Manager and the ability to achieve results, we encourage you to apply today. Relevant construction related tertiary or trade background will be highly regarded.

Apply here:

Site Supervisor

We are currently seeking an experienced Site Supervisor to join our team.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in coordinating and controlling all physical aspects of the day-to-day workings on commercial construction projects in excess of $5M.

As a Site Supervisor, you will be responsible for managing all related site staff and coordinating all resources on sites, ensuring safety and compliance with all regulatory requirements, and achieving the agreed quality program and financial outcomes. You will work closely with the Project Manager and Senior Construction Manager to create a collaborative team environment that achieves positive outcomes for the project and our clients.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to lead and motivate the entire site team, and the ability to work well under pressure. You must have on-site supervisory project experience within the construction industry and be able to successfully deliver projects with minimal to no defects. In addition, you must have the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, suppliers, contractors, and staff and display confidence and respect when dealing with others.

You will be supported by a committed site/project team and the Senior Construction Manager. Key outcomes of the role include controlling all site aspects of the project, establishing and monitoring site commitments of time, cost, quality, variation reporting and program, driving a culture of safety, and participating in relevant site safety meetings. You will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation, regulation and codes of practice standards, and actively participating in required audits.

Computer skills using programs such as MS Project and MS Office Suite are required, and relevant tertiary or trade background will be highly regarded. If you are a skilled Site Supervisor with a passion for achieving results, we encourage you to apply.

Apply here:

Project Engineer / Contracts Administrator

We are currently seeking experienced Project Engineers/Contracts Administrator to join our team in the commercial construction industry.

As a Project Engineer/ Contracts Administrator, you will provide administrative support and coordination to assist the Project Manager in managing all aspects of commercial building projects to a high standard achieving safe construction, excellent quality, and a profitable return.

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of on-site project and contracts administration experience within the construction industry. You must also possess professionalism, respect, and integrity towards clients, suppliers, contractors, and staff, with an ability to work and communicate with different personality types. In addition, you should be able to work well under pressure and manage multiple tasks effectively.

This role will provide opportunities for you to develop the skills and abilities to become a Project Manager. You will have the chance to learn and adopt good operational risk management practices for the project. You must hold a WHS Construction Induction Card and an Asbestos Awareness Certificate. You should also have computer skills using programs such as MS Project and MS Office Suite, with a willingness to learn specific cost control and estimating software programs.

If you are currently studying or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management or a similar field, it will be highly regarded.

Join our team and be part of a collaborative environment that values excellence, safety, and integrity. Apply now and take the next step in your career!

Apply here:

Safety Advisor

Looking for a long-term role with work-life balance and opportunities for professional development? Our Safety Advisor position may be the perfect fit for you! You’ll work with teams across all aspects of the company to deliver high-quality construction projects in Canberra and across Australia. The main focus of this role is to oversee, manage and coordinate safety requirements across designated projects. You’ll need high-level organisation and prioritising skills with the ability to work across multiple projects.

What you require:

• A minimum of 2 years’ experience in work health and safety within a construction-safety related role, • Qualifications and training: Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, or higher, Building and Construction General Induction, ACT Asbestos Awareness, First Aid certificate, • Driver’s licence and your own vehicle, • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and written skills, • Demonstrated experience using Office 365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc), and • The ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance and Working with Vulnerable People licence.

Join our team to drive a safety culture across our projects and work closely with various project teams to ensure all safety matters are coordinated on site. Apply now!

The Role:

We are currently looking for a full time Receptionist / Office Administrator to deliver professional customer service and effectively assist with the administrative and communication requirements of the company. The role may suit someone who is new to the workforce and would like to grow and have ownership of the role.

The successful candidates’ responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

The successful candidate will be required to hold a current driver’s licence with own vehicle.

Requirements of the Position:
Candidates are to provide a written response outlining their experience against the following requirements of the position, or willingness to develop the required skills and abilities:

Manteena highly values their employee’s development and growth and offers:

Salary will be based on the Modern Clerks Award 2010

People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

No recruiter approaches please

You must have rights to work in Australia to apply for this position.

If you feel you have the skills and abilities that meet our requirements for the Receptionist/Office Administrator position, click “Apply” and submit your resume and cover letter addressing the above requirements of the position – applications without either a resume or cover letter may not be considered.

If you require more information, please call 02 6221 7202 for a confidential chat.

Come and join our NAWIC award winning women—Sarah and Jess—who were recently recognised as Construction Businesswoman of the Year & Emerging Leader, respectively, by the National Association of Women in Construction – ACT Chapter.

We are currently seeking experienced construction professionals to join our team and fill a number of roles for an exciting pipeline of new head contractor works in Canberra.

The roles include:

More information about the roles will be posted shortly, however if you wish to jump ahead of the queue then contact Sascha Eves, HR Manager, Email: to initiate a discussion about any of these opportunities.



Master Builders Australia “Large Commercial Construction Business of the Year 2022” & Housing Industry Association “National Residential Builder of the Year 2021”.


Manteena’s strong pipeline of ongoing and up & coming work means that we are growing. This growth has created exciting opportunities for a range of site and project related position vacancies across the company.

We are seeking commercial construction professionals to fill a number of positions in the following roles:

This is your opportunity to join one of Canberra’s most awarded privately owned construction companies.

We value innovative thinking and a passion for excellence in Construction; creating a positive work culture, whilst maintaining a strong work life balance.

Manteena is an equal opportunities employer and encourage all people with the right skills and qualifications to apply for the relevant role.

Please contact Sascha Eves, HR Manager, on +61 2 6280 7033 for further details regarding each role or forward your resume to