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Beyond Hard Hats and Hammers

Project Management and Administrative Jobs in Construction

Ask anyone: Staffing is a big ongoing concern in the construction industry in the United States and particularly in New Mexico. There are a lot of reasons for this, from an influx of work thanks to recent infrastructure investments, to skilled workers traveling to seek higher pay, to a dwindling number of young people entering the trades. Not to mention, some qualified job seekers haven’t even considered construction as a field to enter.

When most people hear about the construction labor shortage, they often think only about skilled trades and manual labor. But there are many more career opportunities in this field. In fact, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of all construction industry positions are business and financial operations.[1] As a leading general contractor in the Southwest, Jaynes welcomes people of diverse skill sets and experience to fulfill many surprising and necessary roles.

It Takes Many Hands to Build a Community

Construction jobs are complex. Building any structure takes time, usually several years. This period encompasses many phases and steps, with different teams responsible for different aspects of any given project.

Someone needs to be responsible for managing and overseeing these workers, handling the logistics of budgets and planning, interfacing with Owners and subcontractors, and managing the day-to-day of running a business. Construction companies need project managers, HR professionals, accountants, and IT experts, just like any other business.

Modern construction techniques also demand a more sophisticated understanding of tools and technologies. Specialists who understand the intricacies of building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design construction (VDC) are always in demand.

A big part of securing the future of construction is simply educating people about what’s available. That’s why we helped create ACE Leadership High School to teach young people practical trade skills through project-based learning. And it’s why we have a dedicated Jaynes recruiter who spends time at job fairs and events throughout the Southwest, educating prospects and helping new graduates and experienced jobseekers alike see their potential in a place they might not have thought to look.

Recruiting, The Jaynes Way

As general contractors, relationships are the heart of our business. Our relationships with subcontractors, Owners, architects, and stakeholders can make or break the success of a project. And our relationships internally, from our leaders all the way down to our laborers, are the foundation of our company. Without that strong foundation, we can’t continue to grow and succeed.

So when it comes to growing the Jaynes team, we take our responsibility seriously. Our recruiting process centers on just getting out in the community and letting people know what’s out there and where they might fit. We believe the best career decisions often start with a simple conversation about experience, skills, values, and expectations.

We want to sit down with you to hear about what you bring to the table, so we can let you know what we have to offer in return—like our ESOP structure, on-site health clinic, and generous retirement benefits, for starters. But also a company with a 75+ year legacy building the community we live in. We’re a team that cares about one another and is committed to sticking around for the long haul. If that’s you, we want to talk to you.

Visit our careers page to see details on available job opportunities in Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, and Durango, and start that conversation to see if Jaynes is the right fit for you.


[1] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). The construction industry: Characteristics of the employed, 2003–20 : Spotlight on statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2022/the-construction-industry-labor-force-2003-to-2020/home.htm