Careers at CANCO

Reasons to work at Carl A. Nelson & Company, and why we believe you should join our team.


This brief video features new CANCO construction craftsman Russell Donaldson, during the 2022 CTE Signing Day at Fort Madison High School.

1: Our People

At Carl A. Nelson & Company, we nurture our tradition of excellence, and take pride in what we do. Since 1913, who we have chosen as employees has been critical to our success, and we value our team. As an employee-owned company since the 1940s, we recognize that our team — in the office and in the field — is at the center of our firm's ability to succeed. That means we're choosy about who we hire, and look for people we believe will be a good fit with our corporate culture of Fairness and Honesty, Quality Workmanship and Service Second to None.

CANCO employs about 100 direct-hire employees, in roles ranging from carpenters to equipment operators and construction supervisors, to civil and construction engineers, construction managers, architects and office specialists in areas like accounting. Our offices in Burlington and Cedar Falls function as one.

In addition to working hard, we know how to have fun and celebrate being part of the CANCO family, with annual group outings throughout the year that bring us together away from the office and job site.     

2: Opportunities to Advance

Carl A. Nelson & Company's range of customers and project types will provide continuous opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge, whether in the field or in the office. To enhance that development, we regularly offer skills and equipment training for construction craftsmen and field leaders, and continuing education for field supervisory, project management and office personnel. CANCO also provides routine opportunities for advancement — through the field supervisory and project management ranks, and into employee-ownership. Our team of employee-owners represent the field and the office, and include superintendents and project managers who started with CANCO as entry-level carpenters or engineers and rose through the ranks before being invited to become shareholders.

3: Great Benefits

CANCO offers an industry-leading benefits package to our employees, including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time-off, paid training and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous company match.

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4: Our Focus on Safety

At Carl A. Nelson & Company, the safety of our employees, subcontractors, suppliers and job site visitors is of primary concern at all levels of management. And our track record proves it. In recent years, we've twice exceeded 1 million man hours without a lost day accident. We know everyone has a role in maintaining safe work sites, from the newest construction laborer to the corporate safety director and company president, and everyone in between.

5: A History of Success

For more than 100 years, Carl A. Nelson & Company has demonstrated quality and integrity in the marketplace. That has led to the development of numerous long-term clients, who call on us time and time again. In fact, about 80% of our business is from repeat clients who trust our customer focus and attention to detail. As past performance is an indicator of future success, we expect to remain busy across our market segments and delivery methods, meaning you can look to Carl A. Nelson & Company as a place to build long-term careers.

Carl A. Nelson & Company has repeatedly been recognized for being among SE Iowa's best places to work.


  • Employee Benefits Program (2021 winner)
  • Employee Training Program (2021 winner)
  • Overall Company Culture (2021 finalist)
  • Overall Company to Work For (2021 finalist)
  • Overall Company Leadership (2021 finalist)
  • Employee Recognition Program (2021 finalist)


in The Hawk Eye's Best of S.E. Iowa's Community Choice Awards.

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Call or text Brandi Marshall at (319) 753-8785, or email her your resume at