Lead Custodian

Job description

Requisition # 2018-9577
Department Building Services-Custodians
Category Maintenance and Custodial Services
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline 11/22/2018


The Lead Custodian is responsible for all phases of cleaning within the University. Work sites will vary but do include dormitories, athletic buildings, lab/research areas, academic buildings and office areas. Typical tasks will include dusting, mopping the floor, cleaning restrooms, replenishing bathroom supplies, trash removal, vacuuming and extracting carpets, stripping and refinishing of floors, changing light bulbs, and setting up chairs and tables for special events/meetings.

Additionally, they are responsible for the running and leadership of the shift in the absence of Supervisor. When the Supervisor is present, the lead worker may also be responsible for directing smaller work groups. While disciplinary authority is not given to this position, it is expected that the Lead Janitor will report performance issues to the Supervisor.


  • Clean bathrooms and fill all dispensers.
  • Clean light fixtures and change light bulbs if fixtures can be reached with a 6' ladder.
  • Empty trash receptacles. Transfer trash and recyclables to dumpster sites.
  • Mop, vacuum, extract, and burnish floor surfaces.
  • Inspect assigned work areas for maintenance, cleaning and safety needs.
  • Clean stairwells and elevators.
  • Spot clean windows.
  • Clean building exterior of cigarette butts and debris and shovel snow within the immediate vicinity of a building entrance.
  • Set up furniture for special functions.
  • Check fire extinguishers.
  • Dust wall and horizontal surfaces.
  • Extract carpets and strip and refinish floors.
  • Distributes exam books.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.
  • Manually transport furniture.
  • Shovel Snow and remove ice from Building Entrances.
  • Work overtime as needed.
  • Operate scooters for transporting personnel, trash, materials, etc.


  • Must be able to comprehend written and oral instructions.
  • Must be able to operate manual and power janitorial equipment.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License for driving University scooters and possibly University vehicles.
  • Stand or walk 2-4 hours at one time for 6-8 hours per day.
  • Lift or carry up to 10 pounds frequently (34 - 66% of the workday).
  • Lift or carry up to 50 pounds occasionally (up to 33% of the workday) and in a range of motions from floor to shoulder height.
  • Lift up to 30 pounds in a range of motions from floor to overhead.
  • Push or pull using forces up to 10 pounds constantly (over 66% of the workday).
  • Push or pull using forces up to 60 pounds occasionally (up to 33% of the workday).
  • Frequently use hands for simple grasping, pushing, or pulling.
  • Bend, push, or pull frequently (33-66% of the work day).
  • Squat, knell, climb, reach overhead, or lift overhead occasionally (up to 33% of the work day).
  • Climb stairs, climb a 6 foot ladder, shovel snow, and work outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • Possess full range of body motions and physical agility.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

MSU, 210

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required


Union Code

SEU-Service Employees Inter Union

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Posted: 11/9/2018
Application Due: 11/23/2018
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