Custodian I

Tucson, AZ
Jan 10, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Steward Observatory

Department Website Link:


Outside of Tucson



Position Highlights:

The department of Steward Observatory seeks to fill one or two positions of Custodian I. The primary purpose of this position is to maintain and clean university buildings at three remote sites used for research, education, and public outreach. These observatory sites are located on Kitt Peak, Mt. Bigelow, and Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. Each site is at least 1 hour of driving from the main UA campus. All of the sites include telescope domes, dormitories, and several support buildings that need attention.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting work and living areas at remote sites. This includes operating cleaning equipment, using chemicals and other cleaning products safely, and laundry (primarily bed linens and towels).
  • Removing trash from the sites and assisting in general facilities maintenance that does not require specialized training.
  • Occasionally maintaining outside walkways, steps and roof tops, shoveling snow, and trimming/pruning vegetation as needed around observatory grounds.
  • Driving University provided vehicles to and from UA campus to remote observatory locations; occasionally picking up and delivering supplies to and from said locations.
  • Replenishing and organizing cleaning supplies and equipment; maintaining inventory levels; notifying appropriate staff when said items need to be ordered, repaired or replaced.
  • Ability and skills needed to use a computer or cellular phone to send/respond to email (Microsoft Outlook), complete time sheets (Microsoft Excel), fill out forms, use teleconferencing software (Zoom) and participate in electronic training courses.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience may be required.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work at high altitudes (10,000 feet) for sustained periods, and under adverse weather conditions including high winds, snow and thunderstorms.
  • 1 -2 years Custodial experience with knowledge using and maintaining cleaning equipment (floor buffer, vacuums, carpet shampooer).
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs, and climb ladders and stairs at elevation (and carry items up and down them).
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in maintenance/mechanical skills (ex experience with basic hand tools; screwdriver, hammer, etc)
  • Experience driving 4 x 4 vehicle.
  • Mountain and snow driving experience.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Facilities, Grounds and Infrastructure

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Facilities Mgmt & Services

Job Function:

Facil, Grounds, & Infra

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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