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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Facilities, Operations invites you to apply to its Building Services team as a custodian. The custodian spends a significant portion of the workday in Princeton University buildings, interacting with the community while being responsible for all phases of cleaning and maintaining our beautiful campus. 


Starting hourly rate: $20.57

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Facilities supports Princeton's educational mission by stewarding the University’s campus in a sustainable way to create an environment of exceptional quality where learning and research thrive. If you share our values for teamwork, innovation, integrity, inclusiveness, respect, and sustainability, we welcome you to join our team.


As a custodian, you will:

  • Perform routine cleaning duties, such as dusting, mopping, vacuuming, restocking, and refilling in different spaces across campus, including restrooms
  • Perform cleaning functions specific to your assigned facilities, based on seasonal and project requirements
  • Assist with or execute snow removal activities and minor maintenance, such as replacing light bulbs, adjusting furniture, or other similar activities
  • Empty waste receptacles and transport contents to designated disposal containers
  • Ensure necessary doors are locked after cleaning restricted areas
  • Maintain equipment and supplies by completing routine upkeep
  • Promote continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices
  • Fulfill miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
  • High school diploma or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstration of good interpersonal and communication skills in reading, writing, and receiving oral instructions in English
  • Demonstration of customer service with emphasis on positive attitude
  • Capable of learning how to operate equipment and practicing current cleaning methods
  • Ability to work flexible hours, such as overtime, to meet the needs of University operations
  • Moderate physical fitness — as a custodian, you must possess the following:
    • physical agility, full range of motion, and ability to maintain balance
    • the ability to stand or walk 2–4 hours at one time for a total of 6–8 hours per day
    • the ability to lift or carry up to 10 pounds frequently (33–66% of the workday)
    • the ability to lift or carry up to 30 pounds in a range of motion from floor to overhead occasionally (up to 33% of the workday)
    • the ability to lift or carry up to 50 pounds occasionally (up to 33% of the workday)
    • the ability to push or pull using force up to 10 pounds constantly (over 66% of the workday)
    • the ability to push or pull using force up to 60 pounds occasionally (up to 33% of the workday)
    • the ability to use arms and hands for simple grasping, pushing, or pulling frequently (33–66% of the workday)
    • the ability to bend, squat, kneel, climb, and reach or lift overhead occasionally (up to 33% of the work day)
    • the ability to climb stairs or ladders, shovel snow, work at heights, and work outdoors in a variety of environmental conditions

Work Schedule

A standard shift is Monday–Friday, however, weekend shifts are also available with different days off during the week. Please indicate in the application process your preferred shift and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.


Open positions may include one of the following: 4:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 5:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m., 6:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., 10:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.–midnight, 11:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. (The 11:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m. shift begins Sunday evening and ends Friday morning.)


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. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Standard Weekly Hours40.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesProbationary PeriodPer union contractEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)YesPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredYesValid Driver's License RequiredNoUnion CodeSEU-Service Employees Inter Union #LI-NC1


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