Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is accepting applications for Custodian.  This position requires an individual who can clean and maintain the City's buildings and facilities with great attention to detail.  If this type of work interests you and you have at least six months of related experience, we encourage you to apply!

This is a full-time, benefited position represented by the AFSCME bargaining unit.  The City may establish a non-ranked applicant list for this classification that would be in effect for up to 12 months.

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not substitute for attaching it to your application.  Incomplete applications may not be considered for this position.  If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**


The recruitment process will include a written exam. Those applicants with the highest scores from the written exam will be invited to interview. Dates for these steps in the process have not been determined, but will be messaged to candidates as soon as they have been finalized.

Please note that employees in this position may be required to work evening and/or weekend shifts.

SALARY:

$45,924- $55,908 annually, depending on qualifications

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on January 28.

Under the direction of the Custodial Supervisor or Custodial Lead, perform cleaning maintenance and custodial work for the City’s buildings and facilities.

Work is characterized by general custodial duties including, but not limited to, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows, collecting trash, and cleaning building surfaces, and restrooms. While actual duties of each Custodian will vary from time to time, all Custodians may be assigned to perform work in any or all facilities.

Work is performed independently in accordance with established procedures. Specific instructions as to the assignments and time lines are usually provided by the Supervisor or Lead orally.  Some written instructions may also be given.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Collect trash, recyclable waste products, and other foreign items and dispose in appropriate receptacles.

Clean, polish, and sanitize building surfaces including walls, counter tops, door plates, drinking fountains, handrails, stairs, floors, etc.

Vacuum and shampoo carpets and rugs in offices and open spaces, edge vacuum and vacuum upholstery; may also vacuum ceiling vents and return air vents.

Clean, sanitize, and maintain restrooms by cleaning mirrors, fixtures, floors, and  shower areas by cleaning and sanitizing shower floors and walls, and locker areas.

Restock and maintain adequate supplies such as paper towels, sanitary supplies, soaps, etc.

Clean and refill dispensers.

Sweep, mop, buff, and refinish floors, rubber mats, stairways, and stairs.

Dust, clean, and polish furniture, woodwork, metal work, fixtures, lights, ledges, etc.

Clean and wash windows, doors, door windows, and blinds as required.

Ensure security of assigned building and offices by checking that doors are locked.

Ensure all ashtrays are cleaned outside City buildings and assigned smoking areas.

Ensure building entrances are clean and clear of leaves, grass, and other materials.

Dust and clean coffee and vending machines.

Scrub and strip hard surface floors for refinishing at assigned buildings as scheduled using floor machines, wet/dry extractors, and stripping solutions. 

May be required to assist in refinishing gymnasium floors.

Clean, stock, and maintain custodian closets.

Perform general and minor repair of custodial equipment.

Assist in setting up for meetings by setting up tables and chairs, etc., and taking down same as necessary.

Load/unload custodial equipment into/out of a City pick-up truck or van as assigned.

Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

Perform related duties as assigned.

SUCCESSFUL INCUMBENTS FOR THIS POSITION WILL:

HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Proper methods, equipment, and materials used in custodial work

  • Applicable health and safety regulations

  • Basic requirements of maintaining City buildings safe, secure, clean and orderly

  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary as it pertains to the job

  • Oral and written communications skills

BE SKILLED IN:

  • Operating a variety of equipment used to clean and sanitize surfaces safely and effectively

  • Using cleaning and sanitizing techniques

HAVE THE ABILITY TO:

  • Operate a variety of machines, tools, and equipment such as those listed below

  • Utilize cleaning materials and cleaning solutions safely

  • Understand and follow oral and written directions

  • Follow procedures and clearly defined standards

  • Perform heavy manual labor and meet the physical requirements as listed below

  • Use interpersonal skills effectively in a tactful, patient and courteous manner

  • Read, comprehend and apply simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos

  • Effectively present information in one-on-one situations to supervisor and/or other employees of the organization

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

SKILLS FOR THE POSITION MAY BE GAINED THROUGH EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, RELEVANT JOB EXPERIENCE or a COMBINATION, SUCH AS:

Education: High school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent; and

Experience: Six (6) months of related experience.

LICENSES AND OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Valid Washington State Driver's license;

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check;

  • Successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course;

  • Maintain an excellent driving record; and

  • Completion of position relevant background check

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Instructions

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