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.**

Employees in this position may be required to work evening and/or weekend shifts.

This recruitment process will consist of at least one panel interview. Second interviews may be held with finalists. Interview dates for this selection process have not been established.


$3,827.00- $4,659.00 monthly, depending on qualifications

For a listing of benefits, please use the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (

Additional information may also be found in the AFSCME contract, which you can access at Human Resources | City of Kent (


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 timelines are usually provided by the Supervisor or Lead orally.  Some written instructions may also be given.


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.


Perform related duties as assigned.



  • 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


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

  • Using cleaning and sanitizing techniques


  • 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


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

Experience: Six (6) months of related experience.


  • 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


Standard and specialized hand and power machines, tools and equipment used in general custodial work including, but not limited to, vacuum cleaners, floor waxers, buffers, and hot water extractor. Other equipment and/or materials used include safety glasses or goggles, ear plugs or muffs, rubber or plastic gloves, dust masks, eyeshields, etc.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; use stairs and elevators. The employee frequently is required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, and taste or smell. 

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. 

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is performed in an indoor environment. Employee may sometimes be exposed to outdoor weather conditions. Employee is required to work in the evenings and on weekends. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, and extreme heat. Employee may be exposed to individuals who are irate or hostile. Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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