Custodian Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Custodian, or Caretaker, is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of a building and the surrounding grounds. Their duties include vacuuming floors, sanitizing restroom facilities and collecting trash to ensure the building’s occupants have a clean space.

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Custodian duties and responsibilities

A Custodian’s main responsibility is to clean a workspace, warehouse or similar space. This task is broken down into several duties performed throughout the day or at other regular intervals, such as:

  • Cleaning wood, linoleum, tile and other floors
  • Shampooing rugs and carpets
  • Emptying trash cans
  • Changing air filters and cleaning vents
  • Dusting all surfaces
  • Waxing floors
  • Ordering new cleaning supplies as needed
  • Washing windows
  • Maintaining a thorough inventory
  • Using equipment, commercial vacuums, floor buffers and carpet cleaners
  • Collecting and taking out trash and recycling

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Position Summary:

The Custodian cleans and maintains assigned areas to meet customer and client satisfaction. Essential functions and responsibilities of the position may vary by requirements and business needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to established procedures to provide a safe working environment including complying with Osha, state/local, federal, and company regulations

  • Maintains a clean and orderly environment

  • Properly cleans and maintains multiple areas as assigned

  • Follows procedures for storage and disposal of trash and transports it to designated areas

  • Reports maintenance concerns via work order requests to appropriate personnel

  • Frequently removes dusts and debris from high and low surfaces

  • Completes any daily paperwork required

  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by manager

  • Cleaning the restrooms a Kitchenette and office areas. Sweeping,mopping and dusting

  • Industrial Cleaning to include high dusting, and cleaning outside decks


  • Previous custodial experience preferred but not required

  • The ability to walk or stand for extended periods of time, lift up to 50 pounds and the ability to climb stairs as needed are required.

  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug screen

    Work Schedule :

  • We are currently hiring for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift at various times

  • Starting pay is $8.50/hr and depends on shift.

    To Apply:

  • Respond to this job posting by clicking apply now

  • Please call [phone number]


  • Advancement Opportunities, Performance Incentives

  • 401 K

  • Tuition Reimbursement after 1 year of Employment

  • We offer Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Short Term Disability

  • Minimum Weekend Hours, No work on Sundays

  • Uniforms Provided to Employees

  • Immediate Start dates!

    Location: Near Airport

    Job Type: Part-time

    Job Type: Full-time

    Facilities Performance Group is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected status or characteristic. Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Job Type: Full-time

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Typical start time:

  • 8AM

    Typical end time:

  • 3PM


  • Monday to Friday

  • Day shift

  • Night shift

  • Overtime

  • 8 hour shift

  • Overnight shift


  • ×


    Who We Are: Camba is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and support they need to thrive. We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in: Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth. Camba serves a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.


  • Camba operates five single adult homeless shelters and one single adult drop-in center, funded by New York City Department of Homeless Services. Each shelter offers clients a supportive, structured, therapeutic, safe, and drug-free facility. Magnolia House
  • located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn serves 200 Mica women.

    Position: Maintenance Custodian

    Reports To: Sup I or Assistant Program Manager

    Location: Magnolia House (1424 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233)

    What The Maintenance Custodian Does:

    The person filling this position is expected, under close supervision, to: (1) Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, common areas, and other work areas; (2) sweep, vacuum, scrub, mop, wax, polish and/or buff floors; (3) make repairs, paint, and perform various tasks to maintain the organization's physical facilities; (4) load, unload, and carry furniture, client belongings, and supplies upstairs and move furniture and supplies as needed; (5) clean exterior grounds, sidewalks, and dumpster; (6) fulfill courier/messenger tasks in addition to maintenance tasks

    Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Sufficient education and technical expertise to comprehend written and oral instructions (work orders); to accomplish maintenance tasks; and to document accomplished tasks.

    Other Requirements:

  • May be required to become First Aid/CPR certified.

  • May be required to become certified in overdose prevention.

  • Bi-lingual preferred.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

    This Company Describes Its Culture as:

  • Detail-oriented -- quality and precision-focused

  • Outcome-oriented -- results-focused with strong performance Team-oriented -- cooperative and
  • ×


    Hiring NOW with Crisis PAY!

    Facilities Performance Group LLC

    Permanent Employer Full & Part Time Positions Available

    Starting Pay M-F $9.00 + $4.00 Temporary Crisis Pay =$13.00

    Sat – Sun $ 10.00 + $4.00 Temporary Crisis Pay = $14.00

    If you’re passionate about going above and beyond and you’re seeking a

    challenging and interesting career, join us at FPG!

    No experience? That’s ok! We offer onsite training!

    Need a job or extra income? We have the job for you!

    Are you a senior in high school or a college student? We may have a flexible schedule that works around your school schedule.

    Job site is in Memphis, TN

    Position Summary for the Custodian:

    Cleans public and private facility area, industrial buildings, fence line and grounds as assigned including: mopping, sweeping; scrubbing/waxing floors, vacuuming/ shampooing carpeted floors, removing trash and other refuse, dusting and /or high dusting of fixtures, equipment and other designated structures (may utilize cat walks for certain areas), cleaning showers and restrooms, maintain equipment and supplies. Essential functions and responsibilities of the position may vary by requirements and business needs. Position(s) may require driver license and clean driving record.

    Requirements for prospective FPG Employees:

    Must be 18 years of age

    Two forms of unexpired ID, (documents must be legible)

    Applicants are subject to criminal background and drug screen

    1st shift Monday – Friday 32 hours per week

    Monday 5:00 am – 1:30 pm and Tuesday – Friday 5:00 am – 11:30 am

    2nd shift Monday – Friday 27.5 hours per week

    Monday – Friday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    2nd shift Monday – Friday 37.5 hours per week

    Monday – Friday 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    2nd shift Monday – Friday 40 hours per week

    Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    Facilities Performance Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

    Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

    Salary: $9.00 to $14.00 /hour


  • janitorial: 1 year (Preferred)

  • custodian: 1 year (Preferred)

  • Housekeeping: 1 year (Preferred)

  • cleaning: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • English (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)


  • Health insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Retirement plan

  • Paid time off

  • Flexible schedule

  • Tuition reimbursement

    Hours per week:

  • 20-29

  • 30-39


  • Industrial

  • Office Building

    Cleaning Equipment:

  • Floor buffer

  • Floor scrubber


  • Monday to Friday

    Company's website:

  • No
  • What does a Custodian do?

    Custodians are typically employed by office parks, schools and any other facilities that need frequent maintenance and upkeep. They clean up spills caused by food or beverages, wash windows, mop floors, wipe tables, replace air filters and maintain a trash and recycling removal schedule in accordance with local pickup times. Their job is to uphold the health and safety of a building’s occupants by ensuring proper sanitation and completing chores. They may also complete outdoor chores including mowing green spaces, trimming bushes and power-washing walls, windows and sidewalks.

    Custodian skills and qualifications

    Custodians need a wide range of skills and qualifications, including:

    • Ability to stand and walk for long periods
    • Ability to lift and move over 50 pounds
    • Knowledge of different cleaning products and tools
    • Time-management and multitasking abilities
    • Physical strength and stamina
    • Organization skills
    • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision

    Custodian salary expectations

     A Custodian makes an average of $11.95 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.

    Custodian education and training requirements

    Entry-level custodians should have a high school diploma or GED, and there are no prior training requirements. However, most new employees complete short-term, on-the-job training to learn about things like handling chemicals safely and how to properly clean. Jobs that require using machinery or special equipment, like floor buffers, may require additional training. Those working with biohazards or hazardous chemicals may need to earn and maintain certifications.

    Custodian experience requirements

    Custodians can start with little to no experience. Entry-level Custodians typically learn from more experienced cleaning professionals until they can work independently. Many new Custodians start with basic tasks, then quickly learn how to complete all cleaning duties. Custodians working with complex equipment or hazardous chemicals usually need at least one to three years of related experience. Senior-level Custodians or those leading a team usually need at least three to five years of experience, with some management experience preferred.

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    Frequently asked questions about Custodians


    Is there a difference between a Custodian and a Janitor?

    Although sometimes used interchangeably, the titles Custodian and Janitor differ in meaning. Typically when someone says Custodian, they are referring to a longtime caretaker of a facility. Further, Custodians are usually employed by the building owner to work for them. In contrast, the title Janitor usually refers to an individual who holds the same types of responsibilities as Custodians, but they are not employed by the building owner. Instead, they work often work for a cleaning company that sends them to specific locations that need cleaning.


    What makes a good Custodian?

    A good Custodian is someone who is dedicated to maintaining the cleanliness and organization of a building and its grounds. They should find enjoyment in the work that they do as it allows them to be of service to others and find fulfillment in cleaning. A good Custodian should also be a trustworthy, loyal individual because they will most likely be working without direct supervision later in the day or even at night when daytime office workers aren’t present. 

    They may have access to private offices or rooms that contain important information, so they should be able to be trusted in those environments. Further, a Good Custodian should understand how to operate certain cleaning and maintenance equipment. This may include the use of floor scrubbers or snow blowers.


    What are the daily duties of a Custodian?

    A Custodian’s job may start early in the morning before people start arriving to the building to work or attend school. If working in a school setting, they may be responsible for reassembling lunch tables after a previous night of mopping the floors. Regardless of their place of work, they may also do a check around the facility to restock the bathrooms with toilet paper, soap and paper towels.

    Throughout the workday, they typically stay on-call in a location within the building in case there’s a spill or leak of some kind. As they wait, they may organize their cleaning supply closet, take inventory and order more cleaning products as needed. After daytime operations have ceased for the day, they work with members of their team to perform duties like vacuuming, collecting trash and recycling or tidying hallway spaces.


    Who does a Custodian report to?

    Custodians typically complete their duties unsupervised, but there may be a Head Custodian who delegates tasks, depending on the size of a facility or business that needs cleaning. Otherwise, a Custodian most likely reports to a building’s owner.

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