What does a Lead Custodian do?

Custodians work to create a clean, orderly, and safe environment by performing a wide variety of cleaning and maintenance activities on buildings. They ultimately keep buildings clean, ranging from banks to schools and offices. While custodians mainly work inside, they also have duties that take place outside like sweeping walkways and mowing lawns.

Custodians must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). The best custodians are comfortable working independently, have repair and maintenance skills, and are service-oriented.

  • Maintain floors in a clean state by sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and waxing them
  • Empty and clean trash receptacles and collect recycling
  • Clean, sanitize, and supply bathrooms
  • Clean and service custodial equipment as needed
  • Perform minor repairs on furniture, buildings, and equipment
  • Report any safety, sanitary, or fire hazards to the appropriate department
  • Lock and unlock windows, doors, and gates
  • Ensure grounds areas are clean and orderly
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Previous custodial and grounds experience preferred
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Comfortable squatting, twisting, bending, and kneeling while using tools and performing maintenance tasks
  • Possess working knowledge of the methods, technique, and materials used in custodial work
  • Ability to climb ladders and work from heights
  • Familiar with operating, caring for, and storing custodial equipment and supplies
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

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SJBP Public SchoolsSJBP Public Schools
26 Nov 2021

“I got to work extra games which means extra money and I took q break when I wanted to”

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15 Apr 2021

“Not much full time opportunity but perfect for those looking for solid consistent extra hours.”

Weis MarketsWeis Markets
27 Jul 2021

“Good wage and hours very short drive worked here before great store enjoyed working”

RCCM Cleaning Services
29 Nov 2020

“This is a very good job and a very generous and understanding boss.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
3 Sep 2020

“Good wirk life balance is excelrvt”

Merrillville Community SchoolMerrillville Community School
4 Feb 2021

“It was ok but not appropriate good working pepole”

CMS Info SystemsCMS Info Systems
14 May 2021

“Good good good good good”

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“Good pay good job fun”

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