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Custodian (swing)

Facilities Services


Reed College seeks a customer service minded individual to be our next Custodian/Combination Worker. Do you enjoy providing great service to others? Consider joining a dedicated team of professionals who enjoy working together. The Custodian/Combination Worker is responsible for cleaning academic buildings, administrative offices, and residence halls on campus; moving furniture and equipment and supporting set up for special events on campus. This position reports to the swing shift supervisor and is part of our Facilities Department.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 17 days of paid vacation, paid holidays and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, hourly, union position working 40 hours per week with a work schedule of 4:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break, so you will be on site for 8.5 hours. Pay for this position is $17.97 per hour. 

Who You Are

  • You already know that you enjoy custodial work, perhaps because you’ve held this position before. You enjoy the satisfaction you feel when you go home after doing an honest day’s work.
  • You are a tidy person. You like to keep things clean and orderly around your home and workspace.
  • You are a team player. You enjoy the good feeling of helping others with their work. 
  • You are an on-time and dependable person. You always show up on time and your attendance is superb.
  • You are known for your safety mindset. When you do a job, at home or at work, you are always thinking about safety. You don’t rush through your work, you do it safely, even if it takes a few extra minutes.
  • You don’t mind changing up your routine at work. You don’t mind switching your work assignment some days because it keeps things interesting. 
  • You are the kind of person who looks to solve a possible problem before it becomes one.
  • You know the importance of keeping places and equipment clean and running smoothly.
  • You are a good learner. If you don’t know something, you will ask questions. You aren’t afraid of asking questions.
  • You enjoy working around college-age students and you have strong professional boundaries. You are friendly without being friends with students.

What You’ll Do 

  • Participate in a start-of-shift meeting each day.
  • Clean your assigned buildings on campus, including dusting, wiping, and vacuuming of all offices and rooms. Clean and disinfect bathrooms and kitchen areas. Restock supplies.
  • Perform deep cleans when you find areas that need it.
  • Collect all the trash and recycling from your buildings.
  • Perform a wide variety of floor cleaning tasks, such as vacuuming, spot cleaning and shampooing carpets, damp mopping, stripping and refinishing floors.
  • Be a team player. Help out by filling in for others while they are away.
  • Perform routine maintenance tasks, such as changing lightbulbs.
  • Be an advocate for safety. Follow all safety procedures and make sure that others do, too. Report any unsafe conditions or behaviors immediately.
  • With your shift team, perform some group projects, such as team cleans or team maintenance.
  • With your shift team, perform set-up and take-downs of equipment and seating for evening events. 
  • With your shift team, occasionally move office furniture.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume is required. You can submit this in any format, but pdf works best. As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.