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Special Projects – Custodian

This position works independently and as part of a crew to maintain Zoo grounds and buildings in an attractive, healthy, and safe manner. Work involves a variety of janitorial and maintenance tasks, and also involves interacting with Zoo staff and guests in a positive, professional manner.

We are pleased to offer this Part-time position an Employee Assistance Program, 401k, Paid CA Sick time on an accrued basis. The minimum pay for this position is $16.00/hr. Offers will be based on the successful candidate’s experience.

Essential Functions

  • Performs custodial duties throughout Zoo grounds including sweeping, mopping, trash collection, window washing, and floor maintenance.

  • Cleans and sanitizes Zoo restrooms using appropriate equipment as scheduled throughout the day, ensuring an excellent guest experience when using Zoo facilities.

  • Makes minor repairs to toilet flush valves, water faucets, and related equipment or systems.

  • Reports major repair needs to the Facilities Manager or Lead Custodian in a timely manner.

  • Works effectively with contracted services, provides the necessary assistance and or guidance, sets an excellent example of the zoos mission and vision, and reporting any issues to the Facilities Manager or Lead Custodian.

  • Promptly addresses high-priority custodial needs in a professional manner, always providing excellent guest service.

  • Interacts with zoo staff, guests and contracted services in a friendly, professional manner.

  • Plans for efficient completion of daily duties, ensuring supplies and equipment are readily accessible for tasks and projects. Informs Lead Custodian and/or Facilities Manager when supplies are low, or equipment needs to be replaced.

  • Effectively performs special assignments and projects as requested, and assists with other shifts as needed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements

  • Minimum one year experience in a janitorial position or related field. Experience in construction trades desired.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of safety rules, regulations in janitorial and maintenance work.

  • Valid California drivers license and a clean driving record.

  • Good verbal English communication skills required.

  • Bilingual (Spanish or Hmong) communication skills a plus.

  • Ability to work evenings, weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Physical Requirements

These are physical and mental requirements of the position as it is typically performed. Inability to meet one or more of these physical or mental requirements will not automatically disqualify a candidate or employee from the position. Upon request for a reasonable accommodation, the Zoo may be able to adjust or excuse one or more of these requirements, depending on the requirement, the essential functions to which it relates, and the proposed accommodation.

  • This position is regularly required to bend, stoop, crouch, and kneel; use hands and arms for operation of janitorial and maintenance tools and equipment.

  • The employee is regularly required to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds, and occasionally up to 75 pounds.

  • Visual acuity to operate machinery and read printed instructions and safety information, and to assess the thoroughness of the work assigned. Color perception is also required.

  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication (in person and via telephone), at normal speaking levels with or without correction.

Work Environment

  • The position primarily functions outdoors, with exposure to heat, cold, and inclement weather.

  • The employee is regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals, fumes from equipment operation, and dust/dirt from Zoo grounds.

  • The position works in close proximity to Zoo animals.

  • Occasional local travel may be required.