Custodian/Handyman Job at BABOVE WORLDWIDE INSTITUTE, Brewster, NY

  • Brewster, NY

Job Description

The following job description is intended for our use so that we can mutually understand the responsibilities of the custodian. The description of tasks is not intended to outline every detail of the custodian’s position. It will serve to give a general impression of the duties relating to the job. It is hoped that the custodian will gradually assume the position of caretaker of the building and facilities, with a feeling of responsibility of their well-being like that which he has for his own personal possessions.

The person who will assume the position of custodian is accepting a very important role in the functioning of our school. The custodian will not only be working with maintenance, a very handy person, engage in cleaning, and care, but he will be working with people, especially children.

A spirit of love and concern shown by friendliness and helpfulness will fit into the framework of the goals our school has for training young children. There is a need for the custodian to understand children and their need for guidance. Younger children usually are awed by adults in the school setting and appreciate a smile and a cheery word. They usually are open to suggestions and will cooperate with attempts to be helpful. The custodian is under the supervision of the director of the school, who will consult with the Governing Health and Safety and the hiring Board at Be Above.


  • Empty waste baskets.
  • Mop and disinfect floors.
  • Clean and disinfect sinks.
  • Clean and disinfect mirrors.
  • Clean and disinfect toilet bowls-seats, & pipes.
  • Check hand soap, paper towel, & tissue supplies.
  • Check that toilets, faucets & drain are working.
  • Clean doors and partitions.
  • Replace stained ceiling tiles.
  • Empty wastebaskets.
  • Sweep all tiled floors with dust mop.
  • Empty wastebaskets.
  • Clean sinks and faucets.
  • Empty pencil sharpeners.
  • Clean window glass on doors.


  • Replace lights.
  • Clean baseboards.
  • Clean radiators.
  • Clean light fixtures.
  • Clean exterior of all dispensers (tissue, soap, etc.).
  • Vacuum all carpeted areas.
  • Refill soap dispenser.
  • Spot clean walls and baseboard.


  • Shampoo Carpet.
  • Dust all ledges and other surfaces.
  • Clean shades or blinds.


  • Wash Cots.



  • Sweep all halls and entryways with a dust mop.
  • Vacuum entryway carpets.
  • Spot clean walls and baseboard.
  • Dust all ledges, tops of coat racks, and tops of lockers.
  • Clean stairs.
  • Wet mop All hallways (including downstairs).


  • Replace light bulbs.
  • Clean light fixtures.
  • Sweep stairs and floors of utility rooms (non-classrooms).
  • Steps : Clean steps upon entering the building.
  • Building Entrance : Keep entrance to building clean at all times.
  • Side of Building : Clean side of building for droppings, empty bottles, leftover food.
  • Storage : Store all items in basement inches from the floor.
  • Recycling.


  • Sweep office floors and vacuum any carpets………………………………………. D
  • Empty wastebaskets…………………………………………………........................D
  • Dust all ledges and other surfaces. ………………………………………………….D
  • Clean and dust phone. ………………………………………………........................D


  • Ceiling vents in upstairs classrooms should be put in as summer approaches and taken out again as winter approaches.
  • Signs of vandalism or abuse of facilities should be reported to the director.
  • Minor repairs should be done as needed or upon request.
  • The custodian is given the responsibility of making sure the school is adequately heated for the school day.
  • The custodian may have to receive early arriving shipments of supplies, etc.
  • Part of the custodian’s job description is to set up and take down chairs and tables for school functions.
  • The custodian is responsible for snow removal from school entryways. Entryways and walkways may also need to be salted if icy.

Summer Cleaning and Maintenance:

Floor Maintenance:

  • All tiled floors are to be stripped, sealed, and waxed.
  • During Christmas vacation, heavily used areas are to be stripped and waxed.
  • During Easter vacation, the custodian and director will evaluate which areas need to be stripped and waxed.
  • All carpeted areas should be shampooed.
  • All baseboards should be cleaned thoroughly.

Window Care:

  • All glass (on both sides) is thoroughly cleaned once each year during the summer.
  • Window ledges and sills should be sanded and varnished if needed during this time.

Walls :

  • All walled surfaces should be spot cleaned throughout the school year.
  • During the summer months the walls should be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Painting - Each summer part of the interior of the school will be painted (per schedule).
  • Ceiling Fans and vents - Ceiling fans should be dusted approximately 4 times per Uninvents belts and filters should be replaced, and the coils should be vacuumed out.


  • Thorough cleaning of chalkboards and trays - remove tape or other substances.
  • All desks and chairs should be thoroughly cleaned during the summer.
  • Blinds or shades are to receive a good cleaning.
  • Walls, baseboards, and shelves should be cleaned.


The custodian will use the summer months to thoroughly clean the school. There will also be various Maintenance projects that will need to be done which are not mentioned above. Prior to summer vacation, the custodian and principal will work out a summer maintenance and cleaning schedule.

Most of the cleaning should be completed in the PM hours. Morning duties can include spot cleaning, “as needed” items, temperature checks, minor repairs, office cleaning, utility rooms cleaning, and cleaning of the school addition .

Custodians' Paid Holidays.

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Summer work, Christmas work, Summer holiday, New year, Day shift,

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