Third Shift Custodian ( 2 positions )

Code: 15910 Posted: 09/23/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Third Shift Custodian (2 positions).

Under the limited supervision of the Custodial Supervisor, this position is responsible for providing custodial services (general cleaning and maintenance) in offices, classrooms, restrooms, and all similar areas on the University campus. 

Duties are to be performed in a professional and safe manner, with an emphasis on customer service. Daily routines, duties, assignments and buildings may vary or may be static, depending on work requirements and staffing needs. Third shift is from 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. This position may occasionally be asked to work hours in excess of the normal shift; schedule adjustments may be made with appropriate notice in order to meet operational hours and department needs. Some activities performed require appropriate personal protective equipment and all activities are performed in accordance with custodial unit standard operating procedures, safety practices and campus policies. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situation. The goals and work activities listed are intended to describe the essential functions of persons assigned to this job. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of all job duties responsibilities and requirements.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintenance of campus buildings and furnishings to provide an environment conducive to the educational operation.
  • Manually sweep, mop and clean offices, classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, stairs and elevators daily. Dust mop and wet mop floors and halls, stairwells and exterior entrances.
  • Refinish hard surface floors seasonally.
  • Vacuum and shampoo surfaces and carpets frequently daily.
  • Move supplies, furniture file cabinets, tables and other equipment.
  • Operate power equipment to vacuum, strip, scrub and shampoo.
  • Operate industrial vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors.
  • Collect and dispose of waste and recyclable materials from offices, classrooms, labs and hallways and other areas including their placement in proper receptacles or collection sites daily.
  • Wash windows, walls, chalk boards, desk tops, tables and stairwells.
  • Clean, disinfect and polish stainless steel and replenish restrooms.
  • Remove snow and ice from steps, entryways and sidewalks seasonally.
  • Report to work as scheduled, be available according to expectation of work schedule and follow proper notification policies when unable to do so.
  • Coordinate work schedules to fit into daily activity or assigned area and establish a routine.
  • Engage consistently in professional interactions with students, co-workers, supervisor and the public constantly.
  • Demonstrate effective work habits, including attendance, punctuality, accountability, thoroughness, and resourcefulness daily.
  • Maintain simple records and make reports on activities as needed.
  • Move furniture and equipment as required. Reset classrooms on a daily basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to assist the department in obtaining and maintaining its mission.
  • Maintenance of custodial equipment and supply closets to insure smooth operation and continuous maintenance in one’s assigned area.
  • Perform regular cleaning and inspection of custodial equipment used on job.
  • Notify supervisor verbally or in writing of equipment issues.
  • Maintain orderly stock of supplies for distribution in supply closets within assigned area.
  • The ability to recognize problems and perform required routine maintenance in order to take the appropriate corrective action.
  • Participate in training on operation of equipment and maintenance methods.
  • Assist other crew members, with supervisor’s permission, to expedite major cleaning projects.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

Individuals must possess these knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Individuals must possess the necessary physical requirements with or without the aid of mechanical devices to safely perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Learn and perform all essential job functions accurately and safely with minimal direct supervision within the six month probationary period.
  • Ability to read, sufficient to follow instructions on cleaning chemicals, cleaning equipment and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Ability to accept and follow supervisor’s direction.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with Supervisor and other staff members.
  • Ability to perform and complete multiple work assignments daily within assigned shift.
  • Ability to tolerate temperature extremes when performing snow/ice removal and waste/recyclables disposal.
  • Ability to work in high and/or small, restricted spaces
  • Ability to complete a full range of motion in order to operate manual and electric-powered cleaning equipment and machines, including snow shovels.
  • Ability to conform to, be alert and productive during, assigned work schedule.
  • Ability to grasp and manipulate tools used in performance of all custodial tasks.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams for major cleaning projects.

Physical Requirements:

Rare         1-10%;                1-5 min/hour;      < 1 hr/day

Occasional 11-33%; 6-20 min/hr;        1-2.5 hr/day

Frequent 34-66%; 21-40 min/hr;      2.5 – 5.5 hr/day

Constant 67-100%; 41-60 min/hr;       > 5.5 hr/day

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job the employee is constantly required to stand, walk, balance, and have eye/hand/foot coordination.  The employee is frequently required to lift, carry, push, pull, reach, handle, grasp, feel, hear, and use repetitive motions. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and talk. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet. 

The employee is occasionally required to perform the duties of this job under the following working conditions: extreme cold, extreme heat, humid, wet, noise, hazards, atmospheric conditions, vibration, or other working conditions. 


Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • Ability to read and understand written directions independently
  • Must be 18 years or age or older

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to climb ladders, scaffolding and rooftop access stairs. Required to carry tools and parts often weighing 50 pounds or more. Uses ropes and pulleys to hoist tools and parts to installation elevations. Service work involves crawling on, under and inside of air handling ducts which are often dirty and dusty. Worker must be able to utilize hand tools, power tools and equipment while maintaining a safe environment for himself and others in the area. Proper and safe tool utilization requires dexterity and mobility of hands and arms.

Applicant Special Instructions:

The Departments of Facilities Management and Student Affairs conducts Post-Offer, Pre-Employment screenings on selected candidates for Custodial, Maintenance, and Grounds positions.  Employment is contingent upon successfully passing the screening.

Salary and Benefits

Starting hourly rate of $14.00 plus applicable night and weekend shift differentials depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Total Compensation Estimator:

Application Process

Applications are encouraged to be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Under "Basic Job Search" choose:

  • "More Options"
  • Job Opening ID: "15910"
  • "Search"
  • Select "Third Shift Custodian ( 2 positions )"
  • Click "Apply"
  • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login"
  • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process

STEP 3: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • CV/Resume

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Monday October 7th, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Sherry Craig

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