Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!


Hourly Rate: $16.00 per hour

Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This position is open until filled.




Under the direction of the Custodial Supervisor or Custodial Lead, perform cleaning maintenance and custodial work for the City’s buildings and facilities.


Work is characterized by general custodial duties including, but not limited to, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows, collecting trash, and cleaning building surfaces, and restrooms.  While actual duties of each Custodian will vary from time to time, all Custodians may be assigned to perform work in any or all facilities.


Work is performed independently in accordance with established procedures.  Specific instructions as to the assignments and time lines are usually provided by the Supervisor or Lead orally.  Some written instructions may also be given.




Collect trash, recyclable waste products, and other foreign items and dispose in appropriate receptacles.


Clean, polish, and sanitize building surfaces including walls, counter tops, door plates, drinking fountains, handrails, stairs, floors, etc.


Vacuum and shampoo carpets and rugs in offices and open spaces, edge vacuum and vacuum upholstery; may also vacuum ceiling vents and return air vents.


Clean, sanitize, and maintain restrooms by cleaning mirrors, fixtures, floors, and  shower areas by cleaning and sanitizing shower floors and walls, and locker areas.


Restock and maintain adequate supplies such as paper towels, sanitary supplies, soaps, etc.


Clean and refill dispensers.


Sweep, mop, buff, and refinish floors, rubber mats, stairways, and stairs.


Dust, clean, and polish furniture, woodwork, metal work, fixtures, lights, ledges, etc.


Clean and wash windows, doors, door windows, and blinds as required.


Ensure security of assigned building and offices by checking that doors are locked.


Ensure all ashtrays are cleaned outside City buildings and assigned smoking areas.


Ensure building entrances are clean and clear of leaves, grass, and other materials.


Dust and clean coffee and vending machines.


Scrub and strip hard surface floors for refinishing at assigned buildings as scheduled using floor machines, wet/dry extractors, and stripping solutions. 


May be required to assist in refinishing gymnasium floors.


Clean, stock, and maintain custodian closets.


Perform general and minor repair of custodial equipment.


Assist in setting up for meetings by setting up tables and chairs, etc., and taking down same as necessary.


Load/unload custodial equipment into/out of a City pick-up truck or van as assigned.


Actively support the vision, mission, values and behavior statements of the department and the City.




Perform related duties as assigned.





  • Proper methods, equipment, and materials used in custodial work

  • Applicable health and safety regulations

  • Basic requirements of maintaining City buildings safe, secure, clean and orderly

  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary

  • Oral and written communications skills



  • Operating a variety of equipment used to clean and sanitize surfaces safely and effectively

  • Using cleaning and sanitizing techniques



  • Operate a variety of machines, tools, and equipment such as those listed below

  • Utilize cleaning materials and cleaning solutions safely

  • Understand and follow oral and written directions

  • Follow procedures and clearly defined standards

  • Perform heavy manual labor and meet the physical requirements as listed below

  • Use interpersonal skills effectively in a tactful, patient and courteous manner

  • Read, comprehend and apply simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos

  • Effectively present information in one-on-one situations to supervisor and/or other employees of the organization

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

  • Apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions




Education:  High school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent; and


Experience:   Six (6) months of related experience.


Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.




  • Valid Washington State Driver's license;

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check;

  • Successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course;

  • Maintain an excellent driving record; and

  • Completion of position relevant background check


The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.