Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker

The Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker will be responsible for performing second shift custodial, maintenance, event preparation, and safety/security functions for the purpose of ensuring an attractive, sanitary, and safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. 
Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Clean assigned facilities and/or grounds to a high level of workmanship using a variety of techniques including, but not limited to:
  • Dry and damp mopping floors.
  • Cleaning, dusting, and disinfecting surfaces.
  • Vacuuming and removing stains from carpets and other surfaces.
  • Emptying and cleaning trash receptacles and recycling bins.
  • Stripping and waxing tile and other flooring.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting drains to reduce bug infestation and ensure a clean odor.
  • Cleaning of grout lines.
  • Shovel snow or operate power snow removal equipment as required
  • Set up and take down furniture, refreshments, or other items needed for events on campus
  • Replenish classroom, break room, and restroom supplies (e.g. paper towels, soap, etc.) 
  • Complete assigned work plans on time and on schedule
  • Clean and maintain all machines and other equipment used in carrying out custodial duties
  • Store all custodial supplies and equipment in a safe and organized manner
  • Assist the Night Supervisor in meeting any unexpected needs
  • Ensure prompt response to and execution of all custodial work orders 
  • As needed, may be responsible for the completion of other work orders
  • Lock and alarm all buildings in conformance with campus safety practices
  • Ensure safety by utilizing proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Weekend and off-shift work required during inclement weather
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Abilities
  • Competency in specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the operations of the job, including operating equipment used in industrial cleaning and maintenance and the use of common tools.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety techniques to conduct work in a safe and responsible manner, and to handle any chemicals or other potentially hazardous materials using appropriate safety measures.
  • Punctuality and dependability.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people, and to maintain professional relationships with other employees, parents, and contractors.
  • Ability to adapt to changing work priorities, and to work with constant interruptions.
  • Successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks.
  • Successful criminal background investigation, fingerprinting, and completion of Form I-9 Employment Authorization (with valid ID)
  • Adherence to all personnel policies, procedures, and rules promulgated by the school.

Education and Experience Requirements
  • A minimum of 3 years of custodial experience
  • Ability to read and communicate orally in English

Schedule Requirements:
Schedule: Sunday through Thursday 2:30 pm to 11:00 pm 

Physical Requirements
  • Standing for extended periods of time;
  • Walking across campus under a variety of weather conditions;
  • Removing snow;
  • Lifting and carrying a minimum of 50 pounds;
  • Stooping, bending, reaching, and kneeling;
  • Going up and down stairs several times a day;
  • Driving;
  • Ability to work in both indoor and outdoor conditions; occasional requirement to work outdoors in extremely hot or cold temperatures.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the School may need to modify your duties, responsibilities, and/or schedule based on enrollment and business needs. All SHS employees must be vaccinated.
To Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please be sure to include “Custodian/Light Maintenance Worker” in the subject line of the e-mail. 

About Shady Hill School: 
For over 100 years, Shady Hill has been a leader in progressive elementary and middle school education and teacher training.  The year-long central subject study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum.  As a diverse school, we believe that a varied and inclusive community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all.  Therefore, we seek to hire faculty and staff who share our vision. We offer a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a generous benefits package. Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at

Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan, and paid time off. 
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138