University of Waterloo

Custodian I

Requisition ID 2021-6860
Job Category
Custodial (CUPE)
Plant Operations - Custodial
Employment Type
Time Type
Hiring Range
$22.95 per hour


Term: 8 months


Custodian I performs routine cleaning duties within assigned facilities, contributing towards providing a safe and accessible, invitingly clean and comfortable, functionally-enriched and well-maintained campus environment through service excellence.


Strategic Planning

  • Supports strategic planning efforts addressing stewardship responsibilities and long-term sustainability of the University’s campus, facilities and infrastructure and maximizing opportunities for efficient delivery of campus services and optimal investments in University-wide infrastructure



  • Follows set schedule and performs assigned work routines within assigned facilities, including but not limited to

    • Individual and general office, classroom and other room cleaning, including dusting, vacuuming, emptying waste and recycling containers and other related cleaning

    • Washroom cleaning, including doors, fixtures, walls and windows, and supplies stocking

    • Floor care and cleaning, including dry and damp mopping, buffing, carpet cleaning, cleaning doors, fixtures, ceilings, walls and windows and other related cleaning, including furniture teardown, moving, and setup

    • Collecting, handling and disposing of appropriately-segregated waste and recycle streams

    • Cleanup of spills and other extraordinary waste, including biohazards such as fluids, unpleasant smelling materials and other unappealing situations, using appropriate discretion

    • Cleaning duties may vary depending on assignment of campus facilities

  • Maintains safety, good order and appropriate service level standards of cleanliness and appearance of assigned facilities

    • Appropriately uses chemicals, materials, powered and non-powered equipment and tools and required personal protective equipment

    • Follows training provided and instructions received from group leader/supervisory staff concerning occupational health and environmental safety, cleaning procedures and materials and prioritization of work


Health & Safety

  • In consideration of the University’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all faculty, support staff, students, and visitors, responsible for ensuring University facilities and departmental activities are compliant with all applicable legislation, regulations, codes and standards related to facilities operations as well as occupational health and environmental safety
    • Active in health and safety and incident prevention by adhering to departmental policy, procedures and safe work practices required by the University health, safety, and environmental management system (HSEMS), and in accordance with relevant health and safety legislation, developing and enhancing a safety culture among support staff



  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned and supports departmental activities


  • Up to high school or equivalent
  • Minimum one (1) year recent custodial experience is essential

  • Work experience in a major institutional sector(s), such as education, post-secondary education, medical/ hospital or service industry, is preferred

  • Must maintain a clear Police Criminal Record Check

  • Use of hazardous workplace materials, including chemical cleaning products, and powered/ non-powered equipment and tools, including floor polishers, vacuum cleaners and floor scrubbers
  • Routine physical activities include standing, walking,  bending, crouching, reaching, lifting and carrying light (up to 5kg or 11lb), medium (5 to 20kg or 11 to 44lb), and/or heavy (over 20kg or 44lb) objects, pushing, pulling, working in an awkward position and/or maintaining one position for a long period
  • Shift work hours include evening and nighttime
  • May be exposed to biohazardous materials, including bodily fluids, vomit, urine, blood etc., requiring appropriate handling and disposal

Equity Statement

The University of Waterloo is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.


The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview, or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Human Resources at or 519-888-4567, ext. 45935.


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