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Custodian Part Time

Santa Barbara Zoo

Custodian Part Time

Santa Barbara, CA
Part Time
  • Responsibilities

    Join our Facility & Horticulture team and provide a great experience to our guests and staff by keeping our areas clean!

    The successful candidate is a self-motivated individual with good communication and interpersonal skills who would enjoy interacting with our guests.

    Compensation: $13.00/hour

    This is a regular, part-time position.

    Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday, generally between hours of 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM.


    Under general direction of the Director and Assistant Director of Facilities & Horticulture, Custodian insures the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work areas clean, picking up trash, reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

    Sweeps, mops, scrubs, and vacuums floors of buildings, using cleaning solutions, tools and equipment.

    Cleans or polishes walls, ceilings, windows, plant equipment and building fixtures, scrapers, brooms and variety of hand and power tools.

    Cleans and disinfects drinking fountains and restroom facilities including sinks, toilets and urinals; fills dispensers with towels, soap, toilet paper and other items; clean mirrors, tile and windows; unclog drains and toilets.

    Picks up paper and other debris from zoo grounds, walkways and areas adjacent to zoo facilities; sweeps concrete surfaces adjacent to zoo buildings.

    Gathers and empties trash.

    Notifies management personnel concerning need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.

    Dusts furniture, walls, machines, and equipment.

    Adheres to the Zoo’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual.

    Applies and Exemplifies “green” (sustainable) practices whenever possible.

    Attends monthly all-employee meetings.

    Sanitation and Social Distancing Monitoring

    Adheres to all Zoo COVID-19 safety protocols established by Santa Barbara Zoo

    Wears all appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

    Successfully performs all sanitation procedures for areas accessed by guests and staff following protocols established by Santa Barbara Zoo

    Practices social distancing guidelines and assist with monitoring guest to meet guidelines established by the Santa Barbara County Health Department

    Remains calm, polite, and professional when:

    Discussing mandated safety protocols

    Asking guests to adhere to Santa Barbara County Health Department guidelines to maintain the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals


    Greets every guest with a smile.

    Thanks guests for supporting/visiting the Zoo.

    Insures the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work areas clean, picking up trash, reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions.

    Associates with guests to assist and share information.

    Responds to all guest inquiries, complaints, and comments according to Zoo guest relations procedures.

    Maintains a clean neat appearance and adheres to the Zoo’s uniform dress code.

    Takes responsibility to stay informed about happenings at the Zoo, such as reading employee communications and attending meetings.

    Reflects the qualities outlined in the Guest Relations Statement and the Employee Pledge.

    Other duties as required


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and environmental characteristics described below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, and working and physical elements required of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Education and Experience:

    High school diploma or GED preferred, or any combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to two years of experience performing custodial duties.

    Prior paid janitorial experience preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

    Basic knowledge of janitorial methods, materials, tools and equipment used in modern custodial and general maintenance work.

    Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies.

    Appropriate safety precautions and procedures.

    Proper lifting techniques.

    Maintain tools and equipment in clean working order.

    Observe health and safety regulations.

    Meet schedules and timelines.

    Ability to follow oral and written direction.

    Ability to read signs and safety labels.

    Effective oral and written communication skills.

    Ability to develop productive and friendly relationships at work.

    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, and our guests.

    Ability to exercise safe work habits.

    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    Requires the ability to access all areas of the facility.

    Ability to negotiate the zoo work environment including behind-the-scenes, lawns, gravel, and hilltop.

    Must be able to participate in operational practices; including climb stairs, manipulate tools (ability to reach and grasp), and stand/walk for long periods of time.

    Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and equipment including electric cart, forklift, and two-way radio.

    Must be able to lift 50 pounds occasionally, and 10 or fewer pounds frequently.

    Ability to exert a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly push, pull or otherwise move objects.

    The ability to reach over head, above the shoulder horizontally.

    The ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    The ability to bend, stretch, twist, kneel, crouch, stoop, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    The ability to quickly move the hand, hand together with arm, or two hands to reach, grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Frequent exposure to chemical cleaning solutions, dust and odors.

    Involves working out-of-doors in all weather conditions.

    Supportive and open employment culture.

    Tools Used:

    Two-way radio

    Mop and broom


    Janitorial cart

    Other janitorial equipment and tools as required