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Custodian 1

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, Washington
Facilities Management

This position is open until filled. 

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation (2021), Pierce College is an innovative, mission-driven, data-informed, and equity minded community college dedicated to helping all students achieve their academic and professional goals, with a focus on racial and social equity and justice.

The Custodian position will work under general supervision, performing a variety of routine custodial and general maintenance functions to maintain cleanliness, care, use of and access to facilities. This position reports to the Custodial Services Manager who assigns work both in writing and verbally, depending on the task. This position actively supports and engages in Pierce College’s goals for equity and inclusion in order to provide access and support for our diverse community of learners and our goal of becoming an anti-racist institution.

About the District:

Pierce College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in innumerable partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. Want a feel for our District. Take a peek with aerial campus views!

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom 

Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community, recreational park, and Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup

Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.

Pierce College at JBLM 

Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord military sites, serving many of our military and active-duty families that are serving our country.


The Custodian 1 will be responsible for the following, but not limited to:

Clean and Sanitize:

  • Clean and sanitize classrooms, offices, showers, restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with established procedures and standards. Keep these areas properly supplied with toilet paper, paper towels, soap and other items. Clean whiteboards and erasers. Perform high and low dusting. Polish furniture and metal fixtures. Sweep, mop and/or vacuum floors and rugs. Empty trash and recycle containers. Follow written and verbal instructions regarding the use of chemicals, supplies and equipment. Follow MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) chemical handling and use instructions. Use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as required.

Spot and Deep Cleaning:

  • Strip, neutralize, buff and apply floor finish. Vacuum and extract carpets. Operate hi-speed burnishers and low speed polishers/scrubbers and bathroom pressure washers. Wash interior and exterior windows. Properly use and care for assigned hand and power equipment needed for the cleaning and preservation of floors, walls, windows, carpets, furniture, etc. Use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as required.
Routine Housekeeping Assignments:
  • Set-up, take down and move furniture for cleaning and facility maintenance and, as necessary, for events. Move 90 gallon co-mingle recycle totes, as required. Clean totes, as necessary. Operate recycling and trash compactors. Operate utility carts. Inspect and maintain eye wash stations. Launder reusable cleaning materials, as needed. Operate radios to maintain communication with co-workers and supervisor. Maintain security of assigned keys. Secure interior doors upon completion of cleaning assignments. Keep building entry doors secured during unoccupied hours. Observe and report suspicious activity. Conduct routine inspections and preventive maintenance of custodial equipment.
Inventory and Equipment:
  • Be accountable for assigned equipment and submit requests for equipment repairs to the supervisor immediately. Maintain inventory of consumables such as chemicals and paper products and submit consumables order needs to the supervisor in a timely manner to avoid running out of stock.
Non-Routine Duties:
  • Remove snow and ice from building entrances and from walkways between buildings as well as between buildings and parking lots. Respond to and perform emergency functions, as required. Perform other related custodial and minor maintenance and repair work, as assigned.


Experience Required

  • Minimum of one (1) years of experience and/or training in custodial work or commercial housekeeping in commercial facilities or buildings.

Required Competencies

  • Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight by: arriving for work on time and following instructions, policies, and procedures; meeting productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules; acknowledging responsibility for mistakes and taking appropriate steps to make corrections; meeting expectations without making excuses. If problems arise with co-workers, address the issues promptly with the supervisor’s assistance, when appropriate.
  • Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions by: respecting the opinions and assessments of others; maintaining confidentiality during investigations and personnel matters; communicating truthfully.
  • Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals and deliverables by: knowing and supporting teammates’ work; helping teammates who need or ask for assistance; encouraging team unity through sharing information and expertise, working together to solve problems and putting team success first; supporting fair treatment and equal opportunity for all; listening objectively and with consideration for the ideas and input of others; respecting the talents and contributions of co-workers.
  • Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect by: maintaining an open, approachable manner and treating others fairly and respectfully; preserving others’ self-confidence and dignity and showing regard for their opinions; seeking to resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively; focusing on the situation, issues, or behaviors, rather than the person; demonstrating a balance between building rapport and getting the work done.
  • Adheres to all workplace and trade safety laws, regulations, standards, and practices by: performing work in a safe manner at all times; avoiding shortcuts that increase health and safety risks to oneself or others; maintaining and inspecting PPE (Personal Protective Equipment); using PPE as required.
  • Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities by: responding positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems; coping well and helping others deal with the ongoing demands of change; seeing and showing others the benefits of change; recovering quickly from setbacks and finding alternative ways to reach goals and objectives.
  • Maintains composure in stressful or adverse situations by: handling workloads, competing demands, changing assignments, interruptions and distractions with a positive attitude. 
  • Diligently attends to details and pursues quality in accomplishing tasks by: performing tasks thoroughly with care; checking work to ensure completeness; remaining aware and taking care of details that are easy to overlook or dismiss as insignificant.
  • Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with custodial services by: seeking ways to improve service delivery; assessing the quality of services from the customer’s point of view; recognizing adverse customer reactions and developing better alternatives; emphasizing a team approach to providing great customer service.
  • Diplomatically handles challenging or intense interpersonal situations by: working through difficult or awkward interpersonal situations in a positive and professional manner. Exercises appropriate tact and discretion in conversations and sharing information with others.
  • Listens accurately and actively as well as communicates clearly and effectively with individuals and groups. Communicates clearly and effectively in writing maintaining proper usage and grammar, and is able to review and critique the work of others. Ability to operate software programs such as MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel, Megamation (maintenance work order system), and Time and Leave Reporting (TLR) software.
  • The ability to: exhibit tolerance of others; recognize the value of cultural, ethnic, gender, and other differences; understand the differences in and responds appropriately to others in the workplace; demonstrate trust in, sensitivity to, and mutual respect of others; recognize and manage personal biases.


Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.
  • Complete the online application profile at:
  • Apply for the specific job opening.
  • Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in your response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. (Cover Letter)
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position; however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and conferral date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts)
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Provide a response to the following question (Supplemental Question):

  • Briefly describe how you have worked in your previous or current positions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in your organizations and how you would do that in this position.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. This position is permanent after serving a 6-month probationary period. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. Occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 3:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 12:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Fridays with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits: 

Dependent upon qualifications, the starting salary of this position is $2,827, with periodic increments up to $3,401 monthly. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: benefits 

Physical Work Environment:

This position is required to work indoors in an open office environment, which requires visual concentration on detail, dexterity, precision, and is subject to frequent noise and interruptions. 

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note: This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration.

Conditions of Employment:

Pierce College is a “fully vaccinated campus” under the state’s higher education guidance, which means that COVID-19 vaccination (or allowable exemption) will be required for all employees and students. More information can be found here: Vaccination Requirements.

Prior to the start of employment, finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington State Law RCW 28B.112.080.

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.

Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy. 

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity:

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:

Sean Cooke - Title IX Coordinator

9401 Farwest Drive SW

Lakewood, Washington 98498

(253) 840-8472

Tami Jacobs - ADACO/Section 504 Coordinator

(253) 964-6581 

Holly Gorski - Vice President for Human Resources

(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams - District Affirmative Action Officer

(253) 864-3229


9401 Farwest Drive SW

Lakewood, WA 98498


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