• Junior Library Custodian

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    CLNG, Branch Cleaning
  • Overview

    The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.  


    NYPL is seeking a Junior Library Custodian to maintain an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable for our Library users and employees.  

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the general supervision of the Cleaning Coordinator, the Junior Library Custodian:

    • Cleans and maintains the Library building and grounds
    • Buffs, strips and waxes floors
    • Shampoos carpets
    • Replaces light bulbs
    • Handles snow removal
    • Prepares maintenance reports and maintains inventory of bathroom and cleaning supplies
    • Takes necessary action to safeguard the building during an emergency and escalates issues to appropriate personnel
    • Communicates with Library Manager on a regular basis to determine branch needs
    • Travels between branches within Manhattan
    • Will be assigned to two sites and may be assigned to work at other locations as needed

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • High School diploma or equivalent and prior basic custodial/building superintendent work or an equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Successfully demonstrated experience and knowledge of the standard practices, materials and equipment to be used in commercial building cleaning work.
    • Knowledge of material safety data sheets, safety practices and procedures
    • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated flexibility and reliability
    • Ability to perform manual work consisting of cleaning, heavy lifting, snow removal and working from high ladders, scaffolds and electrical lifts
    • Heavy lifting may be required
    • Performs related duties as required
    • Valid driver’s license and clear driving record
    • Must pass physical exam


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Knowledge of mixing chemicals to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
    • Knowledge of using commercial cleaning equipment

    Work Environment

    • Public Service Library
    • Outside Environment

    Physical Duties

    • Cleaning responsibilities
    • Moderate to extensive physical effort is required, including bending, pushing, pulling and lifting
    • May require travel to Library buildings throughout Manhattan and Staten Island 

    Starting Salary

    USD $31,903.00/Yr.


    40 hours per week
    Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Local 374


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