Custodial/Maintenance Worker

Website Iowa Lakes Community College

Position:                               Custodial/Maintenance Worker Emmetsburg

Classification:       Classified

Department:            Buildings & Grounds

Report to:                 Buildings & Grounds Manager

General Job Summary:

This will be a 27.5 hour/week position, afternoon/evening position, located on the Emmetsburg Campus. Primary duties are to perform routine custodial duties including sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and cleaning walls, floors, carpets, equipment, chalkboards/whiteboards, etc. Responsible for grounds pick-up, lawn care and snow removal. Work with cleaning equipment, expendable cleaning supplies. Job duties may be performed at all campuses and in all buildings or facilities. Some holiday, evening and weekend work required. This is an “essential” personnel position and will require the employee to work during periods of adverse weather.

% of Time                                          Essential Duties/Responsibilities:



1.      Performs daily custodial duties in an assigned area, such as:  mop floor, shampoo and vacuum carpets, wipe chalkboards/whiteboards, clean bathrooms, empty waste baskets, replenish expendable supplies, change light bulbs, clean walls, wash windows, etc.

2.      Monitor for and report needed repairs or maintenance needs to supervisor and perform minor maintenance.

3.      Act as security personnel by monitoring unusual activities or personnel and reporting same.

4.      Work collaboratively with others to accomplish assigned tasks.



1.      Lock and unlock facilities as directed by supervisor or according to building schedule.

2.      Move materials, furniture and equipment between classrooms or buildings. Set up rooms for various activities.

3.      Operate snow removal and lawn care equipment and machines.

4.      Provide guidance to work study students and any other program participants.



1.      Remove ice or snow from sidewalks or driveways.

2.      Mow lawns or otherwise assist with lawn or shrubbery care.

3.      Make minor electrical and plumbing repairs.

Knowledge, Skills, and abilities:

  1. Represent the College in a positive manner to other employees, students, visitors, and the community.
  2. Self-starter with the ability to work independently.
  3. Ability to perform medium lifting and repetitious physical activity.
  4. Knowledge of use of common cleaning implements, such as mops and brooms.
  5. Knowledge of and ability to safely operate common cleaning equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, wet vacs, shampoo machines, and other standard cleaning equipment.
  6. Knowledge of and ability to use common cleaning solutions such as floor wax, furniture wax, detergents, etc.
  7. Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  8. Knowledge of and ability to operate lawn mowers and snow removal equipment.
  9. Ability to use common hand tools: hammers, saws, wrenches, etc.

Special Demands:

Light to medium work. Position requires exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; up to 20 pounds frequently, and up to 10 pounds constantly to lift or move objects. Must be able to perform routine stooping, bending, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and repetitive motions continually. Occasional kneeling and crawling. May be subject to bio-hazardous waste, chemicals; moving mechanical parts; electrical current; working on scaffolding and ladders; atmospheric conditions that may affect the respiratory system or the skin; fumes, odors, dust, mists, gasses or poor ventilation; noise; and vibrators. Must complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training because of potential exposure to blood or body fluids while performing cleaning duties. Will be required to attend all safety meetings, CPR training and other work-related training. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance. May be required to travel utilizing personal vehicle.

Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check. Must be legally eligible to work in the United States without employer sponsorship.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

High School diploma or willingness to obtain equivalency required. Experience as a custodian or housekeeper preferred.

Salary:  $15.85/hour plus $.35/hour differential after 5:00 p.m.

Fringe Benefits:   Paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays. Employee retirement package.

Application Process:

The following items must be included in your application packet before it will be considered a complete application:

  • Employment Application form
  • Applicant Confidential Information form (This data is used to comply with government required affirmative action record keeping only and is not used for applicant screening purposes.)
  • A letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • A resume

Only complete applications will be considered for the position vacancy.

Review of applications will begin July 22, 2024. View complete job description and application process at Contact Lynn Miller at or 712-362-0409. Iowa Lakes Community College, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334.

Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Kathy Muller, Equity & Title IX Coordinator, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334, 712-362-0433,, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339, email

A formal discrimination complaint process is published in the Student Handbook, Employee Handbook, and the Affirmative Action Plan of the College.

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