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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States


Athenaeum and Museum Custodian Position


Job Title:  Custodian

FLSA Classification:  Non-exempt

Reports to:  Athenaeum Director and Museum Director of Facilities


This is a full-time position shared between the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium.  Custodian duties vary modestly between each venue, but generally consist of cleaning, maintenance support, event setup and take down, snow removal, and grounds work. Position requires demonstrated experience in wood and floor maintenance, and building and grounds maintenance. Custodian will uphold the standards of work appropriate to historically significant buildings.  


40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 6:00 am-2:00 pm split between the two sites.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Clean and supply designated building areas (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning ceiling vents, cleaning glass, restroom cleaning)

  • Carry out heavy cleaning tasks and special projects

  • Remove all trash and recycling, replace light bulbs, maintain custodian’s area

  • Mow grass, remove debris from grounds, maintain flower beds

  • Clear all entrances and walkways of snow

  • Notify supervisors of occurring deficiencies or needs for repairs

  • Perform and document routine inspection and maintenance activities

  • Respond to building alarms after hours and contact appropriate person to resolve issues (Athenaeum)

  • Coordinate with contractors doing on-site work as needed (Athenaeum)

  • Attend Building Committee meetings (Athenaeum)

  • Maintain on-line Building Maintenance Report (Athenaeum)

  • Follow all health and safety regulations

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Pride in workmanship. Honesty, dependability and a good nature. Ability to work on a step ladder and staging. Ability to handle floor buffer, knowledge of cleaning chemicals and supplies. Familiarity with Material Safety Data Sheets. Ability to work independently and safely with minimal supervision. Ability to work collegially within a small group. Familiarity with trades work, including painting, is desirable.


Supervisory Responsibilities:  None 

Required Education and Experience:  High School diploma.  Associate’s or trade school degree desirable.  Demonstrated experience at a similar institution for a minimum of three years. 

Application Process:  Send a cover letter, résumé, and three references to Athenaeum Director Bob Joly at with Custodian Application in the subject line.  No phone calls or paper applications. Open until filled.  We conduct criminal background checks on all new hires.  The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Fairbanks Museum are equal opportunity employers, and will not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any employee or applicant in any manner prohibited by law.