Student Affairs

Custodian 2


Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, WA United States

3 Positions Open

Since opening its doors in 1965, Tacoma Community College has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women’s prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college. The main campus of TCC occupies 150 acres with over 30 buildings and a total area exceeding 495,962 square feet. The college also maintains and operates a 13,000 square foot satellite campus building in Gig Harbor which offers credit and non-credit courses.  

TCC is committed to developing and sustaining a vibrant educational environment where all students can thrive by providing educational opportunities such as learning communities, honors programming, undergraduate student research, bachelor of applied science degrees, and study abroad. TCC is committed to student success, and promotes innovation to help students. TCC is one of 67 colleges selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell pilot program, providing access to education for incarcerated individuals. Designated a Military Friendly College®, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County’s military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helps students access affordable housing.

Position Summary
This position performs routine custodial duties, minor maintenance and repairs, project work, setups, moves, and responds to cleaning and minor repair needs of the college.
 Each custodian is assigned a work area in which they are responsible for completing all custodial work.  Custodians are responsible for cleaning a variety of the following spaces, depending on the area they are working in.  These areas can include classrooms, restrooms, offices, lounges, board rooms, kitchens, cafeterias, restaurants, auditoriums, lecture halls, outside entrances to buildings, hallways and foyers, gymnasiums, locker rooms, weight rooms, science labs, computer labs, libraries, reading rooms, work rooms, communications center, art galleries, staircases, child care areas, and other public areas.

Essential Functions


  • Clean and sanitize college facilities including public access areas, restrooms, toilets, shower rooms and fixtures in accordance with established procedures and standards; refill restroom dispensers. 
  • Clean whiteboards; dust and wipe furniture; sweep, mop or vacuum floors; wash windows; empty wastebaskets, trash, and recycle containers; and set clocks. 
  • Strip, clean, buff, and apply finish to floors; use and maintain high-speed floor buffers/polishers; vacuum and clean/shampoo carpets. 
  • Use and maintain assigned power equipment and hand tools such as vacuum, broom, mop, squeegee, Tucker-pole window washing system, pressure-washer, and ladder for cleaning and general maintenance of floors, walls, carpets, and furniture. 
  • Lock and unlock buildings, secure buildings when facilities are not in use by checking for unlocked doors and windows, make the rounds turning off lights, and report unauthorized occupants. 
  • Follow written and/or verbal instructions regarding use of chemicals, supplies and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures; prepare work orders for repair and/or maintenance and maintain written custodial logs. 
  • Perform cleaning and related activities within reasonable distance from buildings using hand-operated tools or small power equipment to remove snow or debris and to sweep sidewalks or stairs. 
  • Drive and safely operate a motor vehicle to transport trash and supplies to and from areas of responsibility. (Seatbelt required). 
  • Maintain the security of your assigned area and report hazards and/or security violations immediately. Makes rounds, locking doors, closing windows, turning off lights and replacing burned out light bulbs;
  • Set-up and take down equipment, such as whiteboards and easels, and furnishings, such as folding chairs and tables needed for meetings, classrooms, conferences and events. 
  • Improves work methods, knowledge of equipment, supplies and safety through participation in training sessions with supervisors;   
  • Repairs and maintains electric powered janitorial tools such as vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, floor scrubbers, and walk-behind floor equipment. 
  • Installs and repairs dispensers and other custodial equipment. 
  • Moves furniture and equipment; arranges tables and chairs for special events; collects and disposes of garbage and trash. Move & store supplies and materials.
  • Maintains inventories of cleaning/maintenance supplies in assigned buildings. Report supply/equipment needs to immediate supervisor. 



Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • Physical ability to do the work.
  • Six months custodial experience in a public facility.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check.
  • Proof of completed COVID-19 Vaccination is required upon hiring and employment at TCC.
  • Must possess a current valid, unrestricted driver's license or able to obtain one within 2 months of employment.
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate efficiently.
  • Ability to work overtime.
  • Willing and able to work in adverse conditions such as rain, fog, ice, snow, wind, extreme ambient temperatures (heat or cold), and in small, cramped spaces.
  • Willing to work in teams in daily work or on projects.
  • Ability to climb and balance on ladders (up to 10 ft.) to wash windows, dust, set clocks, etc.
  • Ability to lift/move garbage bags and recycling boxes weighing up to 50lbs, and push/roll recycling bins, carpet cleaners, buffers etc. weighing up to 100lbs.
  • Ability to wear and carry equipment weighing up to 20lbs for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to walk, bend, stoop and stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to follow written and/or oral instructions.
  • Willing to work individually in daily work or on projects.

The Successful Candidate Must Demonstrate

  • Inspect areas and ensure that departmental/facility cleanliness standards are met.
  • Ability to understand, speak, write and read the English language, for receiving and reading instructions for cleaning and chemical handling, and radio and emergency communications.
  • Work in a multicultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
  • Knowledge of Safety Standards and Cleaning Standards.
  • Maintain respect and confidentiality, ethics, integrity, and sound professional judgment.
  • Excellent customer service skills, including: establishing, building and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills along with following instructions.


Application Process

Complete application packages must include the following.
      1.  Tacoma Community College online application.
      2.  Cover letter and Resume

Terms of Employment
This is a full time position scheduled to work Sunday through Thursday; 5:00 pm - 1:30 am. The salary range is $2,999 to $3,370 per month plus $1.00 per hour shift differential. The successful candidate must be willing to work varying shifts & hours to meet business needs. Tacoma Community College offers a generous benefits package to include: Life, health, dental and long-term disability insurance, state retirement, vacation leave, sick leave and holiday pay. A collective bargaining agreement exists and membership in the Washington Public Employees Association or payment of a service fee is available upon employment.

Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, 253-566-5055; the Section 504 Officer in Student Affairs.  Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice. 


Tacoma Community College
Human Resources
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA  98466


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: High School or Equivalent
  • Work Experience: 0 - 2 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

Apply here online