1.0 FTE Caretaker

Rainy River District School Board - Fort Frances, ON (30+ days ago)

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Posting Number: 1920-68 Date: January 27, 2020

To: Members of CUPE

Anticipated Start Date: March 2, 2020

Position: 1.0 FTE Caretaker

Job Description: Attached

Location: J.W. Walker School

Hours of work: 40hrs per week

Rate of pay: $22.73 per hour as per the collective agreement

Applications from CUPE members will be considered in the following order:
1. Permanent full-time and part-time members

2. Casual custodial staff who have attained 2080 hours
3. Other casual custodians and external applicants

Apply in writing referencing the posting number. Include your cover letter, resume, documentation of
credentials and Reference Authorization Form including two references (one of which must be from a current

or recent supervisor) to:
Human Resources Department

Rainy River District School Board
522 Second Street East
Fort Frances, ON P9A 1N4
Fax: (807) 274-1950
Email: humanresources@rrdsb.com

Accommodation in the recruitment process is available upon request for applicants with disabilities.

This publication is available in accessible formats upon request.

For further clarification or questions please contact
Travis Enge, Manager, Plant Operations & Maintenance, (807) 274-9855 X4983

Closing Date: Monday, February 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM


DEPARTMENT: Maintenance

POSITION: Caretaker/Custodial Elementary


DATE PREPARED: October 1999

1. Under the direct supervision of the Lead Custodian (where applicable) and the

indirect supervision of the Principal/Vice-Principal or designate (direct

supervision in a one-custodian school), the Custodian I is responsible for the

cleaning, minor maintenance and security of the school.

2. The Custodian I is responsible to the Lead Custodian, where applicable. In a

one-custodian school, the Custodian I is directly responsible to the

Principal/Vice-Principal or designate.

3. Minimum Grade 12 Education, or equivalent experience;

4. Valid Ontario driver’s licence;

5. Ability to interpret simple drawings and to be able to relate them to operating


6. Ability to visually compare parts for wear, to repair or replace such things as air


7. Eye - hand coordination and manual dexterity to make rapid and accurate

adjustments or minor repairs to equipment;

8. Physical strength for light to medium work to carry tools and parts, and agility

to climb stairs and ladders, and crouch, crawl, kneel, or balance on scaffolds to

make adjustments or minor repairs to equipment;

9. Good hearing to detect malfunctions in equipment;

10. Good vision to read gauges and charts and judge distances;

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11. Adaptability to exposure to extremes of heat or cold and noise and vibration

from fans, and compressors;

12. Dependable, competent and continued ability to carry out responsibilities;

13. Physically capable of performing the essential duties of the job.

14. Follows procedures established by the Board reporting with regard to

breakdowns, repairs and supply needs. Follows established practices with regard

to cleaning duties and regulations and procedures with regard to sanitary

practices and handling of chemicals as well as the WHMIS regulations and the

Fire Marshall’s Act.

15. Receives individual tasks and priority assignments monthly from the

Superintendent of Plant Operations and Maintenance and on occasion priority

assignments from Principal/Vice-Principal or designate.

16. Works independently to carry out cleaning tasks. Plans daily schedule and

determines priority tasks. Re-schedules tasks as unanticipated cleaning

requirements are discovered (e.g. classroom floor must be mopped as children

spilled paint). Selects appropriate cleaning agents and tools to remove stains,

graffiti, gum, etc. without damaging surfaces.

17. Direction with regard to new or revised regulations and policies is provided by

supervisor. On-the-job training and orientation for newly hired employees is

available as arranged by the Supervisor.

18. Not normally responsible for the supervision of other employees but provides

orientation to new employees and instruction in work procedures and practices.

19. Assigns individual tasks and work assignments to new employees and checks that

tasks are satisfactorily completed.

20. Required to follow safe work practices to avoid injury to students, co-workers

and other facility users.

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Inside Contacts:
21. Teaching Staff/Principal/Vice-Principal or designate -

To receive notification regarding building maintenance problems/repairs and

exchange information.

22. Maintenance Person -

To exchange information regarding repairs.

Outside Contacts:
23. Students -

To monitor students in building after regular school hours and direct those

misbehaving to leave.

24. General Public/Organization Members -

To respond to requests for direction or information.

Major Activity A: Activities relating to cleaning while school is in session

25. Unlocks school doors in the morning and checks to see if furnace is running.

Checks furnace pilot light and listens to hear if it is running, checks thermostat.

Responsible for turning on Security Systems and reporting any security problems

to the Superintendent. Responsible for keys.

26. Stocks cleaning cart with cleaning fluids, paper products, rags, utensils, etc.

from on-hand supplies. Advises Maintenance Supervisor of low stock items.

27. Sweeps floors; tidies and repositions furnishings; picks up litter and refuse,

empties waste baskets, and stacks bagged garbage for removal.

28. Unlocks rooms and areas to perform cleaning tasks. Ensures windows are closed

and doors locked when cleaning of area is complete. Unlocks doors to

rooms/areas to admit authorized personnel (e.g. Board members, teachers).

29. Daily cleans doors, windows, sweeps outside entrances, cleans toilet seats,

bathroom sinks and drinking fountains.

30. Daily washes table tops and desks, scraping glue off desk tops when necessary.

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31. Daily dusts filing cabinets, ledges, etc.

32. Daily picks up papers and litter off carpets and vacuums.

33. Dust mops all tile and cement floor areas. Wet mops hallways and spills on tile

and cement floor.

34. Replenish toilet tissue, paper towels and soap in dispensers.

35. When necessary cleans mirrors and wipes walls to remove graffiti.

36. Weekly vacuums offices, and specialized rooms such as computer room, library

and Board room.

37. Weekly cleans sink, washes blackboards and chalk ledges. Dust computers,

tables and shelves in computer room and library.

38. Weekly cleans and disinfects toilets, urinals and garbage cans with chemical


39. Cuts grass in school yard and picks up litter.

40. Shovels snow from all entrances, walkways, roof, etc.

41. Hoist and remove flag daily.

42. Cleans after special events in gym, boardroom, or parents night in school.

Supervises community user groups using school facilities after school hours.

43. Notifies supervisor of supplies required. In a one-custodian school, maintain

inventory of cleaning/custodial supplies.

44. Protects confidential material learned through the performance of duties (i.e.

material left lying on desks).

45. Ensure building security is maintained. Investigate unauthorized activities in or

on grounds of the school and report subsequent problems to supervisor and

proper authorities, including vandalism, break-ins and fire alarms. Ensure fire

extinguishers and emergency lighting systems are operational.

Major Activity B: Facility Maintenance

46. Notes and make written reports on deficiencies, damage and repair needs (e.g.

lights burned out in gym., lock broken, toilet plugged) observed while

performing cleaning tasks.

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47. Performs minor plumbing repairs (e.g. unplugs drains and toilets).

48. Cleans up after water leaks or broken glass.

49. Changes burnt out light bulbs and installs pencil sharpeners.

50. Provides minor general repairs such as tightening loose screws and hammering

in protruding nails. Performs minor maintenance and repairs to building,

furnishings and fixtures including painting and touch up required.

Major Activity C: Custodial and maintenance duties during school breaks

51. Washes down walls, cleans light fixtures, washes window interiors and

exteriors. Scrubs or scrapes walls, desks, windows and floors to remove graffiti

and adhered material (e.g. gum, glue, tape, stickers, labels).

52. Washes and cleans furnishings. Clears each classroom of furnishings in

preparation for stripping and waxing; and, replaces furnishings and sets up

classrooms after floors are prepared.

53. Uses long-handled tools (e.g. mops, brooms), operates vacuum cleaner and

scrubbing machines. Performs minor service (e.g. empties and cleans dust bags);

inspects for wear/damage; and ensures all custodial equipment is properly


54. Dusts all window blinds.


55. Thoroughly vacuums and shampoos carpets.

56. Takes all dust mops to laundromat.

57. Perform any other related duties as may be assigned by the Lead Custodian (if

applicable) and/or Principal/Vice-Principal or designate.

Physical Demands:
58. Physical Strength: Daily routine involves push/pull of desks to sweep and

realign rows; and, lift/carry bagged garbage weighing up to 50 lbs. Repeated

lift/carry operations are irregularly required when clearing classrooms of desks

and furnishings.

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59. Physical Agility: Daily routine involves reaching, stooping, twisting to perform

cleaning tasks. Irregularly required to maintain physical balance while working

from stepladder to perform dusting and maintenance (e.g. light fixtures,


60. Muscular Strain: Daily work routine involves continuous standing and walking.

61. Manual Dexterity: Operates equipment and tools requiring whole body control

and course movements (e.g. vacuum cleaner, broom).

Mental and Visual Demands:
62. Time Factors: Maintenance of designated areas of the school facility in clean and

tidy condition must be accomplished within regular work schedule. Unanticipated

cleaning requirements create conflicting priorities.

63. Interruptions/Disruptions: Unlocking doors for people wanting into the rooms

such as library or into school.

64. Concentration and Visual Attention: Operation of scrubbing machine irregularly

requires concentration and visual attention for short to moderate periods.

Hours of Work:
65. Length of work day varies, depending on which school. Shifts are split and

occur throughout the day into late evening.

66. There is no regular requirement for overnight travel.

67. All additional hours are compensated.

Work Environment:
68. Spends 80% of the average work year indoors in designated areas of the school

facility, with attendant exposure to dust, bodily wastes, machine noise and

chemical fumes. The remaining 20% of the work year is spent outdoors in close

proximity to shelter while cleaning exterior windows, maintaining school grounds

and shovelling snow with attendant exposure to climatic conditions.

69. Exposed to heat and poor ventilation while performing major cleaning during

summer break.

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70. Frequently exposed to germs/infectious disease and caustic cleaning fluid while

cleaning washroom areas. Irregularly exposed to risks of falling while working

from step ladder at heights of 6 to 10 feet and to slipping/falling on wet surfaces

when working on wet surfaces, or slipping/falling on ice when cleaning


1. Board of Education Policies & Procedures

2. Collective Agreement

3. Caretaking Handbook

4. Membership in CUPE

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