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Job Title :        Custodian
Department:     Custodial Services
Exemption:      Non-exempt
Reports to:      Custodial Services Manager; Custodial Services Supervisor in the Manager’s absence
Supervises:     None
Position Summary:

  • Performs general cleaning of the facilities as determined by the Custodial Services Manager.
  • Opens and closes the park.

Specific Tasks:

  • Performs daily cleaning routine including, hosing outside walkways and patios, cleaning exhibit glass, emptying trash, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, etc.
  • Cleans areas before and after special events, parties or other activities.
  • Sets up tables, chairs, tents, stages, or other equipment for special events, parties or other activities.
  • Maintains work areas involving general cleaning duties.
  • Maintains a safe and productive workplace for visitors and staff.
  • Deals courteously and effectively with the public at all times, and represents the institution at the highest level of professionalism.
  • Establishes and maintains effective and professional working relations with co-workers and other departmental personnel, and to do so in accordance with The Living Desert Employee Handbook.
  • Provides assistance to other departments as needed.
  • Other related responsibilities as necessary to accomplish departmental objectives.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.

Equipment Used:

Telephone, two way radio, electric and gas golf cart, vehicles, housekeeping and cleaning equipment such as vacuum, broom, mop, carpet cleaning equipment, cleaning agents, pressure washer, leaf blower, miscellaneous hand tools.

Specific Skills:

  • Knowledge of cleaning equipment and the safe use of cleaning agents used in the upkeep of the park facilities.
  • Good observation skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must be motivated self-starter who needs minimal supervision on designated tasks.
  • Ability to communicate and work with others in a team setting.

Physical Position Description:

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL TASKS:  Medium to maximum, standing, walking, bending, lifting, twisting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, reaching motion . Must be able to lift of up to 50 + lbs.

TYPICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Position requires to work indoors and outdoors, occasional exposure to extreme heat.

HOLIDAY/EVENING WORK:  Some holiday, weekend and evening work will be required.

TRAVEL:  None.

Qualifications:  Must be energetic, dependable and motivated. Custodial experience required.


MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Minimum 1 ( one ) year experience on Custodial Services or similar position.

SKILLS REQUIRED: Must have essential physical and mental capabilities in the following: interpersonal skills, attention to detail, follow directions, organizing.

OTHER: Must posses a valid CA Driver’s License.

If you are interested in this position:

You may obtain an application at:  The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert CA 92260

Or you may submit your resume to: 

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