Housekeeper/Custodial Worker

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time


Working as part of the Buildings & Grounds team, the Housekeeper/Custodial Worker is responsible for maintaining and ensuring the cleanliness and sanitary conditions of administrative buildings, academic/campus facilities and residential buildings/locations. Housekeepers/Custodial Workers are essential to ensuring that our students have a healthy and clean environment in which to live, learn and thrive.

The position handles general cleaning assignments, universal to all facilities and also has location-specific cleaning responsibilities.The position works with all campus offices as well as the College staff, faculty, students, and visitors. Therefore, excellent communication skills are required to develop and maintain positive working relationships with all constituent groups. The position may be required to assist in other areas of the College as needed and may be assigned other work responsibilities during non-academic term time.

Available Shifts (Full-time, 40 hours/week):

  • (2) Monday through Friday, 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success and community cohesiveness. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.

Specific position responsibilities include ensuring the cleanliness and sanitary condition of assigned facilities, including, but not limited to the following:  

  • Daily:
    1. Empty trash and recycling.
    2. Clean and disinfect bathroom sinks, tubs, toilets, showers, mirrors, and floors and restock supplies.
    3. Sweep, vacuum, and/or wet mop floors or operate floor-cleaning machine as required for specific location.  Vacuum entryway mats.  
    4. Wipe down kitchen counters and appliances.  
    5. Wash and change linens and clean rooms in various outside houses, as scheduled.  Maintain appropriate inventory of linen, lamps, and blankets.   
    6. Clean water fountains and water coolers.
    7. Change light bulbs where possible to reach.
    8. Call in work orders to be completed by the crafts department.
    9. Ensure the windows are closed at night and that the pianos are dusted and water pans are filled, in rooms where the pianos are located.
  • Weekly:
    1. Clean accessible windows and door/foyer glass; spot cleaning daily as needed.
    2. Wash shower curtains and wash bathroom windows.
    3. Keep walls, lights, ceilings, windows, windowsills and mopboards free of dust.   
    4. Spray-buff floors.
    5. Clean sink/supply closets.  
  • As needed:
    1. Clean, disinfect, scrub walls and stairs.
    2. Clean kitchen refrigerators and oven.
    3. Shampoo rugs and furniture.
  • Sweep exterior porches and steps and monitor perimeter of the building to ensure that all entrances to the building/facility are free from litter.  Keep ashtray cans free of litter once a week. Clean walkways from ceramics studio to kiln building (excluding snow removal).  Wear protective mask when cleaning ceramics areas.
  • Assist with the setup and placement of furniture/equipment for College events.
  • Operate assigned vehicles as required to assist with transport of goods to designated areas and/or to facilitate execution of job functions.  Report any mechanical defects in vehicle to assistant director.
  • Maintain proper care of tools and equipment.  Report necessary equipment repair and maintenance to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations including using appropriate guards and safety devices on all equipment.  Maintain a safe and clean work environment.  Keep informed of all material safety data sheets. Attend and successfully complete/pass College-sponsored safety classes and seminars.
  • Promote a positive and congenial atmosphere and working relationship with students, employees, supervisors and other individuals that this position may come in contact with.  Work effectively with other personnel to complete/coordinate designated duties.
  • Use proper judgment in work assignments on a daily basis and recommend improvements in work efficiency.  Effectively manage own time.


  1. High School graduate and/or GED equivalent required.  Current/valid driver’s license if operating a vehicle for work purposes.
  2. Successful completion of College’s annual Hazardous Communication Training Program.  Ability to understand proper use of chemicals used in the performance of position duties and maintain familiarity with the chemical’s material safety data sheets.  Required attendance and successful completion/passing of College-sponsored classes and seminars determined by employer.  Successful completion of forklift operation safety training if required by position/assignment.
  3. Exceptional customer service skills; demonstrated experience interacting and developing relationships and responding to the different needs of a diverse group of customers. Demonstrated ability to multitask, respond to requests with a sense of urgency, and complete work orders in a timely manner.    
  4. Language Skills: Ability to comprehend and follow oral and written instructions, procedures, correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write correspondence.  Ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  5. Math Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure and inventory, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals to solve problems.  
  6. Reasoning Ability: Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and discussing ideas with supervisor.  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  
  7. This position requires successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.

Physical, Mental and Visual Effort

This position primarily works within regular office buildings, academic/campus facilities, residential houses and the general maintenance plant building. This position requires routine medium to heavy physical exertion and the ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs; typically involves lifting, standing, bending, reaching, stooping, walking, pushing, pulling and climbing stairs to coordinate work.  Must be able to walk and climb stairs frequently as well as carry supplies/deliveries/equipment up and down stairs.  This position may require some overtime as well as weekend and holiday coverage. 

The College

The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes generous paid time off benefits, health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short-term disability coverage, and a retirement plan with employer match. The College also offers educational benefits for the employee, spouse/partner and dependents.

Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest.  From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont’s top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.