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Custodian (Term)

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Position Title Custodian (Term)
Department/Unit Facilities Management
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number FM59-22
Employee Group NSGEU Local 99
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Rate $17.34 per hour
Classification Custodian
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,800 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Reporting to Environmental Services supervisors, Custodians are responsible for performing cleaning and related duties for all assigned University buildings. Areas of responsibility include classrooms, laboratories, clinics, offices, lounges, washrooms, hallways, stairwells, entrances and other designated building spaces, as required.
Key Responsibilities
- Dusts horizontal and vertical surfaces
- Sweeps/dry-mops and wet-mops floors and stairways using dust mops, tools, buckets, wringers, wet mops and automatic floor machines, as required
- Vacuums mats and carpeted areas
- Cleans and disinfects washroom surfaces and replenishes paper, plastic, and soap supplies
- Removes refuse from domestic size containers and transfers bagged or loose waste to exterior dumpsters and waste holding sites
- Transfers recyclables/organic waste to designated holding sites
- Cleans glass and polishes doors and partitions
- Strips and waxes floors and baseboards using appropriate equipment
- Washes walls and ceilings (using ladders), as necessary
- Arranges furniture (event set-ups) in designated areas
- Clears building entrances (exterior steps and landings) of snow, ice, litter and other debris, as required
- Replaces light bulbs, as required
- Maintains a clean work environment
- Performs other duties as required
This position is physically demanding. Extensive kneeling, bending, standing and squatting required.

Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus. Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.
Required Qualifications
- Previous recent and related experience is required
- Ability to take direction and work with minimal supervision
- Reliable and punctual
- Good communication and organizational skills
- Must be willing and able to work overtime, as required
- General safety and WHMIS training an asset
Additional Information
Application Consideration
Bargaining unit employees are given first consideration and will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate and will only be contacted if selected for an interview.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Open Date 07/19/2022
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter