Custodian Lead

The University of Wisconsin-Richland is seeking a Custodian Lead. This is a 100% full-time equivalence (1.0 FTE) University Staff position.

SHORT SUMMARY OF POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:  This is a custodial lead position on a team with diverse responsibilities as listed below. This position will provide custodial services to maintain the cleanliness of the campus buildings, perform facility set-up and furniture and equipment placements, conduct grounds and outdoor work, monitor fleet vehicles for proper care and maintain their availability for use, conduct routine safety and security checks, and perform building maintenance. Employee performance is monitored by, and the position is directly supervised by, the Regional Custodial Supervisor.

Scheduled Shift:  3:30pm - 12:00am, Tuesday – Thursday; 1:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday; 7:30am – 4:00pm on Saturday; and occasional Sunday and Monday work.  Incumbent may work variable shifts with some rotational work. Salary for this position is $13.85/hour.


65%     1.         Provide custodial lead services on second shift to maintain cleanliness and safety of buildings and grounds. 

  1. Plan and assign tasks and assist with a cleaning crew performing any or all of the duties below.
  2. Scheduling, scrubbing, stripping, waxing and burnishing of hard floors. Carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  3. Sweep, mop, vacuum, dust, clean and disinfect restrooms, classrooms, offices, labs, study areas and hallways.
  4. Restock paper towel, toilet paper, soap and other supplies.
  5. Remove waste and recyclables to dumpsters.
  6. Clean walls, windows, whiteboards, chalkboards and other special surfaces.
  7. Replace lamps and clean fixtures.
  8. Train new employees in custodial procedures.
  9. Organize work of student employees and timesheet reporting.

10%     2.         Conduct grounds work.

  1. Prioritize and lead crew in snow and ice removal from entryways and sidewalks using shovels, snow blowers, and salt spreaders. Lead worker is responsible for using skid steer with power broom and plow truck.
  2. Perform minor repairs to equipment. Ensure fluids are at adequate levels.
  3. Provide lawn care using commercial mowers, weed eaters, pruners, rakes, blowers, irrigation systems and other tools and equipment.
  4. Remove litter and debris from lawn, sidewalks, disc golf course and grounds. Empty exterior trash and recycling containers.
  5. Lead crew in seasonal installation and take down of tennis nets and windscreens.

10%        3.        Safety and Security.                     

  1. Observe buildings and grounds for safety. Take steps to resolve      unsafe conditions and report areas needing additional attention to supervisor.
  2. Ensure rooms and buildings are locked as scheduled and alarms set. Report suspicious behavior.
  3. Inspect ladders, lifts and scaffold and ensure crew is using safely.
  4. Respond to blood borne pathogen cleanups and ensure proper techniques are followed and hazardous waste is disposed of properly.
  5. Ensure employees have necessary personal protective equipment and know how to use it. Keep material safety data sheets up to date.
  6. Respond to fire alarms and weather alerts taking appropriate action as required.

15%     4.         Miscellaneous.

  1. Lead crew in setups of furniture and equipment as needed for events and construction of indoor and outdoor stages.
  2. Work with Athletics Director and coaches to ensure needs are met for games and practices.
  3. Use power lift to change scoreboard lights, gym lights, hang banners and other high work.
  4. Replace ballasts.
  5. Unload deliveries and notify purchaser.
  6. Respond to second shift HVAC issues, reset freezstats and alert supervisor to major problems.
  7. Valve off water supply lines in flooding situations.
  8. Assist maintenance staff when needed.
  9. Performance of additional tasks as directed.




  • Possess a valid Wisconsin's Drivers license and qualify for State vehicle operation, or have the ability to obtain these upon hire.
  • The physical ability to carry, push, pull and lift 50 pounds on a continual basis.
  • The physical ability to work in various positions, i.e. with arms above your head for periods of time; bending, twisting, crawling, squatting, climbing, stooping or kneeling; on scaffolding, ladders or stairs; standing, sitting or walking, while continuously performing job functions.


  • Knowledge of industrial cleaning chemicals.
  • Knowledge or training in caustic & toxic cleaning chemicals.
  • Have knowledge of basic safety regulations and procedures (i.e. interpreting MSDS Sheets, safe lifting techniques, use of PPE).
  • The ability to communicate verbally or in written form and follow direction from supervisors with or without accommodations.
  • Supervisory experience in a customer service related field.



UW-Richland is located on a 136 acre property in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin.  The campus is located 60 miles west of Madison, the capital city.  The setting includes a trout stream and the campus facilities consist of seven buildings, six of which were designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright style by an architectural firm in Spring Green, Wisconsin.  A distinguishing feature is the copper roofs.  Richland County has a 100-year tradition of higher education.  Before UW-Richland opened in 1967, the County Teachers College existed for sixty years. As a result, the community and the county look to UW-Richland for higher education, continuing education, and cultural events.  The campus has 30 years of experience educating international students and currently has 52 international students from 20 countries and territories.  6% of the student population is African American.  Like two other UW-College campuses, UW-Richland houses the UW-Extension division of Cooperative Extension's Richland County office.  UW-Richland has a very strong foundation with assets totaling over $8 million.  Included in these assets is the campus's Joe and Mae Senneke Smart Farm.  UW-Richland is one of the six campuses participating in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree completion program.


The University of Wisconsin Colleges is the freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer institution of the world-renowned University of Wisconsin System. The UW Colleges comprises thirteen two-year campuses around the state, plus UWC Online, each of which offers an excellent liberal arts and pre-professional education for students beginning work toward a bachelor's degree. The UW Colleges also offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences at six of its campuses. See  for more information about the UW Colleges.


UW Colleges is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. UW Colleges values diversity and inclusion.  We define Inclusive Excellence as “the intentional engagement of the broadest range of perspectives, backgrounds, needs, experience, and circumstance in order to maximize success.”  We value diversity within our students, faculty and staff, and strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the following: 1) the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and 2) a background check.

It is the policy of UW Colleges to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at .


Applicants are required to apply online here. For assured consideration, online application with all required documents must be received by February 11, 2018.

All application materials must be submitted electronically at the time of application. UW Colleges will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents at the time of application.

Required application materials:

1) Resume that includes work history and special skills,

2) Names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Noreen Rich ( For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159.  For all other questions please contact the Office of Human Resources,