Friends of the High Line Seasonal Custodian in New York, New York
Owned by the City of New York, the High Line is programmed, maintained, and operated by Friends of the High Line, in partnership with NYC Parks. We raise nearly 100% of the High Line’s annual budget.
Through excellence in operations, stewardship, innovative programming, and world-class design, we seek to engage the vibrant and diverse community on and around the High Line, and to raise the essential private funding to help complete the High Line’s construction and create an endowment for its future operations.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, temporary position that requires working outdoors in all weather conditions on evenings and weekends, from now through October.
The seasonal custodian is an integral part of the Custodial team. Under the general supervision of the custodial manager, the temporary custodian works with a diverse team of custodians, horticulturists, maintenance technicians, and High Line administrators to achieve the highest standards of cleanliness and organization throughout the park. The seasonal custodian’s tasks include but are not limited to the following:
-Maintain a high standard of cleanliness throughout the High Line, both on the park and at street-level, including but not limited to public gathering areas, bathrooms, access points, elevators, stairs, drinking fountains, and office areas
-Use specialized, sometimes green, cleaning products and cleaning techniques to maintain the High Line’s many unique features and according to manufacturer’s instructions
-Report and remove graffiti, non-approved advertising, gum, stickers, and trash
-Participate in snow and ice removal
-Maintain and report on inventory of custodial supplies
-Quickly respond to spills, bathroom malfunctions, potential hazards, and other various requests
-Work collaboratively with all team members to accomplish daily assignments and tasks in a timely manner
-Communicate with managers and team on the status of daily tasks and projects
-Work collaboratively with programming, operations, and events staff to prepare the High Line for visitor use and assist in maintaining the rules of the park
-Operate pressure washers, snow removal equipment, and other small equipment
-Act as an ambassador for Friends of the High Line while maintaining a high level of customer service with park visitors, vendors, and team members
-Other duties and projects as assigned
-1 year custodial experience
-Must be extremely dependable, punctual, detail-oriented
-Good verbal communication with staff and public alike
-Ability to maintain a regular schedule of maintenance and cleaning tasks on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis;
-Able to work alone or in teams
-Demonstrate good judgment and a professional demeanor
1 - 2 years custodial or maintenance experience, preferably in a public space or outdoor space
Candidates must be able to:
-Work outside in all weather situations, to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as needed
-Use power equipment with training
-Ability to move about spaces quickly on the High Line; to reach, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and regularly lift and/or move 50 lbs; and occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects using proper tools and leverage methods in excess of 75 lbs.