Caretakers (Spare Board) - Service Operations Department

Job Code: 1147482

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Caretaker (Spare Board)

Service Operations Department

The Surrey School District respectfully acknowledges that our schools reside on the traditional, unceded, and shared territories of Coast Salish peoples: The q̓ ícə̓ y̓ - Katzie, the qʼwa:n̓ƛʼən̓ - Kwantlen and the SEMYOME - Semiahmoo First Nations, who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial.

Surrey Schools values an inclusive school district, where equity is deeply embedded and diversity welcomed. We are committed to creating and cultivating diverse, inclusive and barrier-free environments for all applicants, employees, students, and their families. We work to continuously grow and improve our practices, celebrate our differences, and empower people to promote positive change in our communities. Our identity, as Surrey Schools, is expressed in the shared values of openness, fairness and tolerance and recognize the importance of diversity of identity and thought. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Surrey Schools, recipient of the BC Top Employers and Canada's Greenest Employer awards, is the largest school district in BC and the second largest employer in Surrey. Spread across one of the fastest-growing cities in British Columbia, Surrey Schools provides quality education to over 82,000 students with 124 schools sites and a variety of other learning facilities, offering a broad range of innovative programs and services to support the learning of our students. The Surrey School District team of approximately 13,000 employees works tirelessly every day to ensure that children are getting the best start they can, providing the preparation to be our leaders of tomorrow.

An employee in this classification performs standard janitorial work. This may involve travelling
between several schools at which work is to be performed, working on a carpet cleaning crew,
stripping floors, or cleaning a designated area at a single school, etc.

Work time is spent in the performance of scheduled custodial duties such as washing floors and
walls, sweeping, vacuuming, stripping and waxing floors, cleaning washrooms, dusting,
removing garbage, and minor maintenance. Work is governed by well-established methods and
procedures. A Caretaker may be required to respond to emergent situations both on-site and at
other locations.

A Caretaker is responsible for securing assigned work areas upon arrival and departure, but does
not hold such responsibility for complete schools. They are responsible to admit authorized
rental groups or contractors into their areas and to ensure they follow District policies and
procedures. A Caretaker must check for vandalism or damage, sweep up broken glass inside and
out, and correct safety hazards, etc.

A Caretaker receives work direction from and reports problems/vandalism to Head Caretaker
and/or Management


  • Sweeps, vacuums, washes and polishes floors, and vacuums hallways and other areas in schools or other premises. Washes walls, windows, and blinds, etc. Sweeps exterior walkways and other play areas.
  • Cleans washroom facilities including hand basins, sinks and toilets, replenishes washroom supplies, cleans classrooms and offices, countertops, sinks, wood shops, etc. Unplugs toilets, as required.
  • May check gauges, thermostats, etc. to determine conditions.
  • Moves office equipment and furniture, as required on site.
  • Empties and cleans garbage containers and wastebaskets.
  • Sprays and deep cleans carpets when assigned to carpet cleaning crew.
  • Spot cleans carpets, as required. May be required to operate the portable carpet extractor.
  • Makes minor adjustments, performs minor maintenance to cleaning equipment.
  • Performs minor maintenance and repair tasks such as changing light shades, bulbs and tubes,
    removing graffiti, covering holes, boarding up broken windows, etc.
  • Performs minor equipment adjustments or installations of ceiling tiles, pencil sharpeners, soap
    dispensers, desks, etc.
  • Cleans mops, brooms, and other janitorial equipment. Securely stores cleaning materials,
    chemicals and equipment prior to leaving premises.
  • Attends to emergent situations, such as flooded washrooms, etc., as required.
  • May sign for and accept deliveries.
  • May empty courier bag and mailboxes as required.
  • Performs snow and/or ice removal, as required. Attends to safety issues such as de-icing stairs,
    walkways, etc.
  • Secures assigned work area, i.e., doors and windows upon arrival and departure. Sweeps up
    broken glass, used condoms, needles, etc.
  • Admits authorized students/visitors/groups to premises and requests those found in unauthorized
    areas to return to specified location.
  • Reports violations of rental agreement to the Head Caretaker.
  • Performs related duties, as required.Reporting to the Manager of Service Operations, you will be mobile within Surrey and available to work on short notice in all departments for on-call assignments involving possible day, afternoon or graveyard shifts.

Applicants are expected to possess the following qualifications: Building Service Worker (BSW) certificate, oral and written English language skills, valid BC Driver’s License and related experience in the custodial field.

Applicants must have the ability to perform snow removal and the possible requirement to work in inclement weather during the winter months.

This is a union position offering a liberal benefit package.

Qualified applicants can apply by clicking the "apply" button to the right of the posting. The posting will remain active until filled. Be sure to include proof of BSW Certificate, resume and cover letter.

Note: Successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Records Search prior to employment. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. To all others, thank you for your interest.

Posted On
May 23, 2024
Closing Date & Time

Job Type
Job Category
ECE, EA and Support Staff
District Facilities Centre
$26.77 per hour with an attractive benefit package which includes: Municipal Pension, health, vacation & sick benefits
Employment Start Date
Start Immediately
Mandatory Document
  • Resume