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Requisition Number 17-0210
Post Date 10/5/2017
Title Custodian
City Tucson
State AZ

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) has an opening for a Custodian at the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO). This position performs cleaning, housekeeping and minor maintenance tasks involving the custodial care of buildings and premises.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for maintaining buildings and offices in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Dusts, cleans and empties wastebaskets and ashtrays in offices, shops and laboratories.
  • Sweeps, mops, scrubs and waxes floors.
  • Vacuums and shampoos carpet floor coverings.
  • Cleans restrooms and stocks dispensers, cleans walls and partitions.
  • Washes windows, blinds, walls and blackboards as required.
  • Responsible for the use of proper materials, methods and practices in cleaning.
  • Operates power equipment such as: floor scrubber and stripper, floor buffers, vacuum cleaners, clothes washer and dryer, cardboard and trash compactors.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Responsible for compliance with safe methods and practices and for reporting unsafe conditions or procedures.
  • Normally, graduation from high school or equivalent.
  • At least six months of general janitorial or related experience.
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Working knowledge of the materials, methods and practices essential to the cleaning of buildings.
  • Ability to cooperate with others.
  • Valid State driver’s license and a valid GSA permit issued by NOAO.
  • Ability to climb stairs and work at 6,800 feet altitude for sustained periods of time in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions

Please list 3 professional references in your application. Please include a cover letter and a resume or cv, in pdf format (preferred). Please reference Job #17-0210, Custodian, when applying. If you have any attachments please save them with the following format: 17-0210lastname_docname. Documents that cannot be uploaded with your application can be sent to:

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the National Solar Observatory (NSO), the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Gemini Observatory in the United States and Chile, under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.

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