Student Job: St. Paul Student Center Student Custodian


Department: Facilities


  • Current University of Minnesota student. See student employment eligibility
  • Must work from oral and written instructions given by supervisors
  • Motivated individual who will seek out tasks
  • Able to work both independently and as a member of a team

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous cleaning experience
  • General knowledge of commercial cleaning methods

Title: Custodian

Job Code: 2223 Student Food Services/Labor/Security

Level: Entry

Essential Functions:

Custodians assist in the general cleaning of offices, meeting rooms, restrooms, lounges, etc. In the winter months, the custodial crews keep SPSC walkways, stairways, and entrances clear of snow. Custodians provide setups of tables and chairs for special events and meetings. Training in the proper use of cleaning equipment, materials, and chemicals will be provided

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 80% General cleaning , trash removal, snow removal. Execute room set-ups and tear-downs for event spaces.
  • 10% Event services projects and tasks, including assisting with EMS (Event Management System) notes, inventory, etc.
  • 10% Other duties as assigned

Opportunities for Skill Development on the Job:

Students participate in experiences outside the classroom which allow them to develop and demonstrate life skills. These skills and characteristics for success and citizenship are learned and refined during their college years and beyond. The Office for Student Affairs has developed seven Student Development Outcomes that the Student Unions & Activities has incorporated into the student employment system in the Unions. Here is a listing of the Student Development Outcomes with some examples of how you can learn or further develop your own skills set.


  • Meets basic expectations (e.g. wears t-shirt/uniform and name tag, stays busy, arrives on time for shift, attends work area meetings)
  • Acknowledges when mistakes/missed deadlines occur and knows when supervisor should be alerted
  • Shows professionalism regarding the use of custodial keys and radios


  • Seeks instruction from supervisor and asks when unclear of tasks, procedures, or how to correct errors
  • Develops knowledge of SUA services and operation and how to access information systems within SUA and the University
  • Works well as a team member to accomplish large tasks

Goal Orientation

  • Handles duties required on shift and seeks direction from supervisor as needed
  • Continually seeks to improve at work as well as the working environment


  • Demonstrates good verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Displays friendly and helpful attitude with customers and peers


  • Accepts instruction/constructive criticism from supervisor
  • Able to work through difficulties when they arise

Appreciation of Differences

  • Able to work with a diverse base of peers and customers
  • Treats all customers, peers and supervisor(s) respectfully
  • Helps others to complete work when own area is finished

Tolerance of Ambiguity

  • Maintains composure when confronted with last minute schedule changes and room set-up changes
  • Employs basic problem solving skills and looks to supervisor to find unknown information
  • Demonstrates a willingness to attempt new tasks

*The employer reserves the right to change or add duties to this position as long as the changes and/or additions are consistent with the job classification.