The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), where twelve world-class, mission-driven programs are directed by full-time faculty and other renowned professionals. Lab staff teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, collect and disseminate world-famous digital resources on biodiversity, and engage with partner organizations and citizens around the world to conduct scientific research and conservation actions. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.
The Ornithology complex includes the Johnson Center, a state of the art research, museum and public facility consisting of 92,000 GSF, and the Ornithology Maintenance Building that houses a shop, equipment storage, and a research service area and shop totaling 6,400 GSF.
Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Custodian to perform comprehensive custodial maintenance and event support duties for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Specific duties include:
Serve as one of three team members responsible for cleaning assigned areas following established procedures and in accordance with departmental needs and standards. These duties may include, but are not limited to: mopping, stripping and waxing floors; vacuuming and shampooing carpets; spot cleaning walls and baseboards; dusting, including light fixtures and HVAC vents & diffusers; washing windows and glass display cases; cleaning & disinfecting toilets, urinals and sinks; filling towel and soap dispensers; cleaning whiteboards; cleaning & disinfecting water fountains; emptying general trash, non-hazardous-non-infectious lab trash and recyclables ensuring that all guidelines and protocols are followed.
Set up facility-owned or rented tables, chairs, risers, podium, portable PA system, and Audio/Visual systems as required for events.
Assist with snow and ice removal when necessary.
Clean staff kitchen appliances, staff refrigerators and microwaves.
Act as the first line of response (following outlined emergency contact procedures) for any building emergencies that arise during absence of supervisor, facilities coordinator or Senior Director of Administration.
Maintain open and respectful communications with custodial team, supervisor, Lab staff, and the public.
Participate in team meetings, relevant training and meet regularly with supervisor to review activities and provide feedback.
Serve as one of the three team members responsible for the safe transport of faculty, staff, and students between campus and the Lab of Ornithology via the Lab shuttle. 3 to 5 shuttle runs are provided Monday through Friday throughout the day during the academic year.
Serve as one of three team members who receive, sort and deliver all incoming packages via Federal Express, UPS and USPS.
The schedule for this position is 1:00pm to 9:30pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00pm to 8:30pm on Friday. Some weekend work and weekly schedules may fluctuate depending on special event will be required based on event schedules. All custodians participate in working special events on a rotational basis.
Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references.
High School Diploma or equivalent.
Ability to read, understand and communicate in English.
Prior custodial and event set up experience of at least one to two years.
Must have a record of excellent attendance and dependability.
Proven customer service skills are a must.
Experience with and knowledge of commercial cleaning equipment and methods including floor scrubbers, polishers, and vacuums.
Experience maintaining various floor finishes.
Ability to resolve questions and accomplish most tasks under general supervision.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and clean driving record; must be able to drive standard transmission and cargo vehicles.
Obtain and maintain Large Van Driver Training certification through CU Fleet Garage.
Demonstrated ability to operate related power equipment.
Ability to lift 75 pounds and to climb/work comfortably and safely on an 8'stepladder.
Ability to assume responsibility and to respond appropriately in emergency situations in the absence of supervisor and/or after normal business hours.
Proven ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others and build good working relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals.
Strive at all times to be diplomatic and courteous.
Must be able to work afternoon shift, 1:00PM to 9:30PM; weekends and evenings when necessary, some of which will be overtime.
Proven organizational skills and attention to detail.
Illustrate a proven track record of successfully providing exceptional customer service.
Ability to work well with others while creating a high-quality and respectful work environment.
Related experience or ability to learn within 60 to 90 days A/V and/or video teleconferencing equipment (set up operation, and basic troubleshooting) and computer knowledgeable of Power Point, Word, and electronic mail and calendar systems.
Prior experience with mailroom distribution duties. Knowledge of the campus and community.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply.
Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
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