Custodian (2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

JOB TITLE: Custodian (2 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.)

DIVISION: Facilities Management

DEPARTMENT: Housekeeping

REPORTS TO: Manager, Housekeeping



SUMMARY: The Housekeeper will perform the general cleaning throughout the Saint Louis Zoo.  This position will also support event set-ups as needed.  As an active member of Facilities Management, this position will support the Zoo’s mission and advocate the Zoo’s core values and three keys.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following reflects Management’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict additional assigned tasks.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position.

  • Maintain the cleanliness of assigned Zoo buildings and Zoo Grounds during the overnight shift.
  • Use tools such as brooms, mops, leaf blowers, vacuums, etc. to keep designated areas clean and free of debris.
  • Ensure that proper safety guidelines and usage of PPE are maintained at all times.
  • Know and understand the Zoo employee handbook and adhere to all stated disciplinary actions and personnel policies.
  • Work in close collaboration with all Zoo internal departments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of this position.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Prior custodial of facilities maintenance experience preferred.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Good attendance record and work ethic. 
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • All successful candidates for this position will be required to submit to a criminal background check and drug test.
  • COVID vaccinations are required for this position.


  • Must be physically able to walk Zoo Grounds for long periods.
  • Must be able to assist in the set-up of tables and chairs for Zoo events. 
  • Must be able to push, pull, bend, squat, stoop, climb stairs, and twist many times a day.
  • Must be able to safely lift, carry and load of 75 pounds.


  • This position will work in both an indoor office environment and outside.  Significant exposure to weather is possible.