Custodial Technician I

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, Chabot Space & Science Center was founded as an observatory in 1883. Today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth. Chabot Space & Science Center is extremely proud of its reputation as one of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education.

Custodial Technician I Job Summary:

The Custodial Technician is responsible for maintaining cleanliness, order, and hygiene within a facility or building. This role plays a crucial part in ensuring a clean and safe environment for occupants, employees, and visitors. The Custodial Technician works under the supervision of the Building Manager or a more experienced technician and is responsible for learning and developing fundamental technical skills.


  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: Perform routine cleaning tasks, including sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming floors and surfaces. Clean and disinfect restrooms, kitchen areas, common spaces, and high-touch surfaces to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.
  • Waste Management: Empty trash bins, dispose of waste properly, and replace trash liners. Ensure waste is segregated and disposed of according to applicable regulations and guidelines.
  • Floor Care: Maintain cleanliness and appearance of floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, waxing, and buffing. Use appropriate cleaning agents and equipment to achieve desired results.
  • Window and Glass Cleaning: Clean windows, glass partitions, and mirrors to ensure a streak-free and clear appearance. Use appropriate cleaning solutions and tools for optimal results.
  • Restocking Supplies: Monitor and replenish cleaning supplies, restroom essentials, and other consumables as needed. Keep inventory of supplies and communicate with supervisors or procurement personnel for restocking.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Report any maintenance issues, damage, or equipment malfunctions to the appropriate department. Assist in basic maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, replacing air filters, and fixing minor plumbing issues.
  • Safety and Security: Maintain a safe working environment by promptly addressing potential safety hazards, such as spills or obstructions. Follow safety protocols and report any security concerns or suspicious activities to supervisors or designated personnel.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Coordinate with other janitorial staff and supervisors to ensure efficient and effective cleaning operations. Communicate any special cleaning requests or specific instructions received from management or clients.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Prior experience in janitorial or custodial work is required.
  • Knowledge of proper cleaning techniques, equipment usage, and cleaning agents.
  •  Familiarity with safety protocols and guidelines for handling cleaning chemicals.
  • Ability to follow instructions, work independently, and manage time effectively.
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality cleaning standards.
  • Good communication skills to interact with team members, supervisors, and occupants.


  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

Physical Requirements:

  • Physical stamina and the ability to lift heavy objects and be on your feet for extended periods of time.
  • Flexibility to work varied shifts, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as required by the facility.


This is a full-time nonexempt position.

Salary Range: $20-$23/ hr.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • 403b retirement plan for employees
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Reciprocal benefits for museum admission through the ASTC program
  • Free Chabot Space & Science Center membership
  • Discounts on Chabot’s café and museum gift shop

How to Apply

To apply, please submit cover letter, and resume to jobs@chabotspace.org

Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Our employees are people with differing strengths, experiences, and backgrounds who share a passion for bringing science to the full range of our community – sparking excitement about a universe of possibilities beyond our planet. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and many other parts of one’s identity. All our employee’s points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.