Weekend Shelter Custodian

September 2, 2022
Job Type
Ministry Unit/Dept:
Salary Range:
$17.00 - $20.00 per hour
45746 Yale Road Chilliwack, BC V2P 2N4
Posting Expires:
October 14, 2022
Applications Accepted By:
Attention: Scott Armstrong, Shelter Manager. E-mail: ScottA@salvationarmychilliwack.ca. Please mention the 'Job Title' in the subject line of your email.


The Custodian reports to the Shelter and Outreach Manager or designates and works in accordance with the mission and philosophy of The Salvation Army and its Policies and Procedures.  Duties and responsibilities include performing a variety of maintenance and repairs to buildings, grounds and equipment in one or more areas such as electrical, plumbing and painting.  The incumbent also performs a variety of cleaning duties such as sweeping, mopping floors, vacuuming, dusting, and washing walls, windows and ceilings. The incumbent is responsible for maintaining the landscaping plants, grounds, and other outside areas in good condition, including smoking areas and dog run. The position reports to the Shelter & Outreach Manager.

Terms of employment:

  • Part-Time  (22.5 hours per week)



  1. Performs a variety of cleaning duties to ensure the cleanliness of the facilities including attention to toilets and bathing rooms, walls, floors, sinks, kitchen area(s), trash containers and windows through methods such as sweeping, vacuuming, washing, mopping, disinfecting and waxing. Encourages and supports clients to assist.
  2. Performs a variety of maintenance and repair duties by performing duties such as repairing the furniture, constructing shelves, installing switches, replacing plugs and other basic appliance repairs, applying paint and other finishes, repairing drywall, disassembling and reassembling equipment, replacing sinks and toilets and applying finishing material such as linoleum. Liaison with appropriate trades for any repairs beyond the scope. Prepares estimates of maintenance and repair costs for submission to supervisor.
  3. Performs a variety of work related to contractors including monitoring work performed by contractors, contacting external contractors and tradespeople to obtain quotes, and arranging for major repairs and maintenance work.
  4. Performs a variety of preventative maintenance duties to ensure emergency backup systems function according to established standards by performing duties such as testing systems, replacing batteries, and ensuring door alarms are on and working.
  5. Maintains a safe environment by performing duties such as security checks on the building exterior and interior, restricting unauthorized access to the building and liaising with the staff and if necessary with the police to report any suspicious activities.
  6. Maintains the landscaping plants, grounds, and other outside areas in good condition, including smoking areas and dog run. Coordinates for snow removal, and the repairs or replacements of outside furnishings as required.
  7. Performs a variety of garbage duties such as removing garbage from premises, emptying wall needle disposal units into bulk disposal, keeping garbage container area clear and monitoring disposal service pick-up; advises management of any problems.
  8. Monitors the condition and cleanliness of tenant rooms, assisting clients as needed to maintain rooms in good and clean condition, aiding tenants with minor maintenance and repair work, and reporting concerns to the Building Manager.
  9. Maintains the exterior of the facilities and grounds by performing duties such as washing sidewalks, walls and windows, collecting litter and picking up leaves.
  10. Monitors maintenance and cleaning supplies by performing duties such as placing purchase orders with external suppliers, receiving supplies, checking invoices against orders and goods received, storing and distributing supplies and contacting suppliers to obtain and provide general information.
  11. Participates as a team member with other staff to ensure a safe and caring environment by performing duties such as responding to emergency issues and supporting others through methods such as sharing knowledge and information. Welcomes client participation in the upkeep and maintenance of the shelter.
  12. Observes clients and their environments to ensure the safety of clients and the premises by performing duties such as reporting unsafe conditions, incidents, and/or behaviors, interacting with clients including observing client behavior, investigating disturbances, dealing with client emergencies in accordance with guidelines and reporting incidents to appropriate staff or authorities. Records observations for communication to other staff and the Manager
  13. Maintains related manual and computerized records by performing duties such as completing documentation for maintenance and repairs performed and log book on client interactions.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training, and Experience including lifeskills:

  • General familiarity with cleaning and maintenance procedures
  • Grade 12 minimum education
  • One year of prior related experience
  • Crisis Intervention Skills Training is an asset

Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • Background check consent.
  • A clear vulnerable sector screening.
  • A clean drivers abstract.
  • Completion of our online Armatus Abuse Training and required Health and Safety training.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation.   If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements. 

We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Internal Applicants, please advise your managing supervisor of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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