What does a Lead Janitor do?

Janitors keep buildings such as schools, office spaces, hospitals, retail stores, and residential buildings clean and in good condition. Their primary responsibility is as a cleaner, but in many cases janitors also perform security and maintenance tasks. While most janitors work indoors, some work outdoors part of the time, for example removing snow or sweeping walkways.

A formal education is not required. Most janitors hold a high school degree. The work can be physically demanding and many janitors work evening hours because office buildings and schools are typically cleaned when they are empty.

What responsibilities are common for Lead Janitor jobs?
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Clean and supply restrooms
  • Remove waste and empty trash
  • Maintain cleaning chart indicating areas that were cleaned and inspected
  • Replenish cleaning and maintenance supplies
  • Organize janitorial storage areas
  • Notify supervisors about unsafe conditions or concerning the need for repairs or maintenance
What are the typical qualifications for Lead Janitor jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Ability to observe safety and security procedures and to comply with policies
  • Ability to read and interpret written information; ability to write clear statements; ability to communicate orally
  • Must be able to do physical work and operate power equipment normally found in janitorial operations
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow schedules and keep commitments
  • Ability to follow directions from a supervisor
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism
  • Must be able to manage time efficiently and to work individually as well as within a team
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Avg. Experience8+ years

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13 Jan 2022

“I was a janitor but worked a job as a chef/caterer also which was very stressful and unpleasant.”

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18 Aug 2020

“I really see them as a family and definately have formed great friendships in my time at Stations.”

21 Jun 2021

“Amazon is the best place to learn best practices in software development and also find your career path.”

30 Nov 2021

“The perks are good although I feel the compensation is not as per the industry standards.”

Shaun International
31 Oct 2020

“I don't have to work long hours but I still get paid a decent amount.”

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8 May 2022

“The pay isn’t worth it because you’re not actually getting $15 an hour.”

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7 Mar 2021

“Fun and money is good and tips”

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27 Jan 2021

“It was clean and nice to work”

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