Hiawatha USD 415 is currently accepting applications for custodians. Applications can be obtained at the Board of Education office 706 S 1st St. or by calling 785-742-2224.

Classified Application

Job Description:

PURPOSE: Keeps all assigned facilities clean, sanitary and in orderly conditions; maintains grounds, provides classroom and program support by performing duties assigned by Building Principal.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (Other duties may be assigned)

  • Performs housekeeping duties which shall include but not be limited to the following: sweeps, dusts, strips, scrubs, mops, polishes, waxes, buffs and vacuums hallways, stairs, classrooms and offices; empties all inside and outside trash containers; assists with periodic or emergency classroom clean-up duties.
  • Performs facility, mechanical and equipment duties which shall include but not be limited to the following:
  • Reports need for minor/major repairs to lighting, heating, and ventilating systems or equipment to building administrator, promptly.
  • Performs grounds keeping duties which shall include but not be limited to the following:
  • Keeps grounds/playing fields in preparatory condition;
  • Picks up litter, cleans grounds; cleans snow and debris from sidewalks; assists in emergency clean-up or removal of snow/debris.
  • Assists by moving, hauling and rearranging furniture as classroom or building revisions are made.
  • Assists with moving, setting up and storage of audio visual, classroom equipment and/or curriculum materials.
  • Picks up, hauls and delivers equipment and supplies.
  • Assists in cautioning staff about constraints in the safe use of equipment, facilities or property.
  • Follows written and oral directions for job duties; stays alert to and reports emergency situations; abides by district safety standards.
  • Uses cleaning implements, equipment, machinery and vehicles provided by the district to accomplish job tasks including but not limited to sweepers and vacuums, scrubbers, waxers and buffers, snow blowers, weed eaters etc.; uses vehicles to haul items required by the school.
  • Manages job requirements with physical mobility to move from place to place (walks, stands, sits, pushes, pulls, lifts up to 75 pounds on a daily basis, moves); and, uses large, heavy equipment.
  • Manages job requirements with ability to access remote areas of buildings including unstable surfaces and areas with construction debris; climbs ladders and scaffolds; crawls through tunnels and other limited areas as necessary.
  • Manages job requirements with physical dexterity to use small basic hand tools in simple procedures (changes bulbs, minor repair to plumbing equipment, etc.)
  • Manages job requirements with ability to communicate and make observations and recommendations.
  • Be available on assigned weekends for building check.
  • Attends in-service training.


  • Performs minor repairs and adjustments.
  • Removes/replaces broken glass and light bulbs; assists with minor repair of furniture, shades or blinds.
  • Performs lunchroom custodial services.
  • Hauls supplies and equipment.
  • Assists with equipment storage.


  • Must support district mission, goals and objectives.
  • Must meet all safety requirements as directed by the District.
  • Must complete annual training as required by District.
  • Must score at least a 3 on the Fit 4 Duty Evaluation.
  • Evaluation performed annually by Director of Maintenance and Principal.

CONTRACT LENGTH: This position is a 12 month position.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Experience preferred, but not required.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (SKILLS/ABILITIES): Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively with vendors, administrators and staff.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the school community

  • Effectively utilize district e-mail.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situation.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints and interacting with the public and other workers. Occasionally, the position requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours; direct responsibility for the safety; well-being or work output of other people; and meet multiple demands from several people.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Moderate environmental conditions 2/3 of time; wet, hot and cold condition 1/3 of time; moderate noise levels. Maybe required to wear protective equipment including gloves for exposure control under limited circumstances.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.