Alexandria, VA
$31,417.10 - $50,145.94 Annually
Feb 25, 2023
Mar 25, 2023
Full Time
City of Alexandria, Virginia

Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Custodian Position

The City of Alexandria is in Northern Virginia bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington, and Fairfax counties. Once within the original boundary stones that demarked the area of the Nation’s Capital, Alexandria is a part of the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. With a population of approximately 157,600 Alexandria is the sixth largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Unique and historic, Alexandria is a place that is experiencing substantial redevelopment appeal and business growth opportunities because of a high market demand for urban living in a quality environment. About one-quarter of the City’s 15.47 square miles has been designated as a national or local historic district.

The City of Alexandria is an independent city with no county affiliation and derives its governing authority from a Charter granted by the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia is a Dillon Rule state, allowing local governments only the authority expressly granted to them by the Virginia Constitution or by the Virginia General Assembly in the City Charter or in general law. City Council is the governing body, which formulates policies for the administration of the City. The mayor is chosen on a separate ballot and presides over sessions of the Council.

The Department is comprised of four operating Divisions: Park Services, Recreation Services, Cultural Activities and Leadership & Management.
  • The mission of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities is to enrich the City of Alexandria by creating meaningful experiences through public spaces, cultural activities, and programming.
  • The Department’s vision is to improve the well-being of every person in our community by connecting them to each other and their environment.

If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for the Custodian Position for the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities (RPCA).

Park Services Overview
The Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department (RPCA) supports the well-being of Alexandria’s residents by ensuring access to a variety of quality recreation, park, and cultural experiences. There are over 900 acres of publicly accessible open space (this includes both 566 acres of publicly owned park land and private land that is open for public use), and approximately 30,000 street trees. The Division works to support a full range of programs, facilities, and parks. The Division Chief manages an assigned operating budget and coordinates project management of capital improvement projects.


FY21 FY22 FY23 Personnel $6,234,643 $6,530,820 $7,564,729 Non-personnel $3,923,206 $4,979,280 $4,793,053 FTE 66.70 66.70 66.70 Yearly CIP $6.30 Million $13.30 Million $17.39 Million

The Custodian position reports to a Custodial Supervisor. The Department of Recreation, Parks, Cultural Activities is CAPRA accredited since 2004.

A Custodian performs routine manual tasks involving the custodial care and cleaning of public buildings. This work includes performing cleaning and minor maintenance tasks in an assigned building or building area. Primary responsibilities are to use proper methods, materials and equipment in cleaning and attending to the neatness and sanitation of buildings and/or equipment. An employee in this class works under close supervision, and activities follow a well-established routine.

Job Class Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Sweeps, mops, scrubs, buffs, and waxes floors.
  • Dusts and cleans offices and polishes furniture.
  • Washes windows, walls and mirrors.
  • Cleans, sanitizes and deodorizes restrooms and replenishes supplies.
  • Helps move office and building furniture and equipment and prepares rooms for meetings.
  • Replaces light bulbs, cleans and polishes brass, and unstops lavatories.
  • Empties waste cans,
  • Maintains a variety of cleaning equipment.
  • Notifies supervisor of materials that need to be ordered.
  • Reports more difficult and major repairs.
  • Performs minor maintenance and repairs.
  • Maintains immediate outdoor areas.
  • Raises and lowers flags.
  • Removes snow from sidewalks.
  • Loads and unloads large shipments of supplies.
  • Defrosts refrigerators.
  • Checks for and changes burnt out or defective light bulbs.
  • Reports damaged fixtures.
  • Monitors recycling and appropriately disposes of its contents.
  • Ensures ample copy paper is available near copiers on each floor of worksite.
  • Returns trash bins to the appropriate area after trash pick-up.
  • Performs related work as required.
RPCA Strategic Plan - Each leader is expected to implement the mission, vision, values, and the four focus areas as determined through business plans and the budget process. It is expected that all decisions will be made considering the values and focus areas.

Statement of Workplace Excellence - Every RPCA staff member has the right to a safe, healthy, efficient, and pleasant working environment where all organization members adhere to the highest standards of behavior, personal integrity, and truthfulness. Each staff member demonstrates full support and acts on deploying workplace excellence.

Shared Leadership Approach - We continually strive to gain the maximum amount of discretionary effort on the part of our staff members. All staff members are collectively responsible for our organizational community and have leadership roles. Everyone is a decision-maker within his or her job. We invite participation in solving organizational issues and constantly improving our operations.

Customer Service Guarantee - We are committed to delivering a consistently superior customer experience to all who participate in our programs or visit our parks and facilities. Service will be:
  • Responsive - respond in a timely manner to all residents and customers both external and internal. We own the request we receive and do not shift the responsibility.
  • Professional - represent the department in appropriate appearance, decorum, and communication.
  • Courteous - Treat everyone with respect. Treat everyone fairly. Treat everyone with dignity.
  • Accountable - Demonstrate a bias toward action. Ensure follow-up and follow-through with appropriate results.
Our most valued assets are engaged customers and staff members.

High Performance Organization

RPCA commits to building and sustaining a high-performance organization. This ensures a clear and consistent strategic direction. We continually focus on improving all aspects on internal and external operation. We also strive through workplace excellence and shared leadership to inspire staff to outstanding outcomes. Every job in the organization has elements of team leadership, management, and task accomplishment. HPO is team based.

What You Should Bring
Each member of our team is accountable for the outstanding delivery of services to the community. You will bring your expertise and experience in custodial care and knowledge of Green Seal cleaning standards and building inspections. You will share your passion and provide support and assistance to the Community. You will have the support of and work under the direction of the Building Coordinator.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; some knowledge of cleaning methods, materials and equipment; ability to exercise care in the use of cleaning materials for different types of surfaces; ability to follow simple oral and written instructions; ability to operate powered automatic scrubbers, buffers, and sweepers as required; ability to work safely without hazard to self and/or others; and sufficient physical strength to withstand the strain of working long hours in performing cleaning work. Must possess a valid driver's license from state of residence.

Preferred Qualifications

Two years prior experience in janitorial or related custodial work; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Prior training in the following areas: Green Seal Cleaning Standards; Bloodborne Pathogens; First Aid and CPR.


This position requires successful completion of a criminal records background check and drug screening prior to employment.