CAW - Senior Caretaker

Revision Date: October 2001
Classification: Senior Caretaker
Unit: C.A.W.
Hay Point Range: N/A


The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the entire physical plant of the University including construction, renovations, the provision of utility services and the care and maintenance of all properties.

Under general supervision, the Senior Caretaker is responsible for the provision of the maintenance of grounds and caretaking services within buildings in assigned areas including assisting with directing and training staff, controlling equipment and materials, assisting in the work as necessary and maintaining related records.
These positions require coverage on a three shift basis: day, afternoon and night, and may involve an assignment to work any of the three shifts.


  • Acts as a group leader to ensure efficient completion of tasks, projects and assignments as directed by the Supervisor.
  • As directed, makes frequent inspection in and around buildings to ensure good standards of maintenance and cleanliness in student areas, offices, classrooms, lounges, halls, stairways, building entrances and immediate vicinity.
  • Maintains and controls stocks of cleaning materials in buildings within assigned areas.
  • Reports all malfunctions of building systems and equipment appropriately; e.g. lighting, heating, plumbing, air conditioning, etc.
  • Performs caretaking duties as required.
  • Performs grounds maintenance duties around immediate buildings.
  • Assists in implementing, and provides, on-the-job training programs for new employees and upgrading job knowledge of experienced employees.
  • Maintains records of equipment and ensures that equipment is properly maintained. May carry out minor maintenance, e.g., oil hinges, replace slides on chairs and maintain caretaking equipment.
  • Reports absenteeism to supervisor.
  • Participates in or directs testing of new cleaning equipment and materials as directed.
  • Provides services to special facilities including Max Bell Sports Centre, Stadium and swimming pool.
  • May be required to perform other related duties as assigned.


  • The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • High school completion.


  • An acceptable number of years of related experience.
  • Experience in directing and/or training staff preferred.
  • An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Must have a valid Driver's licence covering the operation of all vehicles used.
  • Must be able to exercise initiative and independent judgement.
  • Must be able to operate a personal computer.
  • Must be able to maintain accurate records.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in English (both orally and in writing) and to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Must be able to communicate and relate well with staff, students, University Departments, organizers of functions and the public.
  • Must have a good knowledge of methods, equipment and materials used in providing related services.
  • Must be able to successfully complete established job-related training programs (e.g., WHMIS, etc.).
  • Must be willing to work any of day, afternoon, or night shifts.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be physically capable of performing the duties as assigned.
  • Must be able to perform heavy and repetitive lifting, bending, stretching, etc.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb ladders.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.

"In accordance with the University's Health and Safety Policy, and in support of the Workplace Safety and Health Act, Physical Plant is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all staff and students. 

Physical Plant will instruct all employees to complete an Orientation Workshop, normally during the first day on the job, and the Health and Safety Orientation Module, normally during the probation period.  Employees will also be instructed to complete various workshops, such as Asbestos Awareness, etc. during the first year of employment depending upon an individual's classification."


Questions or Comments? Contact Jindra Vancura at (204) 474-8288