Janitor - Shelter on DTES

Vancouver, BC Full-time $21.63/hour

First United is a social service agency working in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver supporting vulnerable community members struggling with issues such as poverty, addiction and mental health. If it is your desire to make a difference for people, this is the purpose filled work for you. We look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity. 

We are seeking applications for the position of Janitor for our Downtown Eastside 50 bed shelter.  If it is your desire to make a difference doing purposeful work, come and join us supporting folks with numerous challenges including poverty, homelessness, addictions and mental health.  The Janitor will ensure we have a clean, safe, tidy and sanitary environment for our residents.

The wages are currently under review presently. We expect that there will be increases once bargaining is complete. 

 POSITION TITLE:           Janitor (Part-Time, 30 hours, Friday - Monday 9am-5pm)

DEPARTMENT:                Shelter
REPORTS TO:                  Shelter Manager

DATE:                                May 2023



A neighborhood where every person’s worth is celebrated and all people thrive.


We seek a just society, nurturing spirits through ministry, housing, advocacy and community services.

 Each job within the First United Church Community Ministry Society should in some way promote our accomplishment of this vision and mission.




This position’s objective  is to keep the all church areas clean and tidy including the offices, washrooms of the Church, outside stairs, driveway and sidewalk.



·       Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing or vacuuming

·       Gather and empty trash

·       Service, clean and supply restrooms

·       Clean windows inside and outside (where accessible), glass, and mirrors using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges and squeegees

·       Dust furniture, walls, ceilings and equipment.

·       Fix toilets that are running or plugged

·       Clean ventilation system intake and output grills

·       Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications and WHMIS requirements

·       Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures

·       Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors

·       Clean and restore building interiors damaged by vandalism including painting as required

·       Monitor building security and safety by locking doors, garbage bins, etc as required and alerting Shelter staff when assistance is needed

·       Move heavy furniture, equipment and supplies either manually or by using vehicles

·       Notify management concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems

·       Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways and outside the loading dock using snow shovels and spread snow melting chemicals

·       Complete requisitions for supplies and equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties and submit to the Operations Manager

·       Perform preventative maintenance inside and outside the building upon request of the Operations Manager

·       Set up, arrange and remove decorations, tables, chairs, ladders and scaffolding to prepare rooms for events such as meeting, dinners, etc.

·       Maintain overall building appearance including watering plants, changing light bulbs, ensuring signage is free from graffiti, etc.

·       Ensure cleanliness of bunk beds by cleaning with disinfectant and spraying insecticides for bed bugs using proper WHMIS practices.

·       Maintain bunk beds to ensure the safety of employees and Shelter Residents by ensuring safety railing and screws are fastened correctly

·       Ensure laundry is completed daily.

·       Other duties, as required.



The incumbent works fairly independently.  If clarification is required, it is expected that the incumbent will request further direction from the Operations Manager.


·       Regular communication is maintained with all levels of staff and management.

·       Communication is also maintained with management and co-workers as work is assigned and completed, and information exchanged on an ongoing basis.


  • Ability to maintain a calm, welcoming, empathetic and professional demeanor with vulnerable and/or marginalized individuals.
  • Ability to avoid engaging in incidents with staff, Community Members and volunteers.
  • Good physical condition with ability to lift up to 25 kilograms.
  • Ability to read and understand chemical labels.
  • Ability to work different shifts and to maintain a good attendance and on time record.
  • A driver’s license that is valid for the past ten (10) years is a plus.
  • Good command of written and verbal English



·       Grade 12 

·       Janitorial training an asset, WHIMIS



·       Experience in a non-profit related environment, e.g. shelter, group home, recovery house, low-income housing


We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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