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Cleaner - Environmental Specialist

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Trades, Service, and Maintenance

Who we are:

For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Job Summary

The Department of Environmental Services seeks applicants to fill its opening for several Cleaner openings. Our Cleaners will maintain Institute standards of cleanliness in assigned areas to include but not limited to residence halls, apartments, academic buildings, classrooms, athletic/recreational facilities, offices, and service areas.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must demonstrate a stable work or educational history. Cleaning experience in an institutional setting is helpful, but not required. 

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred education is a high school diploma or equivalent 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to read, write, and perform basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions in English.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Good communication and customer service skills.
  • Ability to comply with standing instructions provided by operating manuals, material safety data sheets, safety rules and regulations for personal protection and safety regarding equipment and chemical usage.
  • Ability to operate cleaning equipment and sanitizing dispensing units.
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours which may include, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Basic knowledge of computers.
Job Responsibilities
  • Clean doors, glass in entrances, vacuum, sweep, mop and dust assigned areas, including corridors, stairwells, offices, lounges, kitchens, entrances, and properly remove trash and recycling to support the Institute’s sustainability initiatives.
  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms, maintaining proper level of supplies. Clean and disinfect showers if applicable. Clean laundry rooms & laundry equipment; locker rooms, classrooms including chalkboards, whiteboards, desks chairs and lecterns.
  • Clean laboratories according to the Laboratory Protocol. 
  • Complete detail and project cleaning for assigned areas.
  • During the summer session clean student rooms and change linens to prepare for summer conferences, summer classes and the fall semester.
  • Maintain janitor closets/storage areas in a clean organized manner. Order supplies as needed to maintain an adequate inventory. 
  • Ensure cleaning equipment is kept in good working condition; wipe down cleaning equipment after each use.
  • Work with building coordinator or designee to ensure building spaces are arranged according to building schedules and special events.  Set up tables and chairs for meetings/events and assist with moving furniture as requested. 
  • Shovel snow and apply ice melt in assigned areas and assist with additional areas as directed to maintain a safe campus environment. Monitor the snow and ice control process to ensure safe pedestrian travel across campus, and inform Supervisor of campus readiness.  Be available and respond to emergency call-in outside of assigned shift, including nights and weekends for snow removal operations. A paid shift differential will apply when a snow emergency is in effect.
  • Comply with standing instructions provided by operating sheets, safety rules and regulations for personal protection. 


Environmental Services: Various Shifts Currently Hiring for Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM


Local travel between campus locations only

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COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

As Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students back to campus for an in-person academic experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

In addition, Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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