Caretaker Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Caretaker, or Janitor or a Site Manager, takes care of the security and maintenance of community buildings. Their duties include cleaning, performing simple repairs and maintenance tasks and performing security checks for the buildings in their care.


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Caretaker duties and responsibilities

The duties of Caretakers vary, depending on their place of work. However, some of their common responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning the building or supervising a team of Cleaners
  • Gardening and performing landscape duties or supervising others in these roles
  • Inspecting the building, including heating, cooling, lighting and alarm systems to make sure they are in good working order
  • Performing basic repairs and maintenance tasks as required
  • Sourcing, booking and supervising contractors for major repairs
  • Monitoring cleaning materials, tools, and furniture and reordering as required
  • Managing bookings for any buildings or rooms available for hire
  • Opening building at the start of the day and locking all doors and windows when not in operation
  • Adhering to the company’s safety policies to create a safe working environment for everyone


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Example 1

*About us* Outcomes First Group *Job Title: * Caretaker *Location: * The Holden School, Leigh *Salary: * Up to £17,500 per annum *Hours: * Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4pm *Contract: * Permanent *Can you enrich the lives of young people as a Caretaker?* We are looking for a responsible, hands-on Caretaker to join our fantastic team at The Holden School, Leigh. As Caretaker, you will help support our children and young people in their daily lives, by ensuring our sites are well maintained and equipped to meet their needs. This is a great opportunity to work as part of a team committed to helping children with varied and complex needs. You will take pride in maintaining our school, from day to day repairs to completing risk assessments, carrying out security procedures, checking equipment and contributing to school development projects. For many of our children, consistency is key, and our Caretaker take time to make sure everything is as it should be for us to run smoothly and safely. When it comes to looking after our children, we never settle for second best. We are looking for a Caretaker, who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world. Previous experience in a similar setting would be great but isn’t essential as full training will be given, and the right DIY skills, motivation, and personal qualities are just as important. These roles are ideal for people with skills in maintenance, DIY and health and safety, looking for a new role that makes a real difference to children’s lives and futures. You will be quality focused, efficient, able to work at pace, and motivated to help us provide a safe, caring environment where every child can thrive. Driving Licence essential *About us: * The Holden School is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 16, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life. We are a Therapeutic Led Trauma Informed School providing individualised curriculums for our young people supported by our Class Teams, our Wellbeing Team and our own Therapists. We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them academically and socially, to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live. Acorn Education & Care is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable children and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care. *Why join us?* We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme. As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities. Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference. *Acorn Education and Care is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully* Reference ID: 136884 *Outcomes First Group provided the following inclusive hiring information: * We are an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: Up to £17,500.00 per year Schedule: * 8 hour shift Work remotely: * No

Example 2

School name: St Mary’s C of E Primary School EN4 School address: Littlegrove, East Barnet, Herts EN4 8SR Tel: 020 8449 5856 Email: office@[website] Headteachers: Mel Adams & Maria Constantinou Post Title: Non Resident Caretaker Salary: £23,406 - £24,693 according to experience Apply by: Midday on Friday 18 June 2021 Interview Date: during week commencing 21 June 2021 We are looking for candidates who: have experience of working as a Caretaker or in a similar role have knowledge of procedure and policies in relation to school security and relevant health and safety are able to use basic tools to undertake minor maintenance repairs are able to use equipment to maintain grounds, ie mowing grass, hedge trimming, weeding etc can oversee the work of contractors including cleaning staff can organise/prioritise duties/tasks in response to changing/conflicting demands can support and develop the school ethos with children, parents, staff and governors are a team player with strong interpersonal skills there is a requirement for an additional 4 hours per week paid at x1.25 salary If you are confident that you have the skills to work in our school then we want to receive your application. For an application form and further details please visit the school website [website] Completed application forms should be returned to the school via email to We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. We do not accept CV’s.

Example 3

Summary This is not a Wiltshire Council vacancy therefore please contact Wellington Primaries for further information. Wellington Lions and Wellington Eagles Primary Academies are looking to recruit two part-time Caretakers. We are looking for a Caretaker who has a positive and proactive approach to work and a commitment to providing excellent customer service to join our friendly team who are helping to create an exceptional place of learning. The key of this role will be to ensure that the general maintenance, cleaning and security of the school site is upheld to an exceptionally high standard and the maintenance of the premises, both internally and externally, is in a clean, safe and secure condition for all our stakeholders. Our successful candidates will have previous caretaking experience and be able to use their initiative to work independently, as well as part of the wider premises team, to ensure the upkeep of the site. Required for: August 2021 on a permanent contract Hours: Up to 30 hours per week, Term Time plus one additional week (shifts available: 07:00 to 13:00 or 12:00 to 18:00) Actual Salary: Based on 30 hours, Term Time plus one additional week: £12,066 to £12,689 per annum. Defined Local Government Pension Scheme Closing Date: 12:00 on 24th June 2021 Interviews: Week commencing 28th June 2021

Example 4

*School Caretaker – Grade 4* The Governing Body of Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Rhydywaun wishes to appoint a dedicated and enthusiastic school caretaker to take up a full-time post at the school. Applications are invited from energetic individuals with motivation to join our highly committed and successful team of staff. The successful candidate is expected to be passionate about the role and ready to contribute to an ambitious school ethos and vision. The School Caretaker reports directly to the Estates Manager and, as a team, they are responsible for the efficient and high-quality running of the school site. As part of this team, the Caretaker will support and manage the creation of an excellent, highly organized work and learning environment that can be shared by the whole school community. The post holder will be expected to demonstrate good thinking and problem solving skills and the ability to prioritise appropriately for this post. This is a happy and successful school established in 1995 that provides Welsh medium education for the young people of the Merthyr Tydfil and Cynon Valley area. It is located on the outskirts of Aberdare town on a fantastic campus built especially for it. Extension work on site has already begun with a new 3G pitch and floodlights. Work will also continue with a Sports Hall and a new block of teaching rooms. There are now over 1100 pupils at the school and it is anticipated that the school will have over 1250 pupils by 2022. With significant growth in the school over the next few years and the dynamic and developing nature of the school, there are a range of career development opportunities available moving forward. *Gofalwr Ysgol – Gradd 4* Dymuniad Corff Llywodraethol Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Rhydywaun yw penodi Gofalwr Ysgol ymroddedig a chymwys i ymgymryd â swydd llawn amser yn yr ysgol. Gwahoddir ceisiadau gan unigolion egnïo â chymhelliant i ymuno â'n tîm staff ymroddgar a llwyddiannus iawn. Disgwylir i'r ymgeisydd fod yn angerddol dros y rôl ac yn barod i gyfrannu at ethos a gweledigaeth ysgol sy’n uchelgeisiol. Mae'r Gofalwr yn adrodd yn uniongyrchol i'r Rheolwr Safle ac, fel tîm, maent yn gyfrifol o dan broses gytûn o reoli llinell am redeg safle'r ysgol yn effeithiol ac at ansawdd uchel. Bydd y gofalwr yn cefnogi a rheoli creu amgylchedd gwaith a dysgu rhagorol, trefnus iawn y gall holl gymuned yr ysgol ei rannu. Disgwylir i ddeiliad y swydd ddangos sgiliau datrysproblemau a'r gallu i flaenoriaethu tasgau yn briodol i'r swydd hon. Ysgol hapus a llwyddiannus a sefydlwyd ym 1995 yw hon sy’n darparu addysg cyfrwng Cymraeg i ieuenctid ardal Merthyr Tudful a Chwm Cynon. Fe'i lleolir ar gyrion tref Aberdâr ar gampws gwych a godwyd yn arbennig ar ei chyfer. Mae gwaith ehangu ar y safle eisoes wedi cychwyn gyda chae 3G a llifoleuadau newydd. Bydd y gwaith yn parhau gyda Neuadd Chwaraeon a bloc ystafelloedd dysgu newydd hefyd. Mae dros 1100 o ddisgyblion yn yr ysgol erbyn hyn a rhagwelir y bydd dros 1250 o ddisgyblion yn yr ysgol erbyn 2022. Gyda thwf sylweddol yn yr ysgol dros y blynyddoedd nesaf a natur ddeinamig a datblygol yr ysgol, ceir ystod o gyfleoedd datblygu sgiliau, cymwysterau a gyrfa wrth symud ymlaen. Reference ID: Caretaker June 2021 Application Deadline: 18/06/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £18,933.00 per year Benefits: * Flexible schedule * On-site parking * Sick pay Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday Ability to commute/relocate: * Aberdare CF44 9ES (preferred) Experience: * cleaning/caretaking/maintenance: 1 year (preferred) Language: * Welsh (preferred) * driving license (preferred)

Example 5

Are you an experienced Caretaker used to caring for the maintenance of a building? Have you overseen planned maintenance duties and overseen 3rd party contractors? Have you worked in Purpose Built Student Accommodation or a similar setting? If the answer is yes then we’d love to hear from you. The role As a Caretaker you will maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the entire site, carry out basic maintenance work within the site(s) and report any health and safety issues or/and compliance concerns. Qualifications and Experience Previous Caretaking experience in a same or similar role [website] Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), Hospitality, Leisure, Sales setting is desirable. About us At Hello Student our properties are some of the best in the market and our friendly and approachable colleagues get to know our students, so that we provide a more personal service. This Hello Student approach – combined with the smaller size and individual character of our buildings - helps to build a strong sense of community, encouraging students to stay with us in future years. In short, we offer our students, “homes, not halls”. We’ve almost 100 purpose built student accommodation buildings, located in 29 cities in the UK. Over 9,000 students live with us and this is growing as we expand in 2020 and 2021. Our buildings are in exceptional locations, often with great character and individuality. We choose sites close to the universities and amenities of the cities in which they’re located. Hello Student is a proud member of the Living Wage Foundation, we believe that a hard day's work deserves a fair day's so we've made an ongoing commitment to pay all our colleagues the Real Living Wage, higher than the National Living Wage set by Government. Hello Student is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, sexual orientation or age. Benefits; * 8% pension (4% employer / employee) contribution * Life cover * Have your birthday off! * Service Award Scheme (one day per year up to 5 years’ service) * Access to Reward Gateway and enjoy discounts with a number of leading retailers * 25 days holiday entitlement (pro rata for part time colleagues) Part Time Hours: 20 hours per week Job Types: Part-time, Permanent Salary: £9.75 per hour Benefits: * Company events * Company pension * Life insurance * Sick pay * Store discounts Experience: * Caretaking: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

What does a Caretaker do?

A Caretaker makes sure a building and its grounds are secure and in good condition at all times. They care for key buildings in their communities, including schools, flats, community centres, gyms and shopping centres. Some Caretakers work on a single building while others, called Mobile Caretakers, travel and care for a selection of buildings. Caretakers make sure relevant members of the community can use the buildings safely and comfortably. They also keep buildings safe to reduce the costs associated with theft, vandalism and major repairs.


Caretaker skills and qualifications

Caretakers rely on their technical skills and soft skills to maintain buildings. A successful Caretaker candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include: 

  • Basic DIY skills and in-depth understanding of maintenance procedures
  • Problem-solving skills for addressing safety and maintenance concerns
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for giving instructions to contractors and support crews
  • Organisation, multi-tasking and scheduling skills
  • Customer service skills for positive dealings with building owners and administrators
  • Research and networking skills for sourcing the best external contractors
  • Negotiation skills for securing contractors at the best price
  • First aid for helping contractors or members of the community requiring basic medical care on site


Caretaker experience requirements

Caretakers often don’t need any experience, as most employers provide comprehensive training. This training teaches Caretakers about the particular building and its requirements. However, caretaking experience is always preferred. Experience working in a similar caretaking environment is beneficial. Related experience, including experience in building maintenance, gardening, electrics, cleaning or plumbing is also useful.


Caretaker education and training requirements

Caretakers don’t usually need any special education or training. Some employers may ask for candidates with GCSEs in mathematics and English. These qualifications can also help aspiring Caretakers gain relevant apprenticeships. Someone with property maintenance or facilities services operative intermediate apprenticeship would make an excellent candidate. Candidates holding relevant Level 2 certificates are favoured. Certificates in property, caretaking and facilities services, cleaning and support service skills and support work in schools are all useful for Caretakers.


Caretaker salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Caretaker in the UK is £10.04 per hour . Salaries vary according to experience, certification and the employer and their location.


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Caretaker job description FAQs


How can I feel confident my Caretaker is of good character?

You can ask your Caretaker for a Disclosure and Barring Service check to learn more about their character. This is an excellent idea for Caretakers working at schools, community centres or other buildings that children visit. You may like to state in your job description that employment is contingent on passing this background check.


What qualities make a good Caretaker?

Caretakers become part of the communities they work in, so they must be cheerful and approachable people. As the Caretaker is ultimately responsible for a building’s maintenance and security, they must be reliable and trustworthy. They must also be self-motivated and able to work on their own, yet just as comfortable working as part of a team as required. Good physical fitness is important, as Caretakers often need to lift and carry heavy items.


What is the Difference Between a Caretaker and a Property Manager?

Both of these professionals are responsible for the care of buildings. However, Caretakers have a more hands-on role than Property Managers. Property Managers take care of administrative tasks, such as paying bills and signing contracts. They often perform their duties off-site, unlike Caretakers who always work on site. If a Property Manager is on site, Caretakers will often report to them before hiring contractors and making other major decisions.

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