The Salvation Army Chilliwack Modular Shelter
March 6, 2018
Chilliwack, Canada
Job Type
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Tim Bohr, Community Ministries Director, Email:
Closing date
March 13, 2018


Interested applicants must apply in writing and indicate “CUSTODIAN” in the subject line.

REPORTS TO:  Shelter & Outreach Manager

JOB PURPOSE: The Custodian reports to the Shelter and Outreach Manager or designate and works in accordance with the mission and philosophy of The Salvation Army and its Policies and Procedures.  Duties and responsibilities include performing a variety of maintenance and repairs to buildings, grounds and equipment in one or more areas such as electrical, plumbing and painting.  The incumbent also performs a variety of cleaning duties such as sweeping, mopping floors, vacuuming, dusting, washing walls, windows and ceilings. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining the landscaping plants, grounds, and other outside areas in good condition, including smoking areas and dog run.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full time – Up to 40 hours per week


  • Performs a variety of cleaning duties to ensure the cleanliness of the facilities including attention to toilets and bathing rooms, walls, floors, sinks, kitchen area(s), trash containers and windows through methods such as sweeping, vacuuming, washing, mopping, disinfecting and   Encourages and supports clients to assist.
  • Performs a variety of maintenance and repair duties by performing duties such as repairing furniture, constructing shelves, installing switches, replacing plugs and other basic appliance repairs, applying paint and other finishes, repairing drywall, disassembling and reassembling equipment, replacing sinks and toilets and applying finishing material such as linoleum. Liaison with appropriate trades for any repairs beyond scope. Prepares estimates of maintenance and repair costs for submission to supervisor.
  • Performs a variety of work related to contractors including monitoring work performed by contractors, contacting external contractors and trades people to obtain quotes, and arranging for major repairs and maintenance work.
  • Performs a variety of preventative maintenance duties to ensure emergency back-up systems function according to established standards by performing duties such as testing systems, replacing batteries, ensuring door alarms are on and working.
  • Maintains a safe environment by performing duties such as security checks on the building exterior and interior, restricting unauthorized access to the building and liaising with the staff and if necessary with the police to report any suspicious activities.
  • Maintains the landscaping plants, grounds, and other outside areas in good condition, including smoking areas and dog run. Coordinates for snow removal, and the repairs or replacements of outside furnishings as required.
  • Performs a variety of garbage duties such as removing garbage from premises, emptying wall needle disposal units into bulk disposal, keeping garbage container area clear and monitoring disposal service pick-up; advises management of any problems.
  • Monitors the condition and cleanliness of tenant rooms, assisting clients as needed to maintain rooms in good and clean condition, aiding tenants with minor maintenance and repair work, reporting concerns to the Building Manager.
  • Maintains the exterior of the facilities and grounds by performing duties such as washing sidewalks, walls and windows, collecting litter and picking up leaves.
  • Monitors maintenance and cleaning supplies by performing duties such as placing purchase orders with external suppliers, receiving supplies, checking invoices against orders and goods received, storing and distributing supplies and contacting suppliers to obtain and provide general information.
  • Participates as a team member with other staff to ensure a safe and caring environment by performing duties such as responding to emergency issues and supporting others through methods such as sharing of knowledge and information. Welcomes client participation in the upkeep and maintenance of the shelter.
  • Observes clients and their environments to ensure the safety of clients and the premises by performing duties such as reporting unsafe conditions, incidents and/or behaviours, interacting with clients including observing client behaviour, investigating disturbances, dealing with client emergencies in accordance with guidelines and reporting incidents to appropriate staff or authorities. Records observations for communication to other staff and Manager
  • Maintains related manual and computerized records by performing duties such as completing documentation for maintenance and repairs performed and log book on client interactions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience including life skills:

  • General familiarity with cleaning and maintenance procedures
  • Grade 12 minimum education
  • One year of prior related experience
  • Crisis Intervention Skills Training an asset

Interested applicants must respond in writing with a cover letter and resume. We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates throughout the recruitment and employment process. If you require accommodation, please inform us of your requirements.

Internal Applicants, please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.