Custodian (Temporary)

About the Role

The maintenance of Little Island’s safe and welcoming nature is in the hands of its year-round and seasonal Custodian team. The ideal team will be composed of hardworking and energetic self-starters who enjoy the outdoors and are dedicated to the details. Little Island’s facility includes onsite performance spaces, restrooms, actor support spaces, and park and food stall fixtures and equipment. Little Island will hire both full-time and part-time Custodians for its inaugural season.

Key Responsibilities

  • Clean park surfaces, fixtures, and furniture including public and staff restrooms.
  • Remove leaves and debris using brooms, leaf vacuum, and leaf blower
  • Monitor trash receptacles, refresh trash bags, and coordinate trash pick-up with carting service
  • Remove snow and ice using snow shovels. May be trained to use equipment such as snow blowers or snow brooms
  • Report graffiti and any damaged or broken park features using an online work order system
  • Provide hands-on support with the set up and breakdown of public programs and events including folding tables, chairs, barricades or other objects as assigned
  • Provide support to other members of the Little Island Operations staff on a variety of tasks including:
    • Maintenance tasks, such as sanding, polishing, or minor repairs using hand tools
    • Horticultural tasks such as removing weeds, clearing fallen leaves, or planting
  • Perform other duties as required in the scope of the job and as designated by the Park and Facilities Operations Manager, Maintenance Supervisor, or Head of Horticulture.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to hospitality by providing positive customer service to park visitors when answering questions and conveying park information
  • Report any rule enforcement needs to supervisors or security personnel

What You Bring

  • Comfortable working independently and with a team outside in a park-setting
  • Availability to work early morning or late evening shifts at Little Island, in addition to weekends or holidays regularly
  • Hardworking, energetic, self-motivated, and dedicated to the details
  • Experience prioritizing safety and an excellent standard of care
  • Knowledge of proper cleaning and sanitation techniques and products a plus
  • Enthusiasm for public space, experience working in a public or outdoor space a plus
  • Ability to transport or lift park equipment weighing up to 50 lbs, as well as set-up and breakdown materials and equipment into various positions within the park and our storage facilities
  • Comfortable operating equipment such as power-washers or leaf blowers. If not yet comfortable, candidates should be willing to learn
  • Possession of OSHA 10 or 30 a plus
  • Fall/Arrest training, CPR/First Aid Training or other relevant certifications a plus
  • Eligibility to work in the US
  • Availability to begin work ASAP

What to Expect

  • Little Island will be open year-round, from 6 am - 1 am daily.
  • Little Island has 3 distinct performances spaces hosting a wide variety of artistic programs throughout the season including a 700-seat amphitheater
  • Park employees will work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed. Custodians will be expected to work both weekend days, with two days off in a row during the weekday.
  • Park employees will spend time onsite at Little Island, navigating the entire park and interacting with park visitors to ensure operations are running effectively. Little Island is ADA compliant, and park employees are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for each other and our park’s visitors.
  • Little Island’s Headquarters, located near the park, provides an open floor plan office, shared work areas and kitchen, a locker room, rehearsal space, and storage for the park. It is a dynamic and multi-use space where employees and artists can collaborate, connect, and unwind in between shifts, meetings, and events.
  • Little Island is opening its park for all New Yorkers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. All park employees are expected to actively participate in our communal commitment to employee safety and health and all related employee policies, which are reinforced with our current employees often and will be shared throughout the interview process.


  • Competitive Hourly Rate
  • Eligible for accrued sick time
  • Eligible for holiday and overtime pay
  • Employee Assistance Program

How to Apply

Email your resume to Please make sure to include the title of the role you are applying for in the subject of your email. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please let us know via email.

Little Island is a proud equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, familial or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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