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Elders Custodian/Bus Driver

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #140
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:            January 15, 2020 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:   Elders Wellness Center
Reports To:    Facilities Manager
Hours:             40 Hrs/Wk – Full Time

Salary:            $18.32/Hour + Benefits*                      

*The Puyallup Tribe of Indians provides a generous benefits package that includes employer paid medical, dental, vision, life insurance, a retirement/401(k) plan with profit sharing, paid holidays, and paid time off including birthday leave.


Position Summary: 
Responsible for providing building and grounds custodial services, and basic mechanical maintenance services to the Elders Wellness Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Performs all custodial work at the Elder Wellness Center building including cleaning restrooms, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, window washing, etc.

  2. Moves furniture and equipment; arranges tables and chairs for special events; collects and disposes of garbage, trash and recycling; shovels snow, and sweeps and washes sidewalks; does occasional yard and garden chores such as mowing, weeding or raking leaves and debris; keeps entry gutters free of debris to allow for proper roof drainage.

  3. Maintains aquatics area finishes in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and good cleaning practices.  Elements of aquatics area includes an 8,000 gallon therapy pool, 1,000 gallon hot tub, steam room, sauna and locker facilities.  Surfaces include finished concrete, ceramic tile, fiberglass, stone and wood.

  4. Checks pool and hot tub chemistry on a daily basis and adjusts chemicals in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Backwashes filters and cleans monitoring probes of pool equipment.  Initiates chemical orders to ensure that adequate supplies are maintained for pool operation.

  5. Performs bi-weekly maintenance of exterior 3,000 gallon water feature components that include skimmers, brushes and filters.  Maintains the water system in accordance with written protocols utilizing water treatment agents.

  6. Makes minor repairs, such as replacing light bulbs and fixing leaky faucets and installing bulletin boards, coat hooks and clocks.  Patches, paints and performs touchups of areas throughout the building.

  7. Maintains inventories and makes simple reports.  Requisitions supplies and equipment to ensure that the facility can be adequately maintained and that customers’ sanitation needs are met.

  8. Responsible for safely transporting Elders to events, trips, etc. Assists passengers in and out of vehicle. Keeps buses clean inside and out. Reports necessary maintenance to supervisor.

  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High School Diploma/GED required; and a one-year certificate from a college or technical school in custodial maintenance or other related field; or High School Diploma/GED and three years previous experience in custodial maintenance and grounds keeping.  Must have experience using mechanical equipment such as floor buffers and be able to use chemicals to properly maintain pool and spa.  Must have experience keeping records and logs.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays, as assigned by supervisor.

Licenses or Certificate

Must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license to pick up supplies or to assist with the delivery of elder’s lunches and transport of elders.

CDL required or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is  required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. 

  2. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 

  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel; and talk or hear.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. 

  2. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

  3. Required to travel to Elder’s events and activities.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law



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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

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  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA