Custodial Worker: Full Time

Reports To: Facilities Manager
Schedule: Full time: 40 hour work week, occasional holidays and overtime.
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
How to Apply: Please apply via Indeed.

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science and nature museum committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for
all our guests. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful, inclusive workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests. The Custodial Worker is a team player who likes working in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate is willing to learn or has experience in building custodial services.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

Custodial Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily cleaning of guest and staff areas: dusting, mopping, running floor cleaning machine, sweeping, scrubbing, window cleaning, trash removal.
  • Periodic deep cleaning utilizing carpet extractor and floor burnisher.
  • Collect and transfer trash/recyclables to appropriate bulk storage or disposal containers.
  • Maintain/stock paper products, solvents, cleansers, hand cleaners, etc. as needed.
  • Maintain/stock spare repair parts and tools.
  • Periodic mowing, cleaning, sweeping, raking, snow shoveling, de-icing, etc. of exterior areas including walkways, planter beds, parking lot and Hoehl Park.
  • Occasional exterior power washing
  • Assist in exhibit installations, maintenance and repairs.
  • Assist in building maintenance.

Other Duties:

  • Other duties and special projects are assigned as needed.
  • Assist Animal Care staff in animal care and animal care equipment maintenance and repair.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications: 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.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities:

  • Willing to learn and provide excellent custodial services.
  • Willing to learn and assist in excellent building maintenance services.
  • Physical ability to perform strenuous work and lift/move at least 50 pounds.
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues both independently and with a team.
  • Responsive multi-tasker who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

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 essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee sometimes works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee may work in high, precarious places and be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

Schedule & Benefits

  • Benefits include Extensive Paid time off and paid sick time, Health care, and Retirement Plan with Employer Contribution
  • Staff Training and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Waterfront work location

This position will be full-time, non-exempt. Occasionally, this position will be required to work holidays and overtime.

ECHO requires all of our employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity.

Executive Director

The ECHO, Leahy Center of Lake Champlain seeks a bold and visionary Executive Director to lead all staff in fulfilling the museum’s mission to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. Download the Executive Director Prospectus here.

Building on the museum’s strengths and successful evolution, the ideal candidate will be energized by the opportunity to work collaboratively with both the board and staff on four priority areas: designing and implementing a new strategic plan, building additional financial capacity, developing and empowering the internal team, and engaging with external partners and community members.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to meaningfully engage all constituencies in the development of a compelling strategic plan that propels the museum into its next chapter and beyond. A demonstrated track record of aligning resources to simultaneously address both current operational needs and progress on strategic priorities is equally important. Evidence of innovative thinking coupled with knowledge of best practices and data-informed decision-making is strongly desired.

Top candidates will have a penchant for action while also consistently demonstrating a transparent and consultative style of decision-making. They will be an exceptional communicator and possess the ability to inspire and motivate staff at all levels of the organization. The ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of inclusive and equitable leadership in previous work experiences. They will view leadership through a growth mindset and will relish the opportunity to support and develop staff and teams to drive maximum operational effectiveness while fostering a positive work culture.

The Executive Director will provide overall leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of the museum and its staff. As such, strong candidates will be able to provide leadership, through and in collaboration with Senior Staff, on exhibit and educational planning, financial and risk management, human resources, marketing/communications, retail and event management, facility maintenance, and animal care.

Candidates must be able to develop meaningful relationships that expand the museum’s relevance and relevance within the community. Direct experience in fundraising, and the ability to cultivate funds through both individual solicitations and grant or foundation-sourced contributions, is required. The ability to leverage professional networks and relationships to develop new partnerships and funding sources is viewed as a valuable asset.

The successful candidate will possess, through a combination of academic experience and professional achievement, a strong science-related background. The ideal candidate will also hold a heartfelt passion for ECHO’s mission and a deep love of science education, native wildlife, and environmental stewardship.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to All correspondence will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without prior permission.

ECHO is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates for employment who will contribute to our diversity.

ECHO requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science and nature museum located on the Burlington Waterfront. Open daily, ECHO encourages visitors to view the natural environment as part of their neighborhood and to explore, learn about, and consider opportunities for stewardship. Since 1995, we have taught more than 3 million visitors about the role of science in our culture and lives. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.

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