Janitor (4979)

Crafts / Trades Green Bank, West Virginia


Position Description:


Position Summary

Green Bank Observatory (GBO) enables leading edge research at radio wavelengths by offering telescope, facility and advanced instrumentation access to the astronomy community as well as to other basic and applied research communities. Nestled in the mountain ranges and farmland of West Virginia, within the National Quiet Zone, radio astronomers are using the Green Bank Telescope to listen to the remote whispers of the universe, in order to discover answers to our most astounding astronomical questions.  With radio astronomy as its foundation, the Green Bank Observatory is a world leader in advancing research, innovation, and education.


At the GBO in Green Bank, West Virginia, we have an employment opportunity for a Janitor. Under minimal supervision, the Janitor will be responsible for; cleaning office buildings, trash disposal, litter control, cleaning of housing and other areas as assigned.


What You Will Be Doing:

  • Cleaning offices, hallways, rest rooms, elevators, stairways, shops and other work areas, including sweeping, scrubbing, waxing, and polishing floors.
  • Washing windows, door panels, and sills.
  • Emptying wastebaskets, and transporting trash and waste to disposal area.
  • Replenishing restroom supplies.
  • May clean rugs, carpets, furniture, and draperies as required.
  • May be required to record data such as property damage, unusual occurrences, and malfunctioning of machinery or equipment to supervisory staff.
  • Performing grounds keeping duties such as litter control, sweeping sidewalks, trash collection, and vehicle refueling as assigned.
  • Works as part of Maintenance or Engineering & Services team and assists any or all other areas, as needed.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle, a valid driver's license is required.
  • Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • May watch for and report irregularities such as fire hazards, leaking water pipes, and security doors left unlocked.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee works both inside and outside, occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, and occasionally works at heights over five feet. The employee will work around sewage. The employee will work with various chemicals including but not limited to pesticide and herbicides.


Who You Are:


  • You have a High school diploma or GED
  • You have a minimum of 1 month of experience
  • You value working and living in a rural environment
  • Capable of working alone with minimal supervision
  • You have a valid Driver's License


Additional Requirements:

  • CPR and First Aid certifications may be required


Competency Summary

  • Attention to detail is critical.
  • Excellent communication skills

Additional Requirement


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen. Failure to pass the screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Total Rewards:


AUI offers a comprehensive total rewards package for this position, subject to eligibility requirements. We are committed to serving our employees and their families with an extensive and competitive compensation and benefits package that supports our employees’ overall well-being and career growth.



AUI strives to attract and retain dedicated, highly qualified, competent, and motivated employees by offering competitive compensation and recognition for performance. Factors which may affect starting pay may include; education, experience, skills, competencies, other qualifications of the successful candidate, as well as internal equity and labor market conditions.


The starting salary/hourly rate of this position is $15.00 per hour.



AUI’s benefits package addresses the needs of employees and their families with most benefits beginning on the first day of employment. AUI provides excellent paid time off (13 holidays, annual accrual of up to 24 vacation days and 15 sick days, additional time off for doctor/dentist visits, and 8 weeks of paid parental leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective on the first day of employment. AUI’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay with no required employee contribution; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions. Time off benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees.


Application Instructions:


Select the “Apply” button. Please be prepared to upload your current resume and a cover letter describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs. If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].



The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)



The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.