Career Opportunity – Custodial & Facilities Specialist

INVITATION: Are you looking for a position in which you can be a part of collaborative, mission-driven team? Are you passionate about animal welfare? Then we just may be the team for you!!


The Custodial & Facilities Specialist (CFS) actively improves and maintains the appearance of the shelter inside and out.  The CFS ensures timely and efficient upkeep of the building and its grounds.  The CFS must demonstrate, mentor, and reinforce WHS values, principles and mission-driven culture.


  • Perform job duties in a positive, helpful manner. 
  • Schedule duties so they are completed in a timely manner. 
  • Perform custodial duties according to the daily, weekly and monthly schedule outlined in the Facilities Manual. These custodial duties include but are not limited to emptying trash receptacles, vacuuming, mopping and buffing floors, dusting, cleaning restrooms and keeping the staff break room clean.
  • Assist the shelter staff with errands, deliveries, etc. on an as-needed basis. Heavy lifting is required.
  • Under the direction of the Facilities Coordinator, work on specific maintenance projects which could include painting, the use of power tools, the use of ladders, and lifting.
  • Assist with landscape projects including using the riding mower, weed whacking, power washing, and trimming bushes or trees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The CFS works under the general direction of the Facilities Coordinator. The CFS is expected to pursue the established duties with minimal supervision.  Confidentiality and professionalism must be strictly adhered to at all times.


The CFS will have ongoing contact with volunteers, vendors and partners.  All contact will require tactful exchanges and a positive, professional demeanor to ensure the shelter’s positive image and integrity throughout the community.


The CFS will work both indoors and outdoors.  Comfortable temperatures are kept within the building, but work outside may involve exposure to winter weather and summer heat.  Will be required to operate shelter vehicles and other equipment.  Will be expected to work around animals, employing basic safety skills.  Will have access to protective equipment such as boots, gloves, protective eye and ear wear, etc.  The typical schedule will involve working alone in the facility for several hours each shift in the early morning hours: Friday thru Tuesday 4:00 am – 12:30 pm.


This position is physically demanding.  The CFS will be required to stay standing or active during the entire shift.  The work performed both in and out of the shelter requires lifting, bending, stooping, pushing and other strenuous activities. Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. Worker may be required to take a physical examination paid for by WHS prior to the start of work activities.


  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in English so written and verbal instructions can be followed, and so invoices and other vendor/contractor communications can be completed successfully.
  • Must have knowledge of OSHA work safety standards.
  • Must understand and be able to support board policies and position statements regarding animal welfare subjects.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with people and communicate clearly about various situations relating to the care and treatment of animals and animal areas.
  • Must work in a manner that reflects a safe environment for animals, the public and other employees.
  • Must have basic computer skills and a working knowledge of Google applications.


  • Previous experience is preferred.  At least two years of custodial/maintenance work is crucial to success on the job.

Additional requirements:  Must have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for animal welfare and WHS Mission; be willing to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as required by the job; have a valid Oregon driver’s license; and meet the physical requirements of the job.  Click here to apply:

Note:  Under the provisions of the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility.  WHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or any class protected by law.