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If your nickname is Mr. or Ms. Clean, a porter job might be perfect! Porters do a bit of everything to help keep a business running smoothly.
picking up trash
using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors
cleaning and stocking bathrooms
making minor repairs
But they might also:
run errands for employees
staff the building entrance
We’re looking for a porter to serve as the first point of contact to assist our guests. Porter responsibilities include carrying guests’ luggage, fixing minor issues (like changing light bulbs) and cleaning building areas, including entrances. To be successful in this role, you should be able to manage various tasks on a daily basis to ensure great customer service and help our operations run smoothly. This position requires shift work with occasional weekends and evenings.
Typical duties include:
Clean all common areas including the lobby, kitchen and break room
Maintain building entryway including leaf and snow removal
Complete minor repairs and building improvements
Prepare conference rooms before and after meetings
Place safety hazard signs in the building (wet paint, wet floor, etc.) when required
Monitor, clean and restock washrooms
Respond to spills or other cleaning issues
Remove trash from main common rooms
Order cleaning supplies for facility maintenance
High school diploma or GED preferred
Must have valid driver's license
1-2 years porter or custodial experience
Some mechanical skills desired
Able to work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends
Must be reliable and professional
Good customer service skills
Good communication skills
The average porter makes about $12.25 an hour.
Porters don’t usually have specific educational requirements and most learn on the job. Familiarity with tools for basic repairs is definitely a plus.
Once they gain experience, a porter can be promoted to lead a team of building porters. They can also move into a job in facilities management. Facilities managers ensure that the workplace environment meets the needs of the people who work there.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of building porters is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.