Caretaker / Cleaner Position

The PCC wish to appoint a new caretaker to work alongside our current caretaker.  It is anticipated that the main responsibility will be general caretaking and cleaning duties here at the church and at the community centre. 

Post Title Caretaker / Cleaner
Employer The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St John Colchester
Hours of Work 15
Contract Length Permanant
Start Date TBC
Salary TBC
Work Base Based at St John’s Church and St John’s Church Community
Responsible for Caretaking and cleaning the Church and Community Centre
Responsible to Ops Director, St John's Church, Colchester
St John's Church, Colchester, is a medium sized charismatic evangelical New Wine Anglican Church with an exciting vision for the next five years. In order to ensure the smooth operation of the Church and Community Centre the Church is looking to hire an additional caretaker / cleaner to take responsible for set periods each week and to cover staff holiday / sickness as required.  
Overall Objective
Given the on-going increase in use of the Church Premises the Church wishes to appoint an additional caretaker/cleaner to assist the current caretaker/Cleaner.  The purpose of this position is ensure that the caretaking/cleaning is maintained, so that current and new staff are able to maintain a sensible work life balance by providing caretaking & cleaning on a regular basis. The intention is that post holder would also be asked to cover planned holiday & unplanned sickness. 
Job Purpose
  • To assist in general Caretaking and cleaning of the Church and Community Centre;
  • To be a helpful welcoming presence for church members, hirers and visitors;
  • To ensure that all buildings are unlocked and properly prepared for use by the various organisations;
  • To ensure that all buildings are locked and secure when not in use; 
  • To ensure that small maintenance work is carried out on a timely basis;
  • To maintain a high standard of cleanliness throughout the Church complex; and
  • To comply with the requirements of Health & Safety, other relevant legislation and Church policies.
Principal Duties
To achieve the Job Purposes as set out above including, but not limited to, the following:
  • To unlock, meet & greet hirers, lock;
  • To ensure meetings and events are provided with all requisite furniture including setting up & removing tables and chairs as required;
  • To open and close screens as necessary and to set out chairs for services, meetings and other events as required;
  • To check periodically for any damage to the buildings or equipment against an agreed schedule;
  • To undertake small maintenance work; e.g. replace light bulbs, un-block sinks, repair minor damage;
  • To keep all entrances to the buildings free from rubbish and leaves;
  • To ensure the bins and bin bags are put out;
  • To undertake minor ground maintenance e.g. cutting grass, trimming hedges, generally clearing of rubbish, clearing gutters;
  • To ensure sufficient stocks of consumable materials in the kitchens and toilet facilities;
  • To vacuum, dust/polish all areas and rooms as required;
  • To clean toilets, wash basins and wash toilet floors;
  • To clean kitchen sinks and worktops, including kitchen trolleys;
  • To wash kitchen floor and hard area;
  • To empty and wash kitchen and toilet pedal bins and office waste bins;
  • Occasional jobs such as – steam cleaning toilets, spot cleaning flooring, polishing brass & wood;
Desirable skills/experience
  • Previous caretaking / cleaning experience or a willingness to learn on the job.
  • Good Interpersonal skills to deal with hirers and colleagues.
Working requirements
  • 15 hours per week, including every other Saturday.
  • Holiday cover and sickness cover
  • 6 and 18 week probation period reviews
How to Apply
Applications should be sent by email to
Your application should comprise:
  1. A short covering note, naming the role title for which you are applying, outlining your motivation and relevant experience for the role;
  2. A brief CV, including educational and professional qualifications, a full employment history showing the more significant positions, responsibilities held and relevant achievements;
  3. Two character referees and their contact details (those who have known you for more than two years and are not family members); and
  4. Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers (to be used with discretion).
St John’s Church is an equal opportunities employer.  Please note that the successful applicant may be required to complete the appropriate Disclosure & Barring Service Check.