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Housekeeper III


Leads housekeeping team in perform any combination of light/general cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner.  Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.  Utilizes familiarity of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the field.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others.  May directly supervise others.  Spends less than 80% of work time on supervisory, managerial, or leadership duties.  Exercises a certain degree of creativity and latitude.  Typically reports to a Custodial Supervisor or Custodial Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Leads a team of housekeepers; directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others
  • Inspects assigned areas and initiates corrective action
  • Assists in training housekeeping employees
  • Carry linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts
  • Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers
  • Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways,  and other work areas so that health standards are met
  • Empty wastebaskets, empty and clean ashtrays, and transport other trash and waste to disposal areas
  • Observe precautions required to protect hotel and guest property and report damage, theft, and found articles to supervisors
  • Replenish supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom items (soap, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Clean rugs, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, using vacuum cleaners and shampooers
  • Dust and polish furniture and equipment
  • Keep storage areas and carts well-stocked, clean, and tidy
  • Wash windows, walls, ceilings, and woodwork, waxing and polishing as necessary
  • Sweep, scrub, wax, or polish floors, using brooms, mops, or powered scrubbing and waxing machines
  • Move and arrange furniture and turn mattresses
  • Hang draperies and dust window blinds
  • Lift and move lightweight objects and equipment
  • Change sheets and towels; make beds
  • Wash dishes and clean kitchens, cooking utensils, and silverware
  • Polish silver accessories and metalwork, such as fixtures and fittings
  • Sort clothing and other articles, load washing machines, and iron and fold dried items
  • Request repair services and wait for repair workers to arrive
  • Sort, count, and mark clean linens and store them in linen closets
  • Prepare rooms for meetings and arrange decorations, media equipment, and furniture for social or business functions
  • Purchase or order groceries and household supplies to keep kitchens stocked and record expenditures
  • Deliver items such as ironing boards, baby cribs, and rollaway beds to guests’ rooms
  • Assign duties to other staff and give instructions regarding work methods and routines
  • Replace light bulbs

Education and Experience

Completion of ninth (9th) grade and two (2) years of experience in the field or in a related area

Licensure and Certification



  • Works under general supervision
  • Directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others; may directly supervise others

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