Environmental Services Technician

Seattle Art Museum

OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for providing basic and specialty cleaning, and room conversion services to all areas of the museum, including galleries, hallways, inside/outside public spaces, meeting rooms, offices, and storage areas (as assigned) while maintaining the museum in a safe, clean, and attractive condition. Work is performed both independently and in teams in accordance with facility standards and procedures.

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

REPORTS TO: Facilities and Environmental Services Manager

COMPENSATION: $17.69/hourly



  1. This position is responsible for continuously demonstrating proficiency in basic cleaning skills and stocking that would be used in galleries, hallways, inside/outside public spaces, meeting rooms, offices, and storage areas. Interaction/contact with patrons or staff can vary from limited to high.

  2. Perform room conversions according to written floor plan and/or direction from the ES Lead, ES Manager or event coordinator, paying special attention to the symmetry and cleanliness of the furniture and equipment used. Room conversions may include (but not limited to) setting or removing tables and chairs in accordance with event needs and provided floorplans.

  3. Be a customer service model for other staff, volunteers, and visitors. Environmental Services delivers customer service by providing emergency spill response, environmental remediation, hazardous waste disposal, and industrial cleaning.

  4. Perform daily janitorial duties associated with shift assignments which include the general cleaning of the Museum facility in assigned areas including (but not limited to): cleaning, dusting, and polishing of bathroom fixtures, counters, doors, furniture, high and low surfaces, partitions, sinks, showers, stainless steel, tables, walls, and woodwork; washing of mirrors, relight glass, and windows.

  5. Pick up, transport and, removal of compost, recycling, and waste.

  6. Hard surface floor care including dust mopping, sweeping, and wet mopping; carpet and upholstery care including spot cleaning and vacuuming.

  7. May be expected to perform work operating cleaning equipment such as battery-powered electric and manual equipment, gas and electric blowers, mechanical floor polishers and scrubbers, brooms, dusters, vacuums and wet mops.

  8. Cleans and maintains carts, equipment, and storage areas associated with position,

  9. Consistently and routinely demonstrate both knowledge and skill in the safe use and operation of chemicals, equipment, and cleaning techniques necessary to maintain the departments established safety and quality standards.

  10. Inspect the assigned work areas and reports any burnt out lights, non-working fixtures, graffiti, or minor damage such as scratches, gouges, and marks per departmental procedures.

  11. Work with the Security Division in the protection of the building and its contents by immediately reporting anything out of the ordinary regarding the condition of the art, the integrity of locked or alarmed spaces and provide support during periods of severe weather, building or emergencies, and evacuations if necessary.



  1. High school graduate or equivalent.

  2. Minimum of (1) year experience in janitorial/environmental services in a commercial, institutional, or healthcare setting. Vocational training and certification will also be considered.

  3. Excellent housekeeping skills with a sharp eye for detail.

  4. Demonstrated knowledge of basic cleaning techniques, proper storage methods, inventory control, and ordering procedures.

  5. Ability to gain knowledge of Museum policies and procedures as applicable to Environmental Services duties and knowledge of the protection and preservation of works of art.

  6. Highly motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team.

  7. Ability to interact with the public and with co-workers professionally and tactfully.

  8. Adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.

  9. Knowledge of Museum policies and procedures as applicable to custodial duties and preservation of works of art.


Work areas are inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor event sites. Work may require occasional long periods of sustained standing during Museum events. Position involves working with hazardous chemicals and cleaning agents.


Sitting/Standing/Walking: Approximately 95% of time is spent standing or moving around the work area. Balance of time (approximately 5%) is spent seated while working at a desk. Ability to stand for extended periods of time when assisting at Museum events.

Speaking/Hearing: Clear diction and acute hearing are necessary for effective communication with donors, members, the public, and co-workers.

Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling: The ability to lift, push, pull, and carry up to thirty pounds is necessary for moving material and equipment for events.

Vision: Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.

Stooping/Kneeling: The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files.

Reaching/Handling: Good manual dexterity is necessary for computer keyboard use and for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

To request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at (206)654-3188 or HR@seattleartmuseum.org

How to Apply

Please visit http://apply.seattleartmuseum.org/ to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Posted on April 1