Feb 05 2024
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Full Time, $16.00 - $16.25 / hour
Job Description


Employment Status: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $16.00 to $16.25 per hour

Work Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm. Some evenings and weekends.


Job Summary:

Under general supervision of the Facilities Manager, the Custodian provides custodial support services for all HoMA facilities, activities, and events. The Custodian helps to provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment for all HoMA guests and staff.


About HoMA, the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Originally established as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawai‘i’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day. Over the decades, the museum has become known for its strong tradition of art classes and community engagement, both inside the walls of the museum and beyond. In 2011 the Honolulu Academy of Arts merged with the dynamic and vibrant Contemporary Museum, reinvigorating the museum’s contemporary holdings and ushering in an opportunity for renewed commitment to the art of our time. The Honolulu Museum of Art was born.

With a dynamic global art collection and a dedication to innovative exhibitions and engagement with contemporary artists, HoMA strives to create a broad range of meaningful art experiences that are inclusive and accessible. Over the past century, the museum’s permanent collection has grown from 500 works to more than 55,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years. The Museum has one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States, including an unrivaled collection by artists of Hawaiʻi. The collection also contains significant holdings in European and American paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts; 19th- and 20th-century art; an extensive collection of works on paper, textiles, decorative arts; and traditional works from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Other highlights include the Samuel H. Kress Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings and the James A. Michener Collection of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Contemporary Art from around the world has an established and growing presence in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Education has been an integral part of HoMA since its founding, and the Learning & Engagement department supports the Museum vision by advancing knowledge and fostering a thirst for creative thought, agency, and artistic excellence. Programs, which range from classes and lectures to tours and workshops, are designed to inspire and spark wonder in people of all ages and skill levels. Through Learning & Engagement initiatives, HoMA strives to instill a love and appreciation for art in children at an early age, promote a culture of lifelong learning, and foster artistic excellence and support a healthy arts ecosystem in Hawaiʻi.

As HoMA approaches its centennial in 2027, it is poised to embark on a new chapter guided by a renewed vision and Strategic Plan that focuses on HoMA’s core purpose: to be a home for art and education that exists for the benefit of the entire community, presented in a setting that prioritizes beauty, harmony, and promotes learning, self-awareness and connection. With acknowledgment of HoMA’s history and purpose at the forefront, the Strategic Plan charts a course for HoMA’s next chapter in a rapidly changing world. It will transform HoMA into a relevant and sustainable 21st century museum where people of all ages and from all walks of life will be invited in and reinforce HoMA’s ability to bring the art of the world to Hawaiʻi and the art of Hawaiʻi to the world.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and 6 months of relevant experience.
  • Flexible work schedule; occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • Ability to work within and support a diverse community of visitors, artists, and employees.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of cleaning methods, materials, chemicals, and equipment used in a museum and/or housekeeping work environment.
  • Experienced with use of hand tools, simple carpentry, painting, and plumbing repairs.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Essential Duties:

  • Provides general custodial service while utilizing best practices for safety, efficiency, and environmental concerns.
  • Ensures Museum facilities, including public areas, restrooms, and staff spaces, are kept clean, stocked, and in good condition. Cleaning tasks include but are not limited to: vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing windows, and sanitizing restrooms.
  • Collects and sorts waste for garbage and recycling.
  • Supports the set up and break down of Museum events/functions.
  • Assists with office/room set ups and moves furniture, fixtures, or equipment as needed.
  • Delivers and picks up supplies, incoming shipments, and other materials to/from various departments.
  • Assesses and reports facility maintenance issues to appropriate staff; performs assigned repairs.
  • Ensures proper care and safety in the operation and maintenance of equipment; communicates repair needs to supervisor.
  • Stocks and maintains supply closets; communicates inventory levels needs to supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

The Custodian works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis.

Ability to climb stairs, walk on uneven and occasionally slippery surfaces. Ability to pull, push, lift and carry up to 50 pounds with occasionally heavier loads. Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, and crouch. Work areas can be dusty, humid, or have various kinds of chemicals, fumes, and odors. Noise level is usually normal but may be loud when using power equipment.

The employee must be able to fulfil all Essential Duties with or without a reasonable accommodation. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:

HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ community.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.

HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.