SS Michael & Peter Junior School Arklow wish to recruit a School Caretaker.

Reports to: School Principal

Hours of Work: 8.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.

Days of Work: The days of work coincide with the school calendar with approximately an additional 20 days outside of school term time, subject to needs identified.

Commencing: 23rd  February

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operation and maintenance of electrical, plumbing and security systems. This includes utilising the associated software systems.
  • Monitoring efficiency of heating system and ESB meters.
  • Maintenance and repair of furniture, windows, fixtures and fittings.
  • Upkeep and renewal of paintwork.
  • General tidiness of school, disposal of rubbish, grass cutting.
  • General cleaning and upkeep of school, organising of school cleaners.
  • Refilling of soap, sanitiser, hand towel and toilet roll dispensers as required.
  • To order and keep an up to date stocktake of cleaning and hygiene products as required.
  • To order oil, gritting salt and other materials for general use as required.
  • Opening and closing of the school/general security related duties.
  • First keyholder, attending to alarm call outs.
  • Making the school safe, particularly during bad weather conditions.
  • Health and safety responsibilities.
  • Parking and traffic management.
  • Liaising with the school secretary regarding day-to-day items and tasks.
  • Strict compliance with School Child Protection Policy.
  • Other related duties.

Essential Requirements:

General Maintenance Experience  

  • The ideal candidate will have several years general maintenance experience and/ or will be a qualified craft worker or technician.
  • The role requires the candidate to complete a range of building maintenance duties that span carpentry, painting, operation and maintenance of electrical, plumbing and security systems.

Health and Safety

  • The candidate must have a thorough and excellent knowledge of relevant safety, environmental and regulatory codes and statutes that are appropriate to a school building environment.
  • This is a hands-on role and the candidate must be able to demonstrate both a thorough knowledge of building maintenance disciplines and practical application of such knowledge to a high standard.
  • The successful candidate will hold / be prepared to acquire a certificate in successful completion of manual handling training.

Person Specification

  • This role is one of trust and responsibility requiring the successful candidate to be technically competent, hardworking, practical and create well developed maintenance systems.
  • The successful candidate must be capable of working on their own initiative.
  • The successful candidate must be a good communicator with adults and children, professionally confidential and must understand how their role is crucial to providing a physical environment that nurtures and encourages student learning.
  • The role requires the individual to be flexible relating to their hours of work.   They may be required to work outside normal school hours to safely provide maintenance and to make facilities available. This flexibility relating to hours of work is a core responsibility of the position.
  • The position is subject Garda vetting.


Applications, hard copy only, should be posted / handed into the school office for the attention of The Chairperson of SS Michael and Peter Junior School, Hickey’s Hill, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Y14HY40 on or before Friday 21st January.