Environmental Service Worker

The Environmental Service Worker is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the buildings and offices and their surrounding grounds. Their duties include vacuuming floors, sanitizing restrooms and facilities, and collecting trash to ensure the building occupants have a clean space. Applicants should have experience doing maintenance work.

The Environmental Service Worker cleans and maintains assigned areas to meet customers and client satisfaction. Essential functions and responsibilities of the position may vary by requirements and business needs. This is a full-time position reporting to the Building Manager.

Also requires the ability to work independently, and on some weekends and events as assigned, unsupervised and working alone when necessary.

The work schedule will generally be Tuesday through Saturday for a total of thirty-five hours plus one hour of lunch.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

A Environmental Service Worker's main responsibilities is to clean a workspace and all areas of the museum building as assigned. These tasks are broken down into several duties performed throughout the day or at regular intervals, such as: 

  • Emptying trash cans and replace liners 
  • Dusting all surfaces 
  • Using equipment, commercial vacuums, floor buffers, and carpets 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, offices, stairs, elevators, handrails, countertops 
  • Cleaning wood, linoleum, ceramic tile, and other types of floors 
  • Collecting and taking out trash and recycling 
  • Sweep and mop 
  • Snow removal
  • Courier between nearby sites
  • Change bulbs 
  • Organize inventory 
  • Make coffee 
  • Polish hardware 
  • Empty shredder 
  • Sanitize all surfaces 
  • Clean windows and glass 
  • Wipe mirrors and restrooms stalls
  • Assist with task requests 
  • Assemble furniture 
  • Wipe and disinfect partitions, walls, doorknobs 
  • Wipe and clean desks, chairs, lounge furniture, PC monitors, and phones
  • Keep kitchen appliances clean (fridge, microwave, coffee maker, etc.) 
  • Assist with event requests 
  • Event set up and breakdown
  • Respond to after-hours calls for service
  • Should be able to lift to fifty pounds


Percent travel required: > 50%


Physical Demands: ☒ Yes   ☐ No

Carry office supplies such as copier paper, move office furniture, five-gallon water bottles, and other items weighing up to 50 lbs. This position will require walking up and down flight of stairs on a regular basis. Working outdoors on a terrace or rooftop during wintry weather months in removing snow, debris, cleaning roof gutters, etc.



  • A high school diploma or a GED is required for this position
  • Able to read and write and understand policy manuals
  • Basic computer skills are a plus


Additional Requirements:

  • Prior knowledge of working in a museum institution a plus but not necessary
  • Available to work weekends
  • Responsible for carrying a work phone, keycards, and access fobs
  • Work autonomously and within a team
  • Assist in cleaning projects as required
  • Assist in small office moves using rented trucks
  • Able to use local mass transportation to work at other sites within the Harlem, NY area (bus/train traveling is less than three miles apart)
  • A valid NY State driver’s license a plus but not necessary.



$22.00 per hour.


Employer Responsibility 

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At The Studio Museum in Harlem, we are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.  

The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.  



Send your resume to jobs@studiomuseum.org. Include "Environmental Service Worker" in the subject line. 

Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and work experience best fit the requirements of the position. 

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.