Caretaker Kaitiaki

Caretakers keep places such as schools, apartment blocks and public buildings clean, safe and in good order.

Caretakers may do some or all of the following:

  • maintain grounds, facilities and gardens
  • clean buildings and dispose of rubbish
  • operate boilers and furnaces used for heating
  • make minor repairs and organise contractors for major repairs
  • oversee security.

Physical Requirements

Caretakers need to be reasonably fit as some jobs may involve lifting heavy objects, bending or climbing.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for caretakers includes:

  • work in the trades, especially carpentry
  • manual labour
  • cleaning or maintenance work
  • experience working with children or teenagers (for caretakers in schools).

Personal Qualities

Caretakers need to:

  • be self-directed and able to work unsupervised
  • have good time management skills
  • be good at problem solving
  • like working outside
  • be reliable.

Caretakers who work at schools must be able to relate well to children.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for caretakers includes:

  • work in the trades, especially carpentry
  • manual labour
  • cleaning or maintenance work
  • experience working with children or teenagers (for caretakers in schools).

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a caretaker.

Caretakers can earn around $19-26 per hour per hour.

Caretakers may progress to work as property managers.

 

Caretaker

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