Careers at the Joplin Public Library

Become a Part of Our Team

We often have part-time or volunteer positions available.


Available Positions

Become a


The library is grateful to our terrific volunteers who lighten the staff’s load in many ways. If you’re interested in volunteering at the library, please stop by and fill out a volunteer application or complete the form. Volunteers generally work shelving materials or assisting in the Technical Processing department with materials processing, but if you have special skills, we’ll see what we can find for you!

Weekend Custodian

Definition: Under general supervision, performs a variety of cleaning activities. 8 hpw. Hours are 8-noon on Saturdays and noon-4 on Sundays (shift start times are negotiable). $11.6756/hr. No benefits.

Essential Functions: Included in the essential functions listed below are attendance and dependability. No other position at the Library can do this work which requires the employee to be on the job. Other duties may be required or assigned in addition to those listed.

  • Sweeping floors, entrances and other surfaces.
  • Mopping floors, entrances and other surfaces.
  • Vacuuming all carpeted areas.
  • Cleaning and servicing restrooms, including cleaning toilets, urinals, and sinks and filling dispensers.
  • Cleaning and servicing break room, including refrigerator, microwave and sink.
  • Collecting trash and debris and placing in containers or plastic bags, moving and placing trash in collection area for removal, replacing liners in wastebaskets and trash containers;
  • Collecting and placing in containers all recycling.
  • Shoveling snow from entrances and spreading ice melt.
  • Using light and heavy (industrial type) floor machines and attachments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of general building cleaning methods and practices.
  • Knowledge of basic use of industrial floor equipment.
  • Skills in providing quality customer service.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with library staff, trustees, and patrons.
  • Skill in understanding and following complex instructions and directions.
  • Ability to read and interpret instructions on use of cleaning supplies and equipment.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with supervisor as job requires.
  • Ability to be accountable for tasks completed.
  • Ability to use the Library email software.

Physical Requirements:

Requires standing, walking, bending, squatting, pushing, pulling, twisting, carrying, and ascending and descending stairs and ladders. Must be able to lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds. Requires seeing and hearing.

Qualifications: Graduation from high school or G.E.D equivalent and experience equivalent to one full year of custodial. Basic report writing and verbal communication ability required.

You can download the application or come in and ask for an application.

The Library only accepts applications when there are available positions.