Metropolitan Transportation Authority - New York State

Application Deadline

December 21, 2022

Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.

In order to protect our employees and continue to provide safe and reliable service to our communities, as of November 14, 2021 we are requiring all new MTA hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. MTA will consider exceptions for religious and medical reasons, where appropriate. “Fully vaccinated” means you must have both doses of a 2-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose, or have received 1 dose of a 1-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the dose. Proof of your vaccination status in the form of a CDC vaccine card must be submitted prior to your start date.


MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service and rewarding opportunities to its employees.


CUSTODIANS perform general cleaning and porter tasks in assigned areas, including public access areas, employee welfare facilities and stations.


  • Sweep, mop and wax floors manually or with aid of equipment
  • Clean restrooms, ticket offices, windows, exits and entrances, tunnels, platforms, waiting rooms, shelters, elevators, overpasses and underpasses, and other areas as assigned
  • Empty trash receptacles
  • Monitor assigned areas for cleanliness and other issues
  • Report station defects and possible safety concerns
  • Post public notices and check public address systems for functionality
  • Complete daily assignment logs and run sheets in order to document work performed and stations cleaned
  • Mail pick-up and delivery
  • Power wash station floors, underpasses, overpasses, etc
  • Perform custodial tasks with minimal disturbance to customers
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures
  • Monitor facility to ensure restroom is maintained, fully stocked and clean
  • Operate and maintain equipment
  • Report any defects or issues related to equipment to direct supervisor
  • Perform snow removal (i.e. shovel, etc.) in order to access areas such as storage or supply spaces
  • Attend required trainings associated with performing custodial responsibilities (i.e. blood-borne pathogen training, etc.)
  • Perform other custodial duties as assigned



  • High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
  • Minimum of six months experience in commercial cleaning or where manual labor was involved in a commercial activity


  • Valid Driver’s License or equivalent
  • Demonstrate a minimum of six months experience in commercial cleaning or where manual labor was involved in a commercial activity


  • Written comprehension; ability to communicate and understand instruction; must be safety conscious


  • Must wear prescribed uniform
  • Proper personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Must pass qualification assessment prior to completion of probationary period
  • For a "Relief/Extra" Custodian position – Must possess a valid Driver’s License and Class B Commercial Driver’s License (with no air brake restrictions)

Rate of Pay

The starting rate for this position is $24.14/hour (70% of the full rate). The annual wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1=70%>Year 2=70%>Year 3=75%>Year 4=80%>Year 5=85%>Year 6=85%>Year 7=90%>Year 8=100%. The 100% full rate of pay is $34.48/hour.

This salary is non-negotiable, based on the TCU Collective Bargaining Agreement.

MNR Health Insurance & Vacat

As a full-time employee, you are eligible for the following health and welfare benefits.

Our benefits program provides flexibility, protection, and value through:

  • Health care benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Welfare Benefits, including basic and optional life, dependent life, basic and optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, including a Health Care Account and Dependent Care Account
  • Retirement benefits, including a retirement plan, 401(k) and 457 savings plans


New employees will establish seniority in the Transportation Communications International Union (TCU), the union representing Custodians, in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement.

Members of TCU are subject to an initiation fee and monthly membership dues.


Must be able to work any and all shifts as well as any and all locations.

Selection Criteria

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.

Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in your current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at

Other Information

Depending on the position held, this can be either a safety sensitive or federally regulated position and both are subject to toxicology testing.

As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $105,472.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.


  • Must be able to lift and carry tools, materials, and discard trash weighing up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis


  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors exposed to various weather conditions
  • Must be able to work exposed to dust, dirt, garbage, chemical cleaning materials, unsanitary conditions and blood-borne pathogens
  • Must be able to work any and all shifts as well as any and all locations

How To Apply


Qualified applicants can submit an online application

When applying for positions, please ensure that you attach a resume during the application process and that you receive a confirmation e-mail that your application was accepted. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application may not have been received and will not be able to be considered after the deadline date. If you encounter problems, please call the BSC Customer Management Center at (646) 376-0123 Monday through Friday (except MTA-HQ holidays), 8:30am - 5:00pm.


MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

Attention - In the recruitment process, legitimate companies never withdraw fees from candidates. If there are companies that attract interview fees, tests, ticket reservations, etc. it is better to avoid it because there are indications of fraud. If you see something suspicious please contact us: [email protected]
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