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“I saw opportunities; you could grow in housing, from the bottom all the way to the top. So I said, let me try this out!”
The application process starts by calling NYCHA REES at (718) 289-8100 to be scheduled for the Entrance Exam, followed by a Pre-Screening. Applicants who pass the exam will be scheduled for the Virtual Information Session. The NRTA Team at BWI conducts virtual interviews with applicants after the Virtual Information Session. Applicants selected for training will be invited to the last step in the application process, the Virtual Meet & Greet, before attending their first day of class.
• Authorized NYCHA residents (on the lease)
• 18 years of age or older
• Have valid working documentation
• Able to lift 50 lbs. or more
• Perform 8 hours of physical work each day
• Must be 100% available, Monday through Friday, for full-time training
Training is Monday – Friday from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM, for a total of 3 weeks.
The NYCHA Resident Training Academy helps hundreds of men and women each year – all residents of public housing – launch well-paying, upwardly-mobile careers with NYCHA. We mostly prepare our participants for the Caretaker J position. Caretaker J’s are members of NYCHA’s janitorial and grounds keeping staff.
Caretaker J’s perform day-to-day cleaning tasks in buildings and the surrounding grounds. Typical tasks include:
• Washing floors, stair halls and walls
• Cleaning elevator cabs
• Replacing lightbulbs
• Polishing metal fixtures
• Removing bulk debris
• Conducting safety inspections
• Servicing trash compactors
• Shoveling snow and removing ice
• Raking or sweeping grounds around buildings
Caretaker J’s are paid a competitive wage and offered a full benefits package and union membership.
The hiring process includes review of the human resources application, submission of documents including – but not limited to – valid state identification and social security card, and fingerprinting. One of the ways BWI supports our trainees is by preparing them for this process and helping them collect required documents, when necessary.