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At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Custodian is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the property in such a way that it promotes health and safety at all times.  It is the role of the Custodian to follow daily, weekly and monthly cleaning schedules which includes, but is not limited to, the biprocessing, scale house and administration building.  The Custodian is responsible for making all areas of POET look its best at all times.



  • Clean and sanitize all areas of the bioprocessing facility to include plant offices, restrooms and common areas (i.e. break rooms and control room) on a daily basis.
  • Sweep, wax and buff floors; vacuum and shampoo carpets and rugs and clean windows.
  • Dust furniture, walls, machines and equipment.
  • Clean and empty garbage and trash cans daily.
  • Assist with bioprocessing operations as requested.
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment and supplies either manually or with moving equipment.
  • Maintain the bioprocessing facility grounds to include watering, mowing and trimming.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways and parking areas; spread snow melting chemicals.
  • Identify and communicate minor maintenance projects to appropriate management team member.
  • Perform touch-up painting when needed.
  • Maintain involvement with inventory control as needed.
  • Perform minor repairs; notify management team concerning the need for major repairs.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Previous custodial experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values. Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments.  This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment.  The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • Due to the physical and safety sensitive nature of this job, you will be subject to a physical and expected to pass a drug screen during the pre-screen process. During employment, you’ll be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the pre-employment process.

  • This role has some physical requirements that our team members will need to be able to perform, such as:

    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, self-contained breathing system, hazardous material suit, and hearing protection.
    • Working at extreme heights (approximately 150 ft), in confined spaces, and in extreme temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees Fahrenheit, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Be able to use the following equipment/tools, with training provided (not all encompassing): cleaning cart and supplies, forklift, riding and push lawn mower, bobcat sweeper, vacuum, snow blower, shovel, broom, mop, and ladder.
    • Frequently:
      • Walk on slippery surfaces
      • Grip with a force of up to 20lbs
      • Push and pull with a force of up to 30lbs
      • Bend forward while standing
      • Use repetitive arm motions to wipe down and maintain work area
    • Occasionally:
      • Lift up to 50lbs, with or without assistance
      • Carry up to 50lbs with or without assistance
      • Be in awkward back, shoulder, wrists, and hand positions
    • Since we are all about team work, you may be asked to help other roles that have their own unique set of physical requirements.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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