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Full-Time Live In or Live Out Housekeeper/Cook: $45-50K+ and PTO

Ellsworth, ME Full Time

Family living in Ellsworth, Maine with three year old boy is seeking an experienced, organized and detail oriented Full-Time Live In or Live Out Housekeeper/Cook who will efficiently clean a 3,500 square foot residence. Schedule is on five days per week at 45-50+ hours per week. Flexibility with hours and scheduling is required. The ability to work around the family’s schedule while at the same time cleaning and organizing in an efficient manner is important. Candidates must be comfortable working around children. Applicants need to be honest, trustworthy, experienced working with Principals that are around residence often (discreet and staying out of the way is important), adept at organizing and general cleaning, knowledgeable with cleaning various surfaces and artwork, skilled with laundry, proficient with ironing, and experienced with cooking healthy meals. Candidates with many years of private part-time and/or full-time housekeeper/cook experience working in a 5,000+ square foot or larger residence is required. Safe vehicle for transportation is required for running errands and transporting child. Start date is ASAP. 


• Strong knowledge of proper care for various surfaces

• Cleaning and preparation of guest bedrooms

• Sweep, scrub, mop and polish floors

• Vacuum carpets, rugs and draperies

• Dust and polish furniture and fittings

• Knowledge of cleaning artwork

• Clean metal fixtures and fittings

• Empty and clean trash containers

• Dispose of trash in a sanitary manner

• Clean wash basins, mirrors, tubs and showers

• Wipe down glass surfaces

• Wipe down refrigerators, wine fridge, mini fridges, etc.

• Dispose of expired food in refrigerator, freezer and pantry

• Meal planning and preparation for family (e.g., clean, healthy, organic, etc.) 

• Make up beds and change linens as required

• Tidy up rooms

• Organize closets, storage, etc. 

• Keep cleaning supply, household and food inventory (use inventory for creating lists to run errands)

• Keep light bulb inventory

• Change light bulbs

• Sort, wash, load and unload laundry

• Iron and press clothing and linens 

• Sort, fold and put away clean laundry

• Maintain all cleaning equipment and materials in a safe and sanitary working condition

• Monitor and report necessary domestic repairs and replacements

• Wash dishes and clean kitchen according to agreed hygiene standards

• Clean appliances

• Manage dry cleaning, dry cleaning inventory and inspect clothing upon return

• Run errands (e. g., dry cleaner, seamstress, grocery store, dropping off donations, etc.)

• Declutter and organizational projects 

• Take items for donation, as directed by Principal(s) 

• Clean entryway of home

• Care for indoor/outdoor plants

• Polish silver

• Cleaning up and organizing outdoor living spaces (e.g., rooftops, decks, etc.)

• Transporting child to/from private school 


• Understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement is required) 

• Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos along with ability to write simple correspondence

• Technology proficient (e. g., email and text messages for communication, search engines for choosing resources, etc.)

• Physical stamina and mobility including ability to reach, kneel and bend (residence does not have an elevator)

• Professional with good attitude, hard working and pleasant to be around 

• High energy level

• Active and fit 

• Discreet and calm demeanor 

• Non-smoker


• 2-5+ years of part-time and/or full-time housekeeper/cook experience with one consistent family 

• Minimum of two-three references

• Eligible to work in the United States

• Seeking longevity (e.g., 2-5+ year commitment) 

• Live a close proximity to family’s residence in Ellsworth, Maine 

• Fluent in English 

• Safe vehicle for transportation 

• Driver’s license and clean driving record

• Willing to run extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks and drug tests


• $45-50K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications) 

• $20 per hour net (cash) for hours worked over 50 hours per week 

• Mileage/gas reimbursement for transporting child and running errands for family 

• Two weeks (10 days) paid vacation

• Seven government holidays paid 

• Discretionary annual bonus and raise (performance evaluation required)

• Furnished living provided (if candidate is interested in live in position)


Please read the job description carefully and kindly apply with your cover letter, resume, references (email address and phone number), letter(s) of recommendation and professional photo if you feel that you meet all of the requirements. Submit through our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

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Position: Full-Time Live In or Live Out Housekeeper/Cook: $45-50K+ and PTO

Location: Ellsworth, ME

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