County of Alameda

Custodian (HARD) (#1130H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$22.40-$27.23 Hourly / $1,792.00-$2,178.40 BiWeekly /
$3,882.67-$4,719.87 Monthly / $46,592.00-$56,638.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to perform janitorial duties and to be responsible for the overall condition and proper use of District buildings and their facilities; and to do related work as required.


Custodians, whose work is subject to infrequent inspection, perform janitorial duties in District buildings, the facilities of which are used continuously by the general public. The completion of cleaning work is made more difficult by the necessity of planning and performing such work around the activities that are taking place during such time that the incumbent is on duty. Positions in this class are distinguished from the next higher class, Custodial Foreman which has lead-supervisory responsibility and responsibility for supervision of the District custodial services.

NOTE: The following list of duties are those usually performed by most employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual in the classification.

1. Sets up furniture in and prepares rooms and halls for social functions/classes/programs.
2. Sweeps, mops, dusts, strips and waxes floors, frequently using power equipment; also vacuums, cleans rugs and cleans cooking stoves, ovens and refrigerators
3. Dusts and polishes furniture and woodwork.
4. Washes windows inside and outside.
5. Cleans all front and rear door entrances.
6. Cleans and disinfects restrooms and keeps them supplied.
7. Requisitions supplies needed to carry out the above duties.
8. Reports vandalism, theft and forcible entry to Supervisor, and District Office, police if needed.
9. Fills out vandalism forms, incident and accident forms.
10. Reports items in need of repair.
11. Fills out Building Inspection reports.
12. Monitors building inventory of tables and chairs.
13. Adhere to safe work practices as trained.
14. Property label and secure products and chemicals.


A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed). A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:


Six (6) months experience in the class of Custodian, or in a federally funded program, or in a permanent position in the HARD service.



Six (6) months of full time experience performing custodial work in offices or institutions.

License: Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license and a good driving record.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge, skills and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Modern custodial methods, materials, and equipment including the use of power driven waxing and buffing machines, soaps, detergents, waxes and cleaning compounds.

Ability to:

• Follow standing instructions and accept responsibility.
• Read and write and clearly speak effectively.
• Read and follow safe use (MSDS) for all products, chemicals or equipment.
• Exhibit a high customer service priority.
• Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers at all levels of the organization.
• Use and operate sanders, buffers, vacuum cleaners and similar equipment in the course of custodial duties.
• Within OSHA guidelines, withstand periods of physical exposure to the presence of fumes, odors, dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect.
• Safely transport, lift and handle bulky objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

AM:cs Revised 9/14/15
CSC Date: 10/14/15



Ten (10) working days paid vacation each year; fifteen (15) days after five (5) years of service; and twenty (20) days after thirteen years of service.

Thirteen (14) paid holidays a year.

Sick leave is accrued at the rate of one (1) day per month.

Choice of three (4) health plans for employees and their dependents, most, if not all of which is paid for by the District upon completion of probation. (Employees that are Full-time, benefits are effective upon date of hire)

Comprehensive dental plan for employees and their dependents after completion of probation. ( Employees that are Full-time,  benefits are effective upon date of hire)

Vision care reimbursement benefit.

Social Security paid for by District and employee.

Public Employees Retirement System (employee's share paid by the District).

Long Term Disability Plan.

Deferred Compensation Plan available.

Employee Credit Union services.

Educational Tuition Reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program.