County of Alameda

Janitor, Floor Specialist (#7411)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$21.64-$25.74 Hourly / $1,623.00-$1,930.50 BiWeekly /
$3,516.50-$4,182.75 Monthly / $42,198.00-$50,193.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to strip, wax, refinish and shampoo various types of floors in an assigned area; may also be assigned to general janitorial duties.


This class of Janitor- Floor Specialist is distinguished from the class of Janitor, in that the former is primarily assigned to maintain the floors in County buildings by using manual and powered floor maintenance equipment including buffers, strippers, waxers, carpet extractors and bonnets. All janitorial staff performs routine vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, however Floor Specialist differ from the Janitor classification because of their specialization in floor care. Incumbents may be required to travel between assigned locations and secure the facility at the end of their shift. Incumbents must have the ability to work with limited or no supervision, nights, and evenings.

The class of Janitor- Floor Specialist is distinguished from Lead Janitor in that the latter class has lead responsibility for a group of Janitors in addition to performing janitorial work.

Janitor- Floor Specialist may be assigned to work a variety of shifts and locations within the County.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Strips, waxes and refinishes hard surfaces; cleans carpets and upholstered surfaces; sweeps and mops.

2. Operates powered floor cleaning equipment such as: low speed buffers, high speed buffers, carpet extractors, bonnet machines, wet/dry vacuum, vacuum cleaners, air blowers, and ride on equipment.

3. Moves heavy furniture and lifts powered floor cleaning equipment.

4. Mixes floor cleaning chemicals and places chemicals on floor surface to be cleaned.

5. Cleans grout in bathrooms.

6. May demonstrate proper floor care to incumbents of the Janitorial classification on proper floor care.

7. Dusts and polishes wood surfaces and metal fixtures; cleans window coverings.

8. Cleans stairs, stairwells and entranceways to the curb; pressure washes patios, stairs, entranceways and balconies, rakes litter in parking lot and cleans walk off mats.

9. Cleans and disinfects washrooms and keeps them well stocked; uses various cleaning agents to wash walls, fixtures and inside windows; requests or orders adequate supplies to complete work.

10. Turns out lights and leaves area ready for occupancy; replaces light bulbs and occasionally uses ladders of various heights; empties waste baskets and ash trays and disposes of trash; picks up recycling.

11. Moves furniture and office equipment setting room in order; is assigned general security of the building in which they work. Arranges and rearranges office space, conference rooms, training centers and auditoriums.


The equivalent of six months’ full-time experience in offices or an institution and completion of manufacturer’s floor care training.


The equivalent of six months direct floor care experience that included carpet, tile and finished concrete.


A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

Special Requirement:
Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.

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 and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Modern janitorial methods, materials and equipment, including the proper use of power- driven waxing and buffing machines, soaps, detergents, disinfectants, cleaning compounds, extractors, carpet machines and pressure washers.

Ability to:

• Communicate orally, including the ability to follow oral instructions.
• Communicate in writing, including the ability to follow written instructions.
• Perform repetitive tasks without continuous supervision.
• Work effectively with a wide variety of people.
• Correctly and safely use janitorial materials, products and equipment.
• Lift and move items up to 50 pounds.
• Learn basic computer skills.

Newspec 7411.doc
CH:cs 1/10/11
CSC Date: 3/7/12


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.