County of Alameda

Custodian SAN (#7420N)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$26.71-$26.71 Hourly / $0.00-$0.00 BiWeekly /
$0.00-$0.00 Monthly / $0.00-$0.00 Yearly

Under direction, to perform janitorial duties in and to be responsible for the overall condition and proper use of a County building and its facilities; and to do related work as required.


Custodians, whose work is subject to infrequent inspection, perform janitorial duties in County buildings, the facilities of which are used continuously by the general public. Positions in this class may be distinguished from Janitors in that they are assigned responsibility for the general security of the building in which they work and have considerable contact with the public in explaining the facilities available in the building and in safeguarding their proper use. 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 much of the time the incumbent is on duty.

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. Opens and closes the building to public use.

2. Sets up furniture in and prepares rooms and halls for social functions.

3. Helps make reservations for rooms and halls, referring to log book showing reservations outstanding.

4. Sweeps, mops, dusts, and waxes floors, frequently using power equipment; and vacuum cleans rugs.

5. Dusts and polishes furniture and woodwork.

6. Maintains comfortable temperatures throughout the building, cleaning tubes and filters on oil burners if necessary.

7. Washes inside windows and occasionally outside windows.

8. Cleans and disinfects washrooms and keeps them supplied.

9. Requisitions supplies needed to carry out the above duties.

10. Answers the telephone and gives information regarding building facilities and use.

11. Delivers mail to offices in the building.

12. Occasionally does some outside work, such as cutting grass and trimming hedges.

13. When assigned as Custodian in the County Morgue, admits authorized persons to the morgue; answers phone and gives out information on cause of death to the press, and assists Deputy Coroners in photographing and fingerprinting bodies.

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The equivalent of one year of experience as a Janitor in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Completion of the eighth grade.



The equivalent of two years of recent, paid janitorial experience in offices or an institution.


Some equivalent combination of education and similar experience.

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 use of power-driven waxing and buffing machines, soaps, detergents, disinfectants, and cleaning compounds.

Ability to:

• Follow standing instructions and accept responsibility.
• Exercise tact and show courtesy in frequent contacts with the public.

Retyped: 2/3/77-tce
Old document: 0693h
New document: Jobspecs/7420N


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

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • 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.


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