Recruitment #2208-0713DC-002


Qualified applicants may be considered for vacancies in various departments.

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Custodial Worker II – City Laborer is responsible for the overall cleanliness and upkeep of City buildings and grounds. Incumbents perform custodial duties and routine maintenance tasks.

Essential Functions

Cleaning and Task Tracking/Administration

  • General cleaning, including biohazard cleanup, mopping, dusting, and sweeping.  Wash walls, windows and ceilings; collect trash, sort recyclables, clean entrance mats; clean and sanitize showers, locker rooms and toilet facilities.
  • Floor care, including washing, stripping and waxing floors; operate floor care equipment, such as buffing or scrubbing machines.
  • Utilize related computer software such as Facility Dude, maintenance work order systems, Microsoft Office products, e-mail and online timesheets.
  • Assist with training new employees, including demonstrating the correct use of cleaning chemicals and equipment
  • Consistently exhibit safe work practices and procedures.

Building Maintenance

  • Move objects, including furniture, floor care equipment and recycling carts.  
  • Unload trailers using pallet jacks to move loaded pallets.
  • Maintain, check and deliver supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain light fixtures, including bulb replacement and fixture cleaning.
  • Perform minor maintenance duties, including painting, lock maintenance and ceiling tile replacement.
  • Maintain the grounds around facilities including mowing, weeding, raking, and trimming grass, bushes and trees.  
  • Perform snow removal functions, including salting, plowing and shoveling.
  • Pick up litter and perform general plant care.
  • Perform minor repairs and general cleaning to custodial floor equipment, vacuums and power equipment such as changing oil, filling with gas and lubrication.  

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.
  • Subject to working weekends, holidays, 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to work from ladders at heights of up to 15 feet.
  • Must be able to meet the physical demands of the job including frequent standing, walking, twisting, bending, climbing stairs, lifting and pushing items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must pass a Milwaukee Police Department background investigation prior to hire in the MPD.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Eighteen years of age at time of application.
  2. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience performing duties closely related to the above functions in the capacity of a building engineer, custodian or janitor.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

Technical and Physical Skill

  • Knowledge of cleaning, maintenance and other basic custodial responsibilities.
  • Ability to perform minor landscaping tasks.
  • Ability to follow instructions, rules and safety guidelines.
  • Ability to read and interpret maintenance work orders and other job-related forms.
  • Ability to safely use equipment, supplies and chemicals required by the position.
  • Ability to operate job-related tools, mechanical appliances, snow removal equipment, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, floor strippers, buffers, polishers and other wheeled and mechanized equipment.
  • Ability to utilize various software programs including Facility Dude, Microsoft Office, and work order programs.  

Safety and Judgement

  • Ability to always exercise care and good judgment regarding safety, abiding by safety-related policies, laws, and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
  • Ability to monitor the work site vicinity, including pedestrian traffic, to ensure the safety of the custodial crew and the public.

Interpersonal and Customer Focus

  • Ability to work and communicate with supervisors and other staff as an effective team member.
  • Ability to interact diplomatically and tactfully with the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with coworkers and residents whose background may differ from one’s own.

Current Salary

The current starting salary rate (PR 8DN) is $37,209 annually, and the resident incentive starting salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $38,325* annually.  


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

* Salary corrected on August 24, 2022.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.  

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting

  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


EEO Code= 801 
The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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