Placer Employment Opportunities

Custodian - II

Recruitment #2020-11101-01


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn.   For more information about Placer County, please visit  


The Facilities Management Department has two current permanent, full-time vacancies for Custodian - II. These positions are responsible for providing janitorial services and essential cleaning/maintenance of County owned and operated facilities ensuring the health and safety of Placer County Employees and the general public.

The eligible list created for this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies for both temporary/extra-help and permanent positions.

*Temporary/Extra-help assignments are limited to 28 hours per week with a cap of 999 hours or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits. Extra-help appointments made from this eligible list may transition to permanent status, should vacancies arise.

*Placer County is committed to the safety of employees. During the COVID – 19 pandemic, the County is making suitable PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) available and has increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols throughout County work sites, per CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines. Physical distancing protocol is in place to promote a safe work environment.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer, please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To perform a variety of custodial duties to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of assigned rooms, buildings and related County facilities.


This is the full journey level class within the Custodian series.  This class is distinguished from the Custodian I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

This class is distinguished from the Senior Custodian in that the latter performs facility use coordination duties and exercises technical and functional supervision over custodial staff. 


Receives general supervision from a Supervising Custodian and may receive technical and functional supervision from management and supervisory staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sweep, mop, wax, buff and scrub floors; vacuum and clean carpets; clean restrooms; empty and clean waste receptacles.
  • Dust, wax, wash and polish furniture and woodwork; wash windows, walls, and blinds; polish metal work.
  • Clean and dust books and shelves; move and arrange furniture and equipment.
  • Perform minor building maintenance or repairs of custodial related equipment.
  • Inspect buildings for safety, fire and sanitary hazards.
  • Operate a variety of electrical cleaning equipment; maintain custodial equipment and supplies.
  • Unlock and lock entrances to buildings; check buildings for security.
  • May train and lead assigned custodial staff.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer services.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of experience performing duties similar to a Custodian I with Placer County.

Training: Formal or informal education or training which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required depending on the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Cleaning materials and disinfectants, equipment and tools used in custodial work.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Methods of cleaning and preserving floors, walls and fixtures.
Ability to:
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand operations and observe safety rules; Intermittently analyze problem equipment; identify safety hazards; identify and locate supplies and equipment; identify and locate cleaning and maintenance issues; interpret work assignments; remember tasks and daily assignments; and explain cleaning and maintenance issues to others.
  • Intermittently, sit while studying or preparing work papers; stand, walk, bend, squat, climb, kneel, and twist while performing cleaning or general facility maintenance activities; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; regularly lift very heavy weight.
  • Learn how to use a variety of equipment, materials and tools required in custodial work.
  • Clean and care for assigned areas and equipment.
  • Perform heavy manual work.
  • Work assigned shifts.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Use a variety of equipment, materials, and tools, including electrical cleaning equipment, required in custodial and minor maintenance work.


Online Examination (100%) 

The virtual examination has been tentatively scheduled for the week of November 16, 2020. 

After the posted filing deadline, qualified candidates will receive a notification via email when the examination is available. The virtual examination may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, matching, and/or essay type questions directly related to the required knowledge and abilities for this classification.  

Note: Candidates will have approximately three (3) calendar days from the date of notification to complete the online examination. Only one attempt will be permitted.


Length of Probation:

All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.

Bargaining Unit:



Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Selection Plan

Tentative Recruitment Timeline:

  • Week of 11/02/20 - Minimum Qualifications Screening
  • Week of 11/09/20 - Written Examination Invitations Sent
  • Week of 11/16/20 - Online Written Examination
  • Week of 11/23/20 - Eligible List Established

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