Apply as a Transfer/Demotion applicant

$21.17-$26.78 hourly / $3,669.00-$4,642.00 monthly / $44,033.60-$55,702.40 yearly


Under supervision, provide care and cleaning for assigned areas in and around County buildings, offices, institutions and other facilities; and perform other duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is the entry and full journey level in the custodian series. Incumbents are assigned to work in various County buildings and facilities and are responsible for keeping assigned areas clean and orderly. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Custodian Leadworker in that the latter class, as a secondary assignment, guides, checks, assigns, and corrects the work of a group of Custodians.

Typical Tasks

Sweep, mop, scrub, strip, wax, and buff floors; sweep, vacuum, shampoo, and steam clean carpets; operate heavy floor care equipment; dust and polish furniture, woodwork, metalwork, fixtures and equipment; sweep walks, stairways and entryways; empty waste receptacles and ash trays and dispose of trash; wash walls, fixtures, equipment and windows; clean, disinfect, and polish water fountains, sinks and other fixtures and equipment; maintain rest-rooms in sanitary condition and replenish supplies; replace light bulbs and fluorescent tubes; make elementary repairs to fixtures and equipment, such as replacing faucet washers and installing shelves; report the need for maintenance work to superiors; move and arrange office equipment and furniture; set up furniture for meetings; report conditions which may indicate vandalism, illegal entry or fire hazards; clean venetian blinds and screens; remove dirty linen; maintain supplies of clean linen; maintain designated areas in aseptic condition; may raise and lower flags; may deliver outdated drugs and outdated confidential records to the County warehouse for secure disposal; may provide security for assigned areas, such as open and lock doors and windows and turn on/off lights; may provide initial training for new employees; may provide vacation and other relief for su pervisor and for other classes, as required.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

  • The methods, materials, and equipment used in cleaning and caring for floors, walls, fixtures and furniture.

Ability to:

  • Quickly learn and apply the approved methods of cleaning and caring for buildings and equipment.
  • Read and understand signs, labels, work schedules and simple instruc tions and procedures.
  • Understand and apply rules and written and oral directions.
  • Enter simple information on forms, such as time cards and other records.
  • Follow safety policies, procedures and practices.
  • Learn to operate floor care machines.
  • Learn and apply aseptic cleaning procedures and infection control as related to custodial services is required for some positions.
  • Learn and apply safety practices and toxic materials handling procedures.
  • Interact effectively with others.
  • Perform heavy manual labor which includes moving furniture and custodial equipment and lifting items such as garbage cans and five-gallon con- tainers of wax which weigh up to 75 pounds.
  • Perform tasks which require manual dexterity, such as repairing cleaning equipment.
  • Perform tasks which require coordination and balance, such as washing windows while standing on ledges, changing light bulbs while standing on a ladder, and using floor buffers.
  • Distinguish colors to determine containment of toxic waste products.
  • Distinguish sounds, such as warning signals over the sounds of machinery.

Education and Experience:

  • Any combination of education and experience which would provide the re quired knowledges and abilities is qualifying.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

  • License Requirements: Possession of a valid California class C driver license is required for some positions.
  • Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required.
  • Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures; cramped work spaces; heights, such as on ladders; strong and unpleasant odors and fumes; noise; the possibility of exposure to infectious materials which might cause chronic disease or death; the possibility of exposure to toxic substances or chemical irritants; and, for some positions, disturb ing situations, such as cleaning the morgue after an autopsy.
  • Other Special Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and for emergencies, as needed.


Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 08
Occupational Grouping: 26
Workers' Comp Code: 1160
Analyst: JF
Revised: 9/83

CLASS: FD2; EST: 9/1/1977; REV: 11/1/1994;