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Recruitment #20-FD4-01



THE JOB: Under general supervision, provide care and cleaning for assigned areas in and around County buildings, offices, institutions and other facilities; supervise a small group of custodians; and perform other duties as required. The current vacancy is for substitute employment in the General Services Department. The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, substitute, and temporary (extra help) vacancies during the life of the eligible list. *Effective July 11, 2020, this position will be furloughed by 7.5%.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience providing the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these would be:

Six months of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Custodian in the County of Santa Cruz.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License upon appointment. Background Investigation: Fingerprinting is required. Other Requirements: Availability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, holidays and for emergencies, as needed.

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, disturbing situations such as cleaning the morgue after an autopsy.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in cleaning and caring for floors, walls, fixtures and furniture; safety practices and procedures for handling toxic materials; and aseptic procedures and infection control, as related to custodial services. Some knowledge of the principles of supervision and training.

Ability to: Lead and work with employees performing custodial duties; adopt work procedures to meet changing needs; inspect and evaluate custodial work for cleanliness, aseptic cleanliness, and neatness; understand and apply rules and written and oral directions; prepare messages and simple reports; maintain accurate reports; read and understand written instructions, directions, and procedures; make simple arithmetic calculations; interact effectively with others; follow safety policies, procedures and practices; operate floor care machines; perform heavy manual labor which includes moving furniture and custodial equipment and lifting items such as garbage cans and five-gallon containers 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; and distinguish sounds, such as warning signals over the sounds of machinery.


ANNUAL LEAVE - 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service.  Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application and supplemental questionnaire. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

County of Santa Cruz


An Equal Opportunity Employer


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