Job: Custodian/Housekeeper (Open)

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Job Title:Custodian/Housekeeper (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 06/27/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$20.09 - $25.10 Hourly
$1,607.20 - $2,008.00 Biweekly
$3,482.27 - $4,350.67 Monthly
$41,787.20 - $52,208.00 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
We are seeking experienced Custodians/Housekeepers to be responsible for custodial/housekeeping duties in and around County buildings and healthcare facilities. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of hands-on work experience performing the duties listed below in a government, hospital, locked facility, or similar facility; and experience in stripping and waxing floors are highly preferred.

Typical duties include: sweeping, scrubbing, stripping, waxing, buffing, polishing and vacuuming floors; sweeping, shampooing and vacuuming carpeted areas; dusting and polishing furniture, woodwork, screens, fixtures and equipment; picking up papers and other refuse on grounds; sweeping walkways and entrances; washing, scrubbing and disinfecting restrooms; washing walls; cleaning partition glass and drinking fountains; cleaning and polishing metalwork; emptying and cleaning waste containers; lifting and moving equipment, supplies or waste materials; replenishing supplies in restrooms and other locations; maintaining custodial equipment and supplies; reporting safety, sanitary and fire hazards; moving furniture, supplies and equipment; and assisting in moving or rearranging chairs, tables, desks, furniture and other equipment. Duties may also include checking building security by setting alarms, closing windows, locking doors and turning out lights; making minor repairs or adjustments in equipment; raising and lowering flags; and occasionally assisting with miscellaneous minor repair work.

Note: There are three (3) current vacancies: one (1) vacancy in the Department of Public Works and two (2) vacancies in San Mateo Medical Center. The list created from this recruitment will be used to fill these current vacancies and future vacancies, including extra-help vacancies.

IMPORTANT: Custodians/Housekeepers are required to work at various locations throughout San Mateo County (County Facilities/Buildings, San Mateo Medical Center, Maple Street Jail, Hall of Justice, Maguire Correctional Facility, and Youth Services Center) and/or shifts (days, evenings, holidays, and/or weekends).

Candidates may be required to complete an extensive security clearance package and undergo a thorough background check conducted by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office prior to hiring. The selected candidate must be cleared to work in and around a locked facility and detainees.

Physical Requirements: Must be physically capable of standing, walking and bending for extended periods of time and have sufficient strength to lift items up to 50 pounds.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is one year of recent custodial experience.

Knowledge of: Proper use of cleaning materials, chemicals and disinfectants; modern tools, equipment and techniques used in cleaning large multi-purpose facilities; and proper methods for clean-up and disposal of hazardous wastes.

Skill/Ability to: Follow oral and written instructions and relay information accurately; read and understand labels and work orders, complete forms; operate a variety of mechanized cleaning equipment including buffers, auto-scrubbers and extractors; lift and carry tools, equipment or materials and supplies; bend, stoop and reach overhead; stand and walk for extended periods of time; make minor repairs and do minor maintenance work; maintain safe working practices; and work courteously and effectively with the public and co-workers.

Other Requirements: May be required to work evenings, holidays, and/or weekends. Some positions may require a valid driver license. Selected positions may require that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.
Anyone may apply. Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials.

The examination process will consist of a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience (weight: pass/fail) based solely on the candidates' responses to the supplemental questions, and a performance test (weight: 100%). The evaluation of relevant training and experience will be based solely on the responses to the supplemental questions. Because of this process, not all applicants meeting the minimum requirements are guaranteed advancement through the examination process. Only those applicants whose training and experience most closely match the needs of the department will be invited to the performance test. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline: June 27, 2017
Training and Experience Evaluation (tentative): Week of July 10, 2017
Performance Exam (tentative): July 26 and/or 27, 2017

The County of San Mateo will no longer require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HR Contact: Christina Chan (061417) (Custodian - T075)


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