Custodian I/II – City of Escondido – Escondido, CA



Custodian I: $2,482.29/mo – $3,017.24/mo
Custodian II: $2,736.87/mo – $3,326.68/mo

If you want to join a hard-working team that shares a commitment to keep the City of Escondido safe, clean and efficiently run, consider a career with the City of Escondido. We have an opening for the position of Custodian I/II in our Public Works Department/Building Maintenance Division. For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City’s website.

Under general supervision, cleans and maintains the orderliness of City building facilities; performs related work as required.


These classifications are progressively staffed with the Custodian I as the entry level position. Custodian I incumbents are eligible to progress to the II level after 12 months of successful performance and upon completion of the department training plan. As employees progress into the higher level classification, they are expected to work more independently and at a higher level. At the Custodian II level, incumbents may plan and supervise the work of Custodian I employees.

Key Responsibilities

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

General Functions:

Sweeps, mops, and waxes resilient and non-resilient flooring.

Vacuums and cleans carpets.

Dusts and polishes furniture, woodwork, and metal work.

Empties and cleans waste recycling receptacles.

Cleans mirrors and glass in windows, doors, and display cases.

Cleans and disinfects surfaces and fixtures in restrooms, kitchens and defrosts refrigerators.

Monitors quantities of materials and supplies used and replenishes them or orders as needed.

Completes routine records such as work orders.

Sets up and transports audiovisual, tables, chairs and other equipment for meetings using written diagrams to various locations.

Performs minor building maintenance.

Maintains and performs minor repairs and adjustments to assigned equipment.

Secures the City’s buildings and facilities by turning off the lights, locking all doors and windows, and setting the alarm system.

Operates clothes washer and dryer to launder cleaning rags.

Demonstrates proper cleaning procedures and techniques to other employees as assigned.

Closes and secures designated parking areas for special events and activities as assigned.

Maintains simple records and performs minor computer tasks.

Reads and interprets directions and sketches.

Drives a city vehicle as assigned by supervisor.

At the Custodian II level, may plan and supervise the work of subordinate employees.

Performs vacation and temporary relief as necessary.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge of:
Methods, techniques, materials, tools, equipment, and terminology used in custodial work.
Safety principles and practices.
Principles of customer service.
Use of hazardous chemicals common to custodial work.
Principles of customer service.

Ability to:
Use and properly operate assigned tools and equipment, including a computer.
Work effectively at remote locations without direct supervision.
Follow oral and written instructions, including written diagrams.
Read, understand and follow Material Safety Data Sheets and other related documents.
Perform manual work either indoors or outdoors.
Work above the ground on ladders or platforms.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Communicate effectively with co-workers and the public.
Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
Read, write and understand English to follow safety precautions and procedures.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships and contribute to a cooperative team effort.

Minimum Requirements

Custodian I/II

Graduation from the 12th grade or equivalent.

Custodian I


At least six months (full-time equivalent) of custodial or building maintenance experience.

Custodian II


Upon successful completion of the training plan established by the department and at least 12 months (full-time equivalent) with the City of Escondido at the Custodian I level, incumbents are eligible to progress to Custodian II.

License/Certificate and Other Requirements

Incumbents must possess a valid Class “C” California driver’s license at the time of application. Must work overtime when required. When assigned, works nights, weekends and holidays.

Supplemental Information

NOTE: For a complete listing of job duties and qualifications, please refer to the corresponding job description, which can be obtained from the Human Resources Department or downloaded from the City’s web site. The City of Escondido is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. All applicants will be subject to fingerprint investigation before a conditional offer of employment is extended. A medical examination, along with a DRUG SCREEN will be conducted following a conditional offer of employment. Positions subject to the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations will be subject to DOT pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing.

Applications will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to appear for testing. All positions require the ability to read, write and speak English. Types of tests may include written and/or oral examination, physical agility, practical exam or other appropriate job-related selection process. When testing is completed, candidates will be ranked on an eligibility list in the order of their test score. Selection for appointments is made from names certified on the eligibility list.
All appointments are subject to the successful completion of background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting, and will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. Qualification by a medical examination will be required at the time of appointment. After appointment, classified employees must satisfactorily complete a probationary period to be eligible for regular status. In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, all new employees must produce proof of eligibility to work in the United States within the first three days of their employment. The City of Escondido participates in E-Verify®.
The Loyalty Oath will be administered to all new employees on their first day of hire. New employees hired into positions that require a driver’s license must provide proof of a valid California Driver’s License of the appropriate class level on their first day of employment.
Additional information regarding the essential functions and physical, environmental and communication demands of the position may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. If you require reasonable accommodation in the testing process, such as an alternate means of testing, you must contact the Human Resources Department by the final filing date to complete a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.

Note: Pursuant to California Civil Code section 1786.53, the City of Escondido shall provide to all job candidates a copy of any records of arrest, indictment, conviction, civil judicial action, tax lien or outstanding judgment which was obtained in the course of conducting an evaluation for employment, assignment, and/or promotion. A copy of this information, if received by the City, will be given to candidates within seven days of the City’s receipt.

Eligible individuals are those who meet the following criteria:

  • Served in the U.S. armed forces
  • Received an honorable discharge
  • Did not retire from military service
  • Seeking employment with the City of Escondido for the first time.
Guard and Reserve active duty for training purposes does not qualify for veterans’ preference. Proof of eligibility (copy of DD-214) must be submitted at time of application, or later if the promulgation of the eligibility list will not be delayed. Veterans’ preference credit will only be applied to eligible applicants who attained a passing grade (total score exclusive of credit) on the final open examination.

The City of Escondido is a prominent agricultural, commercial hub and residential center of North San Diego County. Located a short 30-minute drive from the beach, the mountains or downtown San Diego, Escondido residents enjoy the pleasure of a rural lifestyle with all the benefits of suburban living. Escondido is a diverse, vibrant community with many amenities. The city offers attractive homes in a wide range of prices, two lakes, several parks, a sports center, golf courses, restaurants, wineries, shopping centers, a variety of art galleries, entertainment venues, and a state of the art hospital. Established in 1888, the city’s rich past brings charm and stability to the community; yet integrated with Escondido’s treasured heritage is a progressive future, bright and brimming with promise.

EOE The City of Escondido does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, sex, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.

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