CUSTODIAN (Open until Filled)

Department: Facility Services

Hiring Rate: $23,069.00

Salary Range: $24,224.00 - $34,604.00



                                                       General Statement of Duties


Performs routine unskilled and semi-skilled manual work in the custodial care of buildings .


                                                 Distinguishing Features of the Class


Employees in this class perform manual labor involving a variety of buildings custodial and maintenance tasks.  Work involves the use of a variety of tools and light equipment. Work includes cleaning floors, windows, bathrooms, replacing simple light bulbs and paper supplies, building security and routine grounds maintenance.  The employees are subject to working in both inside and outside environments and exposure to various hazards such as loud noises, vibration, moving mechanical parts, electrical current, chemicals and human body fluids and thus is subject to OSHA requirements on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under regular supervision and is evaluated through observation and inspection to determine thoroughness in carrying out assigned duties. 


                                                         Duties and Responsibilities


Essential Duties and Tasks

Cleans buildings; vacuums, mops, sweeps, dusts furniture, cleans restrooms and restroom fixtures; cleans windows, shampoos carpet, buffs and waxes floors, strips wax.

Stocks restrooms with paper products such as towels and tissue; stocks soap.

            Cleans window blinds and window sills; cleans base boards.

Replaces light bulbs.

Performs a variety of maintenance tasks such as sweeping sidewalks, parking lots and porches; locks and unlocks buildings, sets up rooms for meetings and moves furniture; and hauling off trash. 

Defrosts refrigerators; cleans windows and walls; cleans coffee pots; washes out trash containers; cleans dishes.

            Operates carpet cleaners, buffers, dusters, rakes, vacuum machines and other cleaning equipment.

Operates and cleans county vehicles.

Raises and lowers flags.

Maintains ready stock of janitorial supplies.

            Maintains simple records of work activities.


Additional Job Duties

            May supervise community service workers.

Performs related tasks as required.


                                                Recruitment and Selection Guidelines


Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of the methods and techniques applied in unskilled manual labor and custodial work.

Working knowledge of the standard practices, material, tools, and equipment utilized in the cleaning of buildings.

Working knowledge of standard hand tools, operation of light equipment, and materials used in assigned work.


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Working knowledge of the occupational hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with assigned work.

Ability to work productively without close supervision. 

Ability to respond courteously to County employees and citizens.

Ability to work cooperatively with supervisors and coworkers.

            Ability to keep simple work records.

Ability to understand and follow specific oral and written instructions.


Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pound of force occasionally; 20 pounds of force frequently; and 10 pounds constantly.

Must possess the visual acuity to operate light equipment such as the vacuum cleaners and small trucks in a safe manner.


Desirable Education and Experience

Ability to read and write and any combination of education and experience that produces the required knowledges, skills, and abilities listed above.


Special Requirement

May require possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.


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Special Note: This generic class description gives an overview of the job class, its essential job functions, and recommended job requirements.  However, for each individual position assigned to this class, there is available a completed job questionnaire with a physical abilities checklist which can give further details about that one specific position. Those documents should be reviewed before initiating a selection process.  They can provide additional detailed information on which to base various personnel actions and can assist management in making legal and defensible personnel decisions.