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Temporary Senior Custodian (5116C), Facilities Services

University of California-Berkeley
United States, California, Berkeley
2199 Addison Street (Show on map)
March 13, 2023

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit grow.berkeley.edu.

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services supports the physical campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The department maintains and provides services to over 11,000,000 of space and 40,000 campus occupants through the efforts of over 400 trade, custodial, and support staff. The department is committed to providing a safe workplace for its employees. Facilities Services works to maintain a campus-built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning, and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations Shops, Quality Assurance &Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services, and People's Park.

The primary responsibility of the Custodial Service Organization is to maintain the campus buildings at a clean and sanitary level. The Custodial staff members report directly to the Supervisor. The position is responsible for maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of specific areas using approved products, methods, and frequencies which have been approved by the Custodial Supervisor and Manager.


CUSTODIAL DUTIES - Provide quality customer service during each interaction with internal and external customers.

In offices, lounges, student common areas, lobbies, laboratories, hallways, stairwells, walkways, outside steps, terraces, balconies, trash, kitchenettes, and other designated areas:

  • Dust, wipe, and clean moldings, windowsills, handrails, door tracks, radiators, furniture, inside windows on all floors and outside windows on ground floor levels, and other designated areas.
  • Sweep, mop, and clean floors and stairways. Strip or scrub floors using buffers, auto scrubbers, and other designated equipment.
  • Vacuum, sweep, shampoo, and spot-clean rugs, carpets, and other materials.
  • Clean and polish furniture.
  • Clean kitchen appliances.
  • Cleans and disinfects restrooms including toilets, urinals, sinks, and fixtures.
  • Restock paper products and soap and removes used products
  • Clean and disinfect shower stalls; urinals and toilets; wash basins/sinks; mirrors, frames, and shelves; painted and/or glass walls, partitions, and doors; windows; locker fronts; ceiling, light covers, and vents.
  • Pick up trash and debris.
  • Clean and empty wastebaskets and other receptacles.
  • Performs all duties in accordance with the university's Zero Waste and Sustainability initiatives.
  • Dust, wipe, and clean moldings, windowsills, handrails, door tracks, radiators, furniture, inside windows on all floors and outside windows on ground floor levels, and other designated areas.
  • Occasionally cleans up water and debris due to leaks and floods with wet pick-up vacuums.
  • Remove and transfer compost and recycling items to a central location.
  • Clear minor drain stoppages.
  • Report damage and maintenance repair needs.
  • Sweep outside buildings


  • Perform basic maintenance and safety inspections of custodial equipment including, but is not limited to: vacuum cleaners, buffers, pressure washing equipment, wet/dry vacuums, floor scrubbing and/or polishing machines.
  • Set up, operate, and dismantle a full range of cleaning equipment.


  • Set-ups: Move, set up, and take down folding/stationary tables weighing up to 40 lbs.; arrange chairs and other furniture; clean rooms; follow checklist for set-up arrangements and amenities to be provided on the tables.
  • Clean chalk/whiteboards and rails.


  • Secures areas as required, such as entrance and office doors


  • Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job-related and safety training as required.


  • Perform other duties as assigned

IIPP Statement

  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk.
  • This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards, and reporting unsafe conditions.

Required Qualifications

  • Six (6) months of experience working as a professional custodian.
  • Knowledge of cleaning products and methods used to maintain different types of floor surfaces(tile, wood, cement, carpet).
  • Knowledge of healthy and safe work practices, personal protective equipment (PPEs), and SDS sheets.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lb. and move up to 100 lb.
  • Ability to learn and practice security procedures related to unlocking/locking/securing of buildings and keys.
  • Basic English skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), including the ability to read documents, SDS, and warning labels in English.
  • Ability to comprehend technical and safety documentation and follow oral and written instructions related to the use of position-related equipment, tools, and the safe use of chemicals.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and convey information effectively in person, via radio, etc.
  • Ability to gain basic understanding/knowledge of the University environment, mission, and operational needs.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision in isolated areas, or in a building with heavy customer traffic.
  • Basic skills to evaluate, troubleshoot inquiries, establish priorities, follow plans, and complete goals/ objectives.
  • Ability to maintain respectful, civil, professional, and customer-friendly behavior.
  • Excellent customer service skills, which include the ability to take customer requests in a customer-friendly manner and follow through.
  • Ability to work within a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Custodial experience in a college/university, hotel, hospital, or property management.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a 5 month, full-time, limited (temporary) position that is eligible for UC benefits
  • This position is non-exempt and bi-weekly. The hourly pay for this role is $21.24 (step 1.0)
  • There are 9 openings
  • For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/sx/index.html

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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