Berkeley Unified School District

Custodian I (SUBSTITUTE ONLY) - Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

Job Description


Posted: Tuesday, 10/17/2023

Under general direction of an assigned supervisor and/or guidance of a lead Custodian II, perform routine custodial activities at assigned school sites or facilities; clean and maintain buildings and ground areas and maintain them in a clean, orderly and secure condition; and operate a variety of cleaning equipment used to perform job responsibilities.

  • In accordance with the District cleaning standards, perform routine custodial activities at assigned school sites or facilities; sweep, scrub, mop, strip, wax, disinfect and polish floors; vacuum rugs and carpets in classrooms, offices, , auditoriums, kitchens, assembly areas and other areas; spot clean and shampoo carpets
  • Clean classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums, auditoriums, lounges, offices, locker rooms, hallways and other facilities as assigned; dust and polish furniture and woodwork; empty waste receptacles; spot mop spills; remove gum, debris and graffiti as needed
  • Clean and disinfect drinking fountains and restroom facilities including sinks, toilets and urinals; fill dispensers with towels, soap, toilet paper and other items; wash mirrors, tile, walls and windows; unclog drains and toilets; polish metal work
  • Pick up paper and other debris and sweep school grounds and/or other assigned areas
  • Operate custodial equipment such as vacuums, mops, small hand and manual tools, buffer/scrubber machines and other equipment as assigned; operate a variety of cleaning equipment utilized in custodial work, including industrial floor scrubber/stripper/polisher and large wet mops
  • At designated sites, drive a District off-street vehicle as needed to perform duties
  • Replace light bulbs and tubes; clean chalkboards, white boards, trays and erasers; empty pencil sharpeners; clean tables, chairs and floors; wash windows, blinds, counters, sinks, and walls
  • Move and arrange furniture and equipment; prepare classrooms, gymnasiums and other facilities for special events or meetings as assigned; set up and assemble chairs, tables and other furniture and equipment; clean up furniture, equipment and debris following these events
  • Lock and unlock doors, gates and windows as appropriate; turn lights on and off as needed; maintain security of assigned areas according to established guidelines; set alarms as appropriate
  • Report safety, sanitary and fire hazards to appropriate personnel; perform minor maintenance tasks such as removing graffiti, repairing furniture; report need for maintenance and repairs to Custodian II or supervisor
  • Participate in the thorough cleaning and restoration of campus facilities during recess periods
Perform related duties as assigned


Proper methods, techniques, materials, tools and equipment used in modern custodial work
Modern cleaning methods including basic methods of cleaning floors, carpets, furniture, walls and fixtures
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies
Requirements of maintaining buildings in a safe, clean and orderly condition
Appropriate safety precautions and procedures
Proper lifting techniques

Communicate effectively with students and adults
Perform routine custodial activities at assigned school sites or facilities
Maintain buildings and grounds areas in a clean, orderly and secure condition
Use cleaning materials and equipment in a safe and efficient manner
Operate a variety of custodial equipment
Maintain tools and equipment in clean working order
Move and arrange furniture and equipment
Observe and report safety hazards and need for maintenance and repair
Understand and follow oral and written directions
Observe health and safety regulations
Meet schedules and time lines


Indoor and outdoor work environment
Regular exposure to fumes, dust, dirt, oil/grease
Driving a vehicle to conduct work

Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized equipment and tools
Hearing and speaking to exchange information
Seeing to read and perform tasks requiring vision (which may require corrective lenses)
Perform work which involves lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling objects typically weighing 50 pounds, and occasionally and with assistance up to 100 pounds
Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally
Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching
Climbing ladders and working from heights
Standing for extended periods of time

Working around and with machinery having moving parts
Working at heights
Exposure to bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases

This is an open and continuous recruitment. This recruitment will have a cut-off date every 90 days.

Cutoff dates for this recruitment will take place yearly on:
Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1, Nov 1
Applications will be reviewed every 90 days, and applicants invited to advance in this recruitment will be scheduled to take the first test soon after the cutoff date, which may consist of a written, oral and/or performance examinations. Those who pass the first test will be invited to take the 2nd test. Results from the two exams will be tallied and that will determine placement on the eligibility list. The duration of the eligibility list is one year unless extended by the Personnel Commission. Exam locations, dates and times will be announced in the invite email. No Make-up dates will be offered.

OTHER: Proof of identification for completion of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be submitted at the time of processing for employment.

SALARIES: All salaries as stated are based on present information and are subject to change. Appointments are made at the minimum salary shown in the posting and increases are granted at intervals based on anniversary date.

Notification of Non-Discrimination Policy
The Berkeley Unified School District is committed to fostering a positive working environment for its employees. Accordingly, BUSD practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying of any employee based on an employee's actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
The Board also prohibits retaliation against any district employee or job applicant who complains, testifies or in any way participates in the district's complaint procedures instituted pursuant to this policy.
The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination regarding Board Policy 4030:
Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator
2020 Bonar Street, Room 116
Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: 510-486-9338

Berkeley Unified School District At A Glance

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