Custodian (Extra Help)

Recruitment #13-973010-01

Approximate Salary:$16.60 - $20.17/hour
Opening Date:7/24/2013 8:00:00 AM
Final Filing Date:7/25/2013 2:17:00 PM
Contact Information:Carlise Mickens
Type of Recruitment: Open Competitive
Work Locations: Fairfield
Rio Vista

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The current vacancy exists in the Department of General Services for an Extra Help position.

This recruitment is intended to fill Custodian (Extra-Help) position.  Extra-help employees do not receive or accrue benefits, do not have rights to a regular position or continued employment and are excluded from civil service.  The hours worked may be part-time or full-time, but they cannot work more than 999 hours in a fiscal year.

Solano County invites applications for the position of Custodian in the General Services Department.  Custodians are responsible for cleaning the interior of office buildings and other County facilities.  Custodial assignments may be in either Fairfield or Vallejo. 


  • Cleans floors by sweeping, mopping, stripping, waxing, refinishing with new wax, and buffing floor areas.
  • Cleans carpets by vacuuming, shampooing, spot cleaning or deep steam cleaning.
  • Cleans, dusts and polishes furniture, woodwork, office fixtures, and metal work such as that found in elevators; moves office furniture incidental to cleaning activities.
  • Conducts regular cleaning using appropriate cleansers and disinfectant in restrooms, hallways, lobbies, stairways, offices, drinking fountains, light fixtures, trash receptacles and air vent fixtures.
  • Washes windows, walls, lights, and partitions using a variety of cleaning agents and equipment; empties trash receptacles in offices; refills dispensers with paper towels, tissue and hand soap.
  • Secures buildings by locking doors, turning off lights and closing windows.


Working knowledge of equipment used for floor and carpet care, cleaning solutions, their mixing and application; carpet cleaning methods and techniques; window washing and wall washing methods and techniques; procedures and methods of spray buffing; methods of dusting and sweeping; safety policies and procedures; methods and procedures of disposing refuse from a variety of County facilities.
Skill in operating various power cleaning equipment such as floor buffers in all types of office areas and pedestrian traffic conditions.
Ability to read, apply written directions, and properly use machines and cleaning solutions; follow written and/or verbal instruction; recognize unsafe conditions; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships;  demonstrate tact and diplomacy; operate various types of carpet service equipment; remove and handle large quantities of office refuse; work independently; perform cleaning tasks at a height when necessary.


Any combination of education, training or experience which demonstrates possession of and competency in requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.


Incumbents must be able to perform heavy manual labor associated with office and building cleaning tasks; work may include lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds and involve the full range of body movements including reaching, bending, grasping and climbing.
Incumbents may also be required to work outside normal business hours.
Applicants may be required to pass a criminal background investigation in accordance with applicable policy.
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver’s license may be required.


07/31/13 Deadline to submit all documents
8/20/13 Tentative date for written exam
9/9-9/10/13 Tentative date for Oral Panel Interviews


Extra-help employees do not receive or accrue benefits of regular employees during their period of employment.


The written exam for this recruitment is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013.  Qualified candidates will either be pre-scheduled by the Department of Human Resources.  Based on the information provided in the application documents, the qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of an initial application screening, a mandatory information meeting, a written and/or practical exam, an oral interview, or any combination listed. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential positions or unrepresented will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.

A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process.



All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (e.g. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, certificates, DD-214) must be submitted with a document cover sheet, available on the employment website or at the Department of Human Resources’ office,  and are due by the final filing date.  Previously submitted application materials e.g., copies of diploma and/or transcripts, etc.) for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.


Please visit the County of Solano website,, to apply.  Any further questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield 94533.  The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Paper applications may be completed in person during office hours. EOE/AA


To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A COPY OF THE DD 214, SHOWING DISCHARGE TYPE, MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT BY THE FINAL FILING DATE.  Applicants who have a service connected disability must submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons.  Disability must be rated at least 10% to be eligible for disabled veteran's points. 

Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under conditions discharge shall receive five (5) points added to their combined grade.  Disabled veterans shall have 10 points added to their combined grade.  Veteran scores will only be added to passing scores. 


It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need special testing arrangements, must contact the Solano County Department of Human Resources at (707)784-6170, to obtain a Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form.  This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.


DIRECT DEPOSIT: All persons hired will be required to participate in the direct deposit program.


DRUG FREE WORKPLACE ACT – Depending on the applicant’s job class, prospective employees may be required to undergo a Urine Drug Test in accordance with the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Policy once a conditional offer of employment has been made. Solano County employees are subject to the provisions of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the California Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990.


RETIREES - Solano County invites all to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees. 


BACKGROUND PROCESS –The background process may include but not limited to conducting a reference check, completing a personal history statement, conducting a background interview, and live scan fingerprinting.  The County of Solano also utilizes e-Verify to verify employment eligibility.  Note:  A felony conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment.    The County will consider the nature, date and relationship between the offense and the position for which you are applying.


MEDICAL EXAMINATION - Prior to appointment, candidates may be required to pass a medical examination.  Candidates are encouraged not to quit or give notice to present employers until the medical examination has been completed and passed.


APPOINTMENT - At the time of appointment, all candidates will be required to execute an oath of allegiance to the United States and the State of California and may be fingerprinted.  Candidates will also be required to offer proof that they are a lawfully admitted alien or U.S. citizen.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD - All new positions are required to successfully complete a minimum probationary period of 6 to 12 months, depending upon the job class.  A probationary period does not apply to "at will" positions.


DISASTER WORKERS - In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.


EXTRA-HELP – An employee appointed to an extra-help position must meet all the requirements of the corresponding regular position.  Extra-help employees cannot work more than 999 hours in the fiscal year.  Extra-help employees are excluded from civil service and do not have rights to regular or continued employment.


The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.




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