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Custodial Worker III


Leads custodial team in keeping buildings in clean and orderly condition.  Performs heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish.  Duties may include performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning debris from sidewalk.  Utilizes familiarity with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.  Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Works under general supervision.  Directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others.  May directly supervise others.  Spends less than 80% of work time on supervisory, managerial, or leadership duties.  Exercises a certain degree of creativity and latitude.  Typically reports to a Custodial Supervisor or Custodial Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Leads a team of custodial workers; directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others
  • Inspects assigned areas and initiates corrective action
  • Assists in training custodial employees
  • Service, clean, or supply restrooms
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming
  • Gather and empty trash
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures
  • Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications
  • Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees
  • Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems
  • Requisition supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties
  • Dust furniture, walls, machines, or equipment
  • Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors
  • Clean and polish furniture and fixtures
  • Steam clean or shampoo carpets
  • Clean spills and other hazards with appropriate equipment
  • Order cleaning supplies
  • Move furniture, equipment, or supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks
  • Monitor building security and safety by performing tasks such as locking doors after operating hours or checking to ensure that hazards are not created
  • Clear debris from walkways, sidewalks, and entrances
  • Set up, arrange, or remove decorations, tables, chairs, ladders, or scaffolding to prepare facilities for events, such as banquets or meetings
  • Assists in the adjustments or minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing, or electrical systems
  • Drive vans, industrial trucks, or other vehicles required to travel to or to perform cleaning work

Education and Experience

Completion of ninth (9th) grade and two (2) years of experience in the field or in a related area

Licensure and Certification

Driver license may be required (if duties dictate)


  • Works under general supervision
  • Directs, leads, and/or coordinates the work of others; may directly supervise others

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