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Company: University of California
Location: Berkeley, CA
Career Level: Associate
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


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.

Departmental Overview

Physical Plant's mission is to continuously improve facility services for the campus community in partnership with clients and staff. The department is comprised of several separate units which include: the AVC Office (including Employee/Labor Relations, Payroll and Benefits), Support Services, Operations, Grounds, Custodial and Environmental Services, and Sustainability and Engineering Services. 

The primary responsibilities of the Custodial Service Organization are to maintain the campus buildings at a clean and sanitary level. The Custodial staff members report directly to the Area Supervisor or Regional Manager.


Custodians perform general cleaning maintenance duties in offices, classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restrooms, lounges, hallways and/or other designated public or private areas of a campus facility; and perform other related duties as required.  Custodians may work individually or as part of a team in cleaning and/or maintaining assigned work areas. Incumbents may experience varying degrees of contact with the public depending on the nature, location and assigned work areas.


  • Sweep, mop, empty wastebaskets, recycling containers, and other receptacles. Clean stairs, hallways, corridors, walls, moldings, steps, terraces, windowsills and other designated areas. Dust, clean, wax, and/or polish furniture, woodwork, light fixtures, Venetian blinds, radiators, duct grills, black/white boards, filing cabinets and other designated areas of equipment. Mop, clean and/or disinfect restrooms, shower rooms and/or locker rooms with responsibility for replenishing restroom supplies including trash liners, toilet seat covers, and all dispensers: Wash doors, partition glass, mirrors, showcases, glass panels, inside windows and outside windows at ground level. Polish metal fixtures. Unclog minor drain stoppages. Vacuum carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture, and other designated materials. Remove carpet spots, shampoo carpets. High-speed polish floors and scrub/strip and wax floors.


  • Operate vacuum cleaners, buffers, shampoo machines, wet/dry vacuums, carpet extractors, polishing machines, backpack vacs, auto scrubbers, and/or pressure washers during stripping, waxing, buffing and/or other related cleaning operations equipment. Make reports on building deficiencies and/or equipment needs; have security responsibility for one or more assigned areas. May open and close buildings and general assignment classrooms. Raise and lower flags on official flag poles. Respond to and assist with minor water flooding. May assist in the setting up and dismantling of special equipment at functions. May load and/or unload large trash receptacles. May perform specialized cleaning in laboratories, surgical and/or operating areas, isolation and terminal areas as required. Learn to use and become proficient in  the use of all new equipment.


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


  •         Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Twelve months of experience in a custodial cleaning operation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience preferred. 
  • Skill and ability to operate a wide variety of custodial equipment with proficiency.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and follow oral/written instructions provided in English.
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in custodial work; and to follow safe work practices. 
  • Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively as a part of a team. 
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with the campus community including students, staff, building managers, academic personnel, craft personnel, and co-workers in a diverse environment. 
  • Ability to meet job objectives in a timely, safe and efficient manner.
  • ​Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.
  • Valid California Driver's License required. May be required to participate in DMV Pull Notice System. 
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies and work occasional overtime and on weekends/holidays as required.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information
  • 100% FTE (full-time)
  • Limited appointment with duration of 5-months
  • Multiple shifts available - working hours as assigned based on department need.
  • Must be available to respond to emergencies and work occasional overtime and on weekends/holidays as required. 

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

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.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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