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Lead Custodian (2003)

Lead Custodian

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: DC30
  • Class Code: 2003
  • Established: 07/09/1954
  • Revised: 07/20/2004
  • Title Changed: 07/20/2004


Under direction, either (1) in a large office building, to work with and supervise a group of Custodians engaged in keeping an assigned space clean and orderly; or (2) in a small office building or area of comparable size, to plan, organize, supervise, and assist with the cleaning and janitorial work of a small group of Custodians; may instruct, lead, or supervise inmates, wards, or resident workers; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Employees in this class normally work under the direction of a janitor supervisor of a higher level or a business manager and are in direct charge of either (1) all janitorial work and a staff of up to approximately seven employees in an office building or institution; or (2) a janitorial staff in an assigned area of a large office building; in either type of assignment, employees in this class perform janitorial tasks as part of their assignment. Employees in the next lower class of Custodian perform journeyperson work in cleaning an assigned area.

Typical Tasks

Supervises, directs, and gives instruction and training to a group of Custodians engaged in sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, spotting, and waxing floors; vacuuming rugs and carpets; cleaning, dusting, and polishing filing cabinets, furniture, and woodwork; emptying and cleaning waste receptacles; spotting walls; cleaning floors, stairways, hallways, restrooms, offices, and lobbies; cleaning ceilings, walls, window shades, light fixtures, and venetian blinds; moving and arranging furniture and equipment; polishing nickel and brass work on door panels, hand railings, elevators, and door knobs and plates; turning out lights and locking doors and windows; refilling lavatory supply dispensers; replacing light globes and tubes; operating scrubbers, buffers, waxers, and other equipment and machinery; as required, performs and assists with the above tasks; as assigned, supervises the work of a small specialist crew; evaluates the performance of employees and takes or recommends appropriate action; requisitions, receives, inspects, stores, and inventories supplies; receives complaints of building occupants and makes or recommends necessary adjustments; and keeps records and prepares reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Custodian.



Experience: Two years of experience in janitorial work, one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity over other employees and with responsibility for the janitorial work in an office or similar building. and


Education: Equivalent to completion of the eighth grade. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods, materials, chemicals, disinfectants, and equipment used in cleaning offices and public buildings; sanitation and safety measures in the operating, cleaning, and care of equipment and work areas; use of purchase orders for janitorial supplies and equipment; and a manager's/supervisor's responsibility for promoting equal opportunity in hiring and employee development and promotion, and for maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.


Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct the work of others; give on- the-job instruction in janitorial practices; keep inventories and make requisitions; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; and effectively promote equal opportunity in employment and maintain a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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