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Service Assistant (Hospital) (8256)

Service Assistant (Hospital)

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: TM25
  • Class Code: 8256
  • Established: 06/22/1978
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision, to learn and perform general housekeeping duties in a State hospital; to assist nursing services with selected patient care tasks; and to do other work as required.

Job Characteristics

The class of Service Assistant (Hospital) is designed to provide on- the-job experience for persons who have successfully completed a training program in general housekeeping or janitorial services. Experience in this class is qualifying for advancement to Hospital Worker.


While it is anticipated that most employees in this class will promote, a limited number of positions may be permanently allocated to this class. When this occurs, incumbents are assigned the less difficult or more restricted range of duties associated with the Service Assistant level. Employees remaining in the class of Service Assistant (Hospital) are expected to have successfully completed their on-the-job training and to perform work which meets established performance standards for the class.

Typical Tasks

Sweeps, mops, waxes and buffs floors; washes windows and walls; cleans, dusts and polishes furniture, fixtures and woodwork; cleans bathrooms and lavatories; empties and cleans waste receptacles; strips and makes beds; collects soiled linen and clothing; folds and stores linen and clothing; may assist nursing services with bathing, dressing, feeding and toileting of patients; may escort patients to appointments and pick up and deliver materials; learns operation and performs work with basic housekeeping equipment and supplies; assists in moving and arranging furniture and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Either Ithree Months of Experience As A Trainee in General


housekeeping or janitorial services in the California state service. Or IISuccessful completion of a formal training or work experience program in general housekeeping or janitorial services. This work experience training program must have been in either:


1. A setting recognized or sponsored by the California Department of Rehabilitation; or


2. A program such as those under the Career Opportunities Development (COD), Work Incentive Program (WIN) or similar Federal, State or local programs.

Knowledges and Abilities

Knowledge of: Basic methods, equipment, safety and sanitation practices used in hospital housekeeping work.


Ability to: Learn and perform hospital housekeeping work including the safe use and care of equipment and supplies; follow oral, written and/or gestural directions; demonstrate acceptable work habits and meet production standards.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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