Under direction in a State developmental center, hospital, or correctional facility contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services, to upholster, repair, and recover chrome and wood furniture; to install and repair floor coverings and window shades; to supervise and instruct developmentally or mentally disordered offenders; and to do other related work.
This class is distinguished from the Upholsterer by the custody requirements imposed by the criminal nature of the forensic client, patient, or inmate population and the security features of the facility. This class will instruct, lead, or supervise developmentally or mentally disordered offenders of the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Mental Health, or correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; prevent escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintain security of working areas and work materials; inspect premises and search forensic clients, patients, or inmates for contraband, such as weapons.
Repairs and renovates sofas, chairs, and other upholstery; makes, repairs, fits, and renovates window shades; installs and maintains venetian blinds and awnings; takes measurements for and installs curtains and draperies; as an incidental assignment, cuts and lays carpets, linoleum, and other floor coverings; makes and replaces mattress covers, truck tops, tarpaulin, and other canvas products; renovates and repairs mattresses and pillows; works with leather, plastics, fabrics, and cordage; instructs and supervises forensic clients, patients, or inmates from the resident population; orders materials, keeps records, and prepares reports; and observes and intervenes in instances of disruptive or assaultive behavior.
Assists staff in the counting, distribution, and accounting for all utensils to prevent their use as weapons; inspecting facility to identify security breaches that could lead to forensic client, patient, or inmate escape; observing and intervening in forensic client, patient, or inmate behavior that may signal an impending escape attempt; and escorting forensic clients, patients, or inmates to other areas of the facility.
Experience: Two years of experience as a journey person Upholsterer.
Knowledge of: Practices, materials, and equipment used in upholstering; various types of upholstering materials and their appropriate uses; principles of effective supervision.
Ability to: Instruct and work with helpers from the resident population; sew, pack, cut, and estimate upholstering materials; repair and renovate mattresses and pillows; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; keep records and prepare reports; communicate at a level appropriate to the classification.
Willingness to work at developmental centers, State hospitals, or correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of developmentally, mentally, or physically disordered offenders and the willingness to work with them; personal cleanliness; tact; patience; and emotional stability.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of forensic clients, patients, or inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.
Incumbents must possess and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job without endangering their own health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, forensic clients, patients, inmates, or the public.