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Under supervision in a State correctional facility in the Department of Corrections or Department of the Youth Authority, to perform skilled work in washing operations in the laundry; to maintain and make minor adjustments and repairs to laundry machinery and equipment; to supervise, instruct, and work with employees and helpers from the resident population; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates, wards, residents, or patients; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; may instruct, lead or supervise inmates, wards or resident workers; and to do other related work.
Operates washers, starch cookers, extractors, tumblers, sterilizers, presses, and flatwork ironers; cleans, oils, and makes adjustments and minor repairs to laundry equipment and machinery; prepares soap, starch, bluing, bleaching, and other washing solutions; cleans work areas; inspects personnel and working areas and maintains safety and sanitation standards; may receive and sort clothes; assigns work and gives instructions and training to employees and to helpers from the resident population, evaluates their performance and takes or recommends appropriate action; reports on the work progress of assistants; keeps records; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the Departments of Corrections and the Youth Authority; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves or others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates, wards, residents, or patients for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.
One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Laundry Worker Assistant.
Two years of experience in a laundry. This experience must have included operation of washers, tumblers, and other washroom equipment.
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures and equipment used in washroom operations in a laundry; general laundry practices and methods; use of chemicals in spot and stain removal; safety and sanitation measures used in the operation, cleaning, and care of laundry equipment and work areas; preparation and use of disinfectant compounds; principles of effective supervision.
Skill in: Operating washers, extractors, tumblers, sterilizers, and other equipment.
Ability to: Distinguish woolen, cotton, rayon, and silk articles and fugitive colors; maintain and make minor repairs and adjustments on laundry equipment; prepare soap, starch, bluing, bleaching, and other solutions; instruct and work with employees and helpers from the resident population; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; keep records and prepare reports; read and write at a level appropriate to the classification.
Understanding of and willingness to work with the resident population of a State correctional facility; personal cleanliness; freedom from communicable diseases; and ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.
Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.