Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Janitor, Floor Specialist

Recruitment #19-7411-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day of Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.



Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) delivers a host of logistical support services to County agencies and partners from maintenance of facilities and County fleet to energy and environmental management services, capital project management, procurement services, and clean commute and recycling programs. The GSA Community strives not only to provide these services but to also facilitate collaborative and innovative approaches in its efforts.


While the GSA Community largely focuses on support services for Alameda County departments and other public agencies, the work has a direct impact on the communities. GSA builds structures such as libraries and youth centers that transform communities, provides opportunities for local businesses, and works towards ensuring that County work practices minimize negative impacts to the environment. GSA employees take great pride in their work and strive to provide the highest-quality service.



Under general supervision, strips, waxes, refinishes and shampoos various types of floors in an assigned area; may also be assigned to general janitorial duties; and, performs related duties as required.

All janitorial staff perform routine vacuuming, sweeping and mopping, however, the specialized, journey-level class of Janitor, Floor Specialist differs from the Janitor classification because of the former’s specialization in floor care. Incumbents may be required to travel between assigned locations and secure the facility at the end of their shift.

The class of Janitor, Floor Specialist is distinguished from Lead Janitor in that the latter class has lead responsibility for a group of Janitors in addition to performing janitorial work.

Incumbents may be assigned to work a variety of shifts and locations within the County.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Janitor, Floor Specialist (#7411)


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications stated below, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a track record of success in the following areas:

  • Proven Janitorial and Floor Care experience working in large facilities or institutions that require security background clearance such as jails and juvenile institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with chemicals, solutions, low and high-powered buffers, carpet extractors, bonnet machines, wet/dry vacuum, vacuum cleaners, air blowers and ride on equipment.
  • Commitment to provide exceptional customer service to County Officials, staff, co-workers and members of the public.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with County Officials, staff, co-workers and members of the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new equipment, procedures, and cleaning methods and immediately apply them to Janitor, Floor Specialist tasks.
  • Adjusts to changes in work environments, work responsibilities, clients, equipment, and supplies while maintaining a satisfactory level of performance.
  • Ability to accurately complete Janitor, Floor Specialist tasks and duties while paying close attention to all details.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks to ensure they are completed in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Proven safety record as demonstrated by the ability to safely work with chemicals, solutions, heavy equipment and the ability to safely move heavy furniture. The Janitor, Floor Specialist must also have demonstrated ability to identify safety issues and immediately report concerns and/or take corrective action.
  • Due to work locations, ideal candidates will be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.



The equivalent of six months of full-time janitorial experience in offices or an institution and completion of floor care training.


The equivalent of six months of direct floor care experience that included carpet, tile or finished concrete.

A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

Special Requirement:
May be required to obtain and maintain security clearance.

May be assigned to work day, evening, night and rotating shifts, including weekends and holidays.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Modern janitorial methods, materials and equipment, including the proper use of power-driven waxing and buffing machines, soaps, detergents, disinfectants, cleaning compounds, extractors, carpet machines and pressure washers.
  • Safety practices and procedures related to floor care.

Ability to:

  • Communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Perform repetitive tasks without continuous supervision.
  • Prioritize.
  • Work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Correctly and safely use janitorial materials, products and equipment.
  • Lift and move items up to 50 pounds.
  • Learn basic computer skills.
  • Work with limited or no on-site supervision


The examination will consist of the following steps:

1. A review of the candidates’ applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2. A performance examination which will be qualifying only (pass/fail) and will be weighted 100% of the candidate's final examination score.

3. SITE Clearance. All employees working in a detention facility must successfully obtain SITE clearance.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:





Deadline for Filing:

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at 5:00 PM

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Monday, July 29, 2019

Performance Examination:

*Monday, October 7, and Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Background Investigations:


*Updated 9/16/2019




Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add @acgov.org and alamedacountyHR@acgov.org as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box alamedacountyHR@acgov.org are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434 | elaine.lemi@acgov.org


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer