Yakima County Human Resources

580-XXX Maintenance Worker- Facilities Services (Custodian)

Working Title
Maintenance Worker
Regular Full Time Budgeted
FLSA Status
Public Services-Facilities Services
Required Testing/Exercises
AFSCME Local 87
Open Date
Close Date
$2,410 per month


There is one opening with the Yakima County Facilities Services Department. The position is responsible for performing routine cleaning and maintenance activities in county buildings including secured correctional/detention facilities (jail). Work hours are 4:00pm to 12:30am.  This recruitment may be used to fill other full-time Maintenance Worker openings that may occur within 90 days of the closing of this recruitment.




Performs a variety of routine activities in operating cleaning equipment such as floor buffer, power floor scrubber, and vacuum. Performs operational checks and reports needed repairs.


Performs cleaning activities such as sweeping; vacuuming, mopping, stripping, waxing, buffing and sealing floors, carpet extracting, fixture dusting and emptying of trash cans.


Sanitizes restrooms, cleans and sanitizes kitchens, prepares chemical solutions applying safety precautions.


Disposes of waste in a safe and appropriate manner; places waste in recycling containers or regular dumpsters.


Opens and closes facilities; attends pre-shift staff meetings and safety trainings.


Performs other duties as assigned including responding to customer inquiries, and assisting with less routine maintenance tasks, providing direction to inmate workers.




Experience and Training:

High School or (G.E.D.) and one year of institutional maintenance or janitorial experience. OR equivalent training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.



WA State driver’s license at time of appointment.

Employment offers will be contingent upon successful completion of a general and criminal background investigation.


This is a Yakima County Courthouse AFSCME Bargaining Unit position. As a condition of employment you are required to become a member of the Unit or pay representation fees per the negotiated contract.


Equipment Used: Common janitorial equipment such as brooms, mops, floor scrubbers, floor buffers, vacuums and small hand or power tools.


Working Conditions / Physical Requirements: Duties are performed in county facility at night and in a secure correctional facility.   May be exposed to hostile / angry individuals. Work involves exposure to chemicals on a regular basis.


Environmental Demands: excessive noise, moving/mechanical parts, pathogen exposure, multiple work locations, work in locked down facility(s).


Physical Demands: bending, carrying, handling, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, climbing, crouching, hearing, talking, visual acuity.


Intellectual Demands: Ability to multitask, ability to work under pressure, ability to articulate and communicate information in conversations, ability to follow written and verbal instructions.


Heavy Work: Exerting up to or in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.



  • Cleaning equipment, materials and techniques;
  • Basic equipment use and maintenance techniques;
  • Safety precautions related to facilities maintenance;
  • Customer Service techniques;
  • Work planning and time management techniques. 


  • Performing routine maintenance activities using hand and power tools
  • Operating vehicles requiring less than a commercial driver’s license;
  • Applying customer service techniques;
  • Calculating measurements;
  • Organizing and planning daily work;
  • Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction; and
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public





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