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Company: City of Ontario
Location: California City
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Job Description:

The Position


The City of Ontario reserves the right, if necessary, to accept only the first one hundred (100) applications from applicants meeting the position's qualifications guidelines.

Do you have a background in janitorial work or building maintenance? Do you take pride and enjoy maintaining a clean environment? The City of Ontario's Public Works Agency has an excellent opportunity for a Custodian to join their dedicated team in making sure that City buildings and facilities are well cleaned and maintained. Under Supervision, the Custodian performs semi-skilled custodial duties replacing supplies and performing modern and efficient janitorial methods and techniques.

The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent service in teamwork, communication, and responsiveness. The successful candidate will be able to work extended hours including evenings, nights, or weekend shifts and possess knowledge and experience in the proper use of appropriate chemical practices as well as have the ability to review and understand written safety precautions. Additionally, the successful candidate will be role models for the City's Approach to Public Service - Commitment to the Community, Achieving Excellence Through Teamwork, and Doing the Right Thing the Right Way - and emulate the qualities of a 5 Tool Player - Leader, Thinker, Operator, Communicator, and Public Servant.

Background Check Requirement

As part of their duties, the Custodian may be assigned to work in the Ontario Police Department facilities. As a result, employment in this position is subject to the satisfactory completion of a background investigation conducted by the Ontario Police Department. This background investigation will include the passing of a polygraph test. Candidates may be disqualified from further consideration during the background investigation for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: an excessive number of traffic citations and/or collisions; arrests and/or convictions; a history of illegal substance abuse; poor credit history (factors include bankruptcy, foreclosures, liens, repossessions, and recency); or thefts from a previous employer. For clarification of any of the above disqualifying reasons, please call Police Department Background Unit at (909) 408-1820. The following list describes some areas that are covered in the background investigation:

  • Your relatives, references, and acquaintances are asked to comment on your suitability for this position.
  • The information supplied regarding your educational history is examined and verified.
  • You must list a history of your residences.
  • Your work history and experience are examined with regard to your dependability, relationships with fellow workers, trustworthiness, and general job performance.
  • Military service records are subject to verification.
  • The background investigation considers your management of personal finances (however, being in debt does not automatically disqualify you).
  • Your criminal, driving, and insurance records are evaluated. Facilities Maintenance Department

    The Facilities Maintenance Department is responsible for providing a clean, safe, and professional working environment for the public and City staff to enjoy. This includes maintenance of 40 City-owned buildings including police, fire, community centers, and general government facilities housing city staff. They are also committed to serving the public by maintaining approximately 11,000 street lights, 4 community swimming pools, 24 parks including parking lot lighting, concession stands, park benches, drinking fountains, contract administration, Facilities Maintenance Projects, and Capital Improvement Projects.

    The City of Ontario

    The City of Ontario is a dynamic leading community in the Inland Empire with a variety of full-time and part-time employment and volunteer opportunities. Ontario enjoys the reputation of being a progressive City which provides solid leadership to its citizens and to the business community. The City provides a full range of services to the community including; Police, Fire, Management Services, Community Life & Culture, Community Development, Economic Development, Housing & Neighborhood Preservation, Public Works and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Company. The City's team is staffed with approximately 1,200 full-time and 200 part-time diverse and talented employees who work to support a common goal of providing excellent service to the community.

    We invite you to learn more about the City of Ontario by reviewing the City's website. A few useful links are also listed below:

    Approach to Public Service (Core values for City of Ontario employees) (Information about City of Ontario employee benefit plans)
    The Ontario Plan (The City's Comprehensive Business Plan for Development)

    Examples of Essential Functions

    The essential functions typically performed by the Custodian include the following:

    • Cleans and maintains buildings using applicable equipment, tools, and cleaning agents.
    • Cleans and sanitizes restrooms, kitchens and eating areas.
    • Stocks restroom facilities with supplies such as soap and paper products; performs minor repairs of dispensers.
    • Replaces light bulbs throughout facilities.
    • Cleans and maintains equipment; keeps custodian closet organized; inspects work areas and makes routine repairs or reports major maintenance needs.
    • Sweeps, mops, vacuums, dusts and cleans offices and other work areas.
    • Collects and properly disposes of hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
    • Strips, waxes and polishes floors; shampoos and deep-cleans carpets.
    • Recycles paper, boxes, and newspapers.
    • Completes daily time sheet, work order requests and supply forms.

      Qualification Guidelines


      High school diploma or recognized equivalent.


      One year of janitorial or building maintenance work.


      Valid California Class C driver's license and acceptable driving record at time of hire and throughout employment.

      Special Requirements

      Ability to work extended hours and evening, night, or weekend shifts. May be required to return to work in emergency situations. Ability to move and lift equipment of 50 pounds or more.

      Background Investigation

      Candidates must demonstrate the ability to successfully complete a background investigation conducted by the Ontario Police Department.

      Supplemental Information

      How to Apply

      Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" link at the top of this announcement. If this is the first time applying for a position using you will be prompted to create a new user account, otherwise log in with your user name and password. Your application and responses to any supplemental questions will be used to evaluate your qualifications for this position. It is suggested that your application include the following:
      • List any relevant experience and education that demonstrates that you qualify for the position.
      • List all periods of employment for at least the past 10 years, beginning with your most recent or present employer (including, if applicable, all employment with the City of Ontario).
      • Separately list each position held, including different positions with the same employer. A resume may be attached to your application but will not substitute for the proper completion of your application. Applications that are not properly completed may be rejected.

        Application Process

        Applicants are required to submit required certification(s) or other required documentation as outlined in the Qualifications Guideline section of this bulletin. Please use the attachment function found on the City's online application to attach copies of the requested certification(s) or other documentation. Failure to attach required certifications may result in the rejection of your application. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you have any questions regarding the application process.

        Your application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications. It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. List all periods of employment, beginning with your most recent or present employer (including, if applicable, all employment with the City of Ontario). List any experience that may help you to qualify for the position. List separately each position held, including different positions with the same employer. Resumes may be included but will not substitute for the employment history section. Failure to complete these sections may result in the rejection of your application.

        Supplemental Question

        To complete your application for this position you will be prompted to respond to supplemental questions. This information will be used as part of the application screening and selection process and is designed to help you present your qualifications for this position. This may include a selection step in which your application and supplemental questions are reviewed and scored by a panel of raters familiar with this position.

        Incomplete responses, false statements, omission, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. Your responses should be consistent with the information provided on your application.

        Please provide succinct, concise, descriptive, and detailed information for each question. If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.

        Email Notices

        Email is the primary way that the Human Resources or Hiring Department will communicate with you. Please check your email account (including the SPAM folder) on a regular basis for any emails related to the application or selection process. Emails from the City of Ontario will come from "" or "" If you change your email address after submitting your application please visit and update your profile.

        If you have any additional questions regarding the application process, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Keywords: City of Ontario, Lancaster , Custodian, Other , California City, California

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