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Statewide Utilization


Job Announcement Code(s): 13-01799

Barron, Brown, Chippewa, Dane, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Grant, Juneau, Kenosha, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Pierce, Portage Co., Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Vilas, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Winnebago, Wood
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  Job Working Title:
CUSTODIAN 13-01799
    Statewide Custodian

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Evening 2nd Shift (3pm to 11pm or similar hours)
Evening 3rd Shift (11pm to 7am or similar hours)
Seasonal (minimum of 600 hrs/year but less than 1828 hrs/year)
The rate of pay is $11.511 per hour, plus applicable night and/or weekend differentials and excellent State of Wisconsin benefits. Pay schedule/range is 03-08. A six-month probationary period is required.
OSER Employment Services Center, 608-266-1731,
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Deadline to Apply:
Exam Information:
89161 -  183  CUSTODIAN - Statewide Utilization 
Preview Exam  

The State of Wisconsin employs Custodians in locations throughout Wisconsin.  If you appy to this position, your name will be put on a list of applicants called a "register".  The employment register established by this recruitment will be used to staff positions at various (or all) state agencies and universities (excluding UW Madison) throughout the state, as they become available.  These include full-time and part-time vacancies on a variety of shifts. There may be no current vacancies at the time of your application.

The agencies that employ Custodian positions are University of Wisconsin (UW), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Veteran's Affairs (DVA), Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and Department of Administration (DOA).

Note: Your application will expire after 3 months. If you have continued interest in these positions, you will be required to resubmit your application.

Job Duties:   This is manual work associated directly with the performance of a variety of custodial tasks as identified in the examples of work performed below. This work will take place in a variety of state facilities including, but not limited to, office buildings, classrooms, healthcare facilities, student center buildings, correctional facilities, residence halls, dining facilities, and athletic facilities. 
Examples of Work Performed:
  • Dust and clean desks, shelves, radiators, moldings, and windowsills

  • Spot mop spills and wipe spots off walls

  • Clean/wash ashtrays, chalk trays, and blackboards

  • Empty waste baskets and/or recycling bins

  • Dust mop and/or sweep floors, stairs, etc.

  • Count, record, and change linens

  • Wet mop floors, halls, stairs, etc.

  • Manually, or by machine, strip floor finish and apply new floor finish

  • Clean and disinfect bathroom sinks, toilets, fixtures, floors, showers, bathtubs, and walls

  • Operate a wide variety of cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaners, manual/riding scrubbers, and carpet shampoo equipment, such as rotary scrubbers and floor burnishers

  • Wash walls, windows, and ceilings

  • Move and set up furniture and equipment for office moves and/or special events

  • Perform limited ground maintenance functions such as trash pickup, snow removal, and salt application

  • Climb ladders and/or use lifts to replace light bulbs and clean light fixtures

  • Stock shelves and/or cleaning carts with needed supplies

  • Maintain swimming pools in addition to cleaning walls and floor surfaces of pool. Duties may include cleaning filters, monitoring and adding chemicals to maintain water quality, and operating underwater cleaning devices

  • Lock and unlock doors/buildings. May verify that lights and other appliances are off

  • Test fire alarms and report fire hazards and other emergencies to the appropriate staff

  • Conduct visual inspection of safety equipment such as fire extinguishers

  • Prepare equipment and cleaning solutions for work

  • Operate building equipment such as bleachers, dividers, nets, etc. to support building activities

  • Clean and sanitize isolation rooms and/or cells

  • Perform other assigned work that may include tasks not specifically enumerated above of a similar kind and level

    • Special Notes:   Weekend, nights, and/or holiday hours may be required for some positions.

      Incumbents in Custodian positions must be able to repeatedly push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop, climb ladders, and must be able to retain and carry out multiple work assignments. Must be able to operate cleaning equipment such as industrial vacuum cleaners, carpet extractors, electric floor buffers, possess the ability to use cleaning chemicals properly, and ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. These positions will involve standing and walking for up to 8 hours.

      Due to the nature of some of the positions, a background check may be required. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the State of Wisconsin does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

      A valid WI Driver’s License and the ability to meet the minimum standards for driving a state vehicle may also be required upon appointment to any of these positions.

      Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

    • Must have sufficient physical strength and flexibility to lift and pour 5-gallon containers of chemicals, to empty buckets into slop sinks and to remove garbage, trash, and recycling from the buildings.

    • Ability to perform duties within extreme temperature ranges for trash removal from the buildings and also snow and ice removal from entrances.

    • Ability to stand, walk, and/or sit to perform essential job functions for the duration of the shift (8-12 hours).

    • Ability to repeatedly push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop, and climb ladders.

    • Ability to retain and carry out multiple work assignments

    • Knowledge of basic safety precautions including use of caustic and toxic chemicals, methods of lifting heavy objects, safe work clothing and coverings, and the use of personal protection equipment.

    • Ability to operate cleaning equipment such as industrial vacuum cleaners and carpet extractors, and electric floor buffers.

    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

    • Ability to observe and react to hazards and changing conditions in the work environment (e.g., wet floors, broken glass, member or other person in need of assistance, etc.)

    • Ability to read work instructions and schedules, warning signs, and labels.
    • How To Apply:   


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      5. You will be taken to the one exam question. The exam question confirms your interest in applying for this position. Answer the exam question and click "save and continue" at the bottom of the page. Confirm your answer to the question and click "Finalize Exam" to submit your application for this job.

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      If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Wisc.Jobs help desk, (608) 267-1012,

      A computer-generated, random numbering process will assign rankings to determine applicant interview eligibility. We will notify you by email of your ranking.  If you are selected to interview within 3 months of applying to this position, you will be notified.


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