King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Housekeeping / Janitorial
Posted on January 14, 2022
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The King County Facilities Management Division (FMD) is seeking reliable and dynamic individuals to join their Custodial team that is responsible for maintaining the internal and external cleanliness and appearance of King County facilities. This recruitment is an effort to fill two current benefited career service vacancies and to create a list of competitive candidates to fill a variety of vacancies including short-term temporary positions throughout the year.  Please note that placement on a list is not a guarantee of employment and a list may expire at any time.

The Custodians are part of the Building Operations Section, which is committed to providing high quality customer service to effectively and efficiently support and maintain King County facilities and buildings.

To learn more about FMD, visit our website at:

As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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Job Duties

  • Sweep, dust mop, wet-mop, and vacuum floor surfaces.
  • Dust, spot clean furniture and blinds.
  • Empty wastebaskets, compostable and recyclable containers.
  • Dust light fixtures, clean doors, walls, and drinking fountains.
  • Clean restrooms including toilets, entire sink areas, shower stalls, partitions, walls, vents, doors and floors; replenish towels, tissue and soap dispensers.
  • Sweep and clean facility entrances and exits including sidewalks, trash cans and ash trays
  • Spot clean interior glass windows, surface areas and remove minor graffiti.
  • Clean lunch rooms to include floors, walls and sinks.
  • Secure facility area for safe cleaning.
  • Mix and use cleaning solutions and chemicals, as directed.
  • Order, move and stock supplies on shelves and in closets.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Have two years of full-time paid custodial experience including basic janitorial cleaning techniques, and the use and care of cleaning equipment.
  • Have knowledge of basic cleaning chemicals and safety rules.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to be customer-focused and maintain positive internal and external client relationships;
  • Have an effective communication style and the ability to express ideas and concepts effectively in a variety of settings with a diverse audience;
  • Have the ability to maintain predictable and reliable attendance.

Supplemental Information

An official King County application form through our online applicant tracking system (Neogov) is required.

Subject matter experts assigned to thoroughly and carefully review all application materials will select the candidates to be contacted for participation in the selection procedures (customarily an oral panel interview and a hands-on practical test).

This position, depending on the location, is represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 925 and the Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Council 2, Local 2084-FM (Children and Family Justice Center location).

This position is designated as mission critical - employees who provide for the essential functions of county services during declared or otherwise occurring emergencies.

Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner in a variety of County vehicles.
Must successfully pass a thorough background investigation with the Facilities Management Division and the Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS), as well as a pre-employment physical examination, if selected.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Elvie Valasote at 206-477-9449 or
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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement

As of October 18, 2021, most* King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID[1]19. If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by October 18th. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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