Job Details

University of California Merced
  • Position Number: 2298039
  • Location: Merced, CA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Housing Custodian (Multiple positions)
University of California Merced

Location: Merced
Job ID: 18406
Hiring Range: $17.82 Hourly

Job Closing Date

Reviewing and may close when adequate number of qualified applications are received

About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

Under close supervision of the Housing Custodial Supervisor the Housing Custodian performs a wide variety of cleaning tasks and is responsible for minor maintenance and storage of equipment. Assists with emergency cleanup projects, maintains closet inventory of equipment and supplies, and maintains work assignments at campus standards. Responsible for cleanliness and security of assigned areas. Work effectively in a team environment; receive and follow instructions from supervisor. Accomplish work within deadlines; may handle more than one project at a time. The candidate is required to comply with the Facilities Management safety program. Ability to communicate in English both orally and writing. Able to read and comprehend English due to safety reasons. Understand and apply both UC and Departmental policies and procedures. Exercise sound judgment in solving problems.

Shifts for these positions may include mornings and nights, which can also include working on weekends/holidays.


At least 1-2 years of demonstrated experience in all aspects of housekeeping/custodial maintenance.
Ability to interact effectively with peers and other staff. Skill in reading and writing standard English.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with students, peers, employees, supervisor, and department/UC staff in a courteous and professional manner.
Ability to work in the following environmental conditions when covering areas: Outside - when dumping trash; wet - when servicing restroom facilities; fumes - from cleaning solutions/cleaners; odors - from trash receptacles and contents, and dust. Physical ability to stand, walk, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, stoop, kneel, and reach when performing a wide range of custodial/housekeeping duties. Ability to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Must have valid Class C California Driver's License. Position is subject to the California DMV's "Pull Notice System" and offer of employment is contingent upon a satisfactory driving record.
Employment contingent upon pre-employment physical, including drug/alcohol testing, and background investigation.

Required to wear UC Merced issued uniform and work weekends, evenings, and occasional holidays. Other performance standards include:
Maintains an acceptable attendance record, punctual and meets deadlines. This includes proper clocking in and out procedures.
Maintains a functional awareness of the typical hazards that may be encountered at UC Merced such as bio-hazards, radiation, chemicals, etc. Follow established procedures for dealing with such potential hazards.
Promptly reports accidents on the job, preparing and submitting accident reports.
Knowledge of correct chemical use and mixture.
Knowledge of general custodial duties.
Ability to operate vacuums, floor scrubbers, polishers and carpet steam extractors.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English for safety reasons. Read and comprehend written and verbal.
Ability to work effectively in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities.
Ability to determine when repairs are necessary.
Ability to follow through and carry out assignments.
Problem-solving skills and sound judgment.
Always knock and announce yourself before entering a resident's space.
Skill to work both autonomously and in a team environment.

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting is required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:

To apply, please visit
An online application is required for each position to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:

The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at


All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit:

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