Custodian (Custodial Relief Program) - Rec and Parks (2708)

  • Part-time
  • Work Hours: On Call
  • Job Code and Title: 2708-Custodian
  • Fill Type: Temporary Exempt

Company Description

Amid a dynamic and ever-evolving urban landscape, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department stewards one of the premier urban park systems in America.  San Francisco recently became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park.  Considered by San Franciscans to be one of the City’s most popular and effective public agencies, our Department manages and maintains more than 225 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces in San Francisco, including two outside of city limits: Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. Our 4,100- acre system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses and numerous athletic facilities, including sports courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and gymnasiums. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the Palace of Fine Arts, and TPC Harding Park golf course.

More than 2,000 talented individuals are part of our team, from gardeners, foresters, and recreation leaders to park rangers, custodians, electricians, painters and more. Our core mission, as it has been throughout our history, is to provide opportunities for San Francisco residents and visitors alike to gather, play, learn, relax, and enjoy nature in the city.

About The Custodial Relief Program

The Recreation and Park Department's Custodial Relief Program is a pool of on-call custodians who will temporarily fill in throughout the department's citywide facilities in cases of vacation, illness and other leaves. Employees in this program may work on average between 12 - 16 hours per week, and are expected to maintain availability from 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. for at least four (4) consecutive days in the week to meet the needs of the department.

Job Description

Under supervision, employees in the Custodial Relief Program will be responsible for:

1. Performing routine cleaning tasks;
2. Maintaining interiors of buildings, other facilities and surrounding areas;
3. Maintaining recreational areas, locker rooms and specific exterior areas of buildings such as parking areas, ramps and sidewalks;
4. Operating scrubbers, buffers, wax applicators, burnishers, carpet extractors, pressure washers and other electrical, gas and manual operated appliances and equipment (e.g., leaf blowers);
5. Removing disposable waste materials from premises;
6. Washing interior glass, wall partitions and interior and exterior windows;
7. Caring for custodian tools, equipment and supplies;
8. Securing buildings as required;
9. Driving large vans (e.g. 12-person) and trucks in a safe manner; and
10. Performing other related duties as required.



1. Six (6) months (1040 hours) verifiable paid full-time custodial or janitorial experience at a commercial building (such as an office building, warehouse, retail or wholesale store, or non-profit agency or a commercial facility (such as a university, hospital stadium, auditorium, hotel/motel, etc.); OR

2. Certificate of completion of a Custodial Training Program equivalent to those certified by the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency; OR

3. Verification of current enrollment in a custodial training course equivalent to those certified by the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency at the time of application. Candidates who are enrolled in a custodial training course at the time of application must submit verification of having completed the course (e.g., a copy of their certificate), prior to appointment. Candidates will remain under waiver until such time that verification is provided


Possession of a valid California Driver’s License

Department Requirements
Employees in the Custodial Relief Program must:

  • Maintain availability between 4:00 am - 10:30 pm for at least four (4) consecutive days every week to meet the operational needs of the department; and
  • Are willing and able to drive large pickup trucks and vans to various locations during periods of heavy traffic; and
  • Are willing and able to work alone in the dark during the early morning and late at night during a work shift.

Desirable Qualifications

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates to participate in the department's selection process: Possession of a valid California Driver's License; Custodial experience in a public sector or municipal government environment; Completion of a custodial training program with certificate of completion (for example, Custodial Building Maintenance offered by the San Francisco Community College District);.Two (2) yrs. of verifiable experience working as a custodian; Experience providing custodial services to internal and external facilities; Broad knowledge of custodial tools and practices; Bilingual language skills (e.g., English/Spanish, English/Cantonese); Ability to communicate effectively with other field staff, supervisors, management and the general public; and Ability to work in inclement weather (e.g., rain).

Verification of Experience and Education

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or appointment in this class.  Refer to the following links for information on acceptable forms of verification:

Verification Guidelines:     
Education Verification:

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Additional Information

Contact: For questions about this position or how to apply, please contact Shawnda McBeth at [email protected]

Compensation: $30.23/Hour

Appointment Type
This recruitment is for a Temporary Exempt (TEX), as-needed appointment. This position is exempt from the Civil Service examination process pursuant to the San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco

Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. 

Race and Social Equity Statement
We believe that parks and open space in San Francisco provides the opportunity to model equitable access for all.  With this belief, San Francisco became the first city in the United States for which 100% of its residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. The Recreation and Park Department’s goal is to close the gaps and improve equity and access to quality parks and open space, and recreation activities for historically marginalized communities.  

We envision a department that proactively infuses racial and social equity in its internal operations.  With a multi-disciplinary team of talented individuals - gardeners, recreation leaders, park rangers, custodians, craft shop personnel, park and recreation managers and more, the department is committed to doing its part to provide equitable access to parks and programs for all the communities we serve to enjoy, as well as foster a work environment where our differences are celebrated, and everyone has what they need to thrive regardless of their race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or country of origin.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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