Travis CountyAustin 78701
Full Time

Applicants are required to successfully pass the background investigation, including fingerprint clearance.

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Custodian Lead

Travis County
Full Time 1010 Lavaca St # 400, Austin, TX 78701, United States Apply before 9/30/2023 11:59


Are you looking for career opportunities that provide top-notch benefits including paid vacation & sick leave, outstanding health & dental insurance, a free health clinic for you & your dependents, a generous retirement plan, and much more?

Travis County’s Facilities Management Department has great jobs that serve dozens of facilities across the county. We offer stable career options with training and tuition reimbursement available to get you to the next level in your career.

Functions as crew leader for a small crew performing custodial and simple repair and maintenance work in County buildings. This is a working leader position with incumbent also responsible for the normal range of participation in custodial duties.


This is the second in a series of three custodial-related job classifications within the Maintenance job family. This classification functions as a working lead over the activities of other custodial positions in addition to the normal range of custodial duties. This classification is distinguished from the Custodial Services Supervisor, which is responsible for the full range of supervisory duties over a custodial team or teams. This classification may require work in secure facilities. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinates and assigns the activities of crewmembers, inspects work for quality and explains needed improvements in performance.
  • Provides on-the-job training for assigned staff related to cleaning procedures and use of cleaning supplies.
  • Identifies building deficiencies and generates work requests.
  • Distributes equipment, supplies and materials to crew.
  • Performs general cleaning, sweeps, mops, dusts, scrubs, vacuums, empties waste baskets and recycling containers. Cleans walls, windows, light fixtures and air supply/return registers.
  • Cleans and disinfects restrooms and restocks restroom supplies.
  • Operates buffer, stripper, waxer, vacuum and carpet cleaning machines.
  • Performs minor repairs, such as replacing light bulbs and other similar replaceable items. Unstops and repairs toilets.
  • Moves office furniture and other items, as required.
  • Secures and locks buildings, and sets alarms. Ensures lights are turned out in completed spaces.
  • Performs general cleaning in high-rise buildings.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
Two (2) years of work experience and training in general custodial and/or building maintenance functions;


Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

  • Must pass a criminal background check for CJIS clearance.
  • Applicants are required to successfully pass the background investigation, including fingerprint clearance. 

High School diploma or G.E.D.
One (1) year of lead or supervisory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Policies, practices, procedures and methods of janitorial/custodial functions.
  • Applicable safety practices and regulations.
  • Cleaning equipment, products, techniques, and standards.
  • Principles and practices of leading assigned staff.
Skill in:
  • Operating cleaning equipment, such as buffers, strippers, waxers, vacuums, and carpet cleaning machines.
  • Coordinating the work activities of assigned staff.
  • Resolving routine issues effectively at the crew level.
  • Reading and spelling.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including conveying and following instructions.
Ability to:
  • Understand and follow instructions and communicate effectively as needed to perform the job functions.
  • Supervise the work of subordinates and instruct them in proper work methods and procedures.
  • Safely and correctly operate cleaning equipment used for cleaning and maintaining facilities.
  • Work independently and efficiently.
  • Manage time well and meet timelines.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned staff, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.
Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift up to 50 pounds/carry up to 25 pounds, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions. Subject to contact with hazardous waste, foul odors, animal and human fecal matter, insects and rodents, and exposure to outside elements.

Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM; Monday through Friday.

Location: Various County Facilities 

Department: Facilities Management 

Criminal Background Check, Driving Record, and Employment History Check Required.