Jul 27, 2022

WDVA Custodian 1, On-Call, Walla Walla

  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Walla Walla County, WA, USA

Job Description


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Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. In addition, we provide critical community services through a variety of programs, and at our four State Veterans Homes located in Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane, and Walla Walla. These locations provide Medicare and Medicaid nursing home care to honorably discharged veterans, including, in some instances, their spouses, widows, or Gold Star.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking to fill on-call Custodian 1 positions that directly affect the quality of life and health of residents of our Walla Walla Veterans Home in Walla Walla, WA.

This position works on-call and posting will be used to fill multiple vacancies.


Key Responsibilities:
Vacuum carpets as required to maintain a clean, spot free, and odor free condition.

Mop, disinfect, strip, and wax floors as required to maintain a uniform glossy appearance.

Sweep and mop stairwells. Maintain baseboards free of dirt and wax build-up.

Empty trash and maintain receptacles free of odors.

Perform various housekeeping, custodial, and maintenance related tasks to ensure and maintain proper cleanliness of facility.

Ability to use brooms, buffers, carpet extractors, chemical dispensers, dollies, floor scrubbers, mops, mob buckets, personal protective equipment, vacuums, ladders, etc. in the performance of custodial work.


Required Qualifications:
Must have excellent listening skills and be able to work productively with staff and residents from diverse backgrounds.

Must be able to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards.

Physical ability to do required work.

Knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in cleaning and caring for floors, walls fixtures and furniture, safety practices and procedures for handling toxic materials.

Knowledge of aseptic procedures and infection control as related to custodial services.

Ability to:
Adopt work procedures to meet changing needs.
Inspect and evaluate custodial work for cleanliness, aseptic cleanliness, and neatness.
Understand and apply rules and written and oral directions.
Read and understand written instructions, directions and procedures.
Make simple arithmetic calculations.
Interact effectively with others.
Follow safety policies, procedures and practices.
Operate floor care machines.

Preferred Qualifications:
Two years of fulltime experience in large scale housekeeping, janitorial, building maintenance or custodial work in a healthcare facility, hospital or nursing home.

Supplemental Information

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Application Process:

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.

Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Other Information:

  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test.
  • Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
  • Candidates who are offered a job with WDVA must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.