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Custodial Worker

Custodial Worker

locationFort Novosel, AL, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/9/2024
Full Time


About the Position: This position is located in the Southeast Region of the Department of Defense Education Activity. This region encompasses eight school districts in the southeastern portion of the United States.
This is an open and continuous announcement, the first cutoff will be 12/06/2023, subsequent lists will be pulled approximately every 3 weeks and/or as needed.

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  • Disinfects restrooms to include urinals, toilet bowls, and sinks.
  • Dusts, waxes, and/or polishes furniture and fixtures.
  • Empties waste baskets.
  • Occasionally works on ladders/scaffolds to clean.
  • Sets up and tears down for special events or assemblies.
  • Sweeps, mops, strips, scrubs, waxes and/or polishes floors using brooms, industrial-type floor scrubbers and other heavy powered cleaning equipment.
  • Opens and closes school following all security procedures.


Conditions of Employment

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Requirement.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • One year trial or probationary period may be required.
  • Appointment subject to a suitability/fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
  • This position requires a Tier 1 (T1) investigation with Childcare Checks since its duties require interaction with children and youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age.
  • A pre-placement medical examination is required.
  • Work may include assignment to first or second shift.


Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Custodial Worker without more than normal supervision. To meet the screen out element, applicants should document experience or show the ability to do the following: performing cleaning duties inside to include mopping, dusting, and/or disinfecting lavatories and maintaining outdoor appearance of facility premises. Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

This position is restricted to persons entitled to Veterans' Preference; if there are no Veteran's preference eligible applicants available, non-preference applicants may be considered.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision
  • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean and in order)
  • Physical Effort: Occasionally uses heavy powered cleaning equipment (e.g., industrial type buffers). Occasionally exerts moderately heavy physical effort such as that required in lifting and moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds, requiring continuous standing, bending, stooping and reaching. Requires working on ladders/scaffold in the performance of some duties.
  • Working Conditions: Usually works indoors in areas which are adequately heated, lighted, and ventilated. Exposed to vibration from heavy equipment and to skin irritation from strong cleaning solutions. Care must be taken to avoid serious injury when working on ladders and scaffolds or when using heavy powered equipment.

Additional information

  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • Salary is based on the local prevailing rate.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions at various locations.
  • Hourly pay posted covers all states within the United States locality and will be adjusted to the locality of selectee's physical duty location.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • Applicants with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should send notification request to
  • This position may be covered under one of the following bargaining units:
    Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, Kentucky: Federal Education Association 2396 bargaining unit.
    Fort Stewart, Georgia: Federal Education Association 2396 bargaining unit.
    Fort Moore, Georgia: Federal Education Association 2582 bargaining unit.
    Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Federal Education Association 1381 bargaining unit.
    Fort Novosel, Alabama: Federal Education Association 1938 bargaining unit.
    Laurel Bay, South Carolina: Federal Education Association 1312 bargaining unit.
    Fort Jackson, South Carolina: Federal Education Association 1374 bargaining unit.
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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.