Website California Prison Industry Authority

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Working Title:
Custodian I – Salinas Valley State Prison 31625 Highway 101
Soledad, CA 93960

CUSTODIAN I$2,926.00 – $3,663.00-Position may receive a $190.00 per month Institutional Worker Supervision Pay (IWSP) Differential.

Are you interested in an entry level position with the State of California? Are you interested in a customer-focused business that reduces recidivism, increases prison safety, and enhances public safety by providing incarcerated individuals productive work and training opportunities? If your answer is yes, then the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is the place for you!

The CALPIA Healthcare Facilities Maintenance (HFM) program is a custodial service designed to meet California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) needs statewide. The HFM program will train incarcerated individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill level needed to meet the highest possible standards for healthcare cleaning standards. The HFM program will bring healthcare areas of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to an acceptable level of sanitary conditions and will provide a skilled workforce for the private sector healthcare facilities maintenance industry and reduce the potential for recidivism.

The PIA is looking to fill a Custodian position at the Salinas Valley State Prison. The Custodian is responsible for working inside a prison directly with 1 to 4 incarcerated individuals instructing, leading, and providing instruction to assist with custodial services. Other responsibilities include but is not limited to: keeping buildings and facilities clean and orderly; assist in moving and arranging furniture and equipment; turn out lights and lock doors and windows; refill lavatory and housekeeping supplies, and operate equipment and machinery such as scrubbers, buffers, waxers.

Working Conditions
Persons appointed to positions in this class must be reasonably able to maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well-being or that of their fellow employees or that of incarcerated individuals.  Assignments during tour of duty may include sole responsibility for the supervision of incarcerated individuals and/or the protection of personal and real property.  Persons appointed to the position in this class may be required to wear a personal alarm and carry a whistle while on the worksite.

*To apply as a list candidate for the vacancy, you must first attain list eligibility by take the Custodian I exam located at the link below.


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