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California Prison Industry

Custodian Series

Last updated: August 13, 2021

The California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) is always in need of additional talent to join our 300+ custodian team. We hire custodians year round throughout California at all CALPIA locations!

The Custodian Series is a great opportunity to start a career with the State of California. We offer great health, dental, and vision benefits as well as the State’s CalPERS retirement plan.

If you are interested in becoming a Custodian with CALPIA, please review and follow the four steps below.

Step 1: What classification best suits you?

Use the below chart to determine what classification best suits your outside State experience. If you are already or previously a State custodian, click on the hyperlinks below to see what State experience counts.

Classification Minimum Qualifications
Without High School Diploma/GRE With High School Diploma/GRE
Custodian I 6 months of professional cleaning experience High School Diploma/GRE
Custodian II 1 year of professional cleaning experience 6 months of professional cleaning experience and High School Diploma/GRE
Custodian Supervisor I 2 years of professional cleaning experience

(1 year must include leading or directing)
2 years of professional cleaning experience and High School Diploma/GRE

(6 months must include leading or directing)
Custodian Supervisor II 4 years of professional cleaning experience

(2 years must include supervising or directing)
4 years of professional cleaning experience and High School Diploma/GRE

(18 months must include supervising or directing)

Step 2: Create a CalCareers account.

Create a CalCareers account and complete your application template. Be sure to include all relevant experience.

Step 3: Take the exam.

You must now take and pass the exam for the classification you selected above:

If you qualify for more than one classification, you can take the exam for those classifications too.

Step 4: Apply for your new career!

You can now apply for your new career through the CalCareers hyperlinks below. We encourage you to apply for any and all jobs that you’re qualified for.

For more information on how to apply for a State job, check out our website.

Compensation

As a State employee within the Custodian series, you will be placed into your classification range and receive a 5% Merit Salary Adjustment increase each year on your work anniversary (dependent on performance) until you have reached the maximum salary for your classification.

The Custodian series, due to the nature of the position, also may receive a monthly stipend depending on if the position meets the requirements of the pay differential. The compensation below does not reflect this pay differential.

Classification Monthly Compensation Range
Minimum Maximum
Custodian I $2,855.00 $3,574.00
Custodian II $2,924.00 $3,660.00
Custodian Supervisor I $3,160.00 $3,960.00
Custodian Supervisor II $3,421.00 $4,283.00

CALPIA Custodian Recruitment

Questions? Need help on next steps?

Our recruitment team is ready to assist you with any questions you might have. Contact us at Careers@calpia.ca.gov and we’ll help you anytime throughout the application process.