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Utility Worker, Institutions

Salary: $14.51-$17.72 hourly / $2,524-$3,081 monthly / Range: 4696

DEFINITION: Under direction, maintains inventory of linen, clothing, and supplies; operates detainees' property room; accepts delivery of and transports supplies; provides various services to the different bureaus of the Sheriff's Department, including but not limited to any of the Sheriff's Custody facilities, or to detention facilities operated by the Probation Department; performs and/or supervises inmates or detainees performing minor housekeeping tasks and repairs; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Utility Clerk, Departmental by the assignment of duties in a detention facility, including supervision of work crews of inmates or juveniles in custody.


1. Orders and issues linen and clothing and coordinates laundry services; orders supplies, accepts deliveries, and checks supplies received against invoices; distributes goods received, arranges supplies on shelves, and maintains inventory records; maintains security of items stored in the supply room; stores and keeps records of detainees' or inmates' clothing and bulk property.
2. Supervises inmates or detainees in various work assignments; performs or supervises inmates or detainees performing minor housekeeping tasks such as painting, general cleaning, making simple repairs, and performing building or grounds maintenance; assists with submission and follow-up of maintenance requests; maintains security against unauthorized persons gaining access to specific areas.
3. Writes simple reports and memoranda regarding lost property and inmate/detainee disciplinary problems.
4. Issues and delivers office supplies and equipment; provides courier service as needed to banks, Courthouse complex, post office, etc.
5. Transports vehicles to the County garage, and to other locations within the County; monitors inventory and condition of safety equipment and oversees equipment maintenance; arranges vehicle maintenance and repairs through County garage, and maintains service records of vehicles; assists employees in obtaining vehicles and transportation.
6. May assist food service workers as needed and perform other duties as required.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: A combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualification: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: English grammar and usage sufficient to keep records, place orders, and prepare simple narrative reports; basic math to place supply orders and maintain inventory.

Ability to: understand and carry out oral and written instructions; work independently without close supervision; keep accurate records; perform minor building maintenance tasks and learn to make minor repairs; work well with co-workers; maintain appropriate relationships with inmates or juveniles in custody; safely maintain the security of assigned inmates or juveniles in custody.

Background Check: Applicants will be required to pass a background investigation. Current or excessive use of drugs, sale of drugs, serious criminal history or deception relating to employment history may bar employment.

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