Occ. Code 3014000


New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


            Cleaners perform a variety of routine manual tasks requiring light, medium, and heavy physical effort in cleaning and caring for an assigned area in public buildings and adjacent grounds and sidewalks.

            Most of the positions in this class are located at State University campuses and teaching and research center hospitals; State Veterans Homes operated by the Department of Health; facilities operated by the Office of Mental Health, and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; and the State Education Department. 


            Cleaners work independently or as part of a work team that performs a wide range of specialized and routine cleaning activities such as stripping and polishing floors, window washing, vacuuming, trash and recycling removal, dusting and cleaning walls, office space, kitchens and common areas, hospital and clean rooms, laboratories, residential facilities, and restrooms.  The nature of the cleaning assignments ranges from light, medium, to heavy physical effort.  The class is non-supervisory.


            Building Service Aides perform a variety of routine unskilled and manual tasks related to the operation and maintenance of State-owned buildings and facilities, the surrounding grounds, and the vehicles and equipment used in maintaining the sites.

            Janitors are responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, and care of public buildings and adjacent grounds and sidewalks with higher level positions administering a custodial program. Janitors supervise lower-level custodial positions, such as Cleaners.

            Housekeepers perform a variety of custodial and housekeeping tasks, including requisitioning linens and household supplies and cleaning buildings or areas of large buildings in State facilities.  Housekeepers supervise lower-level cleaning staff in State operated residential facilities.



Applicants must be physically able to perform medium to heavy physical labor, and able to understand and carry out written or oral instructions.


Revised:  9/12

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum requirements for appointment or examination.