Residential Service Worker - Extra-Help

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Housekeeping / Janitorial
Posted on May 12, 2023
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Starting salary up to $22.89/hour* depending upon experience.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple temporary extra-help Residential Service Worker positions at the Human Services Department's Valley of the Moon Children's Home. Residential Service Workers provide a variety of services, including:

  • Laundering linens, clothing, and personal items for children in residence
  • Keeping closets stocked with towels, sheets, blankets, and pillow cases

Housekeeping and Cleaning Support

  • Maintaining inventory of children's clothing, toys, toiletries, and sports equipment
  • Emptying wastebaskets, sweeping and mopping floors, and washing windows and showcases
  • Making beds and changing linens
  • Cleaning restrooms and replenishing supplies
  • Dusting, polishing, and preparing rooms for meetings
  • Supporting special events for children and foster families including holidays, training, and recognition events

Food Preparation

  • Preparing, cooking, handling, and serving food
  • Washing dishes, pots, and pans
  • Maintaining sanitation standards

The ideal candidate for these positions will have at least six month's of experience in janitorial work and/or food preparation. 

These positions requires the ability to lift, push, and pull heavy equipment and supplies. Also, Residential Service Workers may be required to work for long periods of time while standing, and under conditions of high temperature.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

This list may also be used to fill future extra-help vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.
*Salary is negotiable within the established range.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: The ability to read and write English commensurate with the knowledge and abilities.
Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities; normally, a course in institutional food preparation combined with six month's experience in Janitorial work would provide this opportunity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge of: the methods and procedures involved in the large scale preparation of foods; the use, care and cleaning of a variety of kitchen equipment commonly used in the preparation and cooking of large quantities of food; a variety of common recipes; health and safety hazards in food preparation and service and necessary safety precautionary measures; janitorial methods and equipment.
Knowledge of: safety practices as applied to janitorial work.
Ability to: follow oral and written instructions and to work with others; learn the routine clerical procedures involved in the maintenance of stock inventories; prepare and cook food in large quantities; operate tools and equipment used in janitorial work.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.