PSE Custodial Maintenance Jobs in washington

What is this job?

Custodians clean and maintain buildings and grounds. In some cases, this job and its exam are restricted to preference eligible military veterans.

Wages can vary by location, but the average salary for a career Custodian is $45,000 per year. Specific information on wages is provided on individual job postings

Custodian positions come with the full range of benefits for which the Postal Service is famous. See our Career Benefits page for details.

(You may see a posting for a PSE Custodian if they are not prepared to hire a career employee at that particular time or location. This job would perform the same functions, but it is a non-career position that comes with lesser wages that vary geographically and with partial or no benefits. Specific information on wages and benefits are included on individual job postings. PSE is an acronym for Postal Support Employee. When posted as a PSE job, this should be viewed as a starting point for a career Custodian position. In such a case, when a career Custodian position becomes available, it will be filled by promoting a PSE Custodian. PSEs are typically hired for 360 day terms and can be reappointed for additional 360 day terms. See our PSE Jobs page for details.)

How do I get it?

Following is a brief recap of the hiring and testing process. See our How to apply page for full details.

1. First you must find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately the Postal Service online job search function is a nightmare that does not work as intended due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but the online application process is a seemingly endless series of conflicting instructions, confusing forms, electronic steps, cover letters, and attachments.  Our How to Really Get Postal Jobs is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants for PSE and Assistant jobs. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take an employment exam as you apply. Automotive Mechanic / Technician jobs, are filled from exam 916. See our Exam 916 page for details on exam content. We do not publish a true study guide for exam 916. But our book How to Really Get Postal Jobs does provide one complete sample test for the Personal Characteristics & Experience section of the exam and sample questions for all four objective sections of the test: Vocabulary & Reading, Basic Safety, General Cleaning, and Following Written Instructions.