Substitute Cafeteria and Custodial Positions

All interested candidates must complete an application in our Online Job Portal. Required documents may be submitted as an attachment to the application or emailed directly to Nicole Donelan,, for consideration. Each application must be completed thoroughly to be considered.


  • High School degree/GED preferred
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and have the ability to establish effective working relationships with staff and students
  • Must possess good moral character and must pass criminal background checks. Only applicants who meet the conditions of employment set forth in § 22.1-296.1 of the Code of Virginia may be considered.
Substitute cafeteria staff receive $10.25 per hour, and substitute custodial staff receive $12.04 per hour.

Application Process

  1. Complete an application in our Online Job Portal. Be sure to complete all questions thoroughly and accurately. This includes all prior work history, three current/prior supervisor references, and employer questions. We will only consider complete application packages.
  2. Provide proof of education. A diploma indicating your highest degree earned must be emailed to Nicole Donelan, We will accept a picture of your diploma or an unofficial transcript that indicates the date your degree was conferred. 
  3. Provide three references using the Frederick County Substitute Reference Form. References must be provided by your most recent supervisors and reflect employment covering the last 5 years. If you have limited or no work experience, we may accept references from professors or volunteer supervisors. Please fill out the top portion of the form and send it to the supervisors you indicated on your application. You may have the supervisor send it back to Nicole Donelan directly, or you can forward the completed forms.
  4. Once your application for cafeteria and/or custodial job position has been submitted, posting. we will review all applications and contact those candidates who best meet our requirements to schedule an orientation.
Submitting the application and forms required to be a substitute cafeteria and custodian does not guarantee employment. Hiring decisions will be made based on qualifications to include work history, educational background, references, and substitute needs within the school system.


Substitute orientations are invitation only and held on an as needed basis. Once you have been scheduled for an orientation you should:
During orientation, you will receive additional information about our school system, important policies, and substituting with Frederick County Public Schools. You will also complete:
  • Federal and state tax forms
  • A Central Registry Form for each state in which you have resided for the past five years
  • Fingerprinting for background check
Bring to orientation:
  • Voided check for direct deposit
  • Certificates of completion from your training
Once your background information is returned and we are in receipt of all your documentation we will review your completed application and make a determination regarding your employment with Frederick County Public Schools. If you are approved, you will be presented to the School Board for final approval. You will then be contacted regarding your approval and will receive instructions on registering in SmartFind Express, our substitute system. 

If you are unable to email your documents, please mail, fax or deliver your information with a cover letter to:

Frederick County Public Schools
Attn: Human Resources
1415 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Fax: 540-722-3917