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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005

SENIOR SOLID WASTE EQUIPMENT OPERATOR

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under direction of the Solid Waste Supervisor or Solid Waste Manager, leads, oversees, reviews and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for the pick up, transport and disposal of residential, industrial and commercial waste and recycled materials; schedules drivers and routes; investigates accidents; performs a variety of customer service duties; and prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
This is the advanced journey level class in the Solid Waste Equipment Operator series. Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing lead supervision to assigned staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for the operation of a variety of equipment including rapid rail systems and front-end loaders in the collection and transportation of residential, industrial and/or commercial waste and recycled materials along assigned routes; fills in for drivers as necessary; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit including developing, implementing, and ensuring the completion of daily work assignments.
  2. Oversees and participates in unloading and loading waste materials at the transfer station for transport to landfills.
  3. Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including proper solid waste methods, procedures, and techniques; identifies training opportunities and needs; makes recommendations to management and supervisory staff as necessary.
  4. Supervises the use, care and operation of solid waste equipment including front-end loaders, roll off container trucks, side loaders and other solid waste vehicles.
  5. Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  6. Oversees and reviews a database of the routes to ensure it is current and accurate; schedules drivers and back-ups to ensure adequate coverage of operational needs, including fielding sick calls at home, reviewing vacation requests, schedules, etc.
  7. Responds to accidents and injuries and coordinates completion of necessary paperwork; coordinates and conducts tailgate and safety meetings.
  8. Troubleshoots and coordinates the maintenance and repair of solid waste vehicles and equipment with the Fleet Maintenance Division to ensure adequate equipment.
  9. Oversees and may be required to operate a variety of heavy equipment, including front loaders, roll off container trucks, side loaders and other vehicles as necessary.
  10. Oversees and participates in cleaning, maintaining and inspecting assigned vehicles; performs servicing activities on assigned vehicle including checking and refilling gasoline, oil and water; checks brake systems; reports unsafe working conditions, accidents and injuries to manager.
  11. Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment including explaining collection procedures; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  12. Estimates time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; maintains and distributes supplies necessary to perform the job; requisitions materials as required.
  13. Participates in preparing performance evaluations for assigned staff; oversees and participates in preparing and maintaining a variety of written records and reports.
  14. Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  15. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a solid waste collection program. Principles of lead supervision and training. Advanced practices, techniques and materials used in solid waste operations. Operational characteristics of different types of refuse/recycling vehicles, loaders and other standard equipment. Auxiliary mechanical equipment carried on heavy vehicles. Methods and techniques used in the preventative maintenance and minor repair of assigned equipment. Traffic laws, ordinances and rules involved in heavy truck operation. Occupational hazards and standard safety practices related to the operation of a wide variety of refuse collection vehicles and equipment. Principles and practices of project design and cost estimating. Basic principles of mathematics and record keeping. Proper lifting procedures. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations.

Ability to:
Lead, organize, and review the work of staff. Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures. Operate a variety of heavy equipment, such as front-end loaders, roll-off container trucks, side-loaders, lift-gate dump trucks and other vehicles. Handle and solve mechanical problems. Apply applicable laws, codes and regulations. Prepare and maintain a variety of reports and records. Read and interpret City maps. Perform heavy manual tasks. Work independently in the absence of supervision. Respond to issues and concerns from the community. Demonstrate good customer service. Understand and follow written and oral instructions. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Experience:
Three years of experience in solid waste equipment operation.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid Class B driver’s license.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; work at heights; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency and public calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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