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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


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.

Under supervision (Solid Waste Equipment Operator I) or general supervision (Solid Waste Equipment Operator II) of the Solid Waste Supervisor or Solid Waste Manager, performs routine tasks and duties in the pick up, transport and disposal of residential, industrial and commercial waste and recycled materials on an assigned route; delivers and/or picks up bins and totters as assigned; inspects assigned vehicle for mechanical or safety problems; prepares and maintains a variety of written records and reports; and performs other related duties as required.


Solid Waste Equipment Operator I – This is the entry level class in the Solid Waste Equipment Operator series performing routine and less complex solid waste maintenance duties while learning City policies and procedures. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Solid Waste Equipment Operator II level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. As experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence and responsibility and is expected to be performing at the “II” or journey level within the prescribed time frame. Advancement to the “II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the full range of assigned duties, possession of required certifications, and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

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. Operates 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; operates controls to empty trash bins into truck.
  2. Unloads and loads waste materials at the transfer station for transport to landfills.
  3. Operates a variety of heavy equipment, such as front-end loaders, roll-off container trucks, side-loaders, lift-gate dump trucks and other vehicles in the performance of assigned duties; ensures adherence to safe driving practices and procedures.
  4. Cleans, maintains and inspects 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 supervisory and/or management staff.
  5. Delivers and/or picks up bins and totters as assigned.
  6. Performs special or non-routine refuse collection service and assignments as needed including building and/or repairing garbage containers.
  7. 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.
  8. Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  9. Prepares and maintains a variety of written records and reports.
  10. As assigned, oversees alternative workers assigned from the County Sheriff’s Office in the performance of a variety of maintenance duties around the yard including building carts, picking up trash, bailing cardboard, and minor repairs.
  11. Performs related duties as required.
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. Operational characteristics of different types of refuse/recycling vehicles, loaders and other standard equipment. Auxiliary mechanical equipment carried on heavy vehicles. Methods and techniques of performing preventive maintenance and minor repairs on 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. Proper lifting procedures.

Ability to:
Perform duties in refuse collection and disposal. Operate a variety of heavy equipment, such as front-end loaders, roll-off container trucks, side-loaders, lift-gate dump trucks and other vehicles. Maintain assigned equipment and determine the need for equipment repair. Handle and solve mechanical problems. Apply applicable laws, codes and regulations. Prepare form reports. 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. 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:

Solid Waste Equipment Operator I

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

One year of maintenance experience including work driving trucks or large equipment is desirable.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

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.

Human Resources Division   
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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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