Resource Recovery and Recycling Equipment Operator (On-Call)

  • City of Santa Monica
  • Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 25, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works Sanitation and Solid Waste
  • Salary: $25.33 Hourly USD

Job Description

Job Summary

Participates in the daily collection of commercial and residential refuse, food and yard waste, and recyclable materials by driving a refuse collection truck along designated routes.

NOTE:  This is a temporary position without benefits. 

Major Duties

Operates various large vehicles, including automated side loaders, front-end loaders, rear loaders, forklifts, skip loaders, stake bed trucks, pick up trucks and other vehicles, used to collect refuse, food and yard waste and recyclable materials.


Uses various hand tools, rakes, shovels, hammers, wrenches and pliers to perform minor repairs and maintenance of truck cargo area.


Obeys traffic laws, follows Division rules and procedures and operates vehicles in a safe manner while collecting solid waste and recyclable materials from residents, businesses, and other City locations.


Performs daily pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections and completes required check list to ensure safe vehicle operation.


Identifies and reports mechanical problems immediately to supervisor and fleet maintenance staff.


Ensures vehicle cab, engine and transmission areas are free of debris. Washes and steam cleans vehicles, as required.


Inspects bins, carts and containers before dumping contents into collection vehicle. Reports repairs needed to bins, and carts. Pushes, pulls, drives and carries containers to curbside collection point.


Manually loads materials into collection vehicles. Cleans overflow around bins and containers. Makes special pick ups when required.


Moves containers for appropriate placement for automated collection. Tags containers that are not correctly placed for collection and/or are contaminated (e.g. trash in yard waste containers). Reports incidents to appropriate staff.


Reports findings of possible hazardous waste and conditions to appropriate staff.


Advises customers and co-workers of resource recovery and recycling rules and regulations.


Delivers, removes and maintains City provided solid waste and recycling containers and bins, as directed.


Assists in training assigned staff in collection operations and the safe use of collection vehicles.


Responds to customer inquiries in a professional and courteous manner.


Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:

Mechanical operations and functions of large equipment, including safe driving practices and backing, loading, compacting and lifting procedures.

Basic vehicle and equipment maintenance.

Traffic laws.

Care and maintenance of collection equipment.

Safe work practices and procedures.

Effective customer service techniques.


Ability to:

Learn collection and disposal methods and approved materials for collection.

Learn maintenance procedures for collection vehicles.

Learn geography of city streets and alleys.

Drive and operate collection equipment safely in variable weather conditions.

Perform physical labor for sustained periods including entering and exiting a vehicle and pushing and pulling bins and containers.

Perform repetitive bending and lifting.

Learn applicable rules, regulations and procedures.

Recognize hazardous and infectious waste.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Follow oral and written instructions.

Provide effective customer service.

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.


Skill in:

Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.


Education, Training and Experience:


Graduation from high school or the equivalent.


One year of recent, paid work experience operating large vehicles with a gross weight in excess of 26,000 lbs. or one year of field work experience in the Resource Recovery and Recycling Division of the City of Santa Monica. Recent experience driving solid waste collection vehicles is desirable.


License and Certificates:


Possession of a valid Class B driver license without any air brake restrictions and with valid medical certification.

How to Apply:  
Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed on-line City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. If you do not submit your on-line application by the filing deadline, you will not be considered for this position.  Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.
Selection Process:  
All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding your work history and qualifications for the position.  All applicants will be reviewed and only those applicants determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are submitted. The position may close at any time upon the vacancies being filled.
Background Investigation:  

Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Diversity and Inclusion

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community.  As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly-talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.
The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees.  Join us!
Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities.  Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).
Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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