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Solid Waste Equipment Operator (#SWEQOPAFSE) AFSE
$10.69-$16.97 Hourly / $1,852.93-$2,941.47 Monthly / $22,235.20-$35,297.60 Yearly


Performs duties operating a wide variety of motorized equipment and vehicles used in the operation of a Solid Waste facility.


Completion of the ninth grade; and

Entry-level (3 months) experience in the operation of motorized equipment such as front-end loaders or skid steers.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and

Possession of a valid Driver License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  • Working knowledge of traffic laws and regulations applicable to the operation of motorized equipment on public streets and highways.
  • Some knowledge of the operation of a variety of motorized equipment.
  • Ability to operate a variety of motorized equipment.
  • Ability to service and make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform work outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to perform work requiring heavy physical labor.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate good customer service skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to read and understand job related materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.
  • Ability to obtain Transfer Station Spotter/Waste Screener certification within 12 months of initial hire date.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Operates motorized equipment such as pickup trucks, front-end loaders, skid steers, street sweepers, and other similar equipment to perform a variety of solid waste operational functions, including performing site clean-up. Operation of motorized equipment constitutes at least 50% of daily job duties.
  • Checks and ensures that equipment is serviced and in good working condition; makes minor repairs and adjustments to equipment, and ensures that periodic maintenance and major repairs are performed.
  • Performs daily safety inspections and observes proper safety practices and regulations when operating or working around equipment.
  • Screens solid waste materials received at the transfer station and removes unauthorized materials in accordance with the site’s operational permit.
  • Assists with directing traffic and guiding customer vehicles into position for proper unloading of waste.
  • Assists with manual work related to transfer station operations, including cleaning waste loading and unloading areas in accordance with site’s operational permit.
  • Uses manual tools to pick up litter at the facility and ensure proper disposal.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

 This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.