Recruitment #2207-5482-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big-city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities and great restaurants.  

The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


Under the general direction of the Sanitation Services Manager, the Resource Recovery Program Manager administers and develops the City's waste reduction and resource recovery programs. 

Essential Functions

Program Management

  • Manage the citywide recycling program, providing oversight, responding to needs, coordinating with field operations, and monitoring metrics.
  • Maintain an effective program by providing analytical and technical expertise and applying best practices identified through review of current recycling trends, research and procedures.
  • Plan, conduct and document various studies in waste stream composition, recyclables collection and processing methods and other technical aspects of recycling.
  • Assist the Sanitation Services Manager to implement and continuously improve municipal curbside and drop off site recovery programs and services; develop waste prevention, reuse, and recycling projects.
  • Establish contracts or other agreements necessary to market recyclable materials; oversee the financial and performance aspects of contracts, resolving issues as needed and ensuring service fulfillment.
  • Assist the Sanitation Services Manager in the administration of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and associated contracts and intergovernmental agreement; assist in representation of the City on the governing body providing oversight.
  • Manage and administer the City’s State recycling grants, maintaining an effective data management and reporting system to satisfy State grant provisions and ensure continuance of funding.
  • Educate field personnel on new recycling issues and changes in the curbside program.
  • Oversee recycling compliance enforcement activities and provide assistance to those responsible for implementing recycling programs under State law and City ordinance.
  • Research, develop and implement ordinance changes to increase waste diversion. 

Community Collaboration

  • Collaborate on the development of public information tools and campaigns to educate the public and encourage recycling, composting, and waste reduction.
  • Represent the department before various Committees and on work groups; provide technical and policy expertise in resource recovery and waste reduction; represent the City to outside agencies and organizations.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.
  • As a member of the DPW Operations management team, must work as part of snow and ice control operations and be able to work various shifts and extended hours including weekends and holidays as needed to meet the needs of the department.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Three years of experience managing solid waste, composting and recycling contracts, operations and/or programs.
  3. Requires residency within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Milwaukee within six months of appointment pursuant to Rule III, Section 4(g) of the Rules of the City Civil Service Commission. (A map defining the jurisdictional boundary is located on the Fire and Police Commission website at:
  4. Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience and familiarity with Materials Recovery Facilities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to recycling.
  • Knowledge of materials management principles and of current methods, systems and infrastructure related to waste prevention, reuse, and recycling.
  • Knowledge of data accumulation, tracking and analysis techniques.
  • Ability to navigate, implement and manage government procurement and various contracts.
  • Ability to design, plan, and work with budgets.
  • Competence utilizing computer applications, particularly Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to interpret and understand related regulations and technical information.
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis of industry equipment, procedures and best practices and apply knowledge to develop recommendations.

Interpersonal and Communication

  • Verbal communication skill to communicate clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Written communication skills to prepare professional correspondence and technical reports.
  • Ability to lead, develop mutually respectful relationships, motivate others, foster collaboration and build consensus.
  • Ability to work with public, private and government agencies and partners in a professional manner as a representative of the organization.

Judgment and Responsibility

  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and conservation of resources.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and decision making to consider potential actions and choose the best solution.
  • Planning, organizational, and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously to meet deadlines
  • Honesty and integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality. 

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 2JX) is $63,585- $89,016 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $65,493-$91,686 annually.  Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance 
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves 
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.  

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice.  However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information


  • Applications and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


 EEO Code = 204

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer