Placer County

Waste Management Operations Superintendent (#11807)

$49.31-$61.58 Hourly / $8,547.07-$10,673.87 Monthly / $102,564.80-$128,086.40 Yearly


To plan, organize, and coordinate the activities of the Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) operations unit, including the landfill and material recovery facility (MRF), household hazardous waste (HHW) facility, and composting facility operations; to organize and coordinate field operations and compliance functions; to oversee and manage consultant and private contractor agreements, scale house operations, environmental control systems, and facility safety programs; and to provide highly responsible complex and technical support to the Environmental Engineering Program Manager or management designee.


The Superintendent level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.   This classification is distinguished from the Environmental Engineering Program Manager by the fact that the latter serves as the division manager and oversees the entire WPWMA including the operations, engineering, and administration units whereas this class oversees the operations unit.  


Receives administrative direction from the Environmental Engineering Program Manager and/or management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical/administrative support staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of Division goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; review and approve policies and procedures of the waste management operations unit.  
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the waste management operations unit plan; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor workflow of the WPWMA operations unit; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.  
  • Coordinate WPWMA landfill and MRF activities including the operation, maintenance, repair, and upkeep of solid waste facilities and administration of associated contracts.  
  • Assist in preparing the WPWMA budget including costs analysis, and fund forecasting; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.    
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the WPWMA.  
  • Assist in overseeing the management of the more complex projects; ensure that all projects are properly and effectively managed and executed; research and resolve the more difficult and sensitive issues with internal and external customers and outside contractors.  
  • Investigate complaints and recommend and ensure implementation of corrective action for resolution.  
  • Direct, oversee and participate in environmental and regulatory compliance and reporting; inspect solid waste facilities to ensure compliance with regulatory laws.  
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other employees, outside contractors, and the public using principles of good customer service.  
  • Represent the WPWMA to outside agencies, organizations, and contractors; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance, as necessary.  
  • Research, prepare, and present technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.    
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with some field work outdoors in varying temperature and weather conditions. Duties are performed in close proximity to solid waste and landfill, with associated noises and odors.  


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

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in solid waste maintenance, construction, and operations including two years of supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business or public administration, safety and industrial engineering, environmental science, planning and/or management, or a related field.

Required License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Pertinent local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
  • Changing regulations, standards, and techniques in the field of solid waste and of new technology, methods, and equipment.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety for working in the Material Recovery Facility and landfills, as well as their emergency procedures.

Ability to: ·        

  • Organize, implement, and direct solid waste operations.        
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of assigned job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; know laws, regulations, and codes; remember various rules and interpret policy; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.       
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; intermittently walk, stand, kneel, climb and bend; balance and walk on uneven, steep, and slippery surfaces; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine and assess safety conditions; use telephone, and communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.       
  • Interpret and explain pertinent WPWMA policies and procedures. 
  • Observe and solve operational problems.         
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of assigned program budgets.   
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.        
  • Use a variety of computer programs for the analysis of solid waste operations.        
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.         
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. ·        
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.      
  •  Present technical and operational items to the WPWMA Board for informational and approval purposes.        
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.


Length of Probation:

All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.  

Bargaining Unit:


CLASS: 11807; EST: 5/14/2021; REV: ;