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Recruitment #18-MW6-01


THE JOB: Under general supervision, perform heavy physical labor for up to eight hours a day that involves frequent bending, pulling, pushing, lifting, and carrying, such as lifting and carrying sacks of mulch, mattresses, rolls of carpeting, or heavy appliances; stacking hay bales, loading equipment tires into semi-trailers; shoveling; some building and grounds maintenance including litter pickup, brush and weed cutting, minor building repair, cleaning drainage ditches and storm drains, maintaining public access roads, moving wind screens, repairing fences and other site facilities; operating tank trucks, backhoes, loaders, compactors and other heavy equipment as directed; installing and monitoring pipe systems and making adjustments; directing traffic and assisting customers in the recycling area; cleanup of recycling area; providing direction and instruction to customers wishing to recycle. At times, the incumbent will also be required to work as the backup cashier, and that involves the inspection of trucks and vehicles hauling refuse in order to determine type, weight, and volume of material; computing and collecting fees; operating cash register and issuing receipts; totaling daily fee receipts and refuse amounts; preparing bank deposits, and providing information and direction to the public regarding proper dumping, recycling materials, and restricted hazardous materials; and performing other work as required. Disposal Site Maintenance Workers work at both the Buena Vista Landfill and the Ben Lomond Transfer Station. Both facilities are open and staffed six days a week (closed Sundays) including most holidays. After a conditional offer of employment, candidates will be required to provide an H-6 (10-year driving record) from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that demonstrates a responsible driving history. The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies during the life of the eligible list.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be to have one year of experience that has included maintenance of buildings or grounds. 

Special Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License (upon appointment), and some positions may require possession of a valid California Class B driver license within six months of hire.

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the use of building repair and grounds maintenance hand tools and related equipment; some knowledge of basic recordkeeping or cashiering and basic arithmetic; the routine maintenance and operation of trucks and other light equipment; and vehicle and heavy equipment safety practices.

Ability to: Perform heavy physical labor that involves frequent bending, pulling, pushing, lifting, and carrying, such as lifting sacks of mulch, stacking hay bales, loading equipment tires into semi-trailers, shoveling, placing items on sorting lines, and pulling self onto equipment; perform minor building repair and maintenance, such as painting, cleaning rain gutters, and replacing doors; operate a cash register or other computing equipment; make simple arithmetic calculations; accurately and consistently identify refuse loads and calculate fees; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; learn to operate heavy equipment used at landfill sites; learn to maintain and regulate pumps; lift items weighing up to 75 pounds; walk for up to eight hours while performing tasks such as picking up litter; hear and distinguish various sounds, such as voices of co-workers in noisy environments and the sound of operating equipment; distinguish colors, such as color-coded medical waste bags; follow oral and written instructions; organize assigned tasks and work independently; and act in a courteous and diplomatic manner with members of the public.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined spaces; heights, such as on fences and equipment; high levels of noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections that might cause chronic disease or death; dust and silica dust; allergenics, such as stinging insects and poison oak; vibration, such as when operating heavy equipment; and the possibility of experiencing burns, bodily injury, exposure to non-ionizing radiation, and contact with toxic substances or chemical irritants. 

Other Special Requirements: Alcohol and drug tests will be administered to all candidates prior to final selection for positions requiring California Class A or Class B Driver Licenses upon entry, and to employees in positions requiring these licenses, as mandated by Department of Transportation federal regulations. In addition, all candidates must provide specific employment history for up to the past ten years for all jobs they have held that required operation of a commercial motor vehicle. Incumbents are required to work weekends and holidays and must be physically and mentally capable of performing the essential functions as summarized in the typical tasks section of the job description.

Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.


– 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years. Available after six months for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS – 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE – 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN – The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and dependents.
DENTAL PLAN – County pays for employee and dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN – County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT – Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. The County participates in Social Security. 
LIFE INSURANCE – County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
SDI – Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN – Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN – Employees who pay a County medical premium share of cost may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) – Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION – A deferred compensation plan is available to employees.  

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application and supplemental questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application and supplemental questionnaire. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!  Click on the link below; or print out an application and supplemental questionnaire and mail/bring them to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060. For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711. Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways: 1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date.


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

NOTE: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.