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Recruitment #20-MV6-01




THE JOB: Under direction, plan, organize, manage and coordinate the operation of the County solid waste disposal sites including a transfer station; coordinate the disposal site equipment acquisition and maintenance program and the resource recovery program; and perform other work as required.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledges and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain these knowledges and abilities would be:

Four years of progressively responsible experience, which would provide the knowledge and abilities listed below, including one year of experience as a supervisor.


License Requirement: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s license.

Certificate: Obtain a Manager of Landfill Operations Certificate issued by the Solid Waste Association of North America is required within two years of employment.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of occupational hazards and safety standards and practices required for solid waste disposal site operations. Working knowledge of estimating cost and preparing budgets and monitoring budgets; of the principles and practices supervision and training; administrative techniques including planning and organizing work and evaluating operations; State and Federal laws and regulations governing solid waste disposal; methods, materials, and equipment used in the operation of disposal sites and working knowledge of the capabilities, operation and maintenance of disposal site equipment.

Ability to: Plan, organize, manage and coordinate the operations of the County wide solid waste disposal division; plan, assign, coordinate, train and evaluate the work of subordinates engaged in a variety of disposal site operations and maintenance activities; estimate equipment, material and labor needs, prepare budget requests and administer the division budget; negotiate contracts and handle complaints; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, rules and regulations; prepare clear and concise oral and written reports and procedures manuals; assure that subordinate employees receive safety training, operation and maintenance training and on-the-job training; evaluate division operations and procedures and develops techniques and procedures to increase efficiency and effectiveness; walk over rough terrain; understand and interpret engineering construction plans and specifications and learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer terminal.



VACATION - 16 days 1st year, increasing to 31 days per year after 15 years’ service. Available after 1 year service.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE – One week advanced upon appointment; two weeks accrued each year; can be taken in cash or time off.

HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.

SICK LEAVE - Six days 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 eligible dependents.

DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.

VISION PLAN - The County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.

RETIREMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY - 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.  County participates in Social Security. 

LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $50,000 term policy.  Employee may purchase additional life insurance.

LONG TERM DISABILITY PLAN - Plan pays 66 2/3% of the first $13,500, up to $9,000 per month maximum.

DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay for qualifying child or dependent care expenses may elect this pre-tax program.

H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium 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 and supplemental questionnaire. 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. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.

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.

Some positions may require Fingerprinting and/or Background Investigation.

Note: Provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer

County of Santa Cruz


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