Solid Waste Recovery Worker (#RC0710)
$17.51-$21.28 Hourly / $3,034.85-$3,688.88 Monthly / $36,418.25-$44,266.61 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, performs unskilled and semi-skilled work at the County solid waste disposal and recovery sites; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first level class in the Solid Waste Recovery Worker series. Incumbents in this class perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled work at County solid waste disposal and recovery sites. Incumbents assist in loading transfer trucks; sort metal from other refuse; and may be trained to perform more skilled work. Incumbents may be assigned to work at transfer stations, recovery facilities, and sanitary landfills, or other assignments as deemed necessary.


  • Inspects and sorts incoming waste for prohibited materials; evaluates refuse to determine acceptability. 
  • Monitors and directs traffic for safe dumping of refuse; maintains required logs and records, including a daily log of vehicles using the facility; documents and reports suspicious or unusual incidents; ensures compliance with regulatory requirements. 
  • Learns to safely operate a variety of equipment such as loaders, forklifts, backhoes, and other light/heavy equipment; learns to perform routine maintenance and cleaning of assigned equipment; reports mechanical defects or needed servicing of equipment. 
  • Levels loaded transfer trailers; covers loads. 
  • Separates recyclable material from incoming refuse. Keeps grounds and adjacent land free from refuse and debris; cleans debris from equipment. 
  • Responds to questions and inquiries from the public. 
  • May drive light truck. Performs manual labor as assigned. 
  • May provide direction to Alternative Work Program and inmate program crews in proper work procedures.


License: Possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Laws, regulations, ordinances, and procedures related to solid waste disposal; operation and maintenance of light and heavy equipment commonly used at refuse transfer facilities and landfills; safe work practices and procedures; proper methods of lifting and carrying of heavy loads; occupational hazards and safety procedures.


Recognize and separate recyclable materials; recognize prohibited materials; direct traffic; operate light and heavy equipment commonly used at refuse transfer facilities and landfills; understand and follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; perform heavy manual labor, occasionally under adverse conditions.


Mobility-Frequent standing, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, for extended periods of time; occasional driving, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 to 30 lbs or less; occasional 30 to 70 lbs; occasionally restraining, lifting and/or turning heavy objects; Visual-Good overall vision, color perception, depth perception; occasional reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; good field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; occasional writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the radio, talking in person, constant exposure to heavy equipment and machinery noise; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact, concentration, and decision making; occasional working alone; occasional exposure to hazardous materials; occasional dealing with emergency situations; Special Requirements-May require working overtime, weekends and nights; Environmental-Frequent exposure to cold/heat, dirt, dust, fumes, and varied weather conditions; work in or around traffic and/or equipment. San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RC0710; EST: 5/9/2007;