Senior Solid Waste Recovery Worker (#RC0715)
$22.24-$27.04 Hourly / $3,855.67-$4,686.59 Monthly / $46,268.11-$56,239.17 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled labor at the County solid waste disposal and recovery sites; operates and performs minor maintenance to wheel loaders, backhoes, and other light/heavy equipment; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the second level class in the Solid Waste Recovery Worker series. Incumbents in this class are primarily responsible for operating equipment at County solid waste disposal and recovery sites or may be assigned to the waste diversion program. Incumbents may act as lead worker and may be assigned to perform other duties at County solid waste disposal and recovery sites when primary work assignments are not readily available. Incumbents may be assigned to work at transfer stations, recycling center, materials recovery facilities, sanitary landfills, or other assignments as deemed necessary.


  • Operates loaders, forklifts, backhoes, compactors, cranes, and other light/heavy equipment; loads transfer truck trailers; moves refuse to keep it orderly and available for loading.
  • Makes routine repairs and adjustments to equipment; does routine preventative maintenance. 
  • Performs light to heavy physical labor; maintains grounds and adjacent land free of refuse and litter; sorts and removes refuse and debris. 
  • Responds to questions and inquiries from the public. 
  • Maintains required logs and records, including records of daily work; documents and reports suspicious or unusual incidents; ensures compliance with regulatory requirements. 
  • May act as lead worker over staff; provides direction to Alternative Work Program and inmate program crews in proper work procedures. 
  • May be assigned to perform specialized work recovering and processing metals and other materials for recycling; dismantles, cleans, sorts, and grades recyclable materials for market.


Experience: Two years as a Solid Waste Recovery Worker in San Joaquin County service. 

Experience: Two years of paid experience operating and maintaining light or heavy construction equipment. 

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


Law and regulations regarding solid waste disposal and materials recycling; safe 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 relative to operation of equipment.


Understand and follow oral and written instructions; operate light and heavy equipment commonly used at refuse transfer facilities and landfills; operate a variety of hand tools; perform heavy manual labor, occasionally under adverse conditions; recognize and separate recyclable materials; maintain effective working relationships with others including acting as lead worker; operate and maintain assigned equipment.


Mobility-Frequent sitting, 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: RC0715; EST: 5/9/2007;