Solid Waste Recovery Supervisor (#RC0720)
$31.14-$37.85 Hourly / $5,397.94-$6,561.23 Monthly / $64,775.35-$78,734.85 Yearly


Under direction, performs supervision of solid waste work crews and operations work at the County solid waste facilities; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


An incumbent in this supervisory class is responsible for the supervision and day-to-day operations of a County solid waste facility, including materials recovery, transfer station, recycling center, and sanitary landfill operations.


  • Assigns and supervises the work of staff assigned to the solid waste facilities; trains and evaluates staff; counsels and recommends discipline of staff as appropriate.
  • Supervises and directs the segregation and preparation of recyclable materials for market; identifies recyclable materials; oversees and participates in the use of specialized recycling equipment.
  • Supervises and participates in moving refuse or earth covering; maintains parking areas, entrance and haul roads; coordinates landfill operations in accordance with established policies and regulations; coordinates work and projects performed by outside contractors. 
  • Determines staffing, equipment and quantity of materials required for projects; orders materials from suppliers and checks supplies delivered. 
  • Ensures positive customer service and public safety; resolves complaints; advises public of operation schedules. 
  • Operates loaders, backhoes, and other equipment; loads transfer trucks; moves refuse and recyclable materials to keep orderly and available for loading. 
  • Makes routine repairs and adjustments to equipment; regularly checks or inspects equipment; does routine preventative maintenance. 
  • Trains staff in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment; ensures safe working practices and conditions; does routine preventative maintenance. 
  • Prepares reports of daily work activities, downtime, and other required reports; reports unusual incidents.


Experience: Two years experience as an Equipment Operator I or Senior Solid Waste Recovery Worker in San Joaquin County service. 

Experience: One year experience as an Equipment Operator II in San Joaquin County service. 

Experience: Four years of paid experience operating front end loaders, backhoes, and/or heavy trucks in a solid waste disposal, transfer, or materials handling facility. 

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


Laws, regulations, policies, and procedures relevant to solid waste; principles and practices of supervision and training; principals and practices of public relations; principles and practices of waste management including recycling/materials recovery operations; operation and maintenance of light and heavy equipment commonly used at refuse transfer facilities and landfills; principles of occupational hazards and safety procedures relative to operation of equipment used at solid waste facilities; basic computer and modern office automation technology and computer software programs relevant to department operations.


Train and supervise others; operate and perform routine repairs on a variety of light and heavy equipment commonly used at solid waste facilities; organize, direct, and implement a comprehensive waste management program including recycling and refuse transfer; prepare reports; operate computers and related software; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Mobility-Operate a data entry device; frequent sitting, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, bending, and climbing for extended periods of time; occasional driving; Lifting-Frequently 5 to 30 lbs or less; occasional 30 to 70 lbs; frequently 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: RC0720; EST: 5/9/2007;