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Equipment Operator II

Solid Waste Division (Part-time)

Recruitment #0919-RC0652-TM


This examination is being given to fill ONLY part-time positions within the Solid Waste Division of the San Joaquin County Public Works Department and to establish a referral list which may be used to fill future part-time opportunities.

Solid Waste Division: The Solid Waste Division is responsible for the planning and operation of the County material recovery facilities, transfer operations and landfills.  Solid Waste is a 7 day a week operation, with varying hours from 6:00am to 4:30pm.  This position will work in open and closed landfill locations and materials facilities. Equipment may include (but are not limited to) heavy duty bulldozers, scrapers, loaders, backhoes, roll-off trucks and water trucks.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.

Pre-Employment Drug Screening:  Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment. Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.



  • Operates a variety of road construction and maintenance equipment such as equipment transporters, backhoes, oilier spreaders, cranes, blades, self-loading scrapers and front end loaders of 3 cubic yards or larger to perform a variety of functions including but not limited to the following:

    a.  Subgrade and finish grade to engineering specifications.

    b.  Drive piles.

    c.  Fill trucks with sand, gravel and construction materials.

    d.  Clear ditches and channels.

    e.  Move large masses of earth.

    f.   Load and move heavy equipment and road construction materials.

    g.  Spread various grades or road oil on roads calculating distributor rate and width.

  • Operates a variety of solid waste disposal equipment such as heavy duty bulldozers, scrapers, clamshell and other equipment to perform a variety of functions including but not limited to the following:

    a.  Move, compact,, and cover refuse.

    b.  Excavate, transport, place and compact earth.

    c.  Load and move recyclable materials.

    d.  Maintain road surfaces and drainage ditches.

  • Makes routine repairs and adjustment to equipment; regularly checks or inspects brakes, lights, tires, fuel levels, and auxiliary equipment; does routine preventative equipment maintenance specified in operator's manual.
  • Serves as lead worker over equipment operators, sanding crews and other members of a highway construction or maintenance crew or over disposal site personnel.
  • Performs light or heavy physical labor when not engaged in operating equipment or serving as a lead worker.
  • Maintains daily project records including personnel and equipment hours, material quantities; completes daily activity reports.


    Two years as an Equipment Operator I or Bridge Maintenance Worker in San Joaquin County service.


    OR II

    Experience:  Four years of paid work experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy road construction equipment.


    *License:  Possession of a valid California Class A driver’s permit at time of application.


    *Note:  If offered employment, applicant must obtain a California Class A driver’s license prior to completion of the probationary period.


    *Waiver:  This license requirement will be waived for positions assigned to solid waste disposal sites.


    The operation, maintenance, adaptability and limitations of road construction and maintenance equipment; occupational hazards and safety procedures of the construction trades; traffic laws related to the operation of heavy equipment.


    Understand and carry out oral and written instructions; do heavy manual labor, occasionally under adverse weather conditions; work cooperatively with others. Make emergency repairs and assist in making general repairs of heavy road construction and related equipment; lead, coordinate and inspect the work of crew personnel.


    Part-Time Employee Benefits: Part-time employees who meet the appropriate eligibility criteria may receive health insurance benefits and step increases.

    Selection Procedures

    Applicants for part-time and temporary recruitments who meet the minimum qualifications are either referred to the hiring department for further selection or they may be required to take a written examination.  If a written examination is given, the top candidates may be referred to the hiring department for further selection.

    Testing Accommodation:  Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date. 

    Physical Exam:  Some classifications require physical examinations.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination.  The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.

    Pre-employment Drug Screening Exam:  Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen.  The County pays for the initial drug screen.


    Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when:

    • They are related to the Appointing Authority, or

    • The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other

    Department Heads may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.

    Proof of Eligibility:  If you are offered a job, you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S.


    Apply Online:   

    By mail or in person:  

    San Joaquin County Human Resources

    44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

    Stockton, CA 95202                                  


    Office hours:               
    Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

    Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


    Job Line:

    For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

    When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

    San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

    Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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