City of Tampa

Solid Waste Supervisor (#380700) S10

$27.76-$41.52 Hourly / $4,811.73-$7,196.80 Monthly / $57,740.80-$86,361.60 Yearly


This is responsible supervisory work involving refuse collection activities and the operation of a municipal solid waste yard.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for assigning, supervising, and reviewing the work of others engaged in operating refuse collection vehicles, performing collection activities and carrying out a variety of activities in a municipal solid waste operation. Work is of more than average difficulty and involves supervising routine and specialized residential and commercial refuse collection tasks in a designated area, operation of the material and equipment storage and distribution facility, dispatching, and vehicle washing functions, and coordinating the assignment and availability of refuse collection vehicles and equipment for daily use. Employees inspect collection tasks being performed daily while in progress on assigned routes to ensure proper operation of equipment and adherence to work methods, standards and safety practices established by the department. Under general supervision, work involves some public contact requiring the exercise of tact and courtesy in investigating and taking action on citizen complaints. Employee ascertains the operating condition of equipment, provides assistance in identifying cases of vehicle abuse and/or neglect by operators, reviews cost data submitted on vehicle repairs, and supervises and reviews the work of employees assigned to perform yard operation activities. Accurate and complete records of work activities must be maintained to provide a basis for operations planning and management. Reasonable initiative and independent judgment are required in interpreting collection rules and regulations and in supervising subordinate employees. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through observation, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Supervises and coordinates a variety of moderately complex refuse collection activities including residential, commercial, and special trash services in a designated area within a district; assigns, supervises, and reviews work activities on a daily basis.

Receives and logs complaints relative to assigned area and takes appropriate action; makes field reviews of work in progress and determines whether assignments have been completed properly and in accordance with policies; prepares oral and written reports.

Determines whether correct service charges for business places and apartment houses are being paid, according to volume of refuse; checks for new expansion in area, as well as for illegal trash piles and special pick-ups; advises immediate supervisor of customers that should be contacted for service changes, expansion, or general advice.

Recommends personnel actions such as employment, promotions, discipline, reprimands, transfers, demotions, suspension, and dismissals; responds to employee grievances; completes employee performance evaluations; approves leaves and training requests.

Assists in coordinating the assignment of collection vehicles based on job priorities and vehicle and equipment availability; authorizes towing of disabled and malfunctioning vehicles to repair facilities; monitors vehicle repairs and availability for re-entering into service; helps identify cases of vehicle abuse and operator neglect; ensures completion of preventive and scheduled maintenance of equipment and performs minor maintenance and repair work; makes recommendations for altering preventive maintenance criteria on vehicles; reviews maintenance schedules to assure sufficient availability of vehicles to cover department responsibility; recommends vehicle/equipment modifications, alterations, and replacement.

Coordinates the performance of maintenance and construction work on department buildings and facilities; supervises and reviews the work of subordinate employees engaged in washing of vehicles, dead animal pick-up, appliance removal, yard clean-up, manual dumping of malfunctioning collection vehicles, dispatching services, and warehousing activities such as receiving, issuing, and storing tools, equipment, supplies, and parts; establishes operating procedures and maintains various sets of inventory control records.

Provides training and assistance in communication equipment operation.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: methods, materials, techniques, and equipment used in a variety of refuse removal activities; the city, its geography and street networks; operation and care of vehicles and equipment utilized in solid waste activities; vehicle maintenance scheduling techniques and procedures.

Working knowledge of: effective supervisory techniques; occupational hazards and safety precautions; construction, assembly, and maintenance requirements of diversified refuse collection vehicles and equipment; materials, supplies, tools, and equipment stored and/or used in solid waste operations; clerical and financial record keeping as employed in warehousing operations.

Ability to: plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinate employees; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, and the general public; understand, interpret, and effectively carry out written and oral instructions; maintain records and prepare concise oral and written reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in a solid waste operation including six (6) months of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida Commercial driver’s license, Class “B” with Air Brakes. Ability to obtain NIMS levels 100, 200 and 700 and HAZWOPER and SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) certifications within six (6) months of employment.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 380700; EST: 8/12/2013;