Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline
Tampa Skyline

Waste Diversion and Outreach Supervisor

Recruitment #240412-386310-001


This position is responsible for supervisory work specializing in Solid Waste, diversion, and waste reduction to include recycling, composting, and emerging technologies within the solid waste industry. Primary responsibilities include developing and coordinating public education and outreach programs that promote solid waste reduction and diversion in the community. This position works under the direction of the Solid Waste Executive Leadership and supervises a team who provides community-wide technical assistance and implements plans to achieve waste reduction and recycling goals.

Nature Of Work

An employee of this class performs highly responsible, complex professional work on an independent basis as it relates to the administration of waste diversion practices, grants and environmentally sustainable programs and budgets.

Work is of more than average difficulty and involves advanced management, research, and analytical skills application. The employee is expected to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in performing assigned tasks and supervising the work of subordinate employees to ensure compliance with established programs, procedures and instructions given.  Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, presentations, grants, and program management.

Examples of Duties

The Waste Diversion and Outreach Supervisor plans, assigns, manages, and implements sustainable waste diversion  programs,  addressing diversion goals to prevent, adapt, and mitigate  challenges facing the community. Including, but not limited to recycling, organics, waste reduction, proper waste disposal programs, contracts, and agreements. Collaborates with other divisions and Departments to implement new processes or programs to lessen the City’s carbon footprint. Serves as project manager for the division’s related goals, projects, grants, and outreach. The position is responsible for administering the allotted budget while tracking budget expenditures within assigned program areas.

Supervisory duties include the development and implementation of comprehensive waste reduction and diversion programs. Setting expectations and goals, evaluating program efforts, and providing feedback, training staff, and conducting performance evaluations. This position will support the City’s workforce development goals and initiatives through the recruitment of student interns through co-op programs and public private partnerships. 

This position develops business and community partnerships; serves as liaison for various groups and individuals; attends meetings and events to provide information on Solid Waste diversion programs and services. 

Researches and analyzes emerging technologies and industry best practices to implement education and training programs. Advises leadership and makes program recommendations that establishes and maintains sustainability goals related to solid waste. 

Leads in developing, implementing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating activities related to the City’s recycling, and waste reduction programs complying with federal, state, and local guidelines; promotes recycling by individual residents, multi-family complexes and commercial entities. 

Designs and implements promotional campaigns; educational training courses, and program curriculum designed to educate and promote awareness and keep the public informed of the value of recycling, focusing attention on waste reduction, and encouraging the public to buy recycled items and adopt sustainable behaviors; makes presentations at schools and professional organizations. 

Locates and prepares applications for private, state, and federal grants; prepares grant reports and invoices; manages awarded grants and coordinates the work of consultants when required. 

Gathers, analyzes, and organizes information; prepares and processes contracts, permits, grant applications, budget charts, and recycling reports. 

Tracks and analyzes program progress; assesses the performance of recycling and yard waste contractors makes recommendations to management on program enhancements and waste disposal alternatives. 

Plans and leads activities related to special events and City supported initiatives. 

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: Solid waste, organics, and recycling methods, procedures and equipment; technical understanding of recycling and waste diversion principles and practices; knowledge of and/or training in sustainable planning, policy, or education.

Ability to: Plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of subordinate employees; prepare logical, comprehensive, and concise plans, reports, and correspondence and other documents; coordinate the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, consultants, and the public. 

Skilled in: Providing education and outreach services to the public; developing and delivering presentations to large groups and public audiences; in the use of personal computers, Microsoft Office applications software and desktop publishing and web editing programs.


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of professional experience in recycling, environmental studies or planning, or a field related to solid waste operations. No less than three (3) years of experience with budget management, grant management, and lead or supervisory experience.

An equivalent combination of education (not less than possession of a high school diploma/GED), training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job related competencies noted above. 

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license. Ability to obtain HAZWOPER and SWANA Certification within six (6) months of employment.


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


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