Recruitment #1907-5158-001


Are you a hardworking individual who likes to work outdoors? Do you like keeping busy at work? We have the perfect job for you!!!

The City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) is seeking experienced Equipment Operators to join our Refuse Collection Team.

If you are reliable and passionate about doing a good job, don't hesitate...APPLY today! 

General Description

Follows an assigned route and operates heavy equipment for collecting solid waste from residential and commercial containers. Maintains the safety and cleanliness of heavy equipment and keeps related records.

Essential Functions

Collects waste from containers by following an assigned route, operating heavy equipment to pick up containers, picking up and disposing of debris and bulky items, identifying, reporting, and correcting hazards, and emptying and transporting containers back to original location.

Maintains heavy equipment by conducting daily safety inspections on equipment, performing preventative maintenance, submitting repair work orders, fueling and cleaning equipment.

Maintains logs of mileage, container counts and weights, fills out forms, and documents statistics and problems.

Provides assistance with other routes, operates transfer station, cleans facilities, delivers containers to customers, and providing information to customers as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: 2 years and over operating heavy equipment for collecting solid waste OR 4 years and over operating other hydraulic heavy equipment

Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class B

***A current City of Tucson employee who is eligible to apply for this position must at a minimum possess a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) by the date of the Practical Skills Test.***  

***A current City of Tucson employee who does not have the required license may be conditionally selected and provided written instructions that they must obtain the required license and endorsement within 60 calendar days of the conditional selection in order to be eligible for the actual promotion.  Failure to obtain the required license and endorsement within this time frame will result in the removal of the conditional selection offer.***

Preferred Qualifications

  • Solid waste collection experience
  • Class A - CDL 

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a Practical Skills Test.

Practical Skills Test will take place on: August 3, 2019 and if needed August 10, 2019

 *** Proof of CLP or CDL and Uncertified 39-month Motor Vehicle Record will be required at time of Practical Skills Test ***

The Practical Exam will consist of a CDL pre-trip inspection and air-brake test, a driving skills test, and a map/road test.

Visit the following link for the CDL Manual: https://www.azdot.gov/motor-vehicles/driver-services/commercial-driver-license/Tests_Manuals/manuals

***The Practical Skills Test will be outdoors; you must wear loose-fitting work clothes suitable for a working environment; open toed footwear and shorts will not be allowed and excess jewelry is not recommended. The required PPE needed will be provided.***

Upon completion of all examination processes, applicants who receive a passing score will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 95% of your practical skills test  

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must bring a copy of your documentation on the date of the practical skills test. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Brianna Aguilar @ 520-837-3776 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are highly encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important testing dates and information that you will need to refer to later, as it will not be available after the closing date.

This position will require a satisfactory Motor Vehicle History Report, pre-employment testing, and also requires safety sensitive compliance e.g. random drug screening.

Proof of CDL and a uncertified 39-month Motor Vehicle Record must be hand-delivered on the date of the practical skills test.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly.

Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

CDL Physical

Twinrix Vaccine (Hep A and Hep B Combo)

NIDA Drug Test

Physical Abilities Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.