Recruitment #2209-5158-001


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

Check out this video to find out more about this position from our very own ES Equipment Operators:

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Solid waste collection experience in Residential and Commercial Skid steer experience
  • Class A - CDL
  • Ability to operate various type of hydraulic equipment
  • Ability to read and follow a map
  • Ability to use radio communication
  • Ability to follow directions and instructions
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a Practical Skills Test.

Practical Skills Test will take place: Tuesday, October 18, 2022

*** Proof of CDL and Uncertified 39-month Motor Vehicle Record will be required at time of Practical Skills Test *** 
The Practical Skills Test will consist of a CDL air-brake test and pre-trip inspection, a road skills test, and an obstacle skills test. Visit the following link for the CDL manual: Arizona CDL Manual (azdot.gov)

***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, the highest scoring applicants 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 
  • 50% of your practical skills test 
  • 45% of your panel board interview 

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, a copy of your documents can be emailed to EGSD_HR@tucsonaz.gov, uploaded to your application or submitted in person 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 Demetria Lopez @ 520-837-6359 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are highly encouraged to print and save this bulletin as a PDF, 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 Records is required in order to participate in practical skills test.  A copy can be emailed to EGSD_HR@tucsonaz.gov, uploaded to your application or submitted in person 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 instruction may result in disqualification.
High School Diploma or G.E.D required at the time of application. If you do not possess one your application will not receive further consideration.

All email inquiries should be directed to the individuals listed below:

Demetria Z. Lopez, 520-837-6359 or email: Demetria.Lopez@tucsonaz.gov

Veronica Haro, 520-837-5015 or email: Veronica.Haro@tucsonaz.gov

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.