Recruitment #2305-5158-001


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.

One of the great incentives of joining our team is the NEW Solid Waste Assignment Pay Tier Program. Operators may qualify for up to an additional $5.00 an hour of assignment pay. To receive this assignment pay you must maintain a valid Class A CDL and operate more than one piece of equipment. For additional information, contact the EGSD HR team. 


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

General Description

Operates refuse collection equipment for the safe, efficient, and responsible collection, transportation, and disposal of refuse, trash, debris, and recyclables.

This job reports to: Environmental Services Supervisor

Essential Functions

Operates a variety of heavy and complex mechanical waste and recycling collection equipment on designated routes through city streets and alleys to include the safe disposal at the landfill and recycling facility.

Performs Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) pre- and post-trip inspections.

Observes and follows traffic laws, rules, and regulations.

Detects, identifies, and reports improper equipment performance and makes necessary operational adjustments. 

Maintains accurate records of work performed, materials used, time and equipment used.

Provides customer service regarding collection concerns, general information, and/or problems related to collection services.

Occasionally trains staff in the safe use of refuse and recycling collection equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or GED 
Experience: At least 2 years operating heavy equipment for collecting solid waste   
Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class B or Class A 

Special Job Requirements

Class A CDL may be required for certain assignments 

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 Panel Board Interview

Panel Board Interview will take place: Tuesday, June 27, 2023

*** Proof of CDL and Uncertified 39-month Motor Vehicle Record must be uploaded with application or emailed to prior to the close date of this recruitment***  

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:

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience 
  • 90% of your rating for 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.

Veteran, 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, uploaded to your application, or submitted in person. 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 Z. Lopez 520-837-6359 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are highly encouraged to save this bulletin as a PDF, because it contains important information that you may 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 is required.  A copy can be emailed to and/or uploaded to your application.

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.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instruction may result in disqualification.

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

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

Marissa Horninger, 520-837-5015 or email:

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

CDL Physical 
Twin Rix 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.