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Resource Recovery and Recycling Equipment Operator On-Call

Santa Monica, CA

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Job Description
Job Summary
Participates in the daily collection of commercial and residential refuse, food and yard waste, and recyclable materials by driving a refuse collection truck along designated routes.
NOTE:  This is a temporary, on-call position without benefits. 
Major Duties
Operates various large vehicles, including automated side loaders, front-end loaders, rear loaders, forklifts, skip loaders, stake bed trucks, pick up trucks and other vehicles, used to collect refuse, food and yard waste and recyclable materials.
Uses various hand tools, rakes, shovels, hammers, wrenches and pliers to perform minor repairs and maintenance of truck cargo area.
Obeys traffic laws, follows Division rules and procedures and operates vehicles in a safe manner while collecting solid waste and recyclable materials from residents, businesses, and other City locations.
Performs daily pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections and completes required check list to ensure safe vehicle operation.
Identifies and reports mechanical problems immediately to supervisor and fleet maintenance staff.
Ensures vehicle cab, engine and transmission areas are free of debris. Washes and steam cleans vehicles, as required.
Inspects bins, carts and containers before dumping contents into collection vehicle. Reports repairs needed to bins, and carts. Pushes, pulls, drives and carries containers to curbside collection point.
Manually loads materials into collection vehicles. Cleans overflow around bins and containers. Makes special pick ups when required.
Moves containers for appropriate placement for automated collection. Tags containers that are not correctly placed for collection and/or are contaminated (e.g. trash in yard waste containers). Reports incidents to appropriate staff.
Reports findings of possible hazardous waste and conditions to appropriate staff.
Advises customers and co-workers of resource recovery and recycling rules and regulations.
Delivers, removes and maintains City provided solid waste and recycling containers and bins, as directed.
Assists in training assigned staff in collection operations and the safe use of collection vehicles.
Responds to customer inquiries in a professional and courteous manner.
Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:
Mechanical operations and functions of large equipment, including safe driving practices and backing, loading, compacting and lifting procedures.
Basic vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Traffic laws.
Care and maintenance of collection equipment.
Safe work practices and procedures.
Effective customer service techniques.
Ability to:
Learn collection and disposal methods and approved materials for collection.
Learn maintenance procedures for collection vehicles.
Learn geography of city streets and alleys.
Drive and operate collection equipment safely in variable weather conditions.
Perform physical labor for sustained periods including entering and exiting a vehicle and pushing and pulling bins and containers.
Perform repetitive bending and lifting up to 50 pounds.
Learn applicable rules, regulations and procedures.
Recognize hazardous and infectious waste.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Follow oral and written instructions.
Provide effective customer service.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public.
Skill in:
Reading, writing, and communicating at an appropriate level.
Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from high school or the equivalent.
One year of recent, paid work experience operating large vehicles with a gross weight in excess of 26,000 lbs. Recent experience driving solid waste collection vehicles is desirable.
License and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Class B driver license without any air brake restrictions and with valid medical certification.
Selection Process
How to Apply:
Applicants must file a clear, concise and complete online City Application along with any required supplemental materials to the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline.  
Selection Process
All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. 
Following the application review, the most qualified candidates will be forwarded to the Public Works Department for further evaluation which may include demonstration of the ability to physically perform the duties of the position.
Background Investigations:
Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.
Additional Requirement:
Upon offer of employment, candidate(s) will be subject to a US Department of Transportation (DOT) pre-employment screen for alcohol and controlled substances set forth in DOT regulation 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382. Candidate(s) will be required to provide written consent to obtain drug and alcohol testing records from all prior employers in the last two (2) years.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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