Waste Abatement Technician

Olmsted County
Organization Summary

Mission:  Building a sustainable foundation for a safe, healthy, and welcoming community through public service excellence.

Vision:  A vibrant community where everyone thrives.  

Values:  Thoughtful, Principled, Inclusive, Service-Focused, Collaborative

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$23.06 - $38.52 Hourly


8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Primary Duties

Nature of Work

Expected starting salary is $23.06 to $30.79. Full salary range is $23.06 - $38.52. Under supervision of the Waste Abatement Supervisor, performs work in the acceptance, processing, shipping and management of self-hauled garbage, recyclable materials, hazardous waste and problem materials that are delivered to the Waste Abatement facilities.  Collects and transports recyclable and hazardous materials from off-site locations using County-owned vehicles.  Performs routine preventative maintenance and repairs at Waste Abatement facilities, including mobile and stationary equipment.  Performs cleaning activities within the Waste Abatement complex.  Assists as back-up personnel for other areas of Environmental Services Department.

Examples of Work

  • Operates mobile equipment (forklifts, skid loaders, vehicles) and stationary equipment (baler, can crusher) to move and process materials
  • Accurately assesses self-haul customer waste loads and determine the price needed for disposal of the waste
  • Performs activities to reuse materials/products
  • Performs modern computerized cashiering functions (for cash, check, credit card) at point of sale for customer payment
  • Loads and unloads vehicles (semi-trucks, box trucks) using mobile equipment
  • Collects and transports recyclable and hazardous materials from off-site locations using County-owned vehicles to Waste Abatement facilities
  • Receives, presorts, processes, packages and prepares shipments from customers in disposing of their garbage, recycling materials, hazardous materials and problem materials following County, Minnesota 
  • Pollution Control Agency and Department of Transportation policies and regulations
  • Performs emergency response procedures
  • Provides technical assistance to the public using all available media
  • Performs cleaning and routine maintenance
  • Performs reuse, recycling, treatment and testing of materials received and places reusable items in a product reuse area
  • Works at Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) mobile collections in Olmsted and surrounding counties.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of solid waste management of garbage, recycling, hazardous materials and problem materials, and their general chemical properties
  • Knowledge of the work hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with the operation of assigned equipment
  • Knowledge of emergency response procedures
  • Skill in safely operating mobile equipment (forklifts, skid loaders, vehicles) and stationary equipment (baler, can crusher)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and provide good customer service
  • Ability to physically move collected waste/materials to proper storage areas
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to determine and perform reuse, recycling, treatment and testing of materials received
  • Ability to read and interpret safety labels
  • Ability to successfully complete applicable training programs
  • Ability to accurately assess complex customer loads and using a fee schedule to determine the cost
  • Ability to work Saturdays
  • Skill using computers with point of sale cashiering functions and  using Microsoft based software for data management, record keeping and report generation
  • Skill in the use of basic business math
  • Working knowledge of local, state and federal solid waste policies and regulations

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.


Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

A combination of education and experience equivalent to one (1) year of experience in a related position. Valid driver’s license is required. Individuals offered a position will be required to take a drug test   Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver's license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.   Required Special Qualifications:  *  Successful completion of MPCA training programs within one (1) year of employment.

*  Successful completion of forklift operators training within one (1) year of employment. *  Must be able to work Saturdays.
How to Apply

Apply online:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/olmsted/jobs/4510019/waste-abatement-technician  

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