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  • Full Time
  • Rochester, MN
  • $23.06 - $38.52 Hourly USD / Year
  • $23.06 - $38.52 Hourly

Website Olmsted County

Olmsted County is seeking a full-time Waste Abatement Technician to work in Rochester, MN.

Olmsted County has earned the 2023 and 2024 Best Places to Work – Southeast Minnesota designation.

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Expected starting salary is $23.06 to $30.79. Full salary range is $23.06 – $38.52.

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.

Nature of Work

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.

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Application Deadline: May 30