SOLID WASTE ASSISTANT

NATURE OF WORK
Responsible for cleaning and maintaining the grounds and directing traffic entering and exiting the area.

Work involves routine and non-routine manual work, often of a repetitive nature and requiring the use of manual and power tools and equipment. Work is performed in adverse climate conditions. Works in a dusty environment, may be exposed to fumes.

Work is performed under regular supervision whom may not be physically present at all times.

CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF PERFORMANCE

  • Performs routine light or heavy manual labor, primarily requiring physical exertion and operation of manual and power tools and equipment as assigned.
  • Performs preventive maintenance on tools and equipment as assigned.
  • Performs manual labor assignments, such as loading and unloading vehicles with a forklift, pallet jack, or by providing manual assistance; removing snow from roads and spreading sand and cinders on icy surfaces; cleaning gutters, culverts, catch basins, and other drainage structures; digging and back-filling ditches; custodial cleaning; working on grounds maintenance.
  • Directs traffic entering and exiting the work area, using verbal commands and hand/arm signals.
  • Operates assigned light and heavy equipment after performing the required pre-check. Trains on more complex pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Initiates and participates in cleanup activity.
  • Ensures that assigned tasks are done properly, safely, and in a timely manner.
  • Performs related duties as requested and/or required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES TO PERFORM JOB

  • Some knowledge of heavy equipment, the components and operating techniques of type of equipment assigned.
  • Some mechanical knowledge.
  • General knowledge of hand tools and standard practices of labor operation.
  • Skill in the safe and efficient operation of assigned equipment under adverse conditions.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and the exercise of good judgment and discretion in order to deal effectively with employees, vendors, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions given in English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work unsupervised for periods of time.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Any combination equivalent to high school graduation supplemented with one year of manual labor experience, six months of which must have been in a heavy industrial environment. Some heavy equipment experience preferred.

Elements for this position may vary with the same job title based on position’s location.

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

1. Ensures effective and timely cleaning and maintenance of worksite facility and equipment, including debris removal, as directed.

2. Ensures safe and proper operation of power tools, hand tools, and light/heavy industrial equipment. Performs preventive maintenance as assigned.

3. Ensures safe and effective movement of traffic when assigned as traffic spotter.

4. Performs work assignments in a reliable, timely, and efficient manner. Provides a positive example and accurate training for temporary and/or subordinate employees working in the department, when applicable.

5. Maintains clear and concise communication, and courteous, professional relationships with SPSA employees at all levels of the hierarchy, government officials, vendors, and external customers. Exhibits skill in interpersonal relations and the exercise of good judgment and discretion in order to deal effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experience levels.

6. Follows SPSA policies and procedures. Demonstrates SPSA’s mission statement and shared values in daily actions, service, appearance, and attitude. Represents the department in a manner which demonstrates pride, competence, integrity and professionalism.


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AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS LIST
JOB TITLE: Solid Waste Assistant

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

MENTAL, PHYSICAL & EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

% OF TIME

Directs refuse vehicle traffic.

Ability to walk, observe, and direct the safe and effective flow of refuse traffic entering and exiting the work area. Physical stamina to endure long periods of walking, standing, & manual dexterity to open and close trailer doors. Works in adverse conditions; rain, snow, and dust. Reaching, extending hands and arms above shoulder and in any direction.

35%

Cleans and maintains grounds and office.

Ability to walk and bend over or stoop to pick up. Manual dexterity and ability to sweep, rake, and operate power tools. Occasionally requires physical ability to move up to 75 pound grate covers out of the way to clean out drains.

20%

Trains to operate light and heavy industrial equipment and work towards SPSA Certificate of Completion of Training.

Mental ability to read, write, and comprehend general instructions, safety procedures, and reports. Ability to operate machinery in close working conditions requiring manual dexterity and good eye/hand coordination. Perform maintenance checks and minor maintenance on equipment. Physical ability to sit and adapt to constant jerking motions from equipment. Ability to climb in and out of equipment by using a ladder mounted on the equipment. Ability to reach and pull in order to maintain three point contact when entering and exiting cab. Ability to maneuver a yard tractor. Physical ability to connect and disconnect electrical lines, air lines, and hydraulic lines. Ability to safely drop trailer on a safe surface.

30%

Monitors incoming waste.

Ability to spot and make determination of possible hazardous or other non-acceptable waste then advise supervisor of potential hazard.

10%

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

MENTAL, PHYSICAL & EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

% OF TIME

Non-routine manual assignments.

Manual dexterity to use shovel, broom, and rake. Ability to remove snow from roads and to clean gutters, culverts, and drainage areas.

5%

Remarks: Requires working in adverse climatic conditions (i.e., dust, odor, hot, cold, rain, snow). Requires wearing appropriate safety gear including safety steel shank boots. Ability to understand oral and written instructions per SPSA Safety Policies and Programs. Ability to wear respirator or dust mask. Subjected to work in cold weather, hot sun, extreme heat (up to 130°F) and around continuous dust and odor from trash.

APPLY IN PERSON

We encourage applicants to use our online employment application process, however we take all candidate submissions seriously.  For those who prefer to apply by submitting a paper ADA form, employment applications, resume and/or cover letters, we request that you physically come to our Chesapeake, VA administration office at 723 Woodlake Drive to obtain our required documents in person.

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