Refuse Collector

  • 005224

SUMMARY: Under direct supervision, collects residential and commercial refuse on designated routes and assists in completion of all routes; and perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Collects commercial or residential garbage and refuse on designated route.
  2. Hauls garbage and refuse to the dump.
  3. Delivers and replaces dumpsters.
  4. Cleans and maintains equipment reporting any mechanical problems or failures to maintenance.
  5. Responds to inquiries, requests, and complaints in an appropriate manner.
  6. Assists other routes in completion of work.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations related to solid waste collection and disposal.
  • Knowledge of City maps, routes and geography.
  • Knowledge of operation of garbage trucks.
  • Knowledge of customer service practices.
  • Skill in performing heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time in all weather extremes.
  • Skill in following oral and written directions.
  • Skill in reading route maps and addresses.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours of manual labor with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, mechanical equipment and weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Eighth grade education, and six (6) months work experience in manual labor, or any combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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