Sanitation Equipment Operator

  • 005217

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, operates sanitation vehicle to collect residential and commercial refuse, bulk waste or clean City streets on designated routes and assists in completion of all routes; and performs 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. Drives sanitation vehicles to collect commercial or residential garbage and refuse, bulk waste or clean City streets as assigned on designated route.
  2. Performs daily routine preventive maintenance and servicing (e.g., refuels, checks fluid levels, hoses, signal operation, brakes, and lights) and refers major repairs.
  3. Follows safety practices when working; supports and actively participates in the City’s safety programs.
  4. Responds to inquiries, requests and complaints in an appropriate manner.
  5. Hauls garbage and refuse to the landfill.
  6. Assists other routes in completion of work.
  • Knowledge of operation of a variety of sanitation equipment and vehicles including commercial or residential packers, street sweepers and cranes.
  • 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 basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • 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.
  • Ability to establish and maintain 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 one (1) year related work experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Commercial driver’s license, Class B is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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