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Landfill Equipment Operator TEMP

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$11.54 $34.61 $2,000.23 $5,998.95 $23,994.00 $71,983.00


Places, fills, compacts, and covers trash and solid waste at landfill.


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.

  • Operate heavy equipment used at a landfill in a safe, efficient, and responsible manner; operate equipment such as compactor, track loader, dozer, road grader, scraper, water truck, and tandem dump truck.
  • Excavate fill dirt and stockpile various commodities.
  • Blade and grade access roads, push snow, and level fill dirt over trash platform.
  • Inspect equipment for broken, missing, or worn parts; perform routine maintenance on equipment.
  • Pioneer and reclaim cut areas; remove and haul dirt from high hills and banks.
  • Build and maintain roadways at the landfill and fill low spots.
  • Set up and operate grade checking equipment, laser, and instrument.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities: 

  • Operation and maintenance of a variety of heavy power driven equipment.
  • Safe work practices and procedures.
  • Solid waste management practices.
  • County policies and procedures pertaining to landfill facilities.
  • Operate the full range of landfill equipment in a highly skilled manner.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment.
  • Work weekends.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.


  • Three years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Possession of a valid Class B CDL.

Physical Requirements:

Strength: HEAVY - Exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. Lift/carry up to 56 lbs.

Movement: Occasionally ¼ to 2 ½ hours/day

  • CLIMBING - Ascending or descending using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. Access trucks, heavy equipment, water truck.
  • BALANCING - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces; or maintaining body equilibrium when performing feats of agility.
  • STOOPING - Bending body downward and forward. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • KNEELING - Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
  • CROUCHING - Bending body downward and for-ward by bending legs and spine.
  • REACHING - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • HANDLING - Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.
  • FINGERING - Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • FEELING - Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature, or texture, by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.

Auditory: Not Limited

  • TALKING - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • HEARING - perceiving the nature of sounds. Used for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sounds, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.

Vision: Required

  • NEAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Use this factor when special and minute accuracy is demanded.
  • FAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more. Use this factor when visual efficiency in terms of far acuity is required in day and night/dark conditions.
  • DEPTH PERCEPTION - Three-dimensional vision. Ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • FIELD OF VISION - Observing an area that can be seen up and down or to right or left while eyes are fixed on a given point. Use this factor when job performance re-quires seeing a large area while keeping the eyes fixed.

Work Environment:

Environmental Conditions and Physical Surroundings - Exposure: Constantly 5 ½ to 8 hours/day

  • EXPOSURE TO WEATHER - Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather.
  • EXTREME COLD - Exposure to non weather-related cold temperatures.
  • EXTREME HEAT - Exposure to non weather-related hot temperatures.
  • WET AND/OR HUMID - Contact with water or other liquids; or exposure to non weather-related humid conditions.
  • NOISE - Exposure to constant or intermittent sounds or a pitch or level sufficient to cause mark ed distraction or possible hearing loss.
  • VIBRATION - Exposure to a shaking object or surface. This factor is rated important when vibration causes a strain on the body or extremities.
  • ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS - Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or, the skin.
  • PLATFORM FOR MOVEMENT – Work requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing or working on ladders, scaffolds or heavy equipment.
  • SITTING - in heavy equipment for up to 2 hours at a time.

Equipment Utilized:

  • Office equipment such as computer, etc.
  • Basic hand tools (e.g. ratchet, wrenches, pliers)
  • Power tools and small motorized equipment (e.g., radial saw, drill press, grinder, cordless screwdriver)
  • Vehicles (e.g., truck, small tractor)
  • Heavy equipment (e.g. grader, dozer, compacter, scraper, track loader.)
  • Use of both hands and feet to operate heavy equipment.

Hazards: Constantly 5 ½ to 8 hours/day

  • Proximity to moving, mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to electrical shock.
  • Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, gases or airborne particles
  • Exposure to blood born pathogens

Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.