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Solid Waste Manager

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$28.48 $39.88 $4,936.44 $6,912.40 $59,245.00 $82,943.00


Performs advanced, professional-level technical waste management work in the design, investigation, implementation, operation, and management of both internal and external waste management programs. Conducts and participates in problem identification studies and prepares technical and policy recommendations. Performs professional-level research and analysis. Implements specific program plans and policies. Plans, organizes, directs, and reviews the work of crews engaged in the maintenance and operation of the County solid waste and resource recovery facilities. Performs a wide variety of supervisory and administrative duties. Promotes safety on County solid waste properties.


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.  

  • Receives general supervision from the Director of Solid Waste.
  • Exercises direct and indirect supervision over professional and non-professional staff.
  • Provide direct and indirect supervision through subordinate supervisors of all positions, employees, and functions within the solid waste department; provide broad direction, oversee policy and procedure standards, and evaluate performance of supervisors, direct reports, and operations; conduct second-level review of performance evaluation; resolve pervasive and complex personnel problems.
  • Provide lead accountability for other employees within work unit which may include scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, instructing/training in work methods, and is responsible for hiring and performance evaluation processes; estimate and schedule work to be done and assign workers to appropriate personnel.
  • Coordinate projects between contractors and the County.
  • Represent the department and/or County in interdepartmental, interagency, community, and professional meetings as required.
  • Design, write specifications, prepare plans, and calculate cost estimates for various waste management projects; order parts and supplies.
  • Ensure compliance with ordinances and appropriate state and federal laws, codes, and regulations as they relate to a specific department's waste management program (landfill, hazardous waste, transfer station, or recycling program).
  • Respond to citizen inquiries or complaints.
  • Provide data and cost estimates for the County budget as assigned.
  • Conduct research into a variety of complex issues; develop options and alternatives and present recommendations; implement final results.
  • Serve as a member of department's or division's executive management team; review and resolve internal issues; develop and implement strategic direction for the organization; attend meetings to represent the Department.
  • Administer department/division contracts and purchases; negotiate and resolve related issues; serve as part of internal contract and purchasing review team.
  • Review and interpret federal and state regulations.
  • Attend supervisory meetings.
  • May assume supervisor duties for department heads on a temporary basis and as assigned.
  • Provide training programs to assigned staff.
  • Coordinate activities with other County departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
  • Coordinate, develop, and implement comprehensive hazardous waste education programs for internal departments, small businesses, and the general public.
  • Evaluate and supervise County hazardous waste disposal contractors and disposal sites.
  • Perform field inspections of various industrial sites generating hazardous waste and provide evaluations and recommendations for these sites.
  • Investigate and assist with the enforcement of violations generated from illegal disposal of hazardous wastes and County solid waste facilities.
  • Plan, direct, and supervise landfill maintenance and operation activities performed by maintenance personnel engaged in heavy equipment operation.
  • Personally perform the most complex landfill maintenance duties including the operation of heavy equipment such as graders, bulldozers, maintainers, and compacters.
  • Inspect landfill maintenance work projects in progress and upon completion; verify elevations and contours to meet landfill design specifications.
  • Supervise and direct the installation of necessary safety devices and traffic warning signs on County landfill property.
  • Maintain records of equipment maintenance and other required records for CDL drivers.
  • Plan, direct, and supervise administrative, accounting/budget, and HR issues and activities performed by office personnel; plan, direct, and supervise transfer station activities and landfill gate activities performed by gate attendants.
  • Establish and maintain administrative systems, processes, and policies; monitor and evaluate administrative function; develop and implement policy.
  • Develop and analyze the department budget; prepare and review periodic status reports; prepare salary projections for budget; brief directors and division on budget and issues; work with Budget and executive management to adjust, forecast, and implement budget.
  • Perform professional-level accounting activities for department or division; prepare and monitor financial reports; oversee work of accounting technicians; act as main liaison with the Finance Division; research and respond to issues and inquiries; conduct financial analysis.
  • Act as a project manager for various administrative programs or special projects; establish and monitor a project plan and finances; supervise work of other project employees; resolve project issues; make recommendations and implement final results.
  • Oversee department administration, transfer station, and rural recycling facilities including equipment, space requirements, vehicles, leases, and the like; negotiate contracts and purchases.
  • Oversee data integrity of division/department records and information management systems; perform complex queries and reporting; act as liaison with Facilities and Information Technology Services.
  • Perform site inspections of transfer stations and rural recycling sites in the County.
  • Make recommendations on the types and kinds of equipment needed at transfer stations and rural recycling sites.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Supervisory principles, procedures, and methods including training, discipline, selection, and evaluation.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Read and comprehend department and County rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standard operation procedures.
  • Project management techniques and processes.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Maintain good public relations; provide professional customer service to clients and public.
  • Understand and interpret a vast array of federal and state regulations dealing with waste management; be able to read and interpret plans and specifications; interpret and apply a variety of complex organizational policies and procedures.
  • Speak publicly and prepare educational materials.
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Effectively respond to conflict situations and people in conflict.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Standard knowledge of hazardous waste management, including regulations, waste minimization techniques, waste handling, and waste disposal methods.
  • Waste hazards and environmental chemistry.
  • Analyze complex industrial waste situations, review waste handling procedures, and make recommendations for correcting deficiencies.
  • Train, assist, evaluate, and provide technical supervision to small businesses, and County departments generating hazardous wastes.
  • Methods, equipment, materials, and work practices involved in public works landfill maintenance and operations activities.
  • Characteristics and uses of materials and heavy equipment used in landfill maintenance and operations.
  • Estimate time, materials, and equipment needed to perform landfill maintenance and operations work.
  • Advanced software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Budget management and resource allocation according to governmental standards and procedures.
  • Governmental accounting.
  • Modern office practices and procedures.
  • Office administration/management functions including customer service, accounting, records management, and secretarial support.
  • Four years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • High school diploma or GED required as a minimum (see specific areas for additional training requirements.)
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental or Sanitary Engineering or a related field.
  • OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations Certification
  • Specialized training in landfill maintenance and heavy equipment operations.
  • SWANA MOLO Certified within one year of hire.
  • Class B CDL with Tanker endorsement.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, or a related field.
  • SWANA Transfer Station Manager and Recycling Systems Manager Certifications within one year of hire.
  • Certified Public Accountant license preferred, but not required.

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