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Solid Waste Team Leader

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$21.40 $29.96 $3,709.26 $5,192.97 $44,512.00 $62,317.00


This position is a lead worker position, assisting the direct supervisor in planning, organizing, participating, and reviewing the work of a assigned team personnel engaged in any combination of, but not limited to, placing, filling, compacting, and covering trash and solid waste at landfill. Positions may perform work repairing and maintaining landfill dirt, gravel or paved surface roadways and landfill drainage systems.

This position performs a variety of heavy equipment operating, lead work, administrative and assist with personnel duties while leading a team of assigned personnel in the Larimer County Solid Waste Department. May be assigned to any work activity at any Solid Waste location in Larimer County at the discretion of the Manager of Solid Waste or the Director of Solid Waste.


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 direction from the Manager of Solid Waste or Director of Solid Waste.
  • Exercises indirect supervision over assigned personnel, suppliers and contractors.
  • Achieves expected quality of work.
  • Actively and positively supports departmental vision, mission, goals, objectives, policy and procedures.
  • Assure compliance with applicable safety regulations and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with all contacted in the course of performing assigned duties.
  • Make recommendations for future activities.
  • Evaluate the need for, coordinate, and participate in snow and ice control activities.
  • Participate in the development of project schedules.
  • Assures assigned team meet project schedules.
  • Lead and participate in the investigation and response to routine complaints and questions posed by internal and external customers.
  • Plan, evaluate, and adjust activities of personnel performing assigned tasks.
  • Subject too non-restrictive call back 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for situations including but not limited to snow plowing, wild-land fires, floods and other occurrences.
  • Monitor, coach, and train assigned team personnel.
  • Monitor work performance and productivity of team to ensure project rules, procedures, applicable laws and regulations are followed.
  • Work to meet departmental expectations.

Assignment Specific Essential Functions:

  • Operate heavy equipment used at a landfill in a safe, efficient, and responsible manner; operate equipment such as compactor, track loader; dozer, road grader, and scraper, water truck, tandem dump truck.
  • Excavate fill dirt and stockpile various commodities.
  • Blade and grade access roads; push snow; 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.
  • Plowing snow and snow and ice control activities.
  • Set up and operate grade checking equipment, laser and instrument.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary for performance of the job.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Principals and practices of All heavy equipment operated by assigned team.
  • Applicable Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Applicable Colorado Revised Statutes and Regulations.
  • Construction and realignment earthwork.
  • Construction, repair and maintenance of roadside drainage systems
  • Pentium PC use and MS Word, MS Excel, Google Mail, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Project are desired.
  • Project management.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Safe work practices and work zone traffic safety.
  • Snow and ice control.
  • Accurately, read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Analyze data and situations to develop effective and workable plans of action.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Make independent decisions.
  • Operate all heavy equipment assigned to team.
  • Read, write, and speak to communicate effectively in U.S. English per 49 C.F.R. 391.11(b)(2).
  • Respond appropriately to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Successfully function in a team environment.
  • Successfully plan, implement, evaluate and adjust multiple priorities/functions. 
  • Work independently in the absence of direct supervision.
  • Work with individuals and groups including organizing, training, facilitation, and consensus building, in order to provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
  • In addition to the abilities for all Team Leaders.


  • Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. 
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Three years of experience in a directly related field or in the performance of similar duties and responsibilities.
  • Possession and ability to maintain a Colorado Class "B" CDL Driver's License with air brake and tanker endorsements without "K" or "NTT" restrictions.
  • Possession and ability to maintain a DOT Medical Certificate.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to:

  • Operate heavy equipment and a motor vehicle.
  • May be required to lift, carry, drag, or push boxes or equipment up to 50 pounds.
  • May be required to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, squat, and balance.
  • Get into and out of vehicle/heavy equipment.
  • Pull open a truck's hood and other equipment requiring 100 pounds of force.
  • Sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time. 
  • Work in a day light and night environment.
  • Work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
  • Work outdoors in an extreme hot, cold, dry or wet environment.
  • Negotiate flights of stairs to reach upper story offices.
  • Work under stressful situations including operation of equipment in bad weather or other difficult conditions.  
  • Concentrate on more than one task at a time and to make independent decisions.
  • Have acceptable eyesight to perform computer duties.
  • Have acceptable hearing to hear on the telephone and in public contacts.
  • Have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands, and arms to perform computer or writing duties.
  • Have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.

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