Transfer Station Operator

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on April 30, 2021
Summary

This position assists in the operation and maintenance of Solid Waste Transfer Stations by providing a high level of customer service to transfer station users by compacting waste, loading and moving refuse trailers within a confined space in public area, directing and monitoring the area for safety and efficiency and controlling the processing of garbage, operating equipment, performing general clean up, landscaping and station maintenance tasks.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified applicants.  This recruitment will be used to fill vacant positions and may be used to create a list of competitive candidates to fill similar vacancies that may occur.

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:  Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form, (2) respond to the supplemental questions detailing your background operating equipment & providing customer service.  Applications that are incomplete may not be considered.

SELECTION PROCESS:  The applications will be screened for completeness and required qualifications.  Applicants rated the most competitive may be invited for skills test and an interview. Skills test may be scheduled as early as the week of May 24, 2021 and interviews scheduled as early as the week of May 31, 2021. Dates are subject to change.

WORK LOCATION:  The Solid Waste Division currently operates eight (8) transfer stations located throughout King County and the candidate must be available to work at any of the eight locations as assigned including Vashon Island.  You can view a list of the stations at:  http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/transfer.asp.

WORK SCHEDULE:  This position has multiple schedules: 5/8, 7/10, 7/10 Regular Part-Time (RPT), or 4/10. This position is overtime eligible. RPT is primarily assigned to a 7/10 work schedule (7 days on, up to 10 hours per day, followed by 7 days off (Monday - Sunday)). RPT positions are not guaranteed hours and are scheduled to work as needed to supplement full-time schedules, with variable work hours, which include Day, Swing, and Graveyard shifts.

OPERATIONS SECTION PROFILE:  The Operations section of the Solid Waste Division operates a solid waste transfer and disposal system for residents and businesses in King County (except for Milton, Seattle).  The Operations section is responsible for the transfer facilities, transportation, maintenance shop (maintaining the Division's heavy equipment, vehicles and facilities), landfill operations, landfill gas and wastewater.  Commercial garbage collection companies and self-haulers (business and residential) bring solid waste to the transfer facilities, where it is located into large transfer trailers and hauled to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for disposal.  At the landfill, a network of environmental controls ensures the byproducts of the decomposing waste are captured and managed.

EXAMPLES OF JOB DUTIES:
• Inform, direct, monitor, and control public customers and commercial haulers at transfer stations.
• Assist customers to safely and efficiently park and unload vehicles.
• Safely operate transfer station equipment, which may include front end loaders, pre-load compactors, pedestal compactors, backhoe loader, bailers, forklifts, and skid steers/bobcat.
• Operate yard trucks ("goats") to pull empty garbage hauling trailers into chutes and full trailers out to parking areas through sometimes confined public areas.
• Direct interaction with public to provide customer service.
• Screen for hazardous and unacceptable materials and take appropriate action.
• Respond to on-site accidents, emergencies and hazardous spills safely and effectively.
• Determine tonnage before and during loading of trailers and compacting to achieve an optimal payload and prevent trailer overloads.
• Provide yard and facility cleaning and upkeep.
• Coordinate work duties with crew.
• Adhere to all safety rules and guidelines.
• Maintain vehicle cleanliness.
• Perform visual safety inspection of vehicles and grounds.
• Operate miscellaneous small power hand tools and equipment, including weed-eaters, and lawnmowers.
• Operate two-inch fire hose safely and effectively.
• Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS:
• Demonstrated experience operating various types of heavy equipment and power hand tools in an industrial environment.
• Knowledge of safety procedures operating power hand tools and heavy equipment.
• Excellent customer service skills dealing with the public.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
• Candidates must have experience dealing with a diverse group of co-workers and customers.

THE MOST COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS:
• Minimum one (1) year experience operating specific heavy equipment such as:
o front end loaders,
o mini excavator
o forklift
o driving or hosteling truck & trailer
• Basic mechanical skills providing maintenance of stations.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel to other transfer stations during the course of the work day/shift. Offers of employment will be contingent upon verification of a valid Washington State Driver's License or verification of the ability to travel to other transfer stations during the course of the work day/shift.
• Offers of employment will be contingent upon the completion of a pre-employment physical.
• Applicants must exhibit the physical ability to operate heavy equipment, perform heavy physical labor, and use two-inch fire hoses.
• Requires the ability to work on uneven grades, slopes, surfaces, and terrain in inclement weather and other adverse conditions such as dust, odor, high volume noise and heavy traffic.

Offers of employment will be contingent on the completion of a satisfactory physical exam, supervisory references and upon verification of a valid Washington State Driver's License.

UNION MEMBERSHIP:  Positions in this classification will be represented by Teamsters, Local 174.

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions about this position, please contact Jemima McMahon, Human Resources Analyst at 206-477-4002 or via e-mail at jemima.mcmahon@kingcounty.gov.


Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
 
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
 
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

01
How many years of experience do you have with operating various types of heavy equipment and power hand tools in an industrial environment? NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in these areas.
  • More than 0, but less than 1 year of experience
  • At least 1, but no more than 2 years
  • At least 2, but no more than 3 years
  • At least 3, but no more than 4 years
  • 4 or more years
  • No experience
02
If you selected a number of years' experience above, please provide the various types of heavy equipment and power hand tools providing dates and employer. Do not write "see application", as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No experience," type in NA.)
03
Please check if you have a minimum of one (1) year experience with the following heavy equipment. Check all that apply. NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate a minimum of one year experience in the areas you checked.
  • Front-End Loader
  • Pre-load Compactors
  • Pedestal Compactors
  • Backhoe Loaders
  • Mini Excavator
  • Bailers
  • Forklifts
  • Skid-Steer/Bobcat
  • Driving or hosteling truck & trailer
  • None of the above
04
Do you have basic mechanical skills in maintenance? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
  • Yes
  • No
05
Do you have working knowledge of safety procedures operating hand tools and heavy equipment? NOTE: Your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
  • Yes
  • No
06
If you answered "Yes" above, please provide a brief description with dates and employer of safety procedures. Do not write "see application," as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No," type in NA.)
07
Please provide a brief description of your experience providing excellent customer service skills dealing with the public. Provide date(s) and employer(s) where you performed this task. Do not write "see application," as this will be considered an incomplete response.
08
Please provide a brief description of your experience dealing with a diverse group of co-workers and customers. Provide date(s) and employer(s) where you performed this task. Do not write "see application," as this will be considered an incomplete response.
09
This position has multiple schedules: 5/8, 7/10, 7/10 Regular Part-Time (RPT), or 4/10. This position is overtime eligible. RPT is primarily assigned to a 7/10 work schedule (7 days on, up to 10 hours per day, followed by 7 days off (Monday - Sunday)). RPT positions are not guaranteed hours and are scheduled to work as needed to supplement full-time schedules, with variable work hours, which include Day, Swing, and Graveyard shifts. Are you available to work ALL shifts listed on the job posting?
  • Yes
  • No
10
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
11
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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