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Heavy Equipment Operator

King County Department of Human Resources
Maple Valley, WA Full-time
Posted on November 23, 2019

The posting end date has changed from 12/8/19 to 1/31/20.

This position is responsible for the safe operation of heavy equipment at Cedar Hills Landfills and the 7 closed landfills around King County.  This position will assist with the spreading, loading, compacting and digging in solid waste and soils in an efficient, productive and safe manner.

King County and The Solid Waste Division (SWD) values diverse perspectives and life experiences and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

WHO MAY APPLY:  There is one (1) regular (Career Service) positions to fill, which is open to all qualified applicants. This recruitment may be used to create a list of competitive candidates to fill similar vacancies or special duty assignments that may occur.  The special duty assignment (is open only to current, career service King County employees who have passed their initial probationary period) is expected to last up to six months with the possibility of an extension (Do you want to have special duty possibility included in this recruitment?.

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

SELECTION PROCESS:  The applications will be screened for clarity, completeness and required qualifications.  Applicants rated the most competitive will be invited to a skills test & may be selected for a panel interview thereafter.

WORK LOCATION:  The primary work locations for this position is the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, 16645 228th Ave., SE. Maple Valley, WA.

WORK SCHEDULE:  This position's shifts/work schedule may vary depending on shift bids and operational needs.  Scheduled work shifts include 5/8 and 4/10.

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 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 by-products of the decomposing waste are captured and managed.

• Operate a large dozer D-9 or similar in grading, excavating, and back-filling.
• Operate a refuse compactor at the County landfill site.
• Operate a push/pull scraper of twenty-five yards covering compacted solid waste and excavating and moving soil.
• Operate other equipment such as sweepers, slope mowers, cranes, front-end loaders and graders.
• Apply knowledge of driving laws and proper use of equipment, road building materials, basic survey principles, construction safety principles, and environmental regulations related to landfill work.
• Respond to on-site accidents, emergencies, and hazardous spills to assess immediate concerns and possible equipment use.
• Monitor, control and direct activities at job site; control flow and sequence of truck dumping, direct customers to appropriate areas.
• Identify potentially hazardous or unacceptable materials at job site and coordinate proper disposal.
• Perform visual safety inspection of vehicle; checking fluid levels and tire pressure, refueling vehicles, maintain vehicle cleanliness and perform pre-trip inspections.

• Minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated recent experience safely operating heavy equipment such as:
o Large Dozer D-9
o Back-Hoe
o Push/Pull Scraper
o Refuse Compactor
o Sweepers
o Slope Mowers
o Front-end Loaders
o Graders
• Demonstrated application of safety procedures with operating heavy equipment.
• Demonstrated ability to identify potential on-site hazards
• Ability to respond to on-site safety situations
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

THE MOST COMPETITIVE CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS:  The most competitive candidates will have experience in landfill construction and maintenance.

• Valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire
• Valid Washington State Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's License upon hire
• Current Washington State Department of Transportation Medical Card
• Candidate must be able to work on heavy equipment and machinery on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain in heat/cold, wet/humid, inclement weather and other adverse conditions such as odor, high volume noise, dust and heavy traffic.

This position is defined as safety sensitive and as such, the selected candidate will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and, subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty and follow up testing.  The selected candidate will be required to pass a physical examination.

UNION MEMBERSHIP:  Positions in this classification are represented by International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 302.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  If you have any questions about this position, please contact Roxanne Malatesta, Human Resources Analyst at 206-477-5210 or via email at  OR Jemima McMahon, Human Resources Analyst at 206-477-4002 or via e-mail at

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.

Please check if you have a minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated recent experience safely operating the following heavy equipment. Check all that apply. NOTE: Your application must demonstrate experience in these areas.
  • Large Dozer D-9
  • Back-Hoe
  • Push/Pull Scraper
  • Refuse Compactor
  • Sweepers
  • Slope Mowers
  • Front-end Loaders
  • Graders
  • None of the above
If you selected one or more types of heavy equipment above, please provide the heavy equipment, specific dates and employer of when you operated. Do not write "see application", as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "None of the above," type in NA.)
Do you apply safety procedures with operating heavy equipment? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have experience with identifying potential on-site safety hazards? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" above, please provide a brief description with dates and employer on identifying potential on-site hazards. Do not write "see application," as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No," type in NA.)
Do you have experience in landfill construction and maintenance? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," your application materials must demonstrate experience in this area.
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a valid Washington State Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's License that you can show upon hire? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," you will need to provide proof when requested.
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have a current Washington State Department of Transportation Medical Card? NOTE: If you answer "Yes," you will need to provide proof when requested.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question