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Lead Equipment Operator, Recycling Center

Company: City of Loveland
Location: Loveland
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Serves as a lead worker at the Recycling Center, for a crew of both year-round and seasonal full-time employees. Responsible for overseeing Equipment Operators & Seasonal Attendants engaged in the daily operations of the Recycling Center and roll-off dumpster program. Tasked with making small purchases of site supplies, and with making frontline decisions regarding logistics and customer service. Responsible for planning and assigning tasks associated with daily operations of the Recycling Center and the roll-off dumpster program. Responsible for ensuring site safety, efficient operations, and excellent customer service. This position reports to the Solid Waste Recycling Center Crew Supervisor. The current work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekend shifts may be required.

The salary range for this position is $23.90- $35.82 per hour with a hiring range of $23.90 - $29.86 DOQ.

Position will close to applicants on: 4/30/21 at 4:30 P.M. M.S.T.

This position requires candidates hold a CDL License. Per the updated 2021 DOT Guidelines, be sure you are registered for the DOT Clearinghouse: Clearinghouse Webpage. Additionally, these instructions will provide you guidance on registering Clearinghouse Instructions. Per the guidelines, clearing House approval is required for any candidate scheduled for an interview

With over 300 days of sunshine, proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, endless outdoor recreation options and a thriving arts, brewery, foodie and shopping scene Loveland is an award winning City. In 2020, Loveland was the only Colorado City to win the 2020 Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence. Loveland is the top residential recycling City in the state for 4 consecutive years. Additionally, Loveland has consistently been ranked as one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the U.S. Featured by USA Today in 2017 as one of the Most Idyllic Picturesque towns in America. As the rest of the world is figuring out what we have known for quite some time Loveland, Colorado has EVERYTHING YOU LOVE! ~ Love What You Do, Land With Us!

Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:

  • 2 Medical plan options - HDHP & PPO
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Medical and Dependent Daycare flexible spending
  • Flexible Spending - Medical and Dependent Daycare
  • Retirement -401(a) and 457
  • Paid time off including Holiday, Vacation and Medical Leave
  • Short and Long term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Wellness Clinic and programming
  • City of Loveland training opportunities



  • Receive daily tasks and work orders from supervisor.
  • Prioritize daily tasks and coordinate with site staff to complete them.
  • Provide training and orientation to new employees in all facets of their job functions.
  • Make decisions and solve problems that arise at the Recycling Center, occasionally as the acting supervisor when the supervisor is not present.
  • Ensure that Recycling Center staff and customers adhere to site safety rules.
  • Communicate, demonstrate, and enforce safety in the transport of roll-off containers.
  • Operate front-end loader to push organics piles, load scrap metal into roll-off dumpsters, compact dumpster contents, load crushed glass into semi-trailers, load mulch into customer pickups and trailers, remove snow, and perform other grounds maintenance.
  • Operate roll-off trucks to transport containers between the Recycling Center, the landfill, the Material Recovery Facility, and/or customer's homes.
  • Operate stationary compactors and decouple/reconnect roll-off receivers.
  • Provide consistently excellent service to all Recycling Center customers and ensure that all site staff are doing the same.
  • Address unsafe, non-compliant, and/or confrontational customer conduct in a calm and tactful manner.
  • Report threatening, violent or dangerous customer behavior to supervisor or police.
  • Perform daily inspections and routine maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Remove contaminants from incoming yard wastes and recyclable materials.
  • Respond to customer questions with relevant, informative, and helpful answers.
  • Act upon opportunities to educate customers on the how and why to recycling right.
  • Maintain daily inventories and contact vendors to arrange for pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Process daily paperwork such as bills of lading, landfill and Recycling Center receipts, purchase receipts, etc.
  • Support other Recycling Center staff, as circumstances necessitate, by taking turns at the gatehouse window and register.
  • Inspect and measure (when applicable) incoming customer loads, while also checking permits and charging corresponding fees.
  • Serve as the acting onsite supervisor during weekend shifts.
  • Continually look for potential improvements to Recycling Center operations and services, which includes collaborating with the site supervisor to research and pursue opportunities to expand the list of materials that are accepted and recycled.


  • Assist with citywide snow removal operations using several different types of Solid Waste vehicles and equipment as necessitated, including a front-end loader, UTVs, pickup trucks, and plow-mounted commercial collection trucks.
  • Collaborate with and assist other City divisions and departments with events and projects.
  • Considered essential personnel required to report for duty in response to community emergencies (e.g. natural disaster, fire, flood, blizzard, etc.).
  • Conduct educational presentations on recycling to local community groups and public schools. (This would be purely voluntary and only occasional.)


  • Does not have direct supervisory responsibility for assigned employees, but provides coordination, general information and feedback to the Recycling Center Crew Supervisor regarding employees' performance and skills enhancement.
  • Responsible for crew safety, productivity, and customer service/interaction.
  • Trains and directs other Recycling Center staff in their assigned duties and equipment. To a limited extent, serves as the acting onsite supervisor in the Recycling Center Crew Supervisor's absence; primarily on weekends.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS (must possess the following):

  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to respond with calmness and tact when dealing with confrontational and/or irate customers.
  • Working knowledge of recycling industry, equipment, practices and principles.
  • Knowledge, experience, skill, and ability to operate a front-end loader, roll-off truck, stationary compactor, tandem axle commercial truck, and forklift.
  • Experience and ability to use hand tools and power tools.
  • Good record-keeping skills and ability to learn and use basic computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Must be able to work odd hours, including weekends and overtime, in order to assist with snow removal and other operations as needed.
  • Ability to work safely and follow all established safety rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate well with citizens, co-workers, subordinate employees, supervisors, and other City employees.
  • Ability to motivate others and work calmly in a stressful and demanding environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask in response to heavy workloads and a busy schedule.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to help mitigate and resolve conflicts that might arise amongst Recycling Center staff members or between customers and staff members.
  • Ability to provide clear, patient training and direction to new employees.


Accountability, Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness


Poise & Professionalism, Adaptability, Heavy Equipment Operation, Commercial Truck Driving (Class B), Basic Mechanical Aptitude, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independence, Team Work


  • Three (3) years of experience in the solid waste industry, including the operation of solid waste collection vehicles is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working and operating a front-end loader and tandem axle vehicle is preferred.
  • Five (5) years' experience in customer relations with extensive public contact is preferred.


Must possess a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver License with Air Brake Endorsement.


  • Front-End Loader
  • Roll-Off Dumpster Truck
  • Utility Task Vehicle (UTV)
  • Forklift
  • Two-Way Radio
  • Cell Phone
  • Cash Register
  • Computer
  • Stationary Compactors
  • Power & Hand Tools


A typical workday will consist of arriving at the Public Works Administration building, or Recycling Center, by 7:00 a.m., attending a brief crew meeting, discussing the day's workload with the Recycling Center Crew Supervisor, and then beginning assigned daily tasks at the Recycling Center. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to push, pull, kneel, stoop, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, move, lift (up to 50 lbs.) and expend strenuous manual labor. Manual dexterity is required to complete work tasks through safe and proper operation of all equipment and tools. Required to follow all established safety rules, regulations and procedures. Will need to periodically sit or stand at the gatehouse window for extended periods. Will be subjected to temperature and weather extremes; dust, fumes, and odors from decomposing yard wastes; and the hazards associated with numerous vehicles and heavy equipment operating at the site.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment. Selection process will comply with DOT regulations including post-offer drug screening and previous employer safety performance request.

Keywords: City of Loveland, Loveland , Lead Equipment Operator, Recycling Center, Other , Loveland, Colorado

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