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Equipment Operator, Solid Waste

City of Loveland

This is a Contract position in Loveland, CO posted May 17, 2022.


Operates automated collection trucks to pick-up trash, recyclables, or yard wastes from residential customers on designated routes. Other duties as assigned. Workweek is comprised of four ten-hour days, Monday through Thursday. Required to work on-call and overtime as needed.

The salary range for this position is $20.34- $29.47 per hour with ahiring range of$20.34 – $24.90,depending on qualifications and experience. Position will close to applicants on: Tuesday, 5/3/22 at 12:00 P.M. M.S.T.


  • Operates automated side-load, tandem-axel collection truck in close proximity to pedestrians, parked vehicles, traffic, & buildings
  • Provides curbside collection service to approximately one-thousand homes per day
  • Operates onboard routing computer, onboard cameras display, & two-way radio
  • Works in all weather & road conditions
  • Monitors contents of customer carts for unaccepted materials
  • Loads, by hand, extra bags & materials into carts to be lifted & emptied by truck
  • Makes multiple daily trips to the landfill, MRF, or Yard Waste site
  • Maintains & submits daily paperwork, including DVIRs & scale tickets
  • Inspects, fuels, cleans, & performs basic maintenance on assigned truck
  • Reports mechanical problems to Fleet Maintenance in a timely manner
  • Interacts with customers & residents, answering questions & reporting concerns
  • Distributes printed reminders of Solid Waste policies to customers, as needed
  • Maintains regular communication with supervisors & other drivers
  • Works with other drivers to ensure that all routes are completed each day
  • Adheres to all Division, City, State & Federal safety regulations


  • Operates snow plows & other equipment in support of snow removal operations
  • As essential personnel, reports for duty in response to community emergencies (e.g. natural disaster, fire, flood, blizzard, etc.)
  • Operates other Solid Waste collection vehicles, tools, & equipment, as required.
  • Occasionally assists with special events, special projects, & other Solid Waste services, such as dumpster collections, cart washing, & at the Recycling Center


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to follow verbal & written instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other City staff & with the public
  • Ability to learn multiple collection routes, new equipment, & onboard computers
  • Ability to work safely & follow all established procedures & safety regulations
  • Proficiency in operating tandem-axel trucks
  • Proficiency in (or ability to learn) operation of hydraulic equipment
  • Proficiency in (or ability to learn) commercial or public snow plowing
  • Basic working mechanical knowledge & troubleshooting abilities

Core Competencies:

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

Job specific competencies:

  • Job Knowledge
  • Equipment Operation
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Maintenance
  • Reporting

Education and/or experience:

Previous work experience operating solid waste collection equipment OR large tandem axle vehicles preferred.

Licensing and/or certifications:

Must possess a valid Class “B” commercial driver’s license with air brake endorsement.

Material and equipment directly used:

  • Automated Side-load collection truck
  • Rear-load dumpster truck
  • Roll-off dumpster truck
  • Front-end loader,
  • Forklift, 4×4 pickup truck
  • UTV
  • Two-way radio
  • Onboard computer tablet
  • Shovel, broom, & other hand tools

Working conditions and physical requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to repetitively lift, push, pull, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, move and place containers (up to 50 lbs.), and expend strenuous manual labor.
  • Employee is expected to work safely and follow all established safety rules, regulations and procedures.

  • Employee must be able to work in adverse conditions, such as extreme weather variances; vehicular and equipment noise; close proximity to moving vehicles and equipment; airborne dust and debris; dirt and grease; trash and hazardous liquids.
  • Employee might sustain cuts or scrapes, and be exposed to bacteria and unpleasant odors common to solid waste collection.
  • A typical workday consists of arriving at the Public Works Administration building by 7:00 a.m. and leaving at 5:00 p.m., if all of the day’s assigned routes are completed. Extended hours and weekend shifts, though not often required, are occasionally necessary due to events, holidays, weather, and other extenuating circumstances.

Considered essential personnel required to report for duty in response to community emergencies (e.g. natural disaster, fire, flood, blizzard, etc.)

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

With over 300 days of sunshine, and just 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park in the heart of northern Colorado, Loveland is an ideal community for anyone to call home. Known as the Sweetheart City, this vibrant cultural hub is home to nearly 500 sculptures and public art installations, the world-famous Valentine Remail Program, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. The community is bustling with a thriving arts, brewery, foodie and shopping scene. Enjoy headliner concert and theatre productions, professional hockey events, endless community recreation and open space opportunities, art and sculpture shows, and several local festivals. Loveland also boasts an award-winning golf course and an inclusive library and community center. Loveland, Colorado has EVERYTHING YOU LOVE!

In 2020, Loveland was the only Colorado City to win the Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, is the top residential recycling City in the state for 4 consecutive years and has been ranked as one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the U.S. and as one of the Most Idyllic Picturesque towns in America.

Apply today to join more than 800 employees who work to meet the core values of: Accountability & Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness. The City of Loveland is a diverse and welcoming community organization and our employees enjoy a competitive benefits program, various opportunities for growth and development, and an exceptional work-life balance.

A vibrant community, surrounded by natural beauty, where you belong!

Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:

  • Two (2) medical plans, Dental, Vision (for self/ spouse/ children)
  • Employee Health & Wellness Center (self/family)
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and medical leave
  • Flexible spending including Dependent Care
  • Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term disability, and voluntary Critical Illness Coverage
  • Retirement 401a, 457, Roth (pre-& post tax) and company match
  • Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary 529 College Invest program
  • Personal and Professional Development opportunities
  • Discounted recreation passes
  • Employee recognition program
  • Exceptional work-life balance
  • Market based pay & regular performance reviews
  • Local Government employment is eligible for Public Loan Forgiveness Program

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

The City of Loveland provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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.