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Hazardous Waste Screener

Solid Waste/Landfill | Nampa, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Starting annual wage is:  $32,129 - $36,506, DOE

Application Period Ends:  Open until filled

General Statement of Duties

Screens loads and provides direction to customers at the landfill; performs related work as required.  

Classification Summary

The primary function of an employee in this class is to provide customer service to the public and screen loads to be dumped for foreign objects, toxic, and hazardous materials according to landfill rules and regulations. The position is under the direct supervision of the Landfill Supervisor.  The principal duties of this position are in an outdoor environment with exposure to adverse weather conditions, landfill hazards, and odors.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Greets the public and commercial customers, directing them to proper dumping locations with safety in mind;
  • Inspects loads for hazardous materials and separates hazards according to landfill rules and regulations;
  • Separates and removes foreign objects (i.e. batteries, refrigerators, compressors, propane tanks, tires, air conditioners, and other designated items) from loads to be dumped according to landfill rules and regulations;
  • Separates, removes, and disposes of hazardous liquids (i.e. gas, oil, paints, anti-freeze, and other designated items) according to landfill rules and regulations;
  • Checks metal cylinders for explosive gases and soil loads for contaminants as required by landfill rules and regulations;
  • Monitors customer activities for compliance to rules and regulations of the landfill and customer safety;
  • Monitors burn barrels;
  • Witnesses burial of specialized loads from sheriff and police departments;
  • Cleans up oil disposal areas as necessary;
  • Relieves equipment operators as authorized and needed;
  • Assists customers with resolution of complaints, misunderstandings and problems referring to landfill rules and regulations;
  • Records and notifies scale house of rejected loads;
  • Refers customers to supervisory personnel when necessary;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County and Department policies, procedures and safety practices.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs other related duties as required;
  • Assists in extinguishing barrel fires.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • County landfill rules and regulations;
  • Hazardous waste rules and regulations;
  • Emergency response practices and procedures;
  • Safety practices and procedures related to landfill operations;
  • Safe operation of landfill equipment;
  • Customer service practices and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Follow written and oral instructions;
  • Operate a variety of landfill equipment and a two-way radio;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, supervisory personnel, and the public;
  • Discern hazardous materials and foreign objects according to rules and regulations of the landfill;
  • Perform multiple tasks simultaneously, including handling interruptions, and return to and complete tasks in a timely manner;
  • Communicate effectively with the public, including in sensitive situations.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency is preferred, with specialized training in hazardous materials, chemical handling, and first aid preferred; and
  • One (1) year experience in customer service is preferred; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Special Qualifications

  • Idaho driver’s license;
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and to communicate effectively with the public in person;
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions, and inspect, separate, and recognize hazardous materials and foreign objects;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to separate foreign objects, handle hazardous materials, and operate landfill equipment;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, flexibility, strength, stamina, agility, and balance, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to lift/move up to 100 pounds, stand and walk for long periods of time, and work in outdoor weather conditions in a landfill environment.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.