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Landfill Caretaker

Solid Waste/Landfill | Caldwell, ID | Part Time

Job Description

Starting hourly wage: $15.00

Canyon County seeks to find an individual to serve as caretaker of the Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill south of Nampa. This employee will be expected to perform certain duties in exchange for being permitted to live in the County's unfurnished residence located at the Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill. Additional duties will be compensated on an hourly bases. This employee will be required to sign an agreement to this effect, as envisioned by 29 C.F.R. § 785.23. In conformance with Section 119 of Internal Revenue Code (IRC), because the residence is provided on the business premises, for the convenience of Canyon County, and the Lessee is required to reside in the residence as a condition of employment by Canyon County; the amount of the rent waived will not be reported as income of the employee for income tax purposes. This part-time position does not include any County benefits, including, but not limited to, health insurance, sick leave, vacation, or PERSI participation. The work is performed under the supervision of the Landfill Director; and as needed, direction of Landfill Supervisor and or Landfill Administrator.

Classification Summary

Performs a variety of duties as needed to provide physical presence at the County landfill to discourage acts of theft, vandalism, illegal dumping, illegal premise entry and other illegal activity during periods that the landfill is closed.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide surveillance of landfill property and structures during hours of non-operation when present;
  • Provide conspicuous occupation of the care takers residence during periods that the landfill is closed. These times include before and after normal hours of landfill operation, Sundays, and all legal holidays. Conspicuous occupation does not mean that actual presence is strictly required during all of these periods, but that an obvious presence is projected that the residence is occupied;
  • During all hours of physical presence, watch for and reports irregularities such as trespassers, suspicious activity or criminal acts; notify law enforcement agencies of suspicious activity;
  • Meet with law enforcement when their presence is requested, generating necessary reports related to activities and incidents and appearing for related court hearings when requested;
  • Monitor the facility security system and report alarms to the appropriate agency, and the Canyon County Solid Waste Department Director or his designee;
  • Maintain log of activities; record unusual occurrences for use by supervisory staff, law enforcement agencies, and/or County Prosecutor;
  • Monitor activities occurring in the adjacent County owned lands to discourage illegal dumping.
  • Physical presence is required for 10 hours (7:30 am to 5:30 pm) on Sundays and 9.5 hours (7:30 am to 5:00 pm) on: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. During the hours of required physical presence, the employee is required to periodically visually check the landfill compound for unauthorized trespass, ensure that the entrance gate is locked, and make rounds using a County assigned vehicle of entire property (Jubilee Park, Motor Cycle Park).

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • High school diploma or GED preferred.

Special Qualifications

  • Requires a current Idaho driver's license; and
  • Successfully complete an Idaho State Department of Motor Vehicles driving record check;
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Work cooperatively and constructively with fellow workers and members of the public to provide public service of the highest quality and quantity;
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos;
  • Write simple correspondence;
  • Effectively present information in one‑on‑one and small group situations to landfill administrative staff and law enforcement personnel;
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to solve practical problems in situations where only limited standardization exists;
  • Deal with problems involving variables in setting and tension;
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in knowing when to act independently and when to call for assistance; remain calm when observing trespassers or other illegal activity;
  • Avoid confrontation; maintain good working relations with patrons, co‑workers, supervisors and public; work independently.


  • Employee occupant of County unfurnished residence located at the landfill site will be required to provide normal personal use household supplies which include, but are not limited to, such items as laundry and dishwasher detergent, linen, bedding, furniture, exceptional appliances and bathroom tissue;
  • Employee occupant will be required to provide power utilities, cable or satellite television services and any personal internet services;
  • Employee occupant will maintain the exterior of the residence including lawns, trees, irrigation, and buildings. Major repairs to the residence, including but not limited to, exterior painting, roofing, asphalt driveway, etc. will be provided by the department;
  • Caretaker is not allowed to construct any other permanent structures, or move on any temporary structures, on to the premises without specific written authorization from the Department Director;
  • Any permanent structure constructed will become the property of the County;
  • Caretaker must keep the premises in a neat and orderly manner and not more than two vehicles and one trailer may be stored at the premises;
  • No economic activity involving any type of business may be conducted on the premises.

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.