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As a member of the Socorro County team, you will have the opportunity to serve your community in an environment that promotes responsibility, accountability, transparency and team work. 

Applications are only accepted for positions that have been opened and must be submitted online (click on "Employment Application Form" to apply)

Socorro County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Event Coordinator

posted Aug 1, 2017, 2:33 PM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Event Coordinator                                                                       Job Code:             135

Division:          Administration                                                                             Effective Date:     08/17

Department:     Executive                                                                                   Last Revised:       




Performs a variety of complex coordination duties designed to coordinate major events for the office of the County Manager and Board of Commissioners. 




Works under the close to general supervision of the County Manager.








1.        Responsible for coordination and administration of events on behalf of Socorro County in partnership with other agencies and organizations;

2.        Coordinate meetings with staff and agencies

3.        Manages budget and procures supplies related to County events;

4.        Coordinates event logistics, registration, marketing give-aways, staff assignments for an event.

5.        Partners with vendors, food vendors, tourism organizations and outreach representatives.

6.        Prepares and drafts general correspondence, reports, and materials for publications and presentations; prepares and composes formal correspondence; prepares notes and composes letters, memos, and other communications of general nature; creates flow charts and timelines for projects handled by the Manager and the Board of Commissioners.

7.        Answers telephones and handles in appropriate manner; meets and greets clients and agency partners; performs general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, scanning, archiving, faxing, mailing, and filing; maintain hard copy and electronic filing system.

8.        Performs general clerical, receptionist and project based work; coordinates project-based work with other administrative and executive support personnel.

9.        Directly responsible for the successful execution of assigned events.

10.      Performs other related duties as required.




1.                    Education and Experience:


A.       Demonstrable experience coordinating events or activities

B.       Graduation from high school, plus, one (1) year of specialized training in small business or general office practices and procedures, PC operation and various software applications;

C.       Three (3) years of responsible experience related the above duties (experience running or managing a business is preferred but not required)

D.       Experience with event coordination and strategically planning events

E.       Experience working in fast-paced environment where the candidate has had to multi-task and manage multiple items at the same time.


2.             Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Must be able to coordinate multiple events and activities at the same time; have excellent time management skills and be comfortable making and leading group presentations, organizing meetings and coordinate communications.


Must possess excellent communication and partnering skills

Organizational experience prioritizing workload and acting on time sensitive items.

Attention to detail related to experience with event coordination and strategically planning events.


Considerable knowledge of reading, writing, and arithmetic skills; business principles, budgeting, administrative, and clerical procedures; Microsoft Office and telephone protocol; general office maintenance and practices; filing systems (alpha and numeric), recording and filing procedures and methodologies; letter composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation; spreadsheets, word processing, and database management; operation of standard office equipment; basic mathematics; basic accounting or bookkeeping; interpersonal communication skills and telephone etiquette; basic public relations.


Skill in professional verbal and written communication; the use and operation of various office machines, i.e., fax, copy machine, scanners, postage machine, computer, telephone, shredder, binding machine, etc.; the ability to take detailed notes and documentation is a must.


Ability to give attention to detail; project a professional image through in-person and phone interaction; effectively interact with high-level contacts and professionally; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; work independently in meeting various time deadlines and work pressures; effectively deal with stress caused by strict deadlines and work volume; exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; perform basic mathematical calculations; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; operate standard office equipment; develop effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public.


3.             Special Qualifications:


                Basic computer knowledge and very effective in cloud-based document management.


4.             Work Environment:


Incumbent of the position will typically work off site and in a limited office setting with appropriate climate controls; the successful candidate will have the option to work remotely or telecommute so long as all tasks and meeting obligations are met. Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, but do require frequent walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and occasional lifting. Talking, hearing and seeing are essential physical capabilities of the position.   Common eye, hand, finger dexterity required for many tasks.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking.

Solid Waste Attendant

posted Jul 31, 2017, 8:41 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Solid Waste Attendant                                                                 Job Code:             1310

Division:          Operations                                                                                 Effective Date:     04/15

Department:     Solid Waste                                                                                Last Revised:       




Perform a variety of first-line public contact duties as needed to authorize admittance into collection center; monitors punch cards and waste to assure compliance with facility regulations.




Works under the close to general supervision of Solid Waste Director.









1.        Checks the punch card for each vehicle entering facility; determines the size of vehicle and type of material being hauled; maintains log sheets.


2.        Advises customers of Collection Center Rules and Regulations; responds to inquiries concerning these rules/regulations; directs customers to the proper landfill area.


3.        Conducts random checks of vehicle loads; visually inspects loads for prohibited waste and reports violations.



4.        Performs miscellaneous duties to include answering the telephone, unlocking and securing gates in the morning and evening, and maintaining a clean office environment; operates a two-way radio.


5.        Assists in organizing and maintaining manuals; obtains and updates documents and policies.


6.         Acts as the attendant on-call.


7.        Perform other related duties as assigned.




1.                    Education & Experience


A.       Graduation from high school or GED;


B.       One (1) year of general work experience preferably performing above or related duties;


C.        An equivalent combination of education and experience


2.        Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Working knowledge of collection center protocols and procedures, the type of waste that is accepted at the station, working with the public; department processes for transferring the solid waste.


Skill in basic mathematics to handle required calculations; customer service; dealing with angry patrons.


Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work activities; handle money transactions; utilize and understand computer applications as necessary in completion of daily assignments;  work unsupervised and accept responsibility for actions; communicate effectively with staff and public; compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or government regulation; use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations; plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities; comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of department Communicate via radio; follow written and verbal instructions; communicate both verbally and in writing; excellent customer service skills; read and understand rules and regulations; follow written and verbal instructions, communicate both verbally and in writing; computer skills; be able to read and understand rules and regulations.


Solid Waste Attendant, page 2



3.        Special Qualifications


Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration.  

Must be trained in personal protective equipment, i.e., hard hats, goggles, hearing protection, vests, etc.


4.        Work Environment


Regularly walk, stand, stoop and bend.  Occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects weighing 100 pounds or more.  Ascend or descend ladders, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like.  Walk, stand, crouch, or run (move quickly) on narrow slippery, or erratically moving surfaces sometimes for sustained periods of time. Work for sustained periods of time maintaining concentrated attention to detail.  Shovel and remove snow and ice when necessary. Work is performed for sustained periods outdoors and occasionally in hot, cold, or inclement weather; work may be performed around very noisy equipment; Work exposes employee to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases and poor ventilation; work exposes employee to possible bodily injury from moving mechanical parts of equipment, tools or machinery as well as unknown and dangerous conditions; Work may require use of protective devices such as hard hats, vests, goggles and gloves and hearing protection; Work exposes incumbent to known and unknown dangerous conditions.

Solid Waste Supervisor

posted Jul 31, 2017, 8:00 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Solid Waste Supervisor                                                              Job Code:             1300  

Division:          Administration                                                                             Effective Date:     07/17

Department:     Solid Waste                                                                                Last Revised:       




Performs a variety of managerial, supervisory and administrative duties related to planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the county solid waste facilities, including landfill and transfer stations. Assures compliance with various federal and state agency regulations related to hazardous waste, environmental impact, land management and overall landfill operations.




Works under the general supervision of the Solid Waste Director




Provides general supervision to department personnel, including Solid Waste Driver(s) and Landfill Attendants.




1.        Manages the ongoing operations of the county solid waste program; oversees and participates in the planning, designing, engineering, construction and maintenance of collection/convenience centers; assures operational compliance with federal codes and regulations (DEQ, CERCLA, RCRA, FIFRA, NEPA, Subtitle “D” etc.) and state regulations governing drainage and ground water protection systems; coordinates and assists state inspection personnel as needed to evaluate county operation. (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA))


2.        Develops and implements standard operating policies and procedures and patron rules and regulations; recommends fees and directs fee collection practices; receives and processes public complaints; determines effective solutions; enforces policies and procedures as needed.


3.        Serves as liaison to the public and various local and state agencies as needed to establish and maintain effective public relations and develop cooperative solutions to common problems and goals; develops action plans for communication, advocacy and defense of administrative policy.


4.        Directs and coordinates departmental risk management program in cooperation with county administration and legal staff


5.        Recruits, hires, disciplines, and dismisses department employees; delegates or assigns personnel to maintain scheduled operations and customer billing; oversees the training and certification of personnel; oversees department safety program.


6.        Operates heavy equipment utilized at county solid waste facilities; ensures maintenance of roads allowing easy access in and out of collection centers.


7.        Observes collection center station operations to identify hazardous waste or other materials excluded from deposit in public landfill.


8.        Prepares and submits monthly operations reports to Solid Waste Director


9.        Performs related duties as required.

Solid Waste Director, page 2



1.             Education and Experience:


A.             Graduation from high school plus two (2) years of specialized training related to environmental technologies, hazardous waste, landfill management, general administration and other essential aspects of the position provided through professionally sponsored workshops, seminars, college or vocational studies or in-service;


B.             Eight (8) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of solid waste operations;


C.            An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.                    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Considerable knowledge of  safety standards related to equipment operation and maintenance;  federal, state and local regulations related to hazardous waste and environmental protection;  land resource management.  Working knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles and practices; survey methods; mathematics; water and gas sampling methods and procedures; scale house operations.


Skill in interpersonal communications, negotiations and conflict resolution; heavy equipment operation.


Ability to plan, coordinate, direct and supervise personnel; interpret laws, ordinances and regulations common to solid waste management operations; keep operating records and prepare reports; to conduct necessary research and compile comprehensive reports; read and understand blueprints; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; initiate plans and written procedures for the operation of waste disposal facilities; implement engineering plans into long range projects; and maintain records, operate heavy equipment effectively utilize personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, typewriter, copy machine,  printers, calculator, fax machine, copy machine and telephone.


3.                    Special Qualifications:


Must possess a valid New Mexico Motor CDL License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.

Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration. Must be bondable.  Must be or become a Certified Transfer Station Operator through the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA).


4.                    Work Environment:


Essential functions generally performed in a controlled work environment.  Tasks require various physical activities, generally nominal muscular strain, such as lifting, walking, standing, stooping, reaching, etc.  Communication, hearing and seeing essential in performance of daily tasks.   Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking, guided and creative problem solving.  Frequent travel required in the normal course of performing daily functions.  Occasional exposure to weather extremes and environmental conditions typical of solid waste landfill operations.

Detention Officer

posted Apr 18, 2011, 11:11 AM by Delilah Walsh   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 7:11 AM by DA Walsh ]

Performs a variety of entry level law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities, including incarceration and detention of prisoners.

Works under the close to general supervision of the Corrections Captain, Sergeant or Detention Administrator.


1. Corrections: Receives ongoing on-the-job training; attends academy training sessions receiving instruction in the duties, responsibilities, liabilities and physical environment associated with the correction officer functions; assists with processing of inmate grievances.

2. Supervises inmates in county jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures while assuming responsibility for all needs (physical, medical, etc.) of the prisoners during detention; issues medications as prescribed by physicians.

3. Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; books prisoners; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to determine appropriate level of security and confinement; performs releases and required by court order; conducts strip searches.

4. Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs inmate supervision during recreation and meal periods.

5. Inspects locks, grills, doors and gates for tampering; conducts cell “shake-downs” and inspections; employs various forms of discipline as needed to maintain order among prisoners, if necessary.

6. Supervises prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, work details, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs.

7. Secures all valuables and/or belongings and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same; orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; administers medication as prescribed by doctor.

8. Prepares arrest records including reports, bookings, releases, fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charge against him/her); assists in the maintenance of various records and information reporting materials and data base.

9. Supervises trustees or prisoners on general work details inside and outside of jail; performs general maintenance of jail facility and environs; repairs safety and security devices; cleans and sanitizes cells; maintains inmate recreation area and equipment.

10. May participate in extradition transports; moves inmates to and from various interstate locations.

11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

1. Education and Experience:
A. Graduation from high school plus successful completion of Academy training leading to the acquisition of a Correctional Officer Certification;
B. No experience necessary.

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some knowledge of the fundamentals of proper search and seizure; federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; dispatch communication equipment; basic principles of psychology and sociology; elementary first aid techniques and procedures.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain working relationships with inmates, the public and other departments; restrain physically violent prisoners; react quickly to various situations under conditions of stress.

3. Special Qualifications
Must have successfully completed the Corrections Academy and be certified as a Correctional Officer.
Must work on-call 24 hours.
Must receive 40 hours annual training to maintain certification.
Must pass a background investigation.
Must possess a valid New Mexico Driver’s License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.
Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration

4. Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment. Occasional travel. Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty. Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention. Various levels of mental application required, i.e., memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, creative problem solving. Continuous use of motor skills. Periodic exposure to the presence of blood borne or airborne pathogens.

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