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.