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City of Bozeman Solid Waste Operator in Bozeman, Montana

Solid Waste Operator



Solid Waste Operator


$19.84 - $21.93 Hourly


Solid Waste, 2143 Story Mill

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Performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled work in the collection of refuse, compost, and/or recyclables, and in the maintenance/repair of vehicles used by the City Solid Waste Division.

The work is performed under the supervision and direction of an assigned supervisor, but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. An employee in this class may act as a lead worker over seasonal work crews. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned supervisors, other City employees, and the general public. The principal duties of this class are performed in an outdoors environment with possible exposure to a variety of terrains, weather conditions, hazardous waste, and airborne pathogens.

Bargaining Unit: Teamsters

Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Non-Exempt

Work Week: Typically Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm

  • Collects garbage, compost, and/or recyclables on an assigned City route as directed.

  • Observes safe work methods and makes appropriate use of related safety equipment as required;

  • Operates and maintains light and medium duty equipment and trucks appropriate to the functional area of assignment, including backhoes, front-end loaders, pickups, snow plows, mowers, tractors, brush chippers, and other related equipment;

  • Operates a variety of hand and power tools and equipment related to work assignment as instructed;

  • Maintains work areas in a clean and orderly condition, including securing equipment at the close of the work day;

  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;

  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;

  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner. Provides outstanding customer service to City of Bozeman residents, employees, and customers;

  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;

  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this classification.


  • High School Diploma or GED; and

  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Commercial Driver's License Type 1 or 2, Class A or B (without airbrake restriction) within six months of employment;


  • Any prior experience driving a commercial garbage truck

  • Any prior knowledge of general solid waste collection operations

  • CDL preferred


  • Substantial knowledge of basic principles and practices of construction, maintenance, and repair activities in one of the following areas: Cemetery, Streets, Sanitation, Facilities, Forestry, Water/Sewer, and/or Parks;

  • Substantial knowledge of the safe and proper use of basic hand tools, power tools, and other related construction equipment;

  • Substantial knowledge of basic safety principles and practices of maintenance and repair activities;

  • Substantial knowledge of related Federal, State, and local ordinances and regulations governing landfill, sanitation, water/sewer, street, forestry, cemetery, and/or parks operations;

  • Substantial knowledge of the techniques, methods, and materials related to the construction and maintenance work in the area of assignment;

  • Substantial knowledge of the maintenance and operation of related light and medium duty equipment used in functional area of assignment;

  • Ability to read construction plans for assisting in the locating and tracking of water/sewer lines;

  • Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of times with exposure to varying weather conditions;

  • Ability to efficiently operate related light and medium duty equipment, hand and power tools, and other equipment related to functional area of assignment;

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with assigned supervisors, other City employees, and the general public;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;

  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;

  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;

  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;

  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;

  • Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.


  • Pre-employment CDL physical and drug testing are required;

  • Must be willing to attend occasional workshops or training sessions;

  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of appropriate post conditional offer process.


  • Must possess a valid driver's license and obtain a Montana Commercial Driver's License Type 1 or 2, Class A or B (without airbrake restriction) within six months of employment.

As a City of Bozeman employee, you will be part of a team that is committed to impacting and serving the community. This great opportunity also provides enrollment in an established retirement system with significant employer contribution, generous vacation and sick time accruals, and excellent medical, dental and vision benefits!


Bozeman, City of (MT)


121 N. Rouse Ave.

Bozeman, Montana, 59715