Solid Waste Equipment Operator

City of Phoenix | Phoenix, AZ

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Posted Date 4/15/2022

Solid Waste Equipment Operators operate solid waste collection trucks and other heavy equipment used for collecting refuse, recycling, and other waste material. The majority of solid waste collection trucks are right side driven. Duties also include performing daily CDL pre-trip and post-trip inspections to include 7 step air brake check, reading and understanding collection route maps and following a designated route, use of a GPS system, operating a two-way radio, data entry into on-board computer system, cleaning waste buildup on equipment, identifying needed equipment repairs, and making necessary equipment adjustments. Operators will be required to routinely climb in and out of equipment, perform light manual labor, provide customer service, and meet established performance standards. Work will be performed in extreme weather and environmental conditions.


  • Ability to safely maneuver a large truck through tight spaces and turns (i.e. alleyways, narrow streets with parked cars).
  • Possess basic computer skills.


$20.69 (minimum) - $25.73 (maximum) hourly / $43,035.00 - $53,518.40 annually. 


A comprehensive benefits package is offered which includes traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, or HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; 401(a) and 457 plans; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement program; paid time off includes 12.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 15 sick days and personal leave days. 

For more details, visit: Unit 001 Benefits

Pension Information


  • At least one year of experience operating a CDL vehicle and/or completed a certified Commercial Driver License trucking school within the past 12 months. 

  • Must possess a Class A OR B Commercial Driver License (CDL) with a Class A Instructional Permit at the time of application OR a Class B CDL (for limited positions).

  • Must pass an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) medical examination. 

  • Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted. 

  • The City job description can be found here

  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.

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The City of Phoenix has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling from a federal judge which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide. If the requirement is reinstated, the City of Phoenix may require new hires to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment. After a conditional offer has been extended, candidates may request a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.


The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • Working irregular hours, shifts, weekends, holidays, and evenings may be required.
  • Requires working in a variety of environmental extremes such as heat, cold, rain, air pollution, dust, and strong odors.
  • For most positions, up righting overturned containers and cleaning up solid waste spills may be required.
  • For some positions, pushing metal front load bins on wheels weighing over 100 pounds may be required.
  • Prior experience operating a solid waste vehicle.
  • Work experience following designated routes with multiple stops and reading grid or route maps.
  • Prior experience providing customer service.


Recruitment closes May 11, 2022. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.


Apply online by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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Solid Waste Equipment Operator, JC:72080, ID# 43986, 04/12/22, 3 mos, LW, Benefits: 001

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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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