Collection Equipment Operator III

  • Sacramento County, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • Jun 29, 2022
Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works
  • Salary: $66,189.60 - $80,450.64 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

This is a continuous filing exam. Next filing cut-offs are at 5:00 pm on:

7/12/22, 8/9/22 (final)

Under general supervision, the Collection Equipment Operator III, leads, plans, schedules, and oversees the work of the lower level staff, while performing the same and/or more difficult duties as those being led; ensures completion of tasks in accordance with established policies and procedures; communicates policies, procedures and job expectations; and provides training to staff.

Examples of Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of training, mentoring and leadership
  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of assigned programs and functions
  • Procedures and policies pertaining to refuse and other source separated recyclable material collection and disposal
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations related to refuse collection and disposal
  • Procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as databases, GPS navigation systems and other specialized applications related to area of assignment
  • Two-way radio communication devices and related equipment
  • Make arithmetical computations accurately and rapidly
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Proper methods of lifting and carrying heavy loads
  • Heavy duty truck and equipment operation
  • Safety rules and regulations pertaining to refuse and other recyclable material collections and equipment operation
  • Principles of effective customer service
Ability to
  • Lead and train Collection Equipment Operator staff and lower level staff
  • Plan, coordinate, assign, and review the work of staff
  • Provide work direction and instruction
  • Instruct subordinates and/or new employees in proper work methods
  • Research and evaluate work problems, and recommend solutions
  • Develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with co-workers and the public
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Maintain and ensure current training records, certification records and other required records are up to date
  • Maintain confidential information
  • Read, understand, and adhere to County and department policies and procedures relating to area of assignment
  • Complete and submit basic written reports when required
  • Apply customer service skills, including the identification of customer needs and follow up to ensure customer commitments have been met
  • Operate two, three and four-axle trucks including equipment with dual drive
  • Adapt to new technologies, work processes, and equipment
  • Anticipate traffic patterns and run routes efficiently
  • Perform heavy manual labor for extended periods under all types of climatic conditions

Employment Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Five years of full time paid experience operating commercial vehicles (such as a large bus, box truck, tow truck, cement mixer, dump truck, or garbage truck), one year of which includes operating automated solid waste vehicles in the waste management or recycling industry.


Possession of a valid Commercial Driver's License, Class B or higher without an Airbrake restriction.

Note: If the word "experience" is referenced in the minimum qualifications, it means full-time paid experience unless the minimum qualification states that volunteer experience is acceptable. Part-time paid experience may be accumulated and pro-rated to meet the total experience requirements.

Note: If the minimum qualifications include an educational or certificate/license requirement, applicants must submit proof of requirements with the application. Failure to submit proof of requirements may result in disqualification from the examination. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. For guidelines on submitting acceptable proof of educational requirements, please click here or speak to someone in our office before the cut-off date listed in this notice.

General Qualifications

Criminal History and Background Checks: The County may access criminal history information on candidates who have accepted a conditional offer of appointment for this class consistent with the provisions of Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 82-602, Personnel Policies, and applicable federal and state laws. The County shall not consider for employment any candidate who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor that relates to or impacts the candidate's ability to perform the job duties of this class unless it is determined that mitigating circumstances exist. For purposes of accessing criminal history information, the candidate will be fingerprinted. A subsequent arrest notification may be obtained.

The County may also conduct a background check on the candidate prior to appointment to a position within this class. The background check may include personal and professional reference checks, credit history checks where authorized by Labor Code section 1024.5, Social Security Number verification, professional license/registration verification, military service information and driving history. Information obtained in the course of this background check will be considered by the appointing authority in the selection process. In obtaining such information, the County will comply with applicable consent and disclosure practices in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act.

License Requirement: A valid California Driver License (CDL), Class B or higher without an Airbrake restriction, shall be required at the time of appointment. Failure to obtain or maintain the appropriate California Driver License, or comply with state and federal requirements for utilization, may constitute cause for personnel action in accordance with Civil Service Rules or applicable bargaining agreement. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Physical Requirements: Positions in this class require the incumbents to be able to:

  • Stand and walk on a daily basis.
  • Sit for extended periods of time, while operating equipment.
  • Occasionally bend, stop, squat, kneel, twist/turn or crouch.
  • Climb on and off equipment.
  • Occasionally lift objects weighing up to 75 pounds without assistance; in excess of 75 pounds with assistance.
  • Occasionally tip, push or pull objects weighing up to 100 pounds without assistance; in excess of 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Have sufficient, strength, stamina and agility to perform medium to heavy manual labor for periods of time.
Individuals who do not meet these requirements due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Working Conditions: Positions in this class require the incumbent to:

  • Work outside in all types of climatic conditions including inclement and very hot weather.
  • Work around dust, dirt, odors, and refuse.
  • Work in loud or noisy areas.
  • Work around machinery and equipment with moving parts.
  • Work in enclosed tight spaces.
  • Work various shift, overtime, weekends, holidays and non-routine hours.
Probationary Period

The probationary period for this classification is six (6) months.

Application and Testing Information


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit an online County of Sacramento employment application by 5:00 PM on the posted cut-off date. Click here to apply.

County of Sacramento
Department of Personnel Services
Employment Services Division
700 H Street, Room 4667
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (916) 874-5593; 7-1-1 California Relay Service

Inter-Office Mail Code: 09-4667

  • Employment applications and all documentation requested in this announcement must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the cut-off date.
  • Application information must be current, concise and related to the requirements in this job announcement. You may only apply for this recruitment once. Duplicate and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • A resume may be included with your application, however it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.


Applicants are required to provide a full and complete response to each supplemental question. The Supplemental Questionnaire is located in the tab marked "Supplemental Questions". Please be descriptive in your response.

Note: Responses of "See Resume" or "See Application", or copy and paste of work experience are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.
  • Supplemental Questionnaires must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date. Employment Services is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by an applicant's computer or web browser. Applicants will be automatically logged out if they have not submitted their applications and all documentation prior to 5:00 p.m. on the cut-off date.
  • The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate's experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification.
  • Please provide place of employment, pertinent dates, and concise, descriptive and detailed information for each question.
  • If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely.
  • Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question.
  • If you have no experience, write "no experience" for the appropriate question.
  • For many individuals, it is more efficient to develop responses to the supplemental questions in a word processing document and then paste them into the final document to be submitted. Changes or corrections to your Supplemental Questionnaire cannot be made once your application packet has been submitted.
  • If the Supplemental Questionnaire is used in the Formula Rate exam, failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score. While scoring the Supplemental Questionnaire, the candidate's application and/or attachments will not be reviewed , therefore, a candidate's responses to the questions should be accurate, thorough, detailed, and complete.


All candidates meeting the minimum qualifications by the cut-off date will have their Supplemental Questionnaire scored in the Formula Rate Examination.

This examination will evaluate the relevance, level, recency, progression and quality of candidate's education, training and experience. The candidate's application or other materials will not be included in this examination. Therefore, the candidate's responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough, detailed and complete. The score from the Formula Rate Examination will determine the ranking on the eligible/employment list for this job.

All candidates competing in the testing process will receive written notice of their examination results by email. Notices can also be accessed in their inbox. Applicants achieving a passing score will be placed on the eligible list in rank order. The rank is determined by the test score attained from the examination.


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For information regarding County jobs:
Closing Date/Time: 8/9/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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