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Refuse Leader

Salary: $23.66-$28.88 hourly / $4,115-$5,023 monthly / Range: 5676

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, to lead and participate in the operation of heavy equipment at refuse sites; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Heavy Truck Driver and Heavy Equipment Operator by the assignment of lead responsibilities in the operation of equipment at a refuse transfer station and/or land-fill disposal site.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Assists in the direction and scheduling of operation at a refuse transfer station and/or land-fill site; operates heavy equipment such as tractor-tractor-trailer combination of four or more axles, crawler tractors, skip-loaders, motors grades and scrapers used in transfer and land-fill activities; fills, packs and levels refuse to established grade; cuts, slopes and grades roadbeds and shoulders, hillsides and channel beds; performs minor repair and servicing of equipment; and acts as the Refuse Supervisor in his/her absence.


1. Two years of experience in the operation of heavy equipment; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Heavy Truck Driver or Heavy Equipment Operator with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required the knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class A Driver's License is required.

Appointees to this classification will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

Knowledge of: tools, materials, methods and procedures used in the operation and maintenance of trucks and heavy equipment; accounting methods for receipt of cash and credit and personnel records.

Ability to: operate heavy equipment; check and prepare estimates and order parts and materials for equipment and facility repairs; organize and schedule work of others in a variety of mechanical and heavy equipment operation crafts; read and interpret blueprints and drawing pertaining to refuse operations; maintain records and prepare simple reports; learn the methods and equipment used in refuse disposal operations; and learn and apply basic engineering principles of grading and elevation.


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