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City Of Winter Haven Job Opening- Solid Waste Public Works Department

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City of Winter Haven:

Working in the City’s Solid Waste Public Works Department performing a variety of work to maintain exceptional service for customers while keeping Winter Haven clean and beautiful, by collecting and disposing of trash throughout the City.


$15.58 Per Hour Minimum
Annual Step for Performance Pay Plan
11 Paid Holidays Per Year
12 Vacation Days Minimum, Earned Per Year
12 Sick Days Earned Per Year
Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance Plans
401(a) Retirement Plan and Social Security Coverage
Education, Training, and Development Opportunities
Education/Tuition Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program

Serves as a Diversified Operator on the Residential Solid Waste team, capable of expertly operating the full spectrum of residential solid waste equipment and performing a variety of other work necessary to maintain exceptional service for customers. Provides support to various areas of the Solid Waste operation as needed, including but not limited to Residential Garbage, Residential Recycling, Junk, and Debris. Collects solid waste from necessary areas and safely transports loads to designated disposal locations. Washes, cleans, and performs routine maintenance, including checking fluid levels, tire pressure, filters, belts, etc., on assigned equipment daily. Completes and maintains daily written records and logs on mileage, fuel consumption, and necessary repairs to vehicle and equipment. Provides support in the delivery and rehabilitation of solid waste containers and other special solid waste projects. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive listing of essential job functions; the performance of other essential functions may be required.


Experience and ability to safely and efficiently operate a variety of Solid Waste equipment (automated side loader, manual side loader, rear loader trash master, pickup truck with trailer, and dump bed truck) in various road and weather conditions.
Knowledge of traffic and highway safety rules and regulations and the ability to maneuver large vehicles through heavy traffic and narrow openings.
Must have the ability to interpret and follow road maps and learn various routes and collection processes in the solid waste collection system.
Basic computer literacy skills (ability to compose an e-mail, provide updates in simple report format, interact with asset management software, etc.), ability to complete and maintain written records and logs.
Ability to effectively communicate with fellow employees and residents (written and oral). Ability to understand and follow instructions (written and oral).
Must be prepared to learn and adapt as new tools, processes, and practices become available.
Must be able to aid in the development of less experienced personnel through coaching and training (under the guidance of the Crew Leader team).
As a floating position, must be comfortable jumping from one area of the operation to another at a moment’s notice to include a schedule that may change weekly to include some Saturday work.
As part of an emergency response unit, must be able to handle a rapid change of direction associated with environmental conditions.
Must be comfortable operating equipment in adverse road and weather conditions.

Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of an acceptable equivalency diploma.
Three years of experience driving large, heavy trucks and experience in Solid Waste operations
An equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.

Possession of a valid Florida Class B drivers’ license with air-brake endorsement and a good driving record as determined by the City of Winter Haven.
Absence of non-prescribed control substances in the applicant’s system as verified through a screening process administered by a laboratory approved by the City of Winter Haven.


Must have the physical ability, strength, and flexibility to perform the essential job functions in the work environment.
It requires physical work that involves walking, standing, driving (with long periods of sitting), climbing, and exerting up to 50 pounds of force on a routine basis.
Keen awareness of surroundings.
Considerable skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of the fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving close tolerances.
Must be able to perform manual labor in adverse conditions, including confined spaces.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.


TO APPLY: Fill out the online application here: https://www.mywinterhaven.com/wp-content/uploads/COWH-Employment-Application-Rev1102022.pdf

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