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Solid Waste Operations Supervisor (Disposal Crew Chief 2)

City of Seattle
Washington State
$90,493.92 - $97,467.84 Annually
Closing date
May 28, 2023

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Are you skilled and have a background supervising the collection, transfer, and recycling of solid waste? Are you looking to lead teams and large-scale projects? If so, then this might be the perfect job for you! Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a team-focused and collaborative supervisor  to work in the Solid Waste Operations Division. This position is part of an environmental team that keeps Seattle one of the most livable cities in the country by providing garbage and recycling services in two (2) state-of-the-art facilities.


This second-level supervisor is responsible for the daily operations including ensuring appropriate staffing to keep the transfer stations running efficiently and safely. The supervisor also responds to daily inquiries from the public and resolves complaints regarding the transfer station(s).


The two reporting sites are at the North Transfer Station (1350 North 34th Street) and the South Transfer Station (130 South Kenyon).


About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU’s work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations. 

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SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.


Why join our team?

We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including: 

  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package  
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities



Job Responsibilities


  • Supervise, mentor, and train staff.
  • Oversee operations at the transfer station to ensure proper and efficient operations.
  • Enforce workplace expectations, develop staff, and address personnel concerns. 
  • Dispatch and coordinate daily and hourly movements of solid waste, organics and recycling throughout the city and surrounding counties.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.





Experience: Two (2) years of experience in transfer station or solid waste operations and one (1) -year related lead or supervisory experience (Combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).  
Education and Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.
License:  At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License.

You will be successful if you have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • Experience supervising CDL holders.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and cooperatively with team members from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and safety awareness.
  • Must be in good physical condition as this position will require the ability to support work in all areas of the transfer station operations, including conducting field observations and audits, training staff on SOP's, and investigating accidents.
  • Must be able to draft memos, letters, and operational SOP's using excellent grammar.
  • Experience creating daily work schedules and shift picks.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work on multiple tasks with changing priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and make efficient use of time.
  • Requires knowledge of supervisory principles and practices, as well as knowledge of the safe handling of hazardous substances.
  • Good work attendance history. 

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work outdoors in all types of weather at a garbage transfer station, around garbage, odors, dust, vectors, and noise.  
  • Must be able and willing to work weekends and holidays as assigned.
  • Occasionally exposed to fumes, gases, and hazardous substances.  
  • May be exposed to hostile individuals.
  • May be required to be on-call 24 hours/day.


Additional Information


Application Requirement (s):

  • A full City of Seattle online application
  • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.

The full salary range for this position is $43.34 - $46.68 per hour. 

Benefits:  The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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