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Refuse Collector Lead

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 5, 2023

Minimum $26.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
The minimum hourly rate for this position is $26.00, but is negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see below for more information: University Staff:

Job Summary:

Are you looking for a position where you can showcase your leadership skills? Do you want to help Bucky keep UW-Madison campus looking clean and safe? Then come join UW-Madison's Waste & Recycling team today! This position operates large solid waste removal trucks and heavy equipment to collect, transport, and dump the institution's solid waste and recycling materials while ensuring compliance with environmental and governmental laws on what can/cannot be landfilled. As a Lead, you will be working with campus partners on special projects, container placements, and maintenance. You will have the opportunity to work with the Office of Sustainability and our Zero Waste Team, because UW Madison is proud to be among the leaders in the Big Ten in Recycling and Composting. If you are motivated and want to be part of our winning team, apply today!

Responsibilities: Operates large solid waste removal trucks and heavy equipment to collect, transport, and dump the institution's solid waste and recycling materials while ensuring compliance with environmental and governmental laws on what can/cannot be landfilled.
  • 25% Collects and transports waste, recycling, and compostable materials and ensures materials are disposed of property based on environmental and governmental laws and the institution's safety and bio-hazard standards
  • 20% Operates waste and recycling vehicles and other equipment; and navigates vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic and congested roadways, driveways, alleyways, and parking lots
  • 20% Inspects, maintains, and repairs vehicles daily based on established requirements
  • 15% Identifies and reports all refuse containers and equipment in need of repair or replacement
  • 5% Coordinates crew placement, routes, vehicles, and securing our waste and recycling grounds when unoccupied.
  • 5% Operating snow removal equipment, cleaning snow away assigned areas and around dumpsters.
  • 5% Coordinates container placement and collection for special events and projects.
  • 5% Coordinates and execute a maintenance plan for containers and equipment.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


H.S. Diploma


One year minimum of driving and operating heavy duty trucks with air brakes.


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards

CDL - Commercial Drivers License

Forklift Operator Certification

Work Schedule:

We are hiring for 2 positions for the following schedules:

-6:45am- 3:15pm, Mon-Fri, rotating Sat 6:00am- 10:00am
-4:00am- 12:30pm, Mon- Fri, rotating Sat 6:00am- 10:00am

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


How to Apply:

Please click on the "" button to start the application process.

Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter and resume. Applicants will also be asked to provide three references within the application form.


Cinthya Canicoba
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Motor Vehicle Opr-Waste & Recy(FP066)



Employment Class:

University Staff-Ongoing

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

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