Job Opening: Solid Waste Assistant Director (Full-Time)

Marshall County Government is seeking to hire an Assistant Solid Waste Director who works under the supervision of the Solid Waste Director. The Assistant Solid Waste Director should have considerable experience working in solid waste operations, ability to interact tactfully with the public; ability to make decisions within established operating procedures and supervise the activities of staff in an effective manner.  Employment is subject to passing a pre-employment background check, drug screen and must have a valid Class “D” Tennessee driver’s license.

Nature of Work
This is very responsible supervisory and administrative work assisting with all aspects of the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials for Marshall County.  Activities associated with the job include overseeing the collection of trash from convenience centers and public facilities, ensuring the efficient and safe operation of convenience centers, making sure that truck drivers are completing assigned routes, and that recyclable materials are taken from convenience centers to the recycling center for processing. Additional duties include the assisting with the maintenance of records and preparation of reports required by the state, preparing time sheets and payroll records for employees, assisting with annual budgets, procuring needed supplies and materials and responding to complaints from the public.  Job related duties require thorough knowledge in solid waste operations including all applicable federal and state regulations, supervisory experience, good organizational, decision making and interpersonal skills and sufficient strength and agility to perform job related duties in a variety of weather conditions. The incumbent must be very familiar with and capable of safely operating the large sanitation trucks and/or one-ton trucks utilized by the solid waste department when necessary.  Job performance is reviewed by the Solid Waste Director through direct observation of the activities performed on the job, operations of the convenience centers and recycling center, organizational and decision-making skills, maintenance and accuracy of required reports and documentation and the ability to respond appropriately to the concerns of the public.

Illustrative Examples of Work
  • Assists with supervising all employees at the recycling center and all four convenience centers and creating and maintaining work schedules and work assignments.
  • Assists with negotiating the selling of recycled materials and ensuring the accuracy of all funds received from sold items.
  • Assists with supervising inmate labor including the transport, proper training including on the job safety precautions and enforcing all operational policies of the Solid Waste department and Sheriff’s department.
  • Prepares financial and activity reports for approval by the Solid Waste Director.  Presents reports to the Solid Waste Committee.
  • Meets with surrounding county governments, municipalities, and local industries to identify and plan for their recycling needs.
  • Assists with designing and constructing equipment and sort line segments for optimal productivity of plant operations.
  • Ensures the completion of safety inspections of all trucks and equipment prior to operation.
  • Assists with supervising sanitation trucks assigned to various routes that collect trash and other debris from convenience centers, public facilities, and schools for delivery to the landfill.
  • Oversees the mowing and cleaning of the grounds of convenience centers and ensures that all maintenance and repairs are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assists with the purchasing of materials, equipment, gas and supplies and with annual budget preparations.
  • Oversees the collection of recyclable materials including newspapers, batteries, plastics, tires, demolition materials, oil, etc. and ensures that they are delivered to the appropriate location.
  • Directs the spreading and grading of rock in the convenience centers when necessary.
  • Addresses and attempts to resolve issues and concerns of citizens involving solid waste operations in the county.
  • Assists with overseeing the operations of the recycling center including the transport and supervision of inmates utilized at the facility.
  • Assists with the timely preparation of reports for submission to the state including the collection of all recyclable materials.
  • Assists with making decisions regarding the hiring, discipline, and discharge of Solid Waste employees.
  • Assists with the purchase, maintenance and repair of all solid waste vehicles, dumpsters, and equipment.
  • Completes regular rounds of all convenience centers to ensure the safe and efficient operation of each center.
  • Assists with identifying and locating individuals who have illegally dumped debris along county roadways.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Necessary Requirements of Work
Graduation from an accredited high school; considerable experience working in solid waste operations and operating heavy equipment; ability to interact tactfully with the public; ability to make decisions within established operating procedures and supervise the activities of staff in an effective manner; ability to maintain and organize detailed records and reports; sufficient strength to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in a variety of weather conditions; or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience to perform the following critical knowledge, abilities, and skills:
  • Considerable knowledge of solid waste operations and maintenance including the use of large sanitation trucks and one-ton trucks.
  • Considerable knowledge of assigned routes for the collection of trash and debris from convenience centers, schools, public facilities, etc.
  • Considerable knowledge of federal and state regulations pertaining to solid waste operations and recyclable materials including required reports and supporting documentation.
  • Considerable knowledge of Marshall County personnel policies and procedures pertaining to employee payroll, leave records, etc.
  • Considerable knowledge of traffic regulations pertaining to right of way and related safety procedures.
  • Considerable knowledge of preventive maintenance procedures and minor repair of heavy equipment utilized for solid waste and recycling operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the proper handling and disposal of recyclable materials.
  • Considerable knowledge of the precautions necessary to work safely around heavy equipment utilized in solid waste and recycling operations.
  • Considerable knowledge of effective supervisory techniques and practices including the selection, evaluation, motivation, and discipline and/or discharge of staff.
  • Ability to effectively assist with supervising the activities of truck drivers, administrative staff and convenience center attendants assisting in solid waste operations.
  • Ability to operate specialized and non-specialized solid waste equipment and machinery in a safe and proper manner.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation and prepare required reports in a timely manner.
  • Ability to assist with the preparation of annual operational budgets and monitor the expenditure and receipt of funds.
  • Ability to use power tools and hand tools in a proper and safe manner.
  • Ability to make proper job-related decisions and respond effectively to unexpected situations.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with the public in a polite and tactful manner and address complaints and concerns in a professional manner.
  • Ability to perform the physically demanding aspects of the job in all types of weather conditions.
  • Skill in the operation of sanitation trucks and heavy equipment utilized in solid waste and recycling operations.

Necessary Special Requirements
Possession of a valid Tennessee driver license, Class “D” and the ability to be insured at standard vehicle liability rates. A commercial driver license Class “B” is preferred.

Physical Requirements
  • This is heavy work requiring considerable static, explosive, dynamic and trunk strength and requiring the exertion of up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects.
  • Work requires considerable flexibility, mobility, and speed of limb movement.
  • Work requires considerable effort and stamina.
  • Work requires both gross body equilibrium and coordination for balancing, bending, stooping, kneeling, and walking.
  • Work requires arm/ hand steadiness and manual and finger dexterity.
  • Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing is required to perceive information in both quiet and noisy environments and determine the direction of sounds.
  • Visual acuity is required for the inspection of small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of office equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, color differentiation, and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, temperature extremes, oils and lubricants, noise, and slippery surfaces.
  • Marshall County Government FLSA – Exempt (Administrative)

  • An Application may be picked up from the Marshall County Human Resources Office, 3309 Courthouse Annex, 3rd Floor, Lewisburg, TN 37091 or obtain from
  • Completed application and resume will be accepted until 4:00pm on October 29th, 2020 by the Marshall County Human Resources Office.
  • Absolutely no late, emailed, or faxed applications will be accepted.
  • No phone calls please.

Marshall County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or veteran status in employment opportunities or benefits. In compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with employer. Marshall County provides a smoke free, drug free workplace environment.