Refuse Collector (Open Until Filled)

Roanoke County   Roanoke, VA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on May 13, 2022
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Performs routine, repetitive, and heavy manual labor in the collection and disposal of solid waste and brush in varying weather conditions. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Picks up trash and refuse from homes and business establishments; dumps the containers into the truck, and returns the containers to proper places
  • Cleans areas around containers and other assigned areas
  • Reports violations of refuse ordinances to supervisor
  • Collects brush and tree trimmings
  • Observes all safety policies and procedures


  • Picks up trash and refuse from citizens with backdoor/physically-challenged service
  • Picks up trash and refuse from citizens with premium service
  • Collects tires that have been placed out on routes
  • Installs bear-proof hardware on County-provided cans
  • Repairs and replaces County-provided cans as needed



Required:  Education equivalent to the 8th grade.
Required:  Some experience in the performance of heavy manual work.
Preferred:  Experience in the field of solid waste collections.
Certifications/ Licenses
Preferred: Valid Virginia Driver's license with good driving record. Possession or ability to obtain a Class B Commercial drivers license with air brake endorsement.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to perform repetitive heavy manual work at a rapid pace in varying, and sometimes extreme weather conditions
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions; and to understand and follow safety practices including, but not limited to, the use of materials and equipment supplied by the County
Additional Requirements
Must be willing to train and take necessary County instructed courses in qualifying to operate the following: rear-loading and automated garbage trucks, dump truck and trailer, other large single or double axle trucks. Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results.  Following a conditional offer of employment must pass a post offer physical examination. Must be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.
Supervisory Responsibilities



Full-time employees are eligible for a comprehensive benefit package that includes:

• Progressive Flexible Leave Plan with cash-in option
• Twelve paid holidays
• Short Term Disability Insurance
• Long Term Disability Insurance
• Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care
• Virginia Retirement System - Membership in VRS is automatic upon hire into a covered   position.  County contributes and employees pay their membership contribution.
• Deferred Compensation Plan with County Match
• Employee Assistance Program
• Credit Union Membership