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Russell County Commission
Job Description for Solid Waste Director

Department: Sanitation
Position Title: Solid Waste Director
Reporting Relationship: County Administrator
Hiring Authority: Russell County Commission
Salary Range:  $45,000 Minimum+ (based on education & experience) County Commission approves salary


Manages all aspects of the residential waste pick up operations for Russell County. Management duties include but not limited to budget development and implementation, administration of commission policies and procedures, manages respective employees, and responsible for daily Sanitation Waste operations: commercial dumpster business, collection of household white goods and reporting and assisting with nuisance items/debris. Develops an. administers policies and programs relating to both daily and long-range management for the Sanitation Services. Inspects and investigates solid waste disposal complaints. Maintains and is knowledgeable of regulatory Code of Alabama Waste Code(s) and compliance and maintains ADEM & State Compliance keeping County in good standing. Facilitates the Solid Waste Planning Board on a Quarterly basis. Works on projects as directed by the County Commission or Administrator.


1. Responsible for the daily operations of the Sanitation Department and Transfer Station, maintaining a current County Solid Waste Management Plan, equipment maintenance, fleet management, manages respective employees, compliance maintained with hazardous waste, promotes commercial accounts, maintains and increases revenues through collections, new accounts, residential and commercial customers.
2.All County solid waste facilities shall be operated in compliance with the State of Alabama issued operating permit(s). Daily and long-range supervision to be detailed in a plan that is discussed with the County Administrator and ensures compliance with current budget with state and federal mandates. Transfer Station operations shall include but not limited to grading of yard, waste placement, removal disposal, maintain station to health department standards, litter control around entrance and in areas, monitor leachate systems, stormwater runoff, perimeter controls, ingress, and egress of garbage trucks and other vehicles safely, maintain state standards repair and upkeep of facilities control and compliance and equipment, and other related waste disposal standards.
3. Researches state and federal regulations in relation to sanitation operations. Determines impacts of new or modified regulations; or, state policies. Develop plans modifying operations / services as needed; or, facilities in order to maintain compliance. Keeps commission informed.
4. Attends technical training sessions to improve and renew current state, federal regulations and transfer station management
5. Maintains financial records and prepares annual budget, makes recommendations to administrator and Commission. Provides regular operating information as needed to Administrator.
6. Develops and maintains a Capital Improvement and Equipment Replacement
7. Evaluates data, plans, trends, and issues concerning solid waste disposal
8. Investigates solid waste complaints, notices, and inquires.
9. When necessary, shall work with the State of Alabama Department of Health and Environment, Sanitation Board members, and Health Department officials, the public, and regional area municipalities on solid waste related operational issues.
10. Develops and provides educational programs on solid waste services, employee safety meetings, driver training and general office and customer service training.
11. Promotes waste minimization, environmental protection and environmental health in Russell County by promoting and mandatory environmentally low impact programs and services.
12. Acts as Secretary for the Solid Waste Board. Duties include scheduling, attending and presenting bonus items at meetings, providing public notices, transcribes official minutes and Presents information to the County Commission, as needed.
13. Responsibility on all financial matters relating to the Sanitation Department for example: all funds collected shall be balance daily and deposited. Deposit information shall be provided to the Administrator or county bookkeeper daily along with other related documents submitted for bookkeeping and reporting purposes. Cash paid in at the transfer station being deposited with the County Treasurer’s Office daily.
14. Maintains staff and provides properly trained employees so that daily operations comply with permits, solid waste codes, and County policies and procedures.
15. Operates equipment/vehicles safely. Oversees preventative and routine maintenance on all equipment large or small and provides training on equipment to alleviate misuse or improper use and daily operations to employees
16. Oversees garbage being received, in a timely order; ensure proper handling of refuse by employees, supervise and monitor all required testing, and obtains required disposal authorizations for special wastes as necessary.
17. Ensure routine transfer station environmental monitoring systems (groundwater and transfer station gas probes) are sampled and maintained in accordance with permit requirements.


Education – Minimum qualifications High School diploma or GED equivalent. Associate or bachelor’s degree, preferred, in environmental science or related field; or a minimum of Ten (10) years equivalent recent experience in all areas of waste management employment; or, same type or related field. Preferred Manager of transfer station Operations Certification (SWANA certification); or ability to obtain within one year of hire date.

Experience – Five (5) years direct management experience (recent), Five (5) years successful budgetary experience.
Five (5) years of heavy equipment operational experience; or, working knowledge of machinery and heavy equipment; shop experience. Knowledge of State Bid Processes and procurement experience; preferred.

Skills – Considerable technical knowledge and math skills. Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations of solid waste and environmental codes. Must be able to prepare and manage department budget, capital improvement and equipment replacement plans. Good oral, written communications and interpersonal skills. Ability to create and execute spreadsheets for reports. Knowledge of modern office procedures, ability to learn new software programs, prefer Microsoft Office working knowledge and the ability to learn sanitation billing software within 30 days. The ability to operate a computer, calculator, and other related office equipment. Maneuvers to sites on foot uneven terrain. Ability to lift, bend, stand for long periods. Hearing acuity for radio/telephone transmission, verbal communications. Visual acuity at 1,000 feet for investigation and evaluation. Ability to lift 50 lbs or more. Ability to pass drug screen and background check.

Equal Opportunity Employment
Post Date: February 27, 2020