Equipment Operator II - Landfill - Year-round - $19+/hour
Eagle County
 Wolcott, CO

Salary: $18.72 - $28.07 Hourly

NOTE- The hiring range for this position is $18.72 - $23.39. The maximum of the pay range is $28.07. A hire rate over the hiring range may be considered based on candidate's qualifications and experience.

The Equipment Operator II maintains and operates light and heavy equipment used in the daily operation of the county's landfill specific to established municipal solid waste landfilling practices. Performs skilled equipment operation tasks that may include, but not limited to, storm water controls, cell development, slope building, road maintenance, etc. May serve as the lead operator in the absence of the landfill Crew Leader or the MRF Supervisor.

Schedule may be Tuesday - Saturday (8am-5pm Tuesday-Friday & 7am-3:30pm on Saturday) or Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.


  • Operates heavy equipment for facility construction projects as well as, manage waste at the working face including pushing, separating, spreading, compacting and covering of trash, landfill road construction, leachate management, light snow plowing, and hydro seeding.
  • Monitors the working area for hazardous materials when compacting trash, directs traffic at the working face during daily business and relays load types to the scale attendant.
  • Clean, service and make minor repairs to assigned equipment including complete walk around inspection checking for leaks, broken parts, and correct fluid levels; reports equipment problems to supervisor.
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve knowledge, skills, and abilities in regards to landfill equipment operation.
  • Ensure compliance with departmental policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  • Keep in constant communication with the landfill Crew Leader and Solid Waste and Recycling Manager.
  • Maintain storm water control best practices to include but not limited to ditches, culverts, outfalls, drainages, etc.
  • Perform complex equipment operation in regards to Solid Waste and Recycling construction projects, cell development, final slope build out, etc.
  • Serves as lead operator in the absence of the landfill Crew Leader.
  • Assists the landfill Crew Leader with training of equipment operators on proper procedures and methods.
  • May perform manual labor associated with daily and equipment operations.
  • Work requires frequent exposure to dirt, dust, extremes of temperature, and noxious fumes and odors; potential exposure to hazardous materials; exposed to hazards associated with equipment, machinery, and ungraded terrain at constructions sites and close proximity to moving vehicles.
  • May be required to respond to duty calls during off-hours if contacted by the county.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Three (3) years of experience operating landfill and construction equipment or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (or ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire) and a satisfactory motor vehicle record. May be required to obtain additional certifications depending on the area(s) of assignment.
  • Solid Waste Association of North America MOLO certification or ability to obtain within two (2) years of hire.
  • Knowledge of terminology associated with municipal solid waste management.
  • Knowledge of federal, State, and Local regulations associated with a subtitle D landfill.
  • Knowledge of machinery, equipment, repairs, and procedures used in landfill or construction work.
  • Ability to operate machinery and equipment associated with landfill or construction work: Motor Grader, Bulldozer, Water Truck, Excavator, Scraper, Trash Compactor, Off-Road Haul Truck, Hydro Seeder, Front End Loader, Multi-use Hook Truck, and Fork Lift as well as the ability to match equipment operation to situation.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Read, understand, and follow written and verbal instruction in order to operate machinery and other equipment.
  • Learn to use machinery or equipment in order to perform more advanced tasks, e.g., operating fluorescent bulb crusher, hydro-seeding, building fence.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to be courteous of fellow employees, citizens, and businesses while performing job duties.
  • Concentrate and pay close attention to detail, e.g., identifying hazardous materials which may have been discarded.
  • Lift and carry moderately heavy materials, supplies, and equipment (25-50 lbs.) frequently. Lift heavy materials, supplies and equipment (50-100 lbs.) occasionally.
  • Work requires continues, walking, stooping, standing, and climbing.
  • Use of tools and equipment requiring high degree of dexterity.

Additional Information

A career with Eagle County Government impacts and enriches the lives of our community members by following our mission: Creating a Better Eagle County for All. With nearly 500 amazing employees, Eagle County is a progressive and values-driven organization located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a small town community are attracted to Eagle County for the amazing lifestyle. Although we are best known for our world-class skiing, hiking, biking, fishing and outdoor activities, it is really the people that make our valley so great!

Benefits for full-time employees:

  • Comprehensive and low cost medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Wellness program where you can earn $1000+ cash or extra days off
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Paid time off and medical leave
  • Paid volunteer hours
  • 6% match retirement plan
  • Free classes at Colorado Mountain College
  • Eagle County University classes (internal trainings)
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Free bus pass
  • Discounted gym memberships and more

As a certified healthy workplace our culture recognizes the importance of individual needs and enjoying life outside of work. Other perks may include flexible work arrangements, paid volunteer time and daytime fitness classes/bike rides.

Eagle County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Working in a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment is essential for our employees be successful in serving our community. We do not discriminate with regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Eagle, CO Relocation Guide (Courtesy of Town of Eagle & Eagle Chamber)

Vail Valley Relocation Guide (Courtesy of Vail Valley Partnership)