Small Equipment Operator

Small Equipment Operators are responsible for operating equipment including, but not limited to, paper balers, front-end loaders, bobcats, and forklifts to transport or bind paper or loose materials to facilitate handling as well as load or unload materials into trailers or/and railcars. Equipment Operators are exposed to unpleasant odors and sights and weather elements.

  • Operate equipment in a safe manner in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations and company policies.
  • Perform safe driving practices while transporting, loading, and unloading loose or baled materials.
  • Safely stack baled material in a manner which does not endanger personnel, equipment, or materials.
  • Organize and secures the stored materials in accordance with policy.
  • Conduct pre-trip/post-trip inspections on equipment and complete necessary forms.
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment, (i.e., lubricating, fueling, and cleaning equipment).
  • Monitor recycling for signs of unacceptable material.
  • Weigh, tag, log, and prepare baled materials for transport.
  • Professional interaction with internal and external customers.
  • Clean waste from equipment body and wheels throughout the day.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job (prolonged physical exertions, including sitting, standing, reaching, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, and climbing). Also, ability to withstand “bumpy” ride on equipment.
  • Ability to maneuver equipment through tight areas and high equipment and pedestrian traffic.
  • Ability to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Ability to work in plant conditions with exposure to weather elements.
  • Good verbal communication skills to be able to communicate effectively and professionally with internal and external customers.
  • Must pass a written and operational test to be licensed to operate forklift and bobcat.
  • Must be able to read and speak the English language well enough to communicate, understand, and respond to questions, directions, traffic signs, signals, and safety training.

  • Legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Previous experience operating equipment preferred.
  • Must be able to produce satisfactory pre-employment drug test and background check results.

  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions.
  • Exposure to dust, noise, heat, cold and fumes found in a plant environment.
  • Exposure to residential and commercial waste and recycling.
  • Exposure to high pedestrian and equipment traffic.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature, complexity, and level of work to be performed by employees assigned to this position and is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. It does not prescribe or restrict the work that may be assigned. Furthermore, this does not establish a contract for employment and is subject to change at the discretion of the company.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling is committed to equality in all aspects of employment. It is Rumpke’s policy to provide equal opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or disability status.