Provides oversight for and assists in waste disposal activities, as well as maintaining equipment and recording and filing weekly disposal records.


  • Operates heavy equipment including, but not limited to, compactors, excavators, crawler tractors and tractor-trailers.
  • Spreads, covers and compacts waste.
  • Grades site, topography and drainage features.
  • Checks heavy operating equipment daily and reports failures to Landfill Manager promptly.
  • Provides service to equipment when feasible and checks all repaired equipment before putting it back in service.
  • Other duties as assigned. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time without notice.


Thorough knowledge of:

  • Safety rules and regulations pertaining to refuse disposal and heavy equipment operations.
  • Procedures and policies pertaining to refuse disposal.
  • Heavy equipment operations, including field repair, maintenance and adjustments.
  • Equipment software for John Deere and Komatsu.
  • General safety order and construction safety orders.


  • Two years of full-time experience operating heavy earthmoving and compaction equipment.
  • High School diploma or GED; Associate’s degree desired, but not required.


  • Safely and effectively operates a variety of heavy compaction and earthmoving equipment.
  • Reads and understands reference markers establishing levels and grades; makes cuts and fills to conform.
  • Maintains accurate operating records and other reports relative to the work assigned.
  • Works effectively with co-workers.
  • Provides excellent customer service to all users of the landfill operation.
  • Reads and understands construction blueprints and reference markers establishing levels and grades; makes cuts and fills to conform.
  • Possesses knowledge of proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and ability to communicate that to co-workers.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance; a CDL is preferred, but not required.
  • Successful completion of a recognized heavy equipment operator’s course is a plus.


  • These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the Equipment Operator II’s job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential function of this job.
  • While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, climb, bend, crouch and twist to perform such tasks as observing the work site and work duties of others, driving around the work site and frequently climbing onto, operating and dismounting heavy equipment. Additionally, the Equipment Operator will be exposed to operating vibratory compaction and excavation equipment for extended periods of time that will expose them to vibrations, jostling, jarring and bouncing over uneven terrain and waste piles.
  • Hand and foot dexterity is required to operate heavy equipment controls, office equipment and paperwork.
  • Hearing and speech is necessary to communicate with customers and co-workers in person, by telephone and by radio.
  • Good vision is required for all functions.
  • This position must be able to lift 25 pounds often.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is usually exposed to a noise level that is moderate to loud. Work is performed outdoors daily and in seasonally extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, as well as rain and other environmental elements.  Physical hazards include dangerous equipment, extreme noise and vibration, exposure to fumes, gases, chemicals, dust and dirt. PPE must be worn at all times.


  • Successful development and implementation of objectives; continuous growth in service provided.
  • Effective leadership.
  • Appropriate and positive interaction with staff, management, volunteers, the public, community groups and professional associates.
  • Accomplishment of job functions in effective and timely manner.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication.
  • Effectiveness in establishing priorities, working on multiple assignments and concurrent projects.
  • Exercise of sound judgment in the absence of specific guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to thoroughly analyze problems; to meet demanding and changing deadlines in spite of interruptions.
  • Adherence to established policies and procedures.

To apply for this position, click here to access the application packet. Fill it out and send the application packet, a resume and cover letter to:

Walker County Government
c/o Tabitha Cantrell, Human Resources Department
P.O. Box 445
LaFayette, GA 30728

You may also e-mail your resume, cover letter and application packet forms to Tabitha Cantrell.

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