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Refuse Collector

City Of Alexandria Virginia
Alexandria, VA
$32,745.18 - $54,878.20 Annually
Closing date
Dec 2, 2022

Job Details


An Overview
A Refuse Collector collects garbage as part of a collection crew. This is routine but heavy manual work, which is performed under adverse weather conditions. Refuse Collectors regularly perform their tasks at a rapid pace as compared to most labor class positions. Assignments and work leadership is provided by an Equipment Operator. Supervision is provided by the Refuse Collection Superintendent.

The Opportunity - Examples of Work
  • Picks up refuse and trash cans from houses or business establishments and dumps contents into truck;
  • Operates the truck's trash compactor and dumpster winch;
  • Cleans the refuse truck, equipment and maintains cleanliness of work area;
  • Cleans vacant lots and alleys;
  • Collects leaves during leaf collection season;
  • Assists Equipment Operators by directing during backing procedures and other vehicle maneuvering techniques and situations;
  • Responds to emergency or special events activity as needed;
  • Responds to citizen inquiries regarding refuse and recycling services;
  • Performs related work as required.
About the Department
T&ES is a community partner in shaping a livable, green, and prospering Alexandria. We plan, build, operate, and maintain transportation systems and infrastructure that improve mobility and provide people and businesses with core public services. The work we do keeps Alexandrians moving, growing sustainability, and thriving. If you are curious for a broader view of our City, click City of Alexandria to learn more.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; at least one year of experience collecting refuse or recycling; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Must be able to lift objects or materials weighing up to 75 pounds. Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in order to write and explain warning tags placed on rejected materials or containers, inform customers of problems concerning solid waste and recycling, provide information on standards for proper disposal and read maps and diagrams. Must be able to operate mechanical controls on the back of the truck safely and efficiently, and report mechanical problems.

Preferred Qualifications

To be considered as an ideal candidate, one must possess all minimum requirements, as well as three (3) years of experience; ability to prepare reports and conduct training; familiarity with the geography and streets in the City; ability to recognize the difference between residential refuse and recycling materials; possession of a valid Driver's License issued by your state of residence.

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.


The City of Alexandria is an award-winning, innovative, and progressive local government that brings together elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff to foster a thriving community.  We are an independent, full-service city, providing the services typically operated by both counties and cities in areas such as public safety, transportation, human services, parks and recreation, planning, and administration. We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields, with the resources and expertise to succeed.  In Alexandria, employees are our most important asset, and we work hard to create and support a culture that delivers excellence through the shared values of respect, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Our employees have access to excellent medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other benefits.  Alexandria provides a defined-benefit pension and offers six weeks of paid parental leave to employees who become parents through birth, adoption or foster care.

We offer a robust wellness program, interdepartmental rotation program, tuition assistance funding and professional development program that helps employees obtain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to enhance their professional and personal growth.

With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 16 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located on the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture, charming waterfront, high-tech economy, vibrant retail and restaurant corridors and diverse neighborhoods. We are a unique and historic community, and we continue to innovate for the 21st century.

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