Trades Worker - Litter Collection

Arlington, Virginia
$32,427.20 - $49,504.00 Annually
Aug 23, 2019
Sep 06, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services Solid Waste Bureau is seeking a Trades Worker to perform as a member of a team responsible for operating various vehicles for litter and leaf collection, and for handling cleaning tasks.

The Solid Waste Bureau provides a wide array of services to the citizens of Arlington County. Some of the services provided are leaf and litter collection, trash & recycling, yard waste, and mulch & dirt.

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Specific duties include:
  • Reading a map and operating a GPS unit in order to navigate to various locations throughout Arlington County;
  • Using a tablet and/or computer with various software to enter data, respond to service tickets, and to check email;
  • Performing litter control, bus shelter cleaning and graffiti removal, using hand, pressure washer, and vacuum collection methods for commercial, bus, and heavily traveled pedestrian areas and routes;
  • Operating a standard pickup truck with and without trailer and a commercial leaf collection vehicle in the Fall to collect leaves and other street debris;
  • Operating other specialized commercial vehicles as needed; and
  • Assisting in providing training and/or guidance to new team members as needed.
This employee will also perform other duties related to the overall mission and programs supported by the Operations section of the Solid Waste Division such as:
  • Working during snow emergencies;
  • Supporting all County special events and activities;
  • Maintaining the cleanliness and daily service of the vehicles; and
  • Other duties assigned by the supervisor.
The work environment includes exposure to drafts, noise, dust, grease and dirt with extended periods of sitting, bending, and lifting light to very heavy objects and equipment, weighing up to 50 pounds. The employee in this position performs duties in all weather related situations.

Selection Criteria

NOTE: This recruitment may be used to fill comparable vacancies within the Department of Environmental Services.

Minimum: Possession of a valid Class "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from applicant's place of residence at the time of application, plus six months of experience performing general labor functions.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience with one or more of the following:
  • Operating leaf vacuum vehicles;
  • Providing training in general labor duties to other team members;
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and vehicles; and/or
  • Reading a map and providing directions.

Special Requirements

1) Commercial driver's license (CDL) required. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

2) The applicant must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employers information required by DOT agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information. Prior to the time of appointment, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screening. The successful applicant will be subject to drug and/or alcohol screening, at such times during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies.

3) Employee will be required to follow all applicable Federal, State, and County safety requirements when performing all duties.

4) Mandatory overtime is required (depending on position) during leaf season to include 10-hour work days and up to 10 hours on Saturday, and also during snow emergencies.

Additional Information

Work Hours: To be determined at time of hire and based on the needs of the department. Work schedule will be 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or 7:00 a.m. to 3:30, Friday through Tuesday. Depending on the position, this employee may also be required to work mandatory overtime during Fall leaf season (beginning around November through the end of December), 10 hours per day, 6 days per week.

The official title of this position is Trades Worker III.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please check if you have any of the following valid licenses: check all that apply
  • Regular Driver's license from place of residence
  • CDL Learner's permit
  • Class "B" CDL
  • Class "A" CDL
  • None of the above


Do you have at least six months or more of full-time experience performing general labor functions?
  • Yes
  • No


Briefly describe your experience performing general labor functions.


Indicate if you have experience with any of the following by checking all that apply:
  • Operating leaf vacuum vehicles
  • Providing training in general labor duties to other team members
  • Cleaning and maintaining tools and vehicles
  • Working in a team environment
  • Using a tablet and/or computer with various software to enter data, respond to service tickets, and/or check email
  • Reading a map and providing directions
  • Operating large trucks
  • Operating small trucks
  • Operating pick-up truck with pull-behind trailer
  • Operating pick-up truck without pull-behind trailer
  • Operating tractor trailers
  • Operating other specialized commercial vehicles (list on application)
  • Operating heavy equipment
  • Bus shelter cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Interacting/communicating with the public
  • None of the above


I understand that mandatory overtime is required (depending on the position assigned) during leaf season to include 10-hour work days and up to 10 hours on Saturday, and also during snow emergencies. I am available to work this schedule and agree to doing so.
  • Yes
  • No


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple comparable vacancies within the Department of Environmental Services. Please select which statement most applies to you.
  • I am available for the 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • I am available for the 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Friday through Tuesday (off Wednesday & Thursday)
  • I am available to work either work schedule

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