Arlington, Virginia
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Sep 09, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking Truck Drivers and Leaf Collection Helpers for temporary seasonal employment for our fall leaf season collection services. These employees work in collaboration with our operations unit within the Solid Waste Bureau (SWB).

The Solid Waste Bureau provides an array of services, such as residential brush collection, roll-off operations, landfill deliveries for disposing of road construction materials and the operation of recycling equipment used to recycle inert materials into products that can be re-used in road projects or landscape projects, as well as supporting the County's leaf collection program and snow removal operations.

To learn more about the County's leaf collection services click here .

Specific duties include:

Leaf Collection Truck Drivers - $21.06 per hour
  • Driving straight trucks using joystick to operate vacuum hose for the collection of leaves in residential neighborhoods;
  • Performing pre and post-trip inspections of trucks;
  • Reading maps and using GPS navigation systems; and
  • Providing guidance and/or direction to helpers pertaining to the leaf collection process.
Leaf Collection Helpers - $15.50 per hour
  • Performing manual labor as a member of a crew collecting leaves and yard waste from County residents and streets using pitch forks and rakes;
  • Working within close proximity of trucks using rakes to collect leaves; and
  • Directing and/or flagging traffic around County trucks.

Work is performed outdoors and in all types of weather conditions and often near moving traffic. The work environment includes exposure to draft, noise, dust, grease, and dirt with extended periods of standing, walking, bending, stooping, and lifting light-to-heavy objects and equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements:
Leaf Collection Drivers - Possession of a Class B or A Commercial Driver's License (CDL), PLUS two years of experience driving large trucks and/or other commercial vehicles of like magnitude.

Leaf Collection Helpers - Ability to follow basic directions and perform physical manual labor for extended periods of time.

Note: Applicants selected will be contacted soon after the closing date to participate in the interview process being held from 9/24/20 to 10/2/20. Please ensure that your application includes accurate contact information.

For more information or for questions regarding the leaf season process, please contact either Michelle Morris at 703-228-6763 or Ursula Escoto at 703-228-6491.

Special Requirements

Both positions require the availability to work overtime, 60 hours per week with overtime pay for hours over 40 per week.

Special Requirements for Leaf Collection Drivers
1) Applicant must possess a Class "A" or "B" Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from the applicant's place of residence. Leaf Collection Helpers are not required to possess a CDL.
2) Valid driver's license from applicant's place of residence. 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.
3) Prior to the time of appointment, the successful applicant must pass a pre-employment drug screening. The successful applicant will be subject to drug screening, at such times during employment, as required by federal, state and local standards and policies.

SAFETY (applies to both positions)

Requires learning and following all safety rules and regulations pertaining to job functions which includes attending all required safety classes and meetings in order to ensure a safe work environment and to ensure team members are practicing the required safety rules and regulations.

Due to the work environment and as a condition of employment, Arlington County employees may be required to wear various personal protective equipment in the performance of their duties.

Additional Information

This is a six-week program (approximately through the end of December, 2020), 60 hours per week (7am - 5pm), six (6) days per week (Monday through Saturday), with overtime paid for work performed over 40 hours per week. These are temporary, seasonal positions eligible for sick leave only.

The official title of the Leaf Collection Drivers is Motorized Vehicle Operator III.
The official title of the Leaf Collection Helpers is Trades Worker I.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. 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: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

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 select the appropriate response that applies to you.
  • I am applying for the Leaf Collection Truck Driver position (CDL required)
  • I am applying for the Leaf Collection Helper position (No CDL required)
  • I am applying for both positions (CDL required for truck driver positions)


What valid driving permit/licenses do you possess? Check all that apply
  • None
  • Regular Driver's License
  • Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL)


How much experience do you have driving large trucks or other commercial vehicles?
  • None or N/A
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more


I understand that these positions require a 60 hours per week work schedule (7 am to 5 pm, Monday-Saturday) and that overtime will be paid for hours worked beyond 40 hours per week. I understand and agree with the above statement.
  • Yes
  • No


The following statements apply to truck driver positions only: I understand: 1) that the possession of a valid Class A or B commercial driver's license (CDL) is required for the truck driver position(s), 2) that I must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record; 3) that I must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employers information required by DOT agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information and 4) that prior to appointment, I must pass a pre-employment drug screening, and will be subject to drug screening at such times during employment as required by federal, state and local standards and policies. I have read the above statements and agree to them.
  • Yes
  • No


Are you currently or have you previously worked for Arlington County Government, VA, in a temporary or permanent position?
  • Yes
  • No

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