Composting Operations Assistant (November 2018)

Job description


The Composting Operations Assistant is responsible for the daily collection of food waste from various dining facilities around campus, and assisting with proper composting operations at W&L’s compost unit. This is a joint position between Dining Services and the Office of Sustainability, with connections to University Facilities and the Biology Department. While direct supervision will happen through the Office of Sustainability, the Composting Operations Assistant would be required to work with representatives from each of these areas.

STATUS:  Part-time, Without Benefits
WORK HOURS:   4 hours per day with a limit of 20 hours per week.  Typical schedule is Monday through Friday with flexible hours.  In this position you are limited to less than 999 hours in your anniversary year.
FLSA:  Non-Exempt
MINIMUM PAY:  $12.00

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  The main function of the position is to collect food waste from dining facilities and deposit it in the compost unit with the proper amount of filler material. Additional responsibilities include overseeing maintenance and cleaning of the compost truck, buckets, and bins. This person is responsible for recording waste collection and temperature of the compost pile, as well as ensuring contamination of compost pile is kept as close to zero as possible. Education of the community about sorting practices may be included, if time allows. Possible duties include assisting with mixing of piles and layering of compost mix. Weekend work may be required during the beginning and end of the school year.


Understanding of the importance of waste minimization and environmental stewardship. A positive attitude and a sustainability team focus are necessary qualities within this role.

A high school diploma or equivalent GED preferred.

This position requires the possession and maintenance of a valid, unrestricted Virginia vehicle operator’s license and a good driving record.

Must be committed to following departmental standards and guidelines to ensure the safety of self and others particularly in regards to lifting heavy items weighing up to 80 pounds.

Previous experience working with composting programs and large vehicle operations license preferred.


  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.
  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.

Types of Work:
Heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions:

  • The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures typically below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity.
  • The worker is subject to extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity.
  • The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation.

Application Instructions

Applicants must be willing to accept part-time (non-benefited) positions.

Submit full online application.  Cover letter and resume are optional.

EEO Statement

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 




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Posted: 11/29/2018
Application Due: 1/2/2019
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