Zero Waste Technician (8213C) - 20864

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Jul 15, 2033

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Zero Waste Technician (8213C) - 20864 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 27, 2021

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services supports the physical campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The department maintains and provides services to over 11,000,000sq ft of space and 40,000 campus occupants through the efforts of over 400 trade, custodial and support staff. The Custodial, Grounds and Waste Services unit is responsible for routine cleaning, project cleaning, event support and other services.


Operational Assistance:
  • Delivering containers and applying signage/ stickers for clients, providing appropriate verbal and written instructions.
  • Make recommendations to increase diversion and operational efficiency such as service changes and signage.
  • Relocate recycling, compost, and refuse receptacles as necessary.
  • Respond to emergency recycling, compost, or refuse needs;
  • Perform special tasks as assigned by Operations Supervisor and zero waste staff.
  • Coordinate and physically remove and properly sort materials from loading for recycling, composting, and reuse (i.e. discarded metals, equipment, broken furniture, etc.).
  • Loading, unloading, and sorting of materials into bins, packer trucks, flatbed trucks, vehicles, compactors, and balers.
  • Push and move dumpsters, wheeled carts, bales, and various containers into position to be loaded by packer truck, flatbed, or other vehicles.
  • Use of hand trucks and pallet jacks as required.
  • Operate compacting, baling, dumping, and various controls on cart lifters, compactors, balers, packer trucks, flatbed trucks, and vehicles.
  • Clean and wash trash, recycling and compost receptacles and loading docks. Wash, clean, label dumpsters, wheeled carts, and various types of bins/receptacles.
  • Remove stickers, flyers, posters, decals, and graffiti from bins, sight furnishings, and exterior of buildings, trees, hardscapes, and equipment.
  • Removal of chalk graffiti from hardscapes and buildings.

  • Assure all dumpsters, carts, bins, equipment, and enclosures have proper signage and labels, decals, and stickers.
  • Assembly, maintenance, and repairs of dumpsters, wheeled carts, bins, and equipment.
  • Performs maintenance/repairs/preventative maintenance recycling, compost, and refuse to bins, equipment, balers, and compactors.
  • Conduct Repairs and repair to Solar Bellies as needed.

Material Processing and Evaluation:
  • Coordinate with campus clients, Environmental Health & Safety and Overstock and Surplus on the removal of materials.
  • Monitor campus wide garbage, compost, and recycling sites to keep Zero Waste Specialists aware of problems and flow patterns, and recommend service changes to bring about better service, lower costs, or both.
  • Maintain a log of the amount of material that can be kept out of the garbage and recovered as recyclable, compostable, or for reuse.
  • Coordinate tasks between and work alongside the Packer Truck Drivers, Operations Supervisor, and Zero Waste Specialists on a daily/weekly basis.

  • Tallying information related to material sorting and using Excel to enter data on a daily basis.
  • Using Excel spreadsheets to also input information regarding special projects and marketing campaigns.
  • Take digital photos of garbage, recycling and compost as well as special materials and upload to computer as necessary.
  • Use work order system to track costumers request.

Additional Duties:
  • Adhere to all university and departmental safety guidelines.
  • Attend job related and safety training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Ability to properly operate and provide daily/weekly basic maintenance of dumpsters, bins, equipment, compactors, balers, and vehicles.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, write and follow oral/written instructions provided in English.
  • Ability to interact in a positive manner with campus community, including students, building managers, asset managers, academic personnel, and craft personnel.
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Working knowledge of management of recyclables and compostable materials accepted on campus and items that are considered contamination.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in grounds, recycling, and composting work and related safe work practices.
  • Current California Driver's License that meets the University DMV Pull Guidelines and the ability to drive carts, vehicles with trailers, and trucks.
  • On a regular basis ability to, lift up to 75 pounds; walk distances of up to ½ mile; bend and stoop to remove materials; lift materials overhead; and to work indoors/outdoors in fluctuating and/or extreme weather conditions.
  • Ability to work different shifts beginning as early as 4:00 a.m. and ending as late as 8:00 p.m.
  • Ability to work weekdays, weekends, some holidays, and some overtime.

  • A minimum of 12 months of working experience in grounds, recycling, and compost bin route collection operations; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $20.57 - $28.24, Steps 1.0 - 17.0.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Service Unit (SX) between the University of California and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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