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Cal Zero Waste Tech (Facilities Services) (8213C) - 1740
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 13, 2020
Title Cal Zero Waste Tech (Facilities Services) (8213C) - 1740
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Cal Zero Waste Tech (Facilities Services) (8213C) - 1740

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 7, 2019

Departmental Overview

Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community. Facilities Services is comprised of the following units: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, Custodial Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Shops, Quality Assurance & Customer Service, Sustainability and Engineering Services and People's Park.


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.
  • On a regular basis ability to, lift up to 75 pounds; walk distances of up to 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.

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 is a full-time, 40-hours per week, career position.

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:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

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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