Solid Waste Helper

Location: Santa Paula, CA

Job Number: 22-816-01

DEFINTION: Under direction, performs routine maintenance of grounds, repair and cleaning, directs traffic and serves as traffic spotter at solid waste facilities; operates a variety of hand and power tools at the Toland Road Landfill.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Solid Waste Helper is a maintenance classification that is characterized by the responsibility for erosion control, landscaping, landfill gas pipe maintenance, and general maintenance of grounds at the Toland Road Landfill.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Direction is typically provided by the Solid Waste Operations Supervisor or higher level management staff, as assigned.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: The Solid Waste Helper exercises no supervision.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following examples. 

  • Performs construction activities including carpentry, electrical, painting, concrete construction, and patching asphalt; performs custodial tasks in office and service buildings; performs duties related to site cleanliness and dust control.
  • Assists in construction activities by acting as rodman for surveyors and hauling/laying pipe; paints buildings, fences, tanks and other such structures.
  • Trims trees, hedges and shrubs using lopping shears and chainsaw; performs routine grounds keeping tasks such as operating power mowers, weeding, thinning and planting landscaped areas; bags and/or picks up bags filled with litter; transports litter bags to landfill pit; posts signs; repairs and installs fencing.
  • Performs Best Management Practices (BMP), drainage and general facilities maintenance at the landfill.
  • Proactively inspects grounds for erosion and drainage damage and alerts supervisor.
  • Litter pick-up, site clean-up following wind and rain events.
  • Assist in alignment of landfill gas pipeline.
  • Ensures safe practices are followed on the work site, including maintaining work areas in a safe condition.
  • Directs and controls vehicle traffic at the landfill.
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as a member of a work team.
  • Keeps basic records of work performed, time sheets, etc.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with the public and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.
  • Performs other related duties as requested.

Requirements For Employment

Any equivalent combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


  • One (1) year of experience in general site maintenance preferably in a solid waste operation or the performance of related work.


  • Equivalent to a high school diploma.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license, and a driving record acceptable for insurability.

Supplemental Information

The following are a representative sample of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic techniques and practices in performing semi-skilled carpentry, plumbing, welding, painting and concrete construction work and custodial activities.
  • Maintenance procedures followed at a landfill.
  • Proper use and maintenance of power and hand tools utilized in grounds maintenance.
  • Vehicle maintenance procedures.
  • Grounds keeping and custodial activities.
  • Stormwater BMP and site drainage maintenance.
  • Safety protocols related to maintenance activities at a landfill, including proper use of PPE (personal protective equipment).

Ability to:

  • Proactively inspect grounds to determine erosion and need for drainage and BMP maintenance.
  • Use hand and light power equipment.
  • Perform the full range of work associated with grounds maintenance – including clean-out of drainage and BMP structures, litter pick-up, line trimming of site vegetation, setting sandbags, jute-netting, hydroseeding, and assistance in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe maintenance.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Tolerate the work environment associated with solid waste landfill.
  • Follow safety procedures and work safely.

Position requires sitting, standing, walking on level and slippery surfaces, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, stooping, squatting, crouching, grasping and making repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties.  The position also requires both near and far vision when inspecting work.  The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 100 pounds.  Additionally, the incumbent in this outdoor position works in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold.  The incumbent uses cleaning, lubricating chemicals, which may expose the employee to toxins, fumes, dust and air contaminants.  The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to climb ladders, use power and noise producing tools and equipment, drive motorized vehicles, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions and often work with constant interruptions.

Retirement Benefits – Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA), Federal Social Security Program, and two optional 457 Deferred Compensation Plans.
Insurance/Cafeteria Plan – The District provides an employee assistance program (EAP), a $10,000 life insurance policy, and a monthly cafeteria plan contribution toward medical, dental, and vision of up to $1,192. Other optional plans include long term disability, additional life insurance, and flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care.
Annual Leave – Employees receive a comprehensive annual leave. Initial accrual rates start at 175.5 hours per year for Non-Represented employees, 143.78 per year for SEIU members, and 167.44 per year for IUOE members.
Holidays – 8 Holidays, 4 Floating Holidays, and 2 hours on New Year’s Eve.
Textbook & Tuition – The District provides up to $5,250 per year.

Ventura Regional Sanitation District is pleased to be accepting applications to fill this position.

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as we will be filling this vacancy as soon as an ideal candidate is identified.

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$34,340.80 - $41,912.00 Annually


Full Time


Miscellaneous | Sanitation | Waste Management


Solid Waste

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled