JO 15602 Sanitation Department Foreman



Salary Range:


Reports To:

Sanitation Department Supervisor


Occupants of this first line supervisory classification are in the classified service. Positions in this classification are responsible for planning, supervising, and  coordinating refuse collection and disposal


Responsibilities may include supervision of Sanitation Operators, Sanitation Specialists, Sanitation Collectors, Laborers, and contract crews.

         Ensures the attainment of objectives set by the Sanitation Department Supervisor for the collection, separation and disposal of solid wastes.

         Coordinates the operation and maintenance of the refuse transfer station facilities.

         Maintains a competent, motivated work force by selecting, training, disciplining, developing, and evaluating crews. Objectively and constructively evaluates the performance of crews.

         Evaluates the quality and efficiency of sanitation crews by making regular and frequent inspections of work in the plant, reviewing daily work reports, and advising and directing sanitation crews in the improvement of work production and methods.

         Responds to inquiries   and   complaints   promptly,   completely,   and courteously.

         Develops a work schedule for refuse collection, establishing the priorities of work, developing route schedules, assigning drivers and crews to trucks and routes. Makes daily assignments to sanitation crews in accordance with the priorities set by sanitation management.

         Supervises, and when necessary, performs the work of sanitation employees to assure assigned tasks are completed daily; assuring employees operate equipment safely, and perform collection duties to minimize the litter on streets and alleyways.

         Coordinates and schedules the timely removal of solid wastes delivered to the transfer station.

         Maintains various work records related to development reports informing management on a weekly basis of the performance of crews and operations. Keeps various work records related to crews and operations, and maintains various work scheduling records.

         Assures the proper maintenance and repair of refuse handling vehicles and equipment. Reviews maintenance and repair work orders along with related records and brings discrepancies or problems to management.

         Identifies better methods for meeting service demands through streamlining and improving work methods. Tests possible improvements to insure their efficiency and productivity.

         Accurately calculates the cost of rejected sanitation inspections and track all inspections to eliminate re-worked areas.

         Assists in the more difficult and complex work tasks to ensure worker safety and those proper work methods are used.

         Coordinates with office staff for the ordering of materials and supplies for sanitation crews.

         Supervises the issuance of tools, materials, and supplies.

         Works with management and other supervisory staff to establish standard operating procedures for sanitation work activities to include safety guidelines and quality of performance standards.

         Supervises the Companies outside cleaning operations.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Knowledge of:

         Principles, practices, methods, and equipment used in the collection and disposal of refuse.

         Procedures used in scheduling and routing a number of sanitation collection crews and related equipment.

         Applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations relating to safe and proper collection of refuse.

         Methods used in supervising, training, and evaluating employees.

         Functions, characteristics, and proper care of tools, equipment, and materials used in collection of refuse.


Skill and Ability to:

         Plan, coordinate, and supervise a refuse collection program.

         Schedule, route, and assign employees and equipment to a variety of refuse collection activities.

         Identify safety hazards encountered in the work or with assigned equipment and recommend methods for correction of those problems.

         Investigate and respond to complaints in a tactful, courteous, and effective manner.

         Communicate clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form.

         Develop and maintain a variety of written records, reports, logs, and statistics.

         Supervise, train, and evaluate sanitation crews.


License & Certificates:

Certification by an accredited institution of successful completion of a professional training course covering one of the following: solid waste management and operations refuse collection, refuse transfer station operations, or industrial supervision preferred or obtained within one (1) year of being appointed to this position.


Training & Experience:

Any combination equivalent to training and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:  graduation from high school or equivalent   and five (5) years of experience in solid waste operations.


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

         Require the mobility to stand, stoop, reach, and bend. Require mobility of arms to reach and dexterity of hands to grasp and manipulate small objects.

         Perform work which involves the frequent lifting, pushing and/or pulling of objects which may approximate 50 pounds and may occasionally weigh up to 100 pounds.

         May be required to work in inclement weather without effective protection from sun, cold, and rain.

         May be required to work around foul odors.

         May be required to work around loud noise.

         May be required to work around moving mechanical parts. May be required to work around electrical current.



Tom Sloan, President, Tom Sloan & Associates, tsloan@tsloan.com, 920-261-8890

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