The Recycling Technician is part of the Plant Operations Department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual responsible for supporting and executing the mission of the recycling and waste management programs. This position works to ensure the implementation and maintenance of diversion, recycling, and proper disposal of wastes throughout campus. The Recycling Technician position requires a motivated individual with good attention to details and a self-directed sense of ownership in their work. Reporting directly to the Campus Waste and Recycling Manager, the Recycling Technician is the customer service representative for the programs and interacts directly with Faculty, Staff, and students at all levels daily.
Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center. This position will report to the Director of Operations for the Facilities Department.
Duties and Responsibilities
Check recycling dumpsters and compactors; notify appropriate person when attention is needed
Collect recycling from indoor and outdoor containers as per regular routes
Make extra pickups as needed/requested
Complete daily time log for Work Order system
Collect, flatten, and place cardboard in recycling containers
Safely sort materials when bins are contaminated
Collect recycling from residential recycling areas
Collect light bulbs, battery, and/or glass buckets from designated areas
Collect ink cartridges at bins on route and place them in collection bins
Collect electronics for recycling and transport to appropriate locations
Assist Recycling Coordinator with new bin placements or bin location adjustments
Clean and wipe down dirty bins as needed
Re-sticker bins as needed
Assist with retrieving items from storage or taking items to storage
Assist with special events such as Move-In, Move-Out, Earth Day, Commencement, etc.
Collect packing materials and transport them to the warehouse
Relocate glass bins for service by vendor
Collect large, bulk amounts of recyclables and transport directly to vendors using pickup or other large trucks
Operate and troubleshoot compactors
Attend safety trainings
Assist with snow removal
Operate and perform operator maintenance level to assigned vehicle
Assist with groundskeeping
Other duties related to classification
WORKING HOURS: 7:00 am to 3:30 p.m. - Wednesday - Sunday
Must be available to work additional hours as needed
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
High School Diploma is necessary.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, use email and other forms of electronic communications, and complete basic calculations
Ability to stand, stoop, bend, climb, lift, and carry items for extended periods of time
Ability to accurately follow written and verbal instructions
Ability to communicate with empathy and understand the other parties' perspective
Push, pull, lift, and carry at least 50 pounds regularly and repeatedly
Thorough knowledge of the Vanderbilt Campus
Ability to work in various weather conditions including hot, cold, and wet conditions
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
Internal Number: 2000148
About Vanderbilt University
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