Laborer (Classification: Tipper Worker I)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time
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This is a Career Service position at the Cedar Hills Landfill in the Operations Section of King County's Solid Waste Division. This position will be responsible for basic labor duties including supporting the landfill tippers, keeping the work area clean, assuring safe backing up of trucks and following safety procedures. This position will report to the Landfill Supervisor and will be directed by the Operator Lead.

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form, (2) respond to the supplemental questions detailing your background and describing how your skills and experience meets the qualifications. Applications that are incomplete may not be considered.

WORK LOCATION: Cedar Hills Landfill, 16645 228th Avenue SE, Maple Valley, WA

WORK SCHEDULE: This position is full-time and is overtime eligible. This position will work a 7/10 schedule (7 days on 10 hours per day, followed by 7 days off (Monday – Sunday) or a 5/8 schedule; 8 hours per day, for five days. This is a day shift position.

OPERATIONS SECTION PROFILE: The operations section of the Solid Waste Division operates a solid waste transfer and disposal system for residents and businesses in King County (except for Seattle). The operations section is responsible for the transfer facilities, transportation, maintenance shop (maintaining the division's heavy equipment, vehicles and facilities), landfill operations, landfill gas and wastewater, commercial garbage collection companies and self-haulers (business and residential) bring solid waste to the transfer facilities, where it is located into large transfer trailers and hauled to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill for disposal. At the landfill, a network of environmental controls ensures the byproducts of the decomposing waste are captured and managed.

•Clean, maintain and support the operation of the landfill tipper to ensure loaded trailers are positioned and secured over tippers, trailer doors are opened and resealed correctly, load is dumped correctly and machines are disconnected from tractors
•Ensure trailers are properly disconnected and reconnected to the tractors
•Perform visual safety inspection of truck trailer and landfill tipper before loads are dumped
•Perform litter control on the landfill as needed
•Maintain cleanliness of landfill tipper machines and clean debris from the back of the trailer
•Using hand tools and other equipment, clean and maintain a variety of areas, including surrounding landscape, parking areas and vehicles
•Keep daily work log on computer
•Perform related work as required and assigned

•Ability and skills to work outdoors in a Solid Waste landfill
•Ability to provide the necessary support to operate a landfill tipper machine
•Basic knowledge of safety procedures
•Ability to clean the tipper machine and remove debris from the transfer station trailer
•Ability to use hand tools and equipment to clean surrounding areas, landscape, parking areas and vehicles
•Excellent customer service skills
•Ability to follow procedures and accomplish tasks with direction
•Basic computer skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The candidate must have the ability to work outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, inclement weather while on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain and other adverse conditions such as odor, noise, dust and traffic.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: An offer of employment will be contingent on a successful employment physical examination. A valid Washington State Driver's License is required upon hire.

UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification is represented by Teamsters Local 174.

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions about this position, please contact Jemima McMahon, Human Resources Analyst at 206-477-4002 or via e-mail at

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Do you have experience using hand tools and equipment to clean areas, landscape, parking areas and vehicles?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered "Yes" above, please provide a brief description of using hand tools and equipment to clean areas, landscape, parking areas and vehicles. Do not write "see application," as it will be considered an incomplete response. (If you selected "No," type in NA.)
Please provide a brief description of your experience providing excellent customer service skills. Provide date(s) and employer(s) where you performed this task. Do not write "see application," as this will be considered an incomplete response.
Do you possess a valid Washington State driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have the ability to work outside in heat/cold, wet/humid, inclement weather while on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain and other adverse conditions such as odor, noise, dust and traffic?
  • Yes
  • No
Utility Worker I's will work a 7/10 schedule (7 days on 10 hours per day, followed by 7 days off (Monday – Sunday) or a 5/8 schedule; 8 hours per day, for five days. This is a day shift position. Are you available to work ALL shifts listed on the job posting?
  • Yes
  • No
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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Auburn, WA