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Recycling Collections Crew

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Classified Staff



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Job Summary

CU Boulder is searching for a new member of the Recycling Collections Crew! This role sets up, maintains and collects all types of recyclable, compostable and other materials from central sites on campus via specified routes. The role is responsible for ensuring accurate signage, and maintains records of materials collected. The position works on a 2 person crew, and operates a ¾ ton box van to transport materials. The position sets up drop off sites, maintains and cleans recycling equipment, maintains the facility, and performs special pick-ups.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Facilities Management is responsible for the overall physical development and maintenance of the campus. The mission of the department is to provide a safe physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Setup & Collection of Materials

  • Identify acceptable and non-acceptable materials for recycling, instruct personnel in the area on how to recycle properly, and report issues to supervisor.
  • Review daily route and based upon building needs, decide the order of route stops.
  • Determine the need for special pickups of recyclables based on personal observations and verify verbal requests from building users. Decide if material at each site is recyclable or if it should be thrown away, composted, or go through Property Disposal Services.
  • Provide on call service for special pick-ups and deliveries of recycling and solid waste items on and off campus. Maintain records of special pick-ups.
  • Assist in training new employees on route via proper procedures, guidelines and safety protocols.
  • Notify supervisor or lead worker of safety incidents, near misses and potential hazards. Maintain safe work practices, participate in department safety meetings and complete assigned trainings.

Maintain Central Collection Sites, Enclosures & Cabinets

  • Assess and determine whether to replace or repair old or broken recycling containers, then complete those repairs and replacements.
  • Clean enclosures every other week. Clean cabinets at least once per month.
  • Repair or replace recycling bins, broken carts, and cabinets if needed. Inform supervisor if more major repairs are needed. Recommend modification and improvement of recycling equipment.

Data Collections

  • Maintain route records by recording amounts of all recyclable collected. Maintain simple fuel, travel and mileage records, and vehicle inspection sheets.
  • Note when daily route sheets are missing certain stops on the route. Write them in and inform supervisor. Write in any special pickups from areas as requested/scheduled.

Vehicle & Equipment Maintenance

  • Maintain, clean, perform minor inspections, check fluid levels, and lubricate vehicles and equipment.
  • Decide when to complete minor periodic maintenance on vehicles. Recommend when maintenance on equipment and vehicles needs to be performed by professional technicians.

What You Should Know

  • This position is eligible for our Facilities Management Employee Referral Program.
  • The work schedule will be 10 hour shifts, Monday through Thursday from 5:00 am - 3:30 pm. May require weekend and shift work due to special events, projects or scheduling issues.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this role is $37,920.00 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

Must be a Colorado resident and have a valid Colorado driver's license. CMV certification will be required within first 60 days of employment.

What You Will Need

  • Strong verbal and communication skills.
  • Social skills (work well with other people, and be professional when working with customers).
  • Reliability and the ability to use a computer.
  • Ability to perform physical work including ability to lift 50 lbs. repeatedly, and to push/pull loads exceeding 100 lbs.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience operating ¾-1 ton vehicles and ability to operate minor hydraulic equipment (lift gates, pallet jack, recycling/trash compactors).
  • Mechanical proficiency and a willingness to learn.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume including date ranges and whether full-time or part-time work.
  2. Optional: A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send it via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
  4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by December 1, 2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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