Waste Alternative Specialist

Bachelor’s degree and one year of public contact experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.
This is responsible, professional public contact work with the Alachua County Waste Alternative Education Program in the Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Department.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification assists in meeting recycling and waste reduction goals and provides short and long term solid waste alternatives management planning. The employee is responsible for contacting schools and businesses in Alachua County and encouraging them to participate in individualized recycling programs.

Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.

Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
Contacts all schools and businesses in Alachua County by telephone and in person to determine their recycling potential; collects and analyzes data necessary to establish individualized recycling programs.

Provides public education presentations on recycling and source reduction to school groups, businesses and civic organizations.

Provides technical assistance to businesses on recycling and waste reduction and participates in special recycling and public events.

Performs on-site waste audits for businesses, multi-family complexes, institutions and schools.

Provides waste reduction/prevention consulting services for commercial establishments.

Conducts public relations and educational activities encouraging citizen participation in recycling and waste alternative efforts.

Conducts solid waste management facility tours.

Prepares recycling and waste alternative program proposals for businesses and schools; presents proposals in order to demonstrate recycling possibilities.

Assists in the writing of recycling related grant applications.

Monitors participation efforts and success of those agencies participating in a waste reduction/prevention program.

Remains current on waste alternative technologies, recycling product markets, innovations and new techniques in the recycling field, solid waste management legislation, recycling markets/trends, and recyclable wastes generated in the industry.

Maintains database of business and schools in the community to determine their recycling participation effort.

Develops waste alternative related specifications and composes RFP’s.

Prepares reports for the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation detailing compliance with Florida statutes.

Plans and conducts special recycling events for materials such as telephone books, Christmas trees and waste tires.

Develops and presents public education workshops and information at special events such as trade shows, festivals and expositions.

Prepares information using the current information technology provided by the county. This includes computers and associated software.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Considerable knowledge of data collection and statistical analysis.

Considerable knowledge of business in the Alachua County area and the wastes they generate.

Considerable knowledge of recycling and waste alternative programs.

Ability to collect, compile and analyze data; ability to generate comprehensive and concise reports.

Ability to communicate with outside agencies in a professional manner and create a positive environment for their participation in waste alternative programs.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including public speaking and presentations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, outside agencies and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach, grasp, and lift items up to 20 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly operates a motor vehicle, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, and outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate