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The City of Houston SIDELOADER OPERATOR in Houston, Texas


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$16.40 - $17.06 Hourly


Various, TX

Job Type

Full Time


Solid Waste Management

Job Number



9/1/2021 11:59 PM Central

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Division/Section: North and South / Various

Workdays & Hours: Shift work to include mandatory overtime, weekends, holidays and disaster recovery subject to change


The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is to provide solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective. The individual that assumes this position will operate the truck on occasion while on the route, at the time of emptying and cleaning the vehicle at the service centers. Responsible for performing a daily pre, mid and post trip bumper to bumper maintenance related vehicle safety inspection; also any operative service duties such as (checking fluid levels, air pressure and, daily cleaning of vehicle) at the end of shift. Must provide own safety shoes. T his position is considered an essential worker and frontline responder during disaster recovery efforts. Must be willing to perform any other duties as assigned. An acceptable clear driving record is required .

Essential job duties and responsibilities for the (Sideloader Operator) in cludes but not limited to:

  • Primary responsibilities will be to work from the "back" of the truck.

  • Operates the hydraulic controls on truck.

  • Performing physical labor of the collection of yard waste , heavy trash, household recyclables and garbage from City curbs.

  • May answer Citizens' questions regarding proper contents, packing weight, container types, pick-up times and placement of containers.


The position requires extensive, near-continuous physical exertion such as repeated lifting of very heavy objects (more than 80 pounds), deep bending, climbing steps and/or assuming awkward positions. There are frequent exposures to extreme levels of temperature, air pollution, noise pollution, chemical gases and substances, and/or contagious diseases or physical trauma conditions of a short-term disabling nature, such as broken bones or temporary loss of sight or hearing. Requires the ability to make closely coordinated eye/hand movements within very fine tolerance and/or calibration demands; or the ability to make rapid closely coordinated eye/hand movements on a patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands; or the ability to make coordinated eye/hand movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker.



Ability to read, write, add, subtract and follow oral and/or basic written instructions as might normally be acquired through 9 to 11 years of formal schooling.


Six months of driving experience with a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required.


Must have a valid Class A and/or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and comply with the City of Houston's policy on driving (AP 2-2).


Applicants that can deliver great customer service to South Waste Management Department (SWMD) Customers. W illing to work a flexible schedule, be dependable, have a good work ethic and be team-oriented.

Eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6



The selection process will involve application review and/or interview. Department may administer skills assessment test.


If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.



Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832-393-0451, 832-393-0473).

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832-393-0451, 832-393-0473). (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

Applicants are encouraged to attach a cover letter and resume along with their completed application when applying. For further information pertaining to the Solid Waste Management Department, please visit: https://youtu.be/4ybPCd28cHs

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

The city offers a competitive benefits program, including competitively priced health coverage and a defined contribution pension plan.

Benefits include:

• Medical

• Dental

• Vision

• Wellness

• Life insurance

• Long-term disability

• Retirement pension

• 457 deferred compensation plan

• Employee Assistance Program

• 10 days of vacation each year

• 10 city holidays, plus one floating holiday

• Flexible schedules

• Professional development opportunities

• Transportation/parking plan

• Section 125 pretax deductions

• Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan

• Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

For plan details, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/hr/benefits.html


Are you a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces (United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) for more than 90 consecutive days and received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions?

  • YES

  • NO


    Have you every been employed with the Solid Waste Management Department?

  • YES

  • NO


    Are you currently a City of Houston employee, who is still on probation (employed during the past 12 mo. or promoted during the past 6 mo.)?

  • YES

  • NO


    Do you have any relatives currently employed by the Solid Waste Management?

  • YES

  • NO


    Have you listed ten (10) years of verifiable work history and clarified any gaps in employment beginning with the most recent employer?

  • YES

  • NO


    Please select the best option that represents the level of "verifiable" CDL experience you possess?

  • Less than 6 months of experience.

  • 6 months but less than 1 year.

  • 1 year but less than 3 years.

  • 3 years and beyond.

  • I do not have any experience.


    What is the "highest" level of education you have completed?

  • Less than 9th grade completed

  • 9th to 11th grade completed

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Technical education

  • Associate degree or higher


    Please select the valid/current Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in comply with the City of Houston's policy you possess?

  • Class A

  • Class B

  • I don't have a commercial drivers' license (CDL)


    Do you have experience operating any of the following vehicles with hydraulic controls? (Select all that apply that can be verified.)

  • Roll-off Vehicle

  • Tractor Trailer Vehicle

  • Rear Loader Vehicle

  • Cherry Picker Vehicle

  • Other Collection Vehicle

  • I do not have any driving experience


    Please check "only" what you have verifiable work experience with?

  • Local Driving Experience

  • Regional Driving Experience

  • Over The Road (OTR) Experience

  • Other

  • I have no industry experience


    Are you willing and able to work mandatory overtime, weekends, holidays and disaster recovery?

  • YES

  • NO


    WORK SETTING: please check all that you have verifiable work history with.

  • Working from the back of the vehicle.

  • Operating hydraulic controls of vehicle.

  • The ability to repeatedly lift up to 80 pounds.

  • Emptying and cleaning the truck at the service center.

  • Performing physical labor of the collection of household recyclables and garbage from city curbs.

  • Experience performing pre, mid and post trip vehicle maintenance inspections.

  • None of the above


    Are you willing to perform continuous physical labor in the collection of household recyclables and garbage from City curbs?

  • YES

  • NO


    Please select the side of town in which you reside.(Please note positions are filled based on your place of residency)

  • Northeast

  • Northwest

  • Southeast

  • Southwest


    If you currently have an out of state Commercial Drivers license please provide the following (the State of issue, Class of your Commercial Drivers' License? (If not applicable type N/A.)


    In 500 words are less please describe a situation where you provide a customer with great customer service, what did you do and what was the outcome? (See resume is not acceptable, if no experience please insert N/A.)

    Required Question