Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$39,463.20 - $51,030.72/Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
SX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 6:00AM - 2:30PM, Monday - Friday

#127094 Recycling Laborer

Filing Deadline: Wed 6/19/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/12/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/12/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the supervision of the Waste and Recycling Services Supervisor, perform a variety of unskilled manual tasks. Load and unload trucks and other vehicles. Collect recyclables from various locations on campus. Clean and maintain recycling and litter sites receptacles, and loading docks on campus. Collect items left outside recycling bins and load them into correct bins for recycling. Report any bin/dumpster damage to the supervisor.

Clean outdoor areas; remove debris and refuse from work sites. Dispose of chipped branches and other debris at appropriate unloading sites. Assist skilled and semi-skilled workers by hauling, carrying, holding, and lifting materials and equipment. Set up and maintain a safety zone with cones, barricades, and safety tape to identify areas of landscape work. Operate, maintain, and clean power tools, brush chippers, stump grinders, chainsaws, or other Landscape Services tools in a correct and safe manner.

Assist Landscape Services personnel by maintaining shrub beds and other planted areas to include pulling weeds, raking, and performing minor trimming of shrubs. Sweep, blow, and/or shovel mud and debris from walkways, roads, building entrances, and outdoor terraces in order to keep campus walkways and roadways safe and clear of debris. Effectively perform in a team-oriented service environment. Provide expeditious, professional, and courteous customer service. Effectively work with campus customers and co-workers to accomplish work with a high level of quality and efficiency.

Operate personal computer to access work assignments, special projects, customer communications, supervisor communications, timekeeping, employment benefits, policies and procedures, work-related internet use, email system, Computer Maintenance Management System (CMMS), and automated timekeeping systems.

  • May be required to work overtime as operationally necessary.


  • Demonstrated experience assisting a landscape or general horticulture crew performing a variety of unskilled manual tasks.

  • Basic knowledge of recycling standards.

  • Demonstrated experience safely operating, maintaining and cleaning landscape maintenance tools such as mowers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, chain saws, rakes, shovels, hoes, brooms, and other related landscape maintenance tools.

  • Demonstrated experience safely operating, maintaining and cleaning landscape equipment such as stump grinders, brush chippers, trenchers, aerators, tractors, roto-tillers and other commonly used power driven landscape maintenance equipment.

  • Demonstrated experience operating large stake bed trucks, lift trucks and tractors.

  • Basic experience using standard computer systems and applications including Microsoft Office Suite, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), electronic mail and web based applications.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to interact in a positive manner within a diverse community.

  • Proven ability to prioritize high volume work load subject to frequently changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain acceptable work habits, punctuality, regularity of attendance and meet deadlines. Ability to follow through and carry out assignments

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-based, service oriented environment.

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally, in writing and electronically.

  • Ability to build and maintain customer relationships through a professional approach in handling customer service needs and resolving problems efficiently.

  • Ability to problem-solve and exercise sound judgment in order to communicate and respond promptly with tact and diplomacy.


  • Ability to operate Forklift preferred.

  • Knowledge of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and ANSI Z-133.1 safety standards preferred.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program. Pre-employment DMV and Background Check Clearance required.

  • Must be physically able to perform all essential functions.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $40,653 - $52,555 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $19.47 - $25.17

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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