I. Job Summary
The Disposal Operations Management Trainee (DOMT) position is part of a required developmental training program lasting up to 18 months. The duties and responsibilities are under the direction and supervision of WM frontline managers (e.g., Area Directors of Disposal Operations, Landfill District Managers, and Operations Managers) related to the operations of a landfill. The primary mentor for this position will be the Landfill District Manager at the training location to which the DOMT is assigned or the Area Director of Disposal Operations. The DOMT, through assigned work activities, a training curriculum, and hands-on projects, will develop a strong working knowledge of all aspects of the day-to-day disposal operations at a WM landfill, including but not limited to, safety, environmental protection and permitting, finance and accounting, personnel management, heavy equipment, community and customer service, construction and engineering, gas and leachate management, and waste streams and sales. The Disposal OMT training program is designed to develop individuals into Operations Managers and District Managers with a strong career path to Directors of Disposal Operations or other roles.
You must be willing to relocate to an open landfill position upon completion of the training program.
II. Duties and Responsibilities
- Successfully complete the Disposal OMT curriculum consisting of Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced level training. Complete all required training items through participation in the WM Learning Management System.
- Attend and participate in all mandatory group training sessions.
- Disposal Operations: Responsible for the knowledge development and progressive understanding and expertise in all aspects of day-to-day management of a landfill, including, but not limited to, fill sequencing, cover operations, waste placement and compaction operations, equipment and labor deployment, storm water management, and traffic flow.
- Develop a working knowledge of heavy equipment functionality and maintenance care including actual operation and in-shop maintenance.
- Learn how to effectively manage site personnel including non-exempt operators through experiential efforts and training.
- Develop an understanding of landfill design and construction including cell excavation and earthwork, liner cross-sections, slope stability, geosynthetics deployment, leachate control and landfill gas control systems and final cover cross sections.
- Develop proficiency and understanding in all aspects of leachate and landfill gas management. Develop general understanding of renewable energy operations and its relationship with the landfill gas systems.
- Develop a strong sense of community affairs and community relations management through actual participation in public affairs events and processes.
- Develop a complete understanding of environmental monitoring and environmental protection issues that exist at a landfill including interaction with various regulatory agencies. Review and understand regulatory requirements and site permits.
- Develop understanding of financial, accounting, and forecasting processes and systems including experience in reporting to senior management and showing proficiency in operations of the scalehouse.
- Develop understanding of how waste streams are sold and priced within WM sales and marketing organization, and its relationship to operations.
- Develop a strong understanding and dedication to the WM Safety Program; work with Corporate and local safety teams to continue to create an increasingly aware and observant safety conscious culture.
- Participate in landfill operational reviews and provide constructive feedback to operations staff.
- Participate in Area mentor programs.
- Perform other duties as assigned that may include special projects and interim management assignments. Learning will be very action and experiential based.
III. Supervisory Responsibilities
This job may have periodic leadership / management responsibilities throughout the program.
The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.
A. Education and Experience
- Education: Bachelor’s Degree (accredited), or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and 4 (four) years of relevant work experience.
- Experience: 5 (five) years of relevant work experience with increased responsibility in construction, engineering, geology, operations management or heavy equipment (in addition to education requirement).
B. Preferred Certificates, Licenses or Registrations
- PE (Professional Engineer)
- RLS (Registered Land Surveyor)
- PG (Professional Geologist)
C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Office
- Must be willing to work various hours and weekends as necessary
- Must be willing to work outdoors and/or in a maintenance shop
- Must be skilled in problem solving and conflict resolution
- Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Must have exceptional time management and organizational skills in order to plan days and meet all reporting requirements and training arrangements
- Proven problem solving ability and successful conflict resolution
- History of leadership achievements
- Ability to multi-task
- Strong analytical skills