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Colorado State University Compost Technician (Equipment Operator I) in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Compost Technician (Equipment Operator I)

Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title Equipment Operator I

Posting Number 202000142P

Position Type State Classified

Open Date 09/08/2020

Close Date 09/22/2020

Salary $2,578 monthly + FULL BENEFIT OFFERINGS

Full/Part Time Full-time

State Classified Hourly No

Overtime Eligible

Description of Work Unit

The Integrated Solid Waste Section (ISW) exists to provide a clean campus on which to study, work and live. We remove solid waste from campus according to the ISW plan which maximizes the reuse of campus waste through recycling and composting with landfilling as a last resort.

Position Summary

This position exists to efficiently and effectively collect, deliver and process compostable material.

Minimum Qualifications

Necessary Special Requirements: Possession of a current valid Colorado driver’s license. Ability to pass and maintain a Class B commercial driver’s license within six months of hire. Attachment of a current Motor Vehicle Record as a “Special Required Document” in the application is required.


Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies (e.g. knowledge, skills, abilities, other personal characteristics, etc.) which have been outlined as essential to performing successfully in this position:

  • Demonstrated experience knowledge of composting practices

  • Demonstrated experience operating a 10,000 lb. GVW vehicle

  • Ability to perform basic maintenance and inspections of equipment and vehicles

  • Excellent safety record

  • Clean DMV record

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Verifiable references

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Compostable Materials Collection


  • Collect compostable materials throughout the campus and deliver to compost site.

  • Assist with unloading side load truck, bagging compost, and washing compost bins. In performing this function, operate and perform operator maintenance and daily pre-trip safety inspections on an 11, 050 GVW Cube Van

Percentage Of Time 50

Job Duty Category Collection Site Maintenance


  • Maintain compost site and compost bins as needed. Cleaning lids, around in-vessel composter and windrow piles. Making arrangements for the bins to be thoroughly washed due to odors and appearance.

Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Compost Site Maintenance


  • Maintain compost area; Inspect compost site for debris and clean as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned

Percentage Of Time 35

Job Duty Category Vehicle Operator Maintenance


  • Routine operator maintenance of solid waste vehicles, such as checking fluids, checking and adjusting tire pressures, washing trucks, etc

Percentage Of Time 5

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.

  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.

  • The Work Experience is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.

  • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.

  • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (e.g.: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.

  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.

**Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.

  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.

  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.

  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources – Employment Office, at or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects., Valid Driver’s License, Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - Hazardous Waste is found in and near the dumpsters and Universal Waste is handled through the recycling program

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * This position requires applicants to possess and maintain a current and valid driver's license. Do you possess a current and valid driver's license?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Are you willing to obtain a Commercial Driver's License within 6 months from the date of hire?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Are you willing and able to report to work without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare of the campus community?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Are you willing and able to use, handle, or be exposed to hazardous materials with training?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Have you attached a copy of your motor vehicle record (MVR) to your application? In order to be considered for this position, you must supply a copy of your MVR and attach it as a Special Required document.

  • Yes

  • No

  • * This position will often work independently to complete daily job tasks with minimal supervision. Please give an example of a time when you were responsible for completing work without assistance or supervisory approval. (1) Describe the job tasks performed, (2) how you knew you were meeting your supervisor's expectations, and (3) what you like and dislike about working independently/alone?

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Special Required Documentation

Optional Documents

  • Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)