Jobs in Waste Management and Recycling
Waste management is a growing and evolving industry. Companies are recycling more and rebuilding their infrastructure to promote green spaces. Governments are in need of improved waste collection systems to keep up with the need for recycling more products. Our world is also populating at a faster rate than ever before. This has meant that an unexpected shortage in employees in waste management has occurred, and created an immediate need for more waste management jobs. In the United Kingdom, the rate of recycling has gone up at least 45% since the 1990’s which equates to thousands of more jobs in the industry. The Waste and Resources Action Programme, estimates that as many as 40,000 waste management and recycling jobs in the city of London alone will be created by the year 2030.
Additionally, the type of skills needed for waste management positions are not just specifically focused on waste management. The traditional job duties of someone in this field have been restructured and new skills have been added to suit the need of a transforming waste management and recycling industry. This has created new types of jobs in this industry to choose from.
From management to technical, administrative to collection positions, the waste management and recycling industry offers a wide array of jobs.
The core duties of this position centre around communicating with internal and external customers concerning collection of waste, negotiating payments, executing collection activities, and preparation of collection reports. It is one of the highest paid positions in the field of waste management and usually starts in the salaried mid-50’s.
This is a newer position in the industry of waste management. The project manager’s main role is to plan and direct the majority of duties at the waste management site for the client. This will usually include, but is not limited to, collecting, transporting and disposing of all waste products including hazardous waste. So, the project manager must have more than a working knowledge of regulations regarding hazardous materials. The project manager also is the contact between the waste management company and the client for any contract issues. This is another high paid position in the industry at a salary of around the mid-50’s and more, depending upon the size of the client that is being serviced which would change the scope of the daily responsibilities and amount of work for this position.
Waste Management Engineer
This position is often referred to as an Environmental Engineer. A waste management engineer works in concert with the project manager if hazard materials are on site and is responsible for the prevention, control, and finding remedies for the removal of environmental hazards This could include waste treatment, site re-mediation, or pollution control technology within the scope of engineering skills. This is one of the higher paying salaried positions in the waste management industry. It requires a degree in the field of engineering with a specialization in the area of hazardous waste materials. In could start in the mid-60’s and higher depending on the client that the waste management company is servicing. Most engineers are on-site at all times or for an extended period of time depending on the scope of work involved for the waste management contract.
The waste management and recycling industry has a need for different types of technicians. The most common duties associated with technical jobs in the field of waste management are inspections, diagnostics, and repair of the waste transport vehicles and equipment associated with waste and recycling. This includes regular preventive maintenance servicing as an integral part of the duties of a waste management technician. This job is usually an hourly position and varies from company to company but generally your yearly salary will be an average of somewhere in the mid-30’s at regular hourly time. Overtime is common in these positions depending on each municipalities or company’s overall need for waste management services.
Residential and/or Commercial Driver.
Duties with this position include collection manual loading waste materials. With new technology, drivers may load the waste, but then take it to a facility and have it unloaded by a machine. More often, the driver is transporting the waste to some type of disposal site, like a landfill area and then will unload it mechanically. For this position, an excellent driving record and considerable driving experience is usually a must. Usually, those individuals who don’t have these qualifications can begin work as a helper and train to be a permanent driver. Pay is usually hourly, but a driver can expect to make in the mid-30’s yearly in this position.
The core duties of an equipment operator are handling the use of heavy as well as small equipment. This could include vehicles with compaction devices as well as spreaders for residential as well as commercial sites. The equipment operator also is responsible for inspecting the equipment routinely to make sure it is properly maintained. This position is usually an hourly position and varies with the scope of equipment that the operator is responsible for, but generally an equipment operator will make in the mid-20’s on a yearly basis.
This position is highly physical with high level of skill in multi-tasking. It is fast-paced and involves interaction with equipment operators and track drivers to direct them to unloading areas. You will also need to perform random checks of driver loads. This position is usually hourly on average has the potential for a mid-20’s yearly income.
Customer Service Supervisor
As a customer service supervisor, your main job is to make customers happy with their services. You may need to supervise the daily activities of technicians, sales representatives, and administrative staff. You will need to maintain daily procedures and paperwork as well. If there is not a department specifically devoted to human resources, your job will include hiring and training new employees as well. Because the job duties of this position vary so widely, the pay will as well. It can also vary as an hourly or salaried position. On average, this position will pay at least in the mid-20’s to mid-40’s yearly.
So, if you have are interested in entering the field of waste management and recycling, the education, experience, and skills needed vary with each position and are reflected in the pay scale for each position. To find out more about available jobs in waste management simply head over to http://www.acerecruitment.co.uk/ or http://www.jobsinwastemanagement.co.uk/