Compost Facility Operator
Salary Range $31,200 – $56,545; Anticipated Hiring Range $42,000 – $45,000
Work Schedule M-F 7 am – 3:45 pm
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties
NC State is pleased to be opening a food waste Compost Facility that will process campus-generated organic waste, and create a closed-loop organic waste management system. This fulfills a tactic of the University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan. NC State currently has a robust organic waste diversion program, and this new facility will bring processing in-house. The primary purpose of the Compost Facility Operator position is to provide the skilled operation of the Compost Facility in order to process organic waste into a high-quality compost product. Work with this organic waste management system involves receiving and managing feedstocks, processing and managing of compost using the aerated static pile system, developing soil amendment products, site maintenance, as well as data collection and record keeping. Compost system vendor will provide operator with detailed onsite training for the aerated static pile system operation and maintenance, as well as recipe development. Operator will possess a thorough understanding of the composting process, including feedstock and recipe development. Will adapt and create new recipes based on the type of available feedstocks. Must be able to analyze data and results to improve process and performance of the system. Employee will continuously research opportunities for improvement and keep updated on industry best practices, technology developments, developing trends and laws to recommend and implement advancements at the Facility. Employee will be required to maintain the facility in compliance with the rules and regulations set by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (Section .1400 North Carolina Solid Waste Compost Rules) and all other applicable State, Federal, and University regulations. Employee will attend the US Composting Council’s five day Compost Operations Training Course in September, 2019 to receive further training for running a successful compost facility.
Employee will operate and/or drive a variety of equipment and vehicles necessary to complete tasks in the safest and most efficient manner. Standard equipment or vehicles include, but are not limited to; skid steer loaders, agricultural tractors, attachments, and equipment, forklifts, compost mixer/grinder, screener, pickup trucks, trailers, and backhoes. Perform daily equipment and vehicle inspections and complete inspection forms. Perform immediate maintenance needs such as adding fluids and changing filters, adjusting tire pressure or replacing lights. Troubleshoot equipment and vehicles that may need immediate or future repairs. Coordinate and communicate with WRR Equipment Services Supervisor to identify and resolve maintenance, repair, and safety concerns related to vehicles and equipment.
Work also involves developing and maintaining productive, collaborative work relationships while assessing and responding to client needs. Employee may work with student interns, provide information to professors for research, and participate in tours of the site. The responsibility of safely operating the Facility requires close attention to detail, dependability, accountability, accuracy, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently.
Perform critical role and essential role duties as assigned, may be required to work at any time and any day, during all weather conditions with exposure to noise, odor, and solid waste. Must be available for emergency situations that may require working odd shifts or split shifts. All of the above activities may require overtime work. The normally scheduled work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:45pm.
Bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Departmental Required Skills
Must be able to communicate effectively verbally with supervisors and the general public, as well as understand verbal and written instructions and other communications regarding work assignments and other matters.
Position serves in a mandatory role and employee must work during adverse weather conditions and may be required to work even if the University is closed to normal operations.
Perform all work assignments and duties in compliance with established safe work practices. Follow safety and health regulations, policies, and procedures. Identifies and resolves potential safety concerns, work practices or violations.
Dependability and ability to strictly limit unscheduled absences for self are essential in this position.
Ability to work independently and efficiently.
Must be able to use hand tools necessary to perform repairs and maintenance.
Smart phone and computer skills, including proficiency with email, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Google Drive.
Must be able to lift 60 pounds occasionally, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Must be able to work in all weather conditions, including heat, cold, sunshine, rain, and snow.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Three to five years of experience in operating vehicles, skid steers, agricultural tractors and equipment.
Knowledge or training in compost site operation and the composting process
Knowledge of soil physical and chemical properties.
At least a two-year degree in one of the following: agriculture, soil science, crop science, horticulture, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a similar field or the equivalent amount of experience.
Required License or Certification : Valid Drivers License required.
Valid NC Drivers License within 60 days of hire and must be maintained
Job Open Date 03/15/2019
Proposed Hire Date 04/01/2019
If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
For more information: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/114688