DPW Superintendent

POSITION: Superintendent
DEPARTMENT: Public Works


The Public Works Superintendent oversees the operation of Emmet County’s Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center (DoC) under the direction of the DPW Director, including its solid waste transfer station, recycling center, and compost facility. Supervises employees and other workers to ensure that the DOC and collection routes run safely and efficiently and further the recycling, composting and waste reduction goals of the county.


  1. Manages operations personnel so as to ensure a positive workplace culture, compliance with all labor laws, and efficient operation of the transfer station, trucks routes, material recovery facility (MRF), and compost operations.
  2. Works with the director to interview, hire and fire employees. Is responsible for training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Communicates with staffing agencies and manages staffing levels.
  3. Manages
    1. Schedules and hours worked by employees. Assures overtime is within company parameters. Confirms and submits payroll.
    2. Dispatching of curbside routes and hook-lift truck drivers.
    3. Maintenance and repairs of all stationary and rolling stock- including pay loaders, forklifts, trucks, trailers, compactors, balers, drop-site containers, pavement, signage, and buildings. Use asset management software to track assets, schedule and manage maintenance, and track expenses.
    4. Personnel, maintenance, and daily station operational records.
    5. Stocking of all supplies.
    6. Routine maintenance and cleanup of the DoC.
    7. Maintenance of the recycling drop sites and drop-site bins.
    8. Preparation and submission of daily deposits of cash receipts.
  4. Performs other station personnel job duties as needed or as assigned by the director.
  5. Supports the MRF operator in management of MRF operations and maintenance.
  6. Inspects and documents all working areas and equipment regularly to identify opportunities for improving the safety of employees and the public, including assuring site cleanliness and organization.
  7. Assures safety of workers and customers. Fills out incident reports if an accident does occur.
  8. Assures accidents, injuries and any other incidents are investigated, reported, and all corrective measures are completed.
  9. Ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations
  10. Participates in Department of Public Works board meetings and other pertinent meetings.


Ability to multi-task, provide leadership. Emotional intelligence, good listener, clear communicator, strong safety ethic, positive attitude. 


  • Must be able to diagnose and supervise the maintenance and repair work on road and hydraulic equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with employees, service providers, and the general public.
  • Must be able to perform mathematical computations.
  • Must be able to cultivate a team atmosphere
  • Computer competence- Word, Excel, etc.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis, significantly more during high-season months.


  • Must be a high school graduate with 3-5 years of experience in the resource recovery (waste/recycling /organics processing), transportation, production and/or logistics operations industries.
  • Must have 3-5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience with mechanics is necessary.


Must have a valid Certified Driver’s License (Class A with air brake endorsement) and good driving record.


The office environment is business casual and requires sitting, standing, and meeting.  The facility environment may involve lifting up to 50 lbs, climbing, bending, reaching, and standing for prolonged periods of time.  Driving DPW pick-up truck, curbside and drop site trucks also required.  This environment may be cold, hot, dusty, noisy, smelly, dirty, and require working outdoors in all weather conditions.  Must be available to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis, significantly more during high-season months.  Off-site working conditions, at businesses and events, requires inspecting solid waste dumpsters, handling recyclables and sorting materials which may be wet, sticky, dirty, working in the sun and other weather elements.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 


Trucks, pay loaders, yard mule, skid steers, forklifts, compactors, densifiers, feed and sort conveyors, computerized cash register, assorted maintenance and repair tools.

Standard office equipment such as a computer, printer, phone, adding machine, paper cutter, copier, scanner is used.  Also mobile phone used for on-the-go communication and texting of photos.  Use of 2-way radio is required for communication at the facility and at events. Use of an asset management software such as Manager +.

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