Company Description

The mission of the Department of Public Works is “to maintain and enhance the City’s infrastructure and environment for the benefit of the public.” The Department’s core services are focused on providing for and maintaining safe and efficient infrastructure for the community, providing for sustainable environmental protection including water quality and waste collection and diversion, and safely and efficiently designing, constructing, delivering, protecting and maintaining services for public facilities and public rights-of-way. The Department has six bureaus: Business Operations, Engineering, Environmental Services, Project Management, Public Service, and Transportation Mobility. The Department has 505 positions with a Fiscal Year 2020 budget of $242 million, including the Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets. Additional information on the Department can be found at

Job Description

The Superintendent of Refuse is an at-will management position that reports to the General Superintendent of Operations in the Environmental Services Bureau. The Environmental Services Bureau has 233 budgeted positions and a Fiscal Year 2020 budget of $59.6 million. The Bureau services over 120,000 residential and commercial waste collection accounts on a weekly basis, collecting over 194,000 tons of waste annually.

The position is responsible for management of the Refuse Division, comprised of 120 full-time equivalent positions engaged in the collection and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste. In addition to managing the complex day to day operations of solid waste collection and disposal, the Superintendent will analyze and evaluate new technology, equipment, and systems to determine their potential utility in the collection of solid waste, and develop solutions to operational challenges. The Superintendent will maintain budget controls, ensure optimum utilization of allocated resources, work with the Department Safety Officer to reduce the Division’s accident and injury rate, oversee the Environmental Services Bureau’s Refuse and Recycling hotline, and enforce City, Department, Bureau, and Division policies and procedures. In addition, the Superintendent will participate in Citywide efforts affecting solid waste operations and partner with stakeholders to develop innovative projects and programs to improve the quality of life for City residents.


The Department of Public Works invites candidates who meet the following minimum requirements to apply:

• Five years of progressively responsible solid waste or recycling collection experience, two years of which must have been at a supervisory/managerial level directing a large, complex solid waste or recycling collection operation.
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university is required; however, candidates may substitute experience offering specific and substantial preparation for the duties of the position for the required education on a year for year basis.
• Possession of a valid Class C Driver License.

This recruitment will close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit an application with responses to the supplemental questions, resume and a cover letter that reflect the scope and level of their current/most recent positions and responsibilities. To apply visit

Following the close of the filing period, applications will be reviewed and those candidates determined to be the most qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process which will include an oral interview by a selection panel. The selected candidate will be required to undergo a thorough background and reference check.

This information is available in an alternative format by request to the Department of Public Works, Personnel Division, at (562) 570-4686. If you require an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in any phase of the application process, please request when submitting your application or call (562) 570-4686.