Pros: working outdoors, free equipment training, great pay and benefits
Cons: working outdoors, snow hours are demanding
There are many different facets to the Department of Sanitation of New York City. There's the typical refuse cleaning and collection, which is the most visible and identifiable part of our job. It also happens to be the most physically daunting. But what surprised me the most was the variety of choices workers can make that fit their lives: there are transfers available, day/night shift preferences, and locking into responsibilities with specific pieces of equipment. Coworkers and management are like any other job; mostly good and some bad. All workers are qualified CDL Class B drivers, and further training on heavy equipment, including Class A towing, is available at the Department's training facility. The job is physically demanding, but is simple to understand and mentally stress free.