Material Management Wkr
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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Load, transport, and unload university waste (ordinary rubbish, recyclable materials, and incinerable waste) between campus buildings and designated transfer points as directed. The standard work shift is noon to 8:30 p.m. or 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday working a 40-hour workweek. Must be able to switch shifts as needed. Call-ins, overtime and emergency hours may be required.


  • When handling ordinary rubbish: Drive university vehicle on assigned route and pick up all trash bags/liners and bulk waste items at routine campus locations. Unload materials into the main packer. Ensure that recyclable materials do not become mixed in with the rubbish. Notify supervisor if dumpster needs to be emptied more frequently due to heavy loads. Maintain the packer area in a clean manner.
  • When handling recyclable materials: Drive university vehicle on assigned route and pick up computers, cardboard, green and blue bag materials at routine campus locations. Maintain accurate records of recyclable materials picked up at each stop on the route. Unload materials at appropriate locations as assigned (cardboard packer, blue bag Gaylord and green bag Gaylord). Ensure that materials do not become mixed. Operate the packer to compress the cardboard. Empty green bags into Gaylord’s in an efficient manner, inform supervisor in advance when packers need to be pulled. Maintain the recycling area in a clean manner.
  • When handling incinerable waste: Obtain nightly list of red bags and sharps containers for scheduled pickup from the plant dispatcher. Drive university vehicle on assigned route and pick up red bag waste at routine campus locations, as well as all locations on scheduled list. Before handling, ensure that sharps containers are sealed and meet university specifications. Observe that red bags are properly sealed, and that no obvious liquids or sharps have been placed in them. If any problems are encountered, report them to Environmental Services and follow all relevant university procedures.
  • Transport waste within university buildings safely; ensure that bags and containers do not break. Lock doors and turn, out lights when leaving special pickup areas, unless told otherwise. Per training, enter the Animal Resource Center area and remove all designated animal waste from the freezer. Transport waste to loading dock area. Unload the truck, and consolidate waste into boxes weighing less than 50 pounds. Weigh all boxes and record on manifest. Assist the contractor in loading their truck, and sign the manifest. Sweep the transfer location clean at the end of shift. Deliver copies of the waste manifest as assigned.
  • Always wear appropriate personal protective gear. Observe all proper safety procedures when handling waste and driving to avoid injuries and to avoid scattering debris. If objects of excessive weight are found on the route, report them to the supervisor rather than risking injury.
  • Clean each pickup and dumpster location daily; sweep up and remove all paper, cans, and other rubbish that falls out of trash containers or packers.
  • Spot and pick up any rubbish bags on campus that may have been missed by drivers on other shifts.
  • Inspect vehicle every day prior to starting route. Fill out requests for repairs and give to supervisor. Notify supervisor of any accidents or injuries, even if they appear to be minor, follow university vehicle.
  • Secure vehicles tools and supplies at the end of each shift. Leave vehicles clean for other drivers.
  • Accurately maintain time and materials records.
  • Recognize potential waste disposal violations and follow appropriate University procedures. Report unauthorized use of university packers or dumpsters to the supervisor.
  • Suggest cost saving initiatives to the supervisor.
  • Assist supervisors in implementing university waste procedures.


    Duties not restricted to those mentioned. May be assigned other duties as required


    Department: Daily contact with co-workers to exchange information.

    University: Regular contact with staff in the Animal Resource Center to exchange information

    External: Little or no contact with outside vendors

    Students: Little or no contact with students


    Not applicable


    Experience: At least 2 years of experience in heavy labor is required, preferably in a large institutional or industrial setting. Must have at least 2 years experience operating vehicles similar to those that will be used on the job.

    Education/licensing: High school education. A valid Ohio driver’s license free of significant violations and maintaining an acceptable driving record are conditions of employment.


  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.
  • Must be able to perform simple mathematics
  • Must be responsible, self-motivated, and capable of staying on-task with only routine supervision.
  • As a member of the Case Western Reserve University service department, must be sensitive to the needs and programs of faculty, students, staff, and visitors at the university.
  • Must have or be prepared to receive training on basic Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regulations and special waste handling safety issues.
  • Strong awareness of hazards typical to the institution (radioactivity, biohazards, asbestos, chemicals, etc) and related safety equipment and procedures.


    Must have a current Hepatitis-B inoculation. Other immunizations may be required in the future, depending on regulatory requirements. The employee will be directly exposed to excessive noise, fumes and dust, bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, commercial products, infectious agents, pesticides or herbicides, radioactive materials. The employee will be around moving machinery, powered industrial vehicle and has access to restricted areas(s). Work environment is mostly outdoors during all types of weather, and it requires physical strength and endurance. Frequent lifting of up to 60 lbs., carrying, walking, standing, bending, stooping, stretching, and climbing. Must be able to pass required physical examination, including baseline evaluations of hearing and vision. Must provide a home telephone number; must be able to work night and weekend shifts; must be available to work on emergencies.

    Diversity Statement

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Reasonable Accommodations

    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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