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Casella Waste Systems Inc. Forklift Operator in Springfield, Massachusetts

Position Summary

The Equipment Operator is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of all equipment used in the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for the purpose of transferring, sorting and/or baling recycled materials in an efficient and safe manner including operating multiple types of equipment like forklifts, skid steer, recycling balers, and payloaders/excavators. This position is for 8:00a m - 4:30pm

Key Responsibilities
  • Assists in the maintenance and of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
  • Performs pre/post operation inspection of equipment in accordance with Casella safety standards as well as state and federal regulations to ensure all safety equipment and devices are operational and secured properly to equipment.
  • Monitors recycled materials for evidence of unacceptable or hazardous waste in materials.
  • Inspects the condition of the equipment frequently to ensure it is always operationally ready to minimize downtime and cleans wheels on equipment as needed.
  • Operates equipment following all safety and training protocols and ensures that the facility is properly maintained.
  • Provides technicians with detailed information about mechanical issues to ensure equipment can be repaired in a timely manner.
  • Participates in training and other learning opportunities to expand knowledge of the company, products, sales, and services and performs any other duties needed to help drive our vision, fulfill our mission, and/or abide by our core values.

Career Path Definitions & Distinctions:

Apprentice: Demonstrates an understanding of the recycling process and completes all initial required safety training necessary to operate a forklift and recycling baler. Exhibits an understanding of company policies and safety standards along with Casella’s Core Values.

Operator I: Demonstrates a complete understanding of Casella’s lockout tagout procedures and has the ability to operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Has an ability to complete pre-trip/operations checklists properly before operating equipment. Demonstrates the ability to operate both a forklift and a recycling baler while following all safety standards. Expresses interest in learning to operate an additional piece of equipment.

Operator II: Exhibits development and improvement of communication skills with customers and coworkers. Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the various types of acceptable and unacceptable materials. Has the ability to operate three of the following pieces of equipment involved in recycling operations: recycling baler, forklift, skid steer, loader/excavator. Expresses interest in learning to operate an additional piece of equipment. Is working toward completion of obtaining hoisting license.

Lead Operator: Demonstrates a complete understanding of the recycling process and all acceptable and unacceptable materials. Is able to operate all equipment involved in recycling operations. Possesses the ability and self-confidence to interact with customers, coworkers, and managers in an effective and courteous manner. Exhibits the ability to direct other operators in daily responsibilities. Possesses a 2a and 1c hoisting license issued by the state. Demonstrates the ability to train and mentor other operators and actively participates in the company’s progress with the career path program to help operators move up in their careers.

Education, Experience & Qualifications

The successful candidate will be at least 18 years of age, have an ability and willingness to work under many different weather conditions, and be legally eligible to work in the US. A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment, proven commitment to work and safety and excellent listening, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Although not required, a high school diploma, a valid driver’s license, prior experience operating heavy equipment and relevant certifications are preferred.


Positive, team-oriented individual who has a strong work ethic and is committed to safety, open to personal and professional training and development, and results-oriented with the ability to see the larger picture while focusing on detailed information.


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability Insurance, Maternity & Parental Leave, Flexible Spending Accounts, Discounted Stock Program, 401K, Employee Awards, Employee Assistance Plan, Wellness Incentive, Tuition Assistance, Career Pathways, and More.


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Casella Waste Systems, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an environment of inclusion and mutual respect where opportunities are available to all applicants and team members without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, military and veteran status, status as individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team members is critical to our success as a company and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.

Job Locations US-MA-Springfield

Job ID 2024-5033

Category Equipment Operators

Type Regular Full-Time