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Job Req ID:  13757

Materials Handler

Classified Title: Materials Handler 
Role/Level/Range: SWORKER2/01/BU 
Starting Salary Range: $13.27 per hour (per Union Contract eff 1/1/19)
Employee group: Full Time (Casual during probationary period)                 
Schedule: M-F; 8 hours per day 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001596-Custodial Services 
Personnel area: University Administration

General Summary

Handles, pickups and transports recyclable and non-recyclable products according to the university’s recycling and trash/waste reduction program. Provides basic information regarding proper handling and removal of recyclable, trash, and waste products. Works under the direct supervision of the Recycling Coordinator or designee.

Essential Job Functions

  • Collects and removes various recyclable products, trash, and waste from exterior of buildings, and/or designated locations. Empties and relines small and large containers. Transports biohazard waste materials to designated holding areas. Keeps exterior of buildings, parking lots, garages, and docks free of recyclable products, trash and waste.
  • Labels, places, and removes recycling, trash and waste containers in designated areas as directed.
  • Instructs and answers questions from faculty and staff (including grounds and custodial staff) on what and how to sort recyclable products using designated containers on an informal and generally one-on-one basis. Utilizes general understanding of recycling conservation and trash/waste disposal.
  • Identifies and sorts recyclable products into their proper containers as required.  Pickups and disposes bulk recyclable, trash and waste products as requested by various members of the university.
  • Operates a truck, van or other utility vehicles and equipment (i.e., hand truck, compactors, balers, forklift, etc.) to prepare for and/or pickup recyclable, waste, and trash products on and off campus.
  • Directs recycling products and trash/waste collectors to various pickup points on campus. Observes safety precautions and uses equipment properly to avoid harming self and others, and damaging property.
  • Maintains tools, equipment, and work areas in a clean and orderly condition after work has been completed. Reports any mechanical concerns to supervisor.
  • May assist in special events such as commencement, residence move-in or snow emergencies, and any other events as necessary.
  • May be required to be available for 24 hour calls. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Experience/Skills & Abilities Required

  • High school degree or equivalent preferred. Knowledge of recycling processes preferred.
  • Ability to read and write and to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate recycling information and respond to questions from faculty, staff, and students.
  • Appropriate valid driver’s license with good driving record. Experience with a manual transmission preferred.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather condition when needed, i.e., snow removal.
  • Ability to work when required accommodating special needs of the university. May work occasional weekends or other shifts as required.
  • Ability to interact and/or work with faculty, students, staff, and visitors in a respectful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects and materials weighing up to 50 lbs. Ability to stand, walk or otherwise move about campus on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to ascend/descend stairs on a regular basis.

This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. IT does not exclude other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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