Landfill Trainee 1; Trainee 2; or Technician

  • Full Time
  • Madison

Website City of Madison

Salary: $48,900

Job Number: 2022-00325

General Description

The City of Madison is searching for our next Landfill Environmental Technician to conduct monitoring, operation, and maintenance of the City’s five closed landfills. This position will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to work independently at closed municipal landfill sites which are currently maintained as public parks. The applicant who is the ‘right-fit’ is someone interested in all aspects of closed landfill operations, including: environmental monitoring, sample collection, system repair, and emergency response. You will join a well-functioning team within the Engineering Division, as well as having on-the-job training provided. The Division is seeking candidates who are mechanically adept and detailed-oriented, someone who can work independently, and are creative with problem-solving. Positions in this class may also perform other assignments based on the needs of the Division.

Please note the following: The Landfill Technician Training Program has been structured to provide for an accelerated career progression from Landfill Technician Trainee Level 1 to a Trainee Level 2 to a Landfill Technician based on increasing levels of employee expertise and responsibility, independence of action, and experience in and knowledge associated with the work. A candidate who has been hired as a Level 1 Landfill Trainee will have the opportunity to advance through the levels to the Level 3 Landfill Technician position within one (1) year as opposed to having to meet the three-year work requirement qualifications for hiring.

The successful candidate will be placed into one of the three (3) levels listed below based upon experience, which will be determined at the time of hire: 

  • Landfill Technician Trainee Level 1 (starting salary $48,928.88), or
  • Landfill Technician Trainee Level 2 (starting salary $51,068.42), or
  • Landfill Technician (starting salary $52,851.50)

Employees in this position are required to maintain a minimum overtime acceptance rate of 50% for emergency call-ins. 

Hours/Week: 40 Hours. (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM) + Call-In Time.


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Landfill Technician Trainee – Level 1 (15/05). 

  • Employees placed at this position based on requirement of minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Training includes fundamental job knowledge and skills in the areas of landfill gas monitoring, ground water and leachate sampling, and blower, pump, compressor, valve, and probe maintenance, consisting primarily of on-the job activities.
  • Work alongside an experienced Landfill or Facilities Technician to learn basic landfill monitoring, maintenance, and repair tasks and gain hands-on experience in identifying job hazards and the proper use of PPE; tool selection, use and care; and basic maintenance activities.
  • Duration of this level is three (3) months.
  • After three (3) months the employee is reclassified to Level 2 Trainee.

Landfill Technician Trainee – Level 2 (15/06) 

  • Employees placed at this position based on requirement of minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Employees are expected to be able to independently perform basic landfill monitoring and maintenance activities.
  • Employees work with an experienced Landfill or Facilities Technician to learn and gain hands-on experience in performing higher level mechanical maintenance and repair tasks. At this level employees will be expected to respond to routine maintenance requests independently and to respond to after-hours outages.
  • Estimated duration of this level is nine (9) months and is based upon employee’s advancement and obtaining required certifications.
  • Upon successful completion of the twelve (12) month (three months at Level 1 and nine months at Level 2) probationary/trial period the employee shall be reclassified to Landfill Technician in compensation group 15, range 7.

Landfill Technician (15/07) 
Employees at this level are expected to independently perform the full duties and responsibilities of the Landfill Technician position described below.

Landfill Gas Monitoring

  • Use landfill gas analyzer to monitor landfill gas extraction and migration control systems.
  • Ensure complete and accurate data collection
  • Report readings outside established parameters to supervisor according to pre-established standards and procedures
  • Adjust gas valves as directed to control landfill gas migrations; record new setting(s).
  • During monitoring, examine landfill and gas collection systems for needed maintenance or unusual conditions (i.e. severe settlement or subsidence, cracks and fissures, ponding, liquid surging in the gas collection system, etc.). Document and report problems to supervisor.
  • Use LANDTEC System Gas Analyzer Manager (LSGAM) software to:
    1. Download readings from gas analyzer and export to .csv format to specified network location at end of every shift.
    2. Add, delete and/or update probe I.D.s, comments, site questions and related information as needed.
    3. Update instrument configuration (i.e. alarm settings, data logging, date/time settings, field calibration, etc.).
  • Verify that collected gas data is complete and accurate. Import verified data into landfill gas database folder. Notify supervisor of any issues.

Groundwater Monitoring

  • Record groundwater elevation using a water level indicator.
  • Use low-flow sampling equipment to purge groundwater monitoring wells. Monitor chemical stabilization parameters using a multi-parameter water quality meter. Calculate when stabilization is complete by comparing the previous three water quality results against stabilization criteria.
  • Collect groundwater samples according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Groundwater Sampling Field manual. Label sampling containers and complete required lab paperwork including Chain of Custody and Field Parameter forms.
  • Coordinate sample preservation and delivery to offsite laboratory.

Preventative Maintenance, Repairs, Replacements & New Installations

  • Perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the City’s landfill gas collection and migration control, leachate collection and extraction and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot and repair associated buildings and equipment including, but not limited to: blowers, pumps, motors, valves, compressors and probes.
  • Repair, replace and install underground piping, conduits and appurtenances.
  • Maintain gas probe locations and height of probes to be above ground level surface runoff. Ensure that probes are sealed; replace cap/bolt as needed.
  • Maintain groundwater monitoring wells. Repaint or replace protective covers when needed.
  • Replace existing and install new equipment and systems.
  • Oversee and participate in scheduled and emergency cleaning of wells, lift stations and collection lines.
  • Oversee and participate in dewatering of gas collection system to ensure adequate system vacuum.
  • Perform monthly testing and operation of mobile generators under load to ensure reliability as needed to provide temporary power during a power outage.

Leachate Sampling

  • Perform landfill leachate/condensate sampling on a scheduled basis to monitor leachate/condensate levels and composition.
  • Operate a gas-powered air compressor, string hoses and lines for pumping, set discharge and pressure times on air-lift pumps, and take necessary samples and measurements.
  • Take samples according to standard procedures.
  • Collect water level measurements before and after pumping and before leaving site to determine leachate recharge levels.
  • Record all leachate levels.
  • Pump leachate into temporary holding tank and dispose of material in sanitary sewer.

Respond to Landfill Emergencies

  • Respond to landfill alarms (i.e. methane migrations, loss of power, loss of vacuum, etc.) that occur during and outside of regularly occurring shifts.
  • Determine source of problem, confer with supervisor and take agreed upon corrective action (i.e. use portable blower to reduce methane, vactor to re-establish vacuum, connect generator to provide temporary power, etc.).
  • Monitor situation until resolved and/or relieved from duty by supervisor.

Oversee Assigned Staff

  • Lead other staff as assigned.
  • Ensure that assigned staff use required personal protection equipment and follow safe and proper procedures for working with hazardous materials or in hazardous environments.


  • Participate in the testing and evaluation of new equipment and systems.
  • Maintain assigned vehicles, instruments, equipment and tools in good operating condition. Monthly field calibration of the landfill gas monitors and water quality meter.
  • Perform snow and ice removal.
  • Perform routine grounds maintenance.



Minimum Qualifications


Level 1 – Landfill Technician Trainee (15/05)
Six (6) months experience in the construction, electrical, plumbing, maintenance, or environmental monitoring fields; OR an Associate’s Degree, or higher, in civil engineering.
Level 2 – Landfill Technician Trainee (15/06)
Eighteen (18) months experience in the monitoring, maintenance or repair of underground pipelines (e.g. water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, leachate, landfill gas extraction, etc.). An Associate’s Degree, or higher, in civil engineering can be substituted for six (6) months of experience.
Level 3 – Landfill Technician (15/07) 
Three (3) years of experience performing landfill maintenance and monitoring activities including landfill gas monitoring; groundwater and/or leachate sampling; pump, blower, compressor, valve and/or probe installation, maintenance and/or repairs; and/or construction and repair of underground pipelines. An Associate’s Degree, or higher, in civil engineering can be substituted for six (6) months of experience.


The City of Madison strives to provide exceptional customer service to all its residents and visitors. Therefore successful candidates will have demonstrated ability to effectively work with multicultural communities.

For a complete list of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, please see the class specification.



Special Requirements


Valid driver’s license.

Certification in First Aid/CPR is required within the twelve (12) month probation/trial period.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift/carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to frequently bend, twist, squat, and reach for extended periods of time. This position requires occasional ladder use and must have the ability to traverse uneven terrain.
  • This position requires a high percentage of work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Employees in this position will be expected to perform work in confined spaces, underground, in limited light conditions.
Employees in this position are required to maintain a minimum overtime acceptance rate of 50% for emergency call-ins. Failure to do so may result in discipline up to and including termination.

By your start date, you will be required to complete a form declaring your Covid-19 vaccine status as a condition of employment.

*The payroll title is Engineering Operations Maintenance Worker

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