Litter Control Laborer

Thurston County
Full Time $3,813 - $4,724 Per month WA 9605 Tilley Rd SW S, Olympia, WA 98512, United States


Thurston County Public Works is recruiting for a Litter Control Laborer to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team. The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for performing litter pickup along roadways and on public properties. This position may also perform other duties such as operating a truck and trailer, performing general labor and maintenance tasks, and providing storm response such as filling sandbags and clearing storm drains.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Performs manual labor collecting roadside and illegally dumped litter of varying sizes and materials requiring standing, bending, and walking for extended periods of time. 
  • Drives vehicle with utility trailer attached.
  • Works alongside court-mandated community service volunteers.
  • Exercises safe working procedures and practices.
  • Reads and interprets written instructions and documents and follows oral instructions.
  • Operates small hand tools.
Working Conditions:
Duties are mostly performed outdoors and are frequently exposed to loud noises, strong smells, fumes, traffic, and weather. May be exposed to hazardous or infectious materials, extreme temperatures, or work near homeless campsites. Physical demands include occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs., moving supplies, setting up and moving road signs, and moving large illegally dumped items and trash bags.

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Message to potential applicants: We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.  

The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community.  Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business.  We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.
Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  

Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves.  To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.  We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.  .

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family.  Please visit website for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry.  We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program that allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.  
Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .


  • High School Diploma or GED. 
  • One year of construction related experience. 
  • Must have valid Washington State Driver's License.
  • Must possess a Washington Traffic Flagging Card or obtain one within six (6) months of employment. 
  • Must hold a valid First Aid Card (or obtain within 3 months of employment). 
  • Any demonstrated combination of experience, training and education which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform labor intensive tasks for extended periods under unfavorable weather conditions and safely operate tools and equipment.
  • Experience in roadway maintenance, highway or building construction that directly involves the skills required to operate machinery, small tools, power tools, vehicles or equipment.

Desired Skills

  • Ability to tow and maneuver a utility trailer
  • Familiarity with Thurston County roads and geography
  • Comfortable working with diverse groups of individuals  
  • Ability to lift in excess of 50 lbs