Scalehouse Technician (Variable Hour)

Metro Portland , OR 97228

Posted 3 months ago

Metro's Scalehouse operations team is pleased to be recruiting for multiple temporary Scalehouse Technicians. This position operates a computerized scaling system and performs cashier duties for commercial and public vehicles delivering solid waste to disposal sites. This position also provides information to the public and enforces Metro policy regarding solid waste disposal. Supervision is received from the Scalehouse Supervisor.

These part-time temporary positions are employed based on a variable work hour schedule. Each position may work up to and not exceed 1,040 hours in a 12-month period. Work locations include Metro Central Station (6161 NW 61st Ave., Portland) and Metro South Station (2001 Washington St., Oregon City).

Multiple part-time positions are available. This is primarily an on-call position with variable work hour. Hours may be scheduled in advance on occasion.


  • Your hours will vary based on the needs of the work unit (while remaining under the limit of 1,040 hours in a year). You should be available to work up to 40 hours per week, if needed. Some shifts will be scheduled in advance, but you will also be required to work on an "on-call" basis as needed.

  • Shifts can start as early as 6:30 a.m. and can end as late at 7 p.m.

  • Some sick time is provided for previously scheduled shifts.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Essential Job Duties: An employee in this position must be able to perform all of the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform. A temporary employee will generally not perform the full scope of duties as listed in the job classification.

  • Performs cashiering duties, collects fees and issues change and receipt. Calculates fees based on Metro Policy.

  • Collects information such as size, material codes and volume through the computerized scaling system to assure accurate data for billing and development of Metro policy.

  • Uses computer and other general office equipment to perform duties.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

This position is represented by AFSCME 3580 and is classified as a Scalehouse Technician (click to read the full classification). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • One year experience in a position working directly with the general public, and

  • High school diploma or GED, or

  • Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

  • Must be flexible and available to work at either facility most days and shifts, including weekends and all hours of operation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to provide quality customer service.

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

  • Ability to operate two scalehouse windows during busy times.

  • Good math skills and the ability to calculate/estimate quickly.

  • Ability to make change and balance cash.

  • Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to establish effective working relationships with other employees and the general public.

  • Ability to operate a cash register, adding machine and calculator, as well as other general office equipment necessary to performing the duties of the job.

  • Basic computer skills and ability to learn software specific to scalehouse operations.

  • Ability to maintain records, both electronic and physical, in accordance with established procedures.

Additional Information:

Working conditions: Duties are performed in a kiosk-type building. Scalehouse Technicians will be exposed to weather (sometimes inclement) via open windows. This position requires the ability to perform those activities necessary to complete the essential functions of the job, either with or without reasonable accommodation. Position requires frequent or continuous standing, fingering, reaching, sitting, bending, grasping, repetitive motions of the hands/wrists, handling and good general hearing. May also require occasional walking, feeling, repetitive motions of the feet, kneeling, and lifting up to 35 pounds or carrying up to 15 pounds.

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources (503) 797-1570.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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