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Refuse Driver / Loader (Staff Bank)

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Looking for a career where every day brings new challenges and opportunities to make a real difference in your community?  Join our team as Refuse Driver / Loader through our staff bank. 

Northumberland County Council’s Staff Bank provides a pool of highly skilled temporary workers who are looking for a long-term placement, or who want to work flexibly within the council. If a team needs support due to sickness, common staff shortages, or general vacancies, they call upon registered bank members to fill available assignments. These can be filled via a long-term assignment for up to 12 months or on an ad hoc basis. 


Job Title: Refuse HGV Driver / Loader

Salary Range: £24,294 - £25,979

Various Ad Hoc, Temporary Shifts


Job Purpose:

Drive an HGV, load refuse, and supervise a small team of Refuse Loaders to provide efficient refuse collection and recycling service.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive HGV Refuse Vehicle, load refuse, and supervise team to meet service objectives and quality standards.
  • Oversee refuse collection & recycling services according to schedules and Council policy.
  • Collect clinical waste, empty bins, and remove dead animals using appropriate vehicles.
  • Carry out routine vehicle checks, maintenance, and paperwork accurately.
  • Ensure safety of team and public, and provide courteous service.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to achieve work plans and maintain standards.


Experience Required:

  • HGV Driving Licence category C or above (no more than 3 points)
  • Knowledge of legislation and regulations relating to driving.
  • Awareness of Health & Safety legislation and its application.
  • Experience in refuse collection and vehicle checks.
  • Able to understand and follow instructions.
  • Basic record keeping skills.
  • Able to plan, organise, and prioritise resources and staff.
  • Good communication skills and ability to handle issues calmly.
  • Willingness to undertake job related training.


Benefits of joining NCC’s Staff Bank include: 

  • Flexible contract – work and earn alongside your current commitments 

  • Career opportunities - Build and increase your employability and professional network with the opportunity to gain fixed term and permanent contracts. 

  • Try different roles within the organisation to find your fit.  

  • Develop new skills and enhance current expertise to help supplement your career. 

Where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. You are therefore advised to submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 
The Staff Bank is managed by the Temporary Staffing Team, who you can contact via You will be subject to Northumberland County Council's pre-employment checking process which includes a minimum of 2 references covering the past 3 years, health clearance and proof of right to work in the UK and depending on the assignment you may be required to undertake a DBS check. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme, please email or ring 01670 623930 with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored into the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format, please see the alternative methods below.  This information will be treated as confidential and will only be used to check that you meet the essential requirements of the post.   

For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please see the attached guidance notes here

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For those with speech difficulties or hearing loss: Text relay service dial 018001 01670 623930 


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