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Plant Supervisor

May 10, 2021

100 Red Rock Road, Newport, MN 55055

Annual Salary Range: $82,000 – $114,291

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is searching for a qualified and dynamic leader to serve as Operations Supervisor of the Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport, MN. This position reports to the R&E Center Facility Manager.

R&E is a joint powers entity formed by Ramsey and Washington Counties.  R&E coordinates recycling and waste programs between the two counties (joint activities), and owns and operates the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) in Newport, Minnesota ( The R&E Center manages more than 450,000 tons of trash per year. At the R&E Center, trash is processed to recover recyclable metals and to make refuse-derived fuel which is used to generate electricity. Through this system, R&E is maximizing the recovery of resources and diverting as much as possible from landfills. The R&E Center is the only facility of its kind in the state. R&E’s vision is vibrant, healthy communities without waste, and the R&E Center accomplishes R&E’s mission through partnerships and innovation.

The ideal candidate will have solid waste industry experience, leadership skills, and experience supervising operations and personnel in an industrial facility – preferably in a union environment.

This is professional work including, but not limited to the following:

  • Support leadership and safety initiatives for R&E and the R&E Center.
  • Promote a positive and trusting culture through leading by example and fostering a spirit of cooperation between staff and between staff and supervisors.
  • Accomplish production results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Direct plant operations in accordance with Recycling and Energy (R&E) Board policies and procedures.
  • Set schedules, distribute work assignments, establish priorities; monitor progress; resolve problems; and ensure work is completed on time.
  • Promote, teach and enforce work safety rules, codes, standards and work practices.
  • Resolve disputes with haulers, transportation companies, employees, and others as needed in accordance with R&E Board policy and procedures.
  • Assist with the annual budget as directed by the Facility Manager.
  • Maintain operations records.
  • Conduct plant inspections as required.
  • Ensure facility operations comply with all local, state and federal laws, permits and regulations.
  • Maintain and monitor the equipment and related processes that have been assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Must possess high school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Must have three to five years industrial production facility experience including the operation and maintenance of material handling equipment.

Other: Must pass R&E physical examination and security screening.  Positions in this job class are subject to drug and alcohol testing. Testing negative on required tests is a condition of employment.

A detailed job description can be found here: Plant Operations Supervisor

Position open until filled. Applicants should respond promptly as the initial review of applications and supplemental questions will occur on June 7, 2021.

To Apply:

To apply for an R&E job, all of the following are required to be completed.

  1. Complete the job application
  2. Thoroughly answer all supplemental questions
  3. Send job application and supplemental questions to Human Resources by emailing completed application and supplemental questions to

The job description and supplemental questions are both fillable-PDFs. Learn how to use fillable PDFs. You may also print the application and supplemental questions and complete them.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin.