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Waste Technician – Team Lead

Kitchener, ON

AET Group is currently seeking a Waste Technician – Team Lead, with previous experience leading Waste Audits to join our team! This is a full-time permanent position, and while this role is based out of our Kitchener head office, there will be regular travel for audits; outside of the Region or Province.

AET Group is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting, auditing and scientific services company providing professional services to the built and natural environments in the following core service areas: Air, Audits, Building Sciences, Compliance, Energy, Greenhouse Gases, Home Flood Protection, Management Systems, Mitigation, Sustainability, Waste, and Water. Headquartered in Kitchener Ontario, AET provides services across Canada and the United States. AET is looking for dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable people to complement our current team.

The position of Waste Technician – Team Lead, reports directly to the Manager of Waste Operations and works closely with the Project Manager and Waste Team, to ensure safe and efficient waste audits.   Types of audits may include Residential (single and multi-family), Industrial, Commercial and Institutional, Inbound Landfill and Material Recovery Facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading and conducting waste audits (~85% of time) including:
    • Preparing for upcoming assignments (e.g. assembling field log sheets, equipment, supplies, communicating with project manager & audit team)
    • Leading waste audit team, waste sample collection (e.g. curbside residential waste collection, landfill waste collection, recycling collection), and sample sorting to characterize and determine garbage and recycling composition by material type
    • Ensuring work is carried out in accordance with project specifications and prescribed methodology
    • Ensuring that work is carried out safely by following all health & safety protocols, including proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Data entry, analysis & report writing (~10% of time)
  • Administrative & Communication (~5% of time)
  • Types of audits include: Residential (single and multi-family), Industrial, Commercial and Institutional, Inbound Landfill and Material Recovery Facilities
  • Other duties from time to time (environmental audits, water sampling, etc.)

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Previous experience conducting waste audits required (2-4 years)
  • Degree or Diploma in Environmental Studies or related field preferred
  • Proven experience leading a small team
  • Must possess excellent oral, written, organizational and multitasking skills
  • MS Excel and MS Word knowledge and use preferred
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be punctual and dependable
  • Drivers license with clean drivers abstract; comfortable driving pickup truck and pulling a cargo trailer
  • Professional demeanor
  • Possess initiative, adaptability, flexibility and a willingness to learn


  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Excellent Communication skills

Typical Activities/Physical Abilities:

  • Regularly required to sit, stand, walk
  • Able to drive pickup truck and pulling a cargo trailer
  • Able to lift 20 kg
  • Regularly required to work outside in varying weather conditions
  • PPE Requirements: Half-mask respirator/mask, Safety glasses, Gloves, Hard Hat, Safety Footwear, Coveralls,  Reflective vest


AET Inc. is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible work environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you are contacted to arrange for an interview, please advise us if you require accommodation.

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