Recruitment #2302-2583-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed historic charm with a breathtaking art museum, top-flight cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


In order to maintain safe and clean neighborhoods, Sanitation Inspectors provide code enforcement of garbage, recycling, and solid waste ordinances and refer other conditions to applicable City departments.

Essential Functions

Code Enforcement and Field Work:

  • Perform code enforcement for various solid waste and snow and ice removal ordinances while representing the City in a highly professional manner.
  • Write clean-up orders and post notification tags for nuisance garbage, cart returns, and other violations.
  • Document violations by taking photos with a digital camera and downloading digital pictures to the city’s network.
  • Coordinate with field supervisors for abatement of violations.
  • Assemble, dismantle, deliver, and pick up refuse/recycle carts.
  • Assist supervisors in tracking progress and reallocating equipment while performing the snow duty role.
  • Assist drivers with mounting plow blades on city vehicles during snow and ice control operations.
  • Perform custodial duties such as sweeping, cleaning, and loading/unloading trucks.
  • Shovel snow and spread sand or salt on city streets and walkways.

Administrative and Customer Service:

  • Provide excellent customer service by educating residents on applicable codes and practicing non-escalation and de-escalation techniques to avoid and diffuse potential conflict.
  • Keep detailed, accurate, and organized records of code enforcement activity. Create and maintain various reports and spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel software or other prescribed electronic systems.
  • Enter code violation and service responses into the Department of Public Works (DPW) Work Orders application and refer situations to other responsible departments.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

Please be advised that new employees are required to have received either both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine prior to their employment start date or have an approved religious or medical accommodation prior to their employment start date. You can find further information relative to the City’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy here.

  • Must be willing to work 24/7 to assist during snow and ice control operations.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work, including the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. or more of equipment/material, and heavier weight with assistance.

Minimum Requirements

  1. One year of experience conducting inspections or working in a compliance capacity with codes, ordinances, regulations, or statutes.
  2. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Milwaukee’s street layout.
  • Familiarity with City of Milwaukee Solid Waste regulations.
  • Familiarity with State and Federal Hazardous Waste regulations.
  • College coursework related to job duties.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of inspection techniques.
  • Ability to read and interpret City of Milwaukee codes and ordinances.
  • Ability to read and interpret street maps.
  • Proficiency with personal computer operations.
  • Operational knowledge of Microsoft Office’s Word and Excel programs.

Communication and Interpersonal:

  • Skill in talking and interacting with a wide variety of people, including residents, coworkers, supervisors, and elected officials.
  • Skill in writing effective email messages and letter responses to resident complaints.
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to deal tactfully with residents and public officials.
  • Ability to diffuse customers behaving in a confrontational manner when dealing with sanitation issues.
  • Ability to effectively work and interact with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Critical Thinking and Professionalism:

  • Ability to receive and prioritize direction from multiple supervisors to ensure timely completion of responsibilities.
  • Ability to work independently and make appropriate decisions.
  • Ability to maintain professional composure in high pressure situations.
  • Ability to effectively manage time.
  • Situational awareness and personal safety skills.

Current Salary

The current salary range (Pay Range 3BN) is $37,717-$41,585 annually, and the current resident salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $38,848-$42,832 annually.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience, and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.


INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the application deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • Applications and further information may be accessed by visiting
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.