Recycling & Energy Processor Helper

100 Red Rock Road, Newport, MN

Starting Salary: $19.37 per hour (plus shift differential pay when applicable) with raises

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) has an opening for a full-time Processor Helper at the Recycling & Energy Center (R&E Center) located in Newport, MN.

As a Processor Helper, your duties will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Becoming thoroughly familiar with Plant operating procedures

  • Operating a fork lift and skid steer loader, in conjunction with clean-up duties

  • Performing general plant and office clean-up , including maintaining plant grounds

  • Performing fire watch duties and assisting with load out functions

  • Starting and stopping the operation of plant machinery in conjunction with clean-up duties throughout the plant

  • Complying with Company policies and procedures

  • Actively participating in safety, training and retraining programs

To qualify for this position you must possess a high school diploma or equivalent with post high school training a plus; have the ability to operate a fork lift, skid loader or similar equipment; be familiar with hydraulic equipment, air tools and various hand tools; possess a driver’s license; be able to work from scaffolding and catwalks in high and confined areas; be able to work in a wide range of climatic conditions; be able to work on static rotating shift schedules, overtime, weekends and holidays as the needs of the plant dictate; have the physical dexterity to operate plant equipment in conjunction with clean-up duties; be able to lift up to 40 pounds and physically qualify for use of respirator equipment; be able to work well with others and possess good interpersonal skills. A positive attitude, good safety awareness and strong work ethic are additional success factors.

This is a Union position. There are multiple openings, so the successful candidate may be hired for the afternoon shift from 3:45pm - 11:45pm, Sunday through Thursday or the overnight shift from 10:15pm - 6:15am, Sunday through Thursday.


Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, employer paid short and long term disability insurance, and tax-deferred compensation. Employees of Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy participate in the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association Public Employees Retirement Association (P.E.R.A.) pension plan. Both the employee and the employer make contributions in accordance with current legislative requirements.

 Position will remain open until filled.


A detailed job description can be found here:  Processor Helper

To Apply:

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

  1. Complete the job application

  2. Send job application to Human Resources through one of the following methods:

    1. Email completed application to, or

    2. Mail or hand-deliver completed application to the R&E Center-Human Resources Department at 100 Red Rock Road, Newport, MN 55055.


The application is a fillable-PDF. Learn how to use fillable PDFs. You may also print the application and complete it.

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.