Act Now: OC Career Academy Hiring Now!

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For recent high school graduates, the transition from classrooms to careers can feel daunting. But what if there was a pathway that not only jumpstarts your journey but also offers experiences and endless possibilities for growth? Enter the OC Career Academy, a program by OC Waste and Recycling (OCWR) tailored for ambitious individuals like you, eager to start their careers.

Meet Paul Venegas and Alejandro Garcia—two of our team members at OCWR. From Landfill Laborer to Supervisor, their experiences showcase the immense potential for personal and professional development within OCWR's dynamic environment.

Paul Venegas, now Landfill Maintenance Crew Supervisor at Frank R. Bowerman Landfill, vividly remembers his beginnings with OCWR. "If you ever had a desire to give back to our community, but for whatever reason were unable to, this is your opportunity," he shares. 

Paul's journey began as a Landfill Laborer over two decades ago, driven by a desire to contribute to his community. Over the years, he has witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of OCWR's initiatives, from recycling programs to innovative composting efforts. "Here at OCWR, we work to keep our County clean while also giving back with our compost and recycling program," Paul stated.

Alejandro Garcia, a former Landfill Laborer now Landfill Equipment Operator Trainee, shares Paul's enthusiasm for the opportunities available within OCWR. "This is definitely a job you can look forward to the future because it's not a dead-end job," Alejandro affirms. With just three years under his belt, he has already seen remarkable growth and progress, a testament to the endless possibilities within OCWR.

Why Working at the Landfill Is Rewarding:

  1. Community Impact: As a member of the OC Career Academy, you'll play a vital role in shaping a cleaner, greener future for Orange County. Your work in waste management and recycling directly contributes to building a healthier environment for generations to come.
  2. Personal Growth: The OC Career Academy is a journey of personal and professional development. With mentorship and hands-on training, you will acquire valuable skills and experiences that will set you apart in today's competitive job market.
  3. Endless Opportunities: Whether you're interested in landfill maintenance, resource recovery, or exploring other opportunities, OCWR provides a supportive environment for growth and advancement. 

Ready to Launch Your Career?

Don't wait any longer to kickstart your journey with the OC Career Academy. Apply today visiting OC Career Academy ( for an application and emailing Take the first step towards beginning your career.