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Equipment Operator - Lakebed Vegetation Management




General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible skilled and expert level work in the operation of light to heavy equipment, maintaining the vegetative growth in the lakebed areas of several lakes where the dams were destroyed during Hurricane Florence.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs responsible expert level heavy equipment operation. Work involves operating backhoes and motor graders, side arm mowers and other heavy equipment; mowing and maintaining the lakebed. Employees are subject to working in outside environments, in extreme cold and hot weather, and hazards in the work including exposures to loud noises, vibrations, proximity to moving mechanical parts, exposure to chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and oils. Work is reviewed for appearance, productivity, and adherence to work standards through observation, inspection, and feedback from City officials and the public.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Tasks

  • Operates equipment such as grader, backhoe, dump trucks, loaders and a variety of hand and power tools, performs in-field routine maintenance and minor repairs to equipment.
  • Participates in cleaning storm-water system and monitoring storm water pumps.
  • Participates in the City's safety program and adheres to safety procedures and policies of the Public Works department.
  • May serve as lead worker.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of traffic laws governing equipment operation.
  • Knowledge of the practice of operating and servicing medium and large equipment. Knowledge of the occupational hazards related safety precautions for large equipment in traffic and in tight locations and around overhead and underground utilities.
  • Knowledge of the public works or utilities function to which normally assigned.
  • Working knowledge of semi-skilled carpentry and plumbing.
  • Some knowledge of the application of information technology to the job.
  • Skill in teamwork and customer contact.
  • Skill in the operation and care of large specialized equipment.
  • Ability to establish and follow an appropriate route working efficiently without close supervision.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment.
  • Ability to deal courteously with the public.
  • Ability to lead effectively in the absence of the supervisor.
  • Ability to train and mentor coworkers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Ability to prepare simple records of work activities.

Physical RequirementsTh

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, and hearing.
  • Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess visual acuity to operate equipment such as trucks, tractors, mowers, and power tools, to perform trades tasks, and to prepare records of work performed.

Desirable Education and Experience

Graduation from high school and a minimum of 5 years experience in heavy equipment operation; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Duties

Assists in other departmental functions as needed.

Performs related duties as required.

This is a full-time temporary position and will continue for the duration of the project (minimum 1 year)