Heavy Equipment Operator - Parks

DATE: 2-14-90

JOB TITLE: Heavy Equipment Operator - Parks
DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation


DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Seasonal employees

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: High school graduate with minimum two years of heavy and light equipment operation; or equivalent. Knowledge of some electrical, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, painting and landscape
construction skills are desirable.

NATURE OF WORK: General park maintenance, applying normal construction trades techniques.


I. Operates heavy equipment as required for grounds development and maintenance or for building construction, in a safe and respectful manner.

A. Equipment operation could include but not be limited to high ranger, pay loader, motor patrol, roller, backhoe.

II. Operates light equipment as required for grounds development and maintenance or for building construction.

A. Equipment operation could include but be limited to: mustang loader, Mowers, light trucks, tractors, tree spade, dump truck, sprayers, fertilizer Spreaders, groomers, tree chippers.

III. Performs annual park maintenance functions, which insure the safety, cleanliness, And general compliance with established regulations.

A. Repairs and/or assists with construction of buildings and picnic shelter facilities.
B. Inspects and repairs play apparatus.
C. Reopens and winterizes plumbing fixtures and water lines for buildings, irrigation systems, display fountains, and drinking fountains.
D. Repairs minor electrical problems through the replacement of fixtures, lamps, and ballasts.
E. Constructs and maintains outdoor skating areas which include the erection of hockey boards.
F. Repairs and/or constructs fence, pedestrian bridges.

IV. Performs major and minor landscape construction or renovation projects.

A. Seeds or sods newly developed or renovated park areas.
B. Plants and maintains shrubbery, flowers, and trees.
C. Responsible for the correct spacing requirements of athletic field layouts.
D. Applies liquid and/or granular fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.

V. Performs carpentry and masonry duties for the new construction, renovation, or general maintenance of buildings and grounds.

A. Will assist park Technician III in carpentry projects, both rough-in and finishing, as required.
B. Will be responsible for preparing grounds for concrete footings and slab work and for the pouring and finishing work.
C. Operates in a safe manner a variety of hand tools and hand operated power equipment.

VI. Performs other general maintenance functions.

A. Grooms and sets track for cross country ski trails.
B. Plows snow from parking lots, hiking trails, and hockey rinks.
C. Paints and stains equipment, construction materials or apparatus.
D. In absence or lack of seasonal employees, may mow grass, drag and line And line athletic fields, empty waste receptacles, and clean shelters and restroom facilities.

VII. Supervises and instructs seasonal employees.

A. Shall demonstrate and effectively communicate the safe operation of equipment and tools to seasonal employees assisting on construction or maintenance projects.
B. Communicate work orders and directions to seasonal employees and Reports employee problems to Park Foreman.


I. Answers questions of the general public when in the field or directs public to the proper authority.


I. Class A CDL with Tanker Endorsement

II. Pesticide applicators license for general grounds, mosquito, turf and ornamentals, aquatic.


I. Heavy Equipment and Tool Operations

A. Backhoe, roller, high ranger, pay loader, motor patrol, fork lifts, dozer, truckhoe and all other equipment needed to do job.

II. Light Equipment

A. Snow blower, sweepers, skid loaders, push and riding lawnmowers, plow Truck, tractors, tree spade, dump truck, sprayers, fertilizer spreaders, groomers, wood chippers.
B. Small tools � table saw, jointer, sanders, radial arm saw, circular saw, reciprocating saw, jig saw, rooters, port band saw, drills, screw guns, levels, laser levels, air post pounder, air hammer, ladders, pumps and generator, mauls, shovels, picks,
C. masonry equipment, toweling machines, floats, steels, concrete saws, brick saws, drill press.


I. Generally 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional evening, weekend, or holiday work is required. This is a non-exempt position.

II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently be exposed to outside weather conditions including extreme heat and humidity, extreme cold, as well as wet and slippery conditions. While outside the employee is occasionally exposed to direct sunlight, dust, pollen, and equipment exhaust fumes. The employee may need to traverse rough and uneven terrain andpaved and unpaved trails. The employee occasionally works with toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when around machinery or equipment.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employees is regularly required to walk on uneven and rough terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails, use hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects, tools or controls; and operate foot controls on equipment. The employees frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear. When operating or training others in equipment operation the employee is frequently exposed to bouncing, jostling, twisting, and turning of the upper body. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally must lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.