Equipment Operator I

Parks Division of Parks and Recreation, City of Laurel, MS. | $10.72 hourly / $22,299.68 annually + attractive benefits package | Open From: Sep 28, 2020 - Until Filled

Job Description

Job Context

The Equipment Operator is a full-time, permanent position in the Parks Department. The immediate supervisor for this
position is the Laborer Supervisor. The person in this position is supervised on a daily basis and supervises departmental laborers
and prison workers. The Equipment Operator works regular hours most of the time with occasional overtime when the workload
demands it. There is no night or shift work involved with this position. The person in this position is not on call. 5% of the work
for this position is indoors; 95% is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather conditions. The position has
accountability for safety and legal issues related to the work for which this position is responsible.
There is exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis. This exposure includes, but is not limited to,
herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, and various other plant chemicals. The stress level associated with this
position is average. Physical work involved with this position includes, but is not limited to, planting trees, mowing City property,
removing debris, and lifting small trees and shrubs.

 

Purpose of Position

Maintain City grounds and ensure cleanliness of all City properties using smaller heavy equipment

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain City grounds

Ensure mowing equipment is in operating order
Examine grounds for foreign objects before mowing
Mow and weed-eat grounds
Edge sidewalks, as needed
Trim City hedges, as needed
Pick up debris and trash from City properties
Examine mowing equipment after mowing and remove
excess material
Service mowing equipment for storage

 

Collect trash throughout City

Inspect City grounds for trash
Ensure Laborers perform the work satisfactorily
Assist Laborers with collecting trash
Dispose of trash in appropriate manner
Maintain City greenhouse
Inspect greenhouse for any problems or potential problems
Make any needed repair to greenhouse
Keep windows and glass clean and maintained
Arrange park structures when needed
Ensure park equipment is safe
Arrange equipment in proper locations
Mow and trim around equipment
Request new equipment, when needed

Plant and water tree or shrub

Fertilize surrounding soil
Inspect tree or shrub for healthiness

Maintain trees and shrubs throughout City

Inspect trees and shrubs for healthiness
Prune trees and shrubs, as needed
Utilize chain saw to remove limbs, as needed
Remove excess limbs from area
Ensure City landscaping is void of debris
Inspect landscaping for excess debris
Assist horticultural workers with removing debris
Dispose of debris in appropriate manner
Perform other duties as directed

Maintain City greenhouse

Inspect greenhouse for any problems or potential problems
Make any needed repair to greenhouse
Keep windows and glass clean and maintained
Arrange park structures when needed
Ensure park equipment is safe
Arrange equipment in proper locations
Mow and trim around equipment
Request new equipment, when needed

Arrange park structures when needed

Ensure park equipment is safe
Arrange equipment in proper locations
Mow and trim around equipment
Request new equipment, when needed

Maintain departmental vehicles and mowing equipment

Check oil, gas, water and brake fluid in vehicles each day
Wash all vehicles on a daily basis
Transfer flat tires to city barn for repair
Request new equipment be ordered

Maintain trees and shrubs throughout City
Inspect trees and shrubs for healthiness
Prune trees and shrubs, as needed
Utilize chain saw to remove limbs, as needed
Remove excess limbs from area

Ensure City landscaping is void of debris
Inspect landscaping for excess debris
Assist horticultural workers with removing debris
Dispose of debris in appropriate manner

Perform other duties as directed

Requirements

Certification, Education and Experience

Certification: A valid driver’s license is required for this position.
Education: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position.
Experience: At least 1 year of experience is strongly recommended for this position

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge:
Proper operation of departmental equipment
Proper procedures for planting trees and shrubs
Layout of City landscaping
Greenhouse maintenance and repair
Location of City properties
Proper grammar and proper use of English in speaking and writing
OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety
Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department
Mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, division and multiplication
General functions and operations of municipal government

Skills and Abilities:

Plant trees and shrubs
Lift heavy garbage and debris
Operate departmental and commercial mowing equipment
Water and fertilize flowers, trees and shrubs
Inspect landscaping for insects and diseases
Prioritize daily work flow
Work as a team member with other employees
Meet specified or required deadlines
Make decisions within specified time restraints
Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, etc., both oral and written
Maintain confidentiality
Work autonomously when necessary
Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions
Deal with others in a professional manner
Maintain professional composure in heated situations
Follow departmental and City policies and procedures

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 75 pounds
Ability to bend, stoop, and crouch frequently
Must be capable to extending the hands and arms in any direction; handling, seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise
working with the hands/fingers
Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time

Fine Print

Applicant must provide the following documents to Human Resources, 401 North 5th
Avenue (3rd Floor City Hall) Room 302:

➢ WIN Job Center referral
➢ Valid Mississippi Driver’s License
➢ Social Security Card
➢ High School Diploma or Equivalent desired but not required