Full Job Description
The Highway Department is looking to hire an Equipment Operator II. The Highway Department, under the Department of Public Services, provides for the maintenance and improvement of the Town’s roads, bridges, dams, storm drainage, landfills, and related infrastructure; provides winter storm management for all municipal roads; oversees fleet maintenance needs for all Town vehicles; and provides special project support to various Town Departments.
The position of Equipment Operator II requires someone with considerable knowledge in the skilled operation of heavy on and off road equipment including dozers, graders, backhoes, loaders, and street sweepers. The position requires the skillful, safe, and efficient operation of heavy equipment while performing a significant variety of tasks. An Equipment Operator II operates equipment regularly, and when not engaged in the operation of heavy equipment, the employee may be driving a truck or performing manual labor as required. The position requires the ability to service equipment, make minor field repairs and adjustments, and perform assorted tasks requiring manual labor for extended periods under unfavorable weather conditions when necessary. Applicants must have a demonstrated ability to skillfully operate heavy equipment and establish and maintain successful working relationships fellow employees and with the public. Please note this position is considered essential and the Equipment Operator II must be available for 24/7 on call status for all shifts to respond to winter storm, weather, and other related emergency events; the position includes storm operations responsibilities, including 24/7 on call status for sanding/salting/snow plowing events, and requires the ability to drive and operate equipment during winter storm events and unfavorable conditions, often for lengthy durations.
This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, and successful completion of a pre-employment physical and background check. This position requires a valid RI Driver’s License with a CDL Class B, or the ability to obtain same within 6 months of hire; current CDL Class B holders are preferred. This position also requires a valid RI Department of Labor Hoisting Engineer’s License to operate heavy equipment and all necessary licenses, certificates, ratings and endorsements, or the ability to obtain same within three (6) months of hire.
This 40 hour per week position affiliated with Council 94 starts at a rate of $22.14 per hour, and upon successful completion of the six-month probationary period, increases to $22.69 per hour and includes a full range of benefits. To apply, please submit your application, cover letter, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Personnel Administrator, Town Hall, 180 High Street, Wakefield, RI 02879. Applications are available for download on our website www.southkingstownri.com. Application materials will be accepted through Thursday, September 30, 2021.