The Heavy Equipment Operator is a skilled-level position responsible for operating bulldozers to build dikes and levees, make roads or pads, level roads and rivers, clean silt from banks, reshape slopes, push material; graders to make roads, level or smooth roads, and to perform weed abatement; rubber tire loaders and/or dump trucks to load trucks, fill sand plant hoppers, and haul materials; backhoes to dig holes or trenches, clean trash racks, load and unload trucks, set pipes and pumps, and to move or place rock or dirt; heavy equipment scrapers heavy equipment scrapers to clean silt from percolation basis, holding ponds, cut roads, and to haul material from place to place; forklifts to load and unload trucks and to move items from place to place; excavators to dig holes and trenches, removes material from ponds and channels; water truck to spray roads and levees and to water newly planted vegetation; mowing equipment to mow roads, levees, and slopes. The Heavy Equipment Operator will participate in hauling heavy equipment from one location to another by loading and unloading equipment onto trucks, chaining equipment down, and acting as a pilot car or driving a low-bed semi; perform a variety of hand work including but not limited to, digging trenches by hand, turning valves, sweeping, weedwacking, painting, fish clean-up, and washing trucks; be responsible for the maintenance of equipment and the driver’s log; follow all workplace and job safety rules and policies. The Heavy Equipment Operator may perform other duties of a similar nature or level, as assigned.
In addition to the duties described above, the incumbent may be asked to assist with wetlands operations, such as spraying herbicide chemicals from pickup truck and small boat with outboard motor; supporting Mulefat planting by operating and maintaining irrigation system and water truck; placing and removing stop logs using a backhoe; moving water control valves; removing and trimming trees using chainsaws, chippers, and other equipment.
High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent; two years of directly related heavy equipment operation experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job. Knowledge of heavy equipment operating techniques and procedures, methods used to tie down heavy equipment, basic hydraulic principles, applicable Federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations, safe work practices, and basic construction. Skills in operating and tying down a variety of heavy equipment, reading hydraulic gauges, maintaining a variety of reports and records. Good communication and interpersonal skills to receive work direction. Ability to handle job stress and interact effectively with others in the workplace.
Possession of a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance. In addition, employee must obtain and retain a valid California Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License within six (6) months of employment with HazMat endorsement, tank endorsement, and air brake certification at the employee’s sole expense.
Special Working Conditions:
Incumbent is required to have sufficient physical ability to work in a field setting and stand, sit, or walk for prolonged periods of time; operate heavy equipment including use of hand tools, and other related equipment; to climb, balance, stoop, reach, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, perform repetitive motions; to frequently lift and move objects up to 20 pounds (40 pounds at Prado); to occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds (80 pounds at Prado); and to utilize sight, hearing, and speaking to exchange information and operate assigned equipment. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, intense noises and travel.
Current COVID schedule: 4/10 with every Friday off. Post-COVID schedule: 9/80 with alternating Friday off. May be asked to work occasional weekends, overtime, on-call or in emergencies (i.e. during storm events), as needed.
Salary Range:$34.38 - $42.98 per hour
Candidates given an offer of employment will be required to pass a medical examination and background check. This is a safety sensitive job classification that requires registration with the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. Pre-employment drug screening is conducted for DOT Program positions. You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit www.ocwd.com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE