Equipment Operator I
ST JAMES PARISH GOVERNMENT Convent, LA $12 - $14 per hour

JOB FUNCTION: Drives or operates gasoline or diesel-powered light equipment such as trucks, tractors, side-arm/boom mower tractors, bush-hogs, or other equipment in order to maintain parish property, servitude, rights-of-way; and to repair roads and other facilities. The distinction between a Laborer II and this position concerns the use of more complicated equipment. This position is classified as essential during declared emergencies or natural disasters. This is a nonexempt position, forty hours per week.  This position is “Safety Sensitive” and subject to random drug testing as per the St. James Parish Government Employee Handbook. Individuals in this class are able to complete the majority of their projects/assignments with a minimum amount of supervision.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Includes any combination of the following illustrative examples of duties and responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • Performs routine inspection and maintenance to equipment such as checking fuel, oil, and other lubricant levels and sharpening blades; observes indicators to check for the proper function of machinery and stops operation when indicated; reports mechanical problems for repair
  • Maintains logs for mileage, fuel consumption, materials transported in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations
  • Performs a variety of manual tasks including but not limited to; loading, unloading the truck by hand or mechanical loader; securing cargo for transit; removing trees, roots, stumps; cutting grass, weeds, and brush using hand tools and small equipment; patches/repairs asphalt, concrete, and gravel roads
  • Drives or operates small dump trucks, motor patrol, tractors, side-arm/boom mowers, bush-hogs or related grass cutting equipment, to maintain parish property, servitude, and rights-of-way
  • Maintains equipment by washing and cleaning
  • Knowledge of the operating procedures and maintenance of equipment operated
  • General knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations in equipment operation
  • Working knowledge of traffic laws and regulations related to equipment operated
  • Ability to perform or assist in minor maintenance and repair of equipment operated
  • Ability to perform the physical labor required of the position
  • Ability to identify operating problems of equipment assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Ability to Operate the following equipment:

  • Motor Patrol
  • Side-arm/boom mower
  • Tractor with bush hog
  • A small dump truck (less than 16,000 lbs.)
  • Various small and medium equipment

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:  High School diploma or general education diploma (GED) and 1-year experience and/or training.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to add, subtract, and divide into all units of measurement using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to define common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  “Must” possess a valid Louisiana Driver’s License (class “E”) and have an acceptable driving record.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.      

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel objects, tools, controls, and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representatives of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, extreme heat/cold, near moving mechanical parts, and is regularly exposed to vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

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