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Equipment Operator II - G120 Forestry

Columbus Consolidated Government

Columbus Consolidated Government

Columbus, GA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Major Duties and Responsibilities

This position is responsible for the operation of motorized equipment in support of the installation, maintenance, and repair of the storm water system.

  • Operates dump trucks, bucket trucks, tractors, chainsaws, weed eaters, leaf blowers, grasshoppers, dixie choppers, and chippers.
  • Picks up trash and mows grass.
  • Assists in planting trees.
  • Assists the inmate detail.
  • Maintains grounds equipment.
  • Inspects trucks and other equipment.
  • Flags traffic at work sites.
  • Transports material to and from maintenance sites as needed.
  • Responds to 911 calls.
  • Assists in the maintenance of facilities for special events.
  • Reads maps.
  • Performs equipment inventories.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the operation of dump trucks, bucket trucks, tractors, chainsaws, weed eaters, leaf blowers, grasshoppers, dixie choppers, and chippers.
  • Knowledge of safety precautions.
  • Skill in directing traffic.
  • Skill in maintaining equipment.
  • Skill in map reading.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to read, write, and perform basic mathematical calculations.

Minimum Educational and Training Requirements

Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the occupational field, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education. Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued (CDL) by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Physical Requirements

The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee frequently lifts light and heavy objects, climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color.

  • Balancing – maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching.
  • Climbing – ascending, descending ladders, stairs, ramps, requires body agility.
  • Crouching – bending body forward by bending leg, spine.
  • Feeling – perceiving attributes of objects by touch with skin, fingertips.
  • Grasping – applying pressure to object with fingers, palm.
  • Handling – picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
  • Hearing 1 – perceiving sounds at normal speaking levels, receive information.
  • Hearing 2 – receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
  • Kneeling – bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
  • Lifting – raising objects from lower to higher position, moving objects side to side, using upper extremities, back.
  • Manual Dexterity – picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
  • Mental Acuity – ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
  • Pulling - use upper extremities to exert force, haul or tug.
  • Pushing – use upper extremities to press against objects with force, or thrust forward, downward, outward.
  • Reaching – extending hands or arms in any direction.
  • Repetitive Motion – substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
  • Speaking – expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
  • Standing – for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping – bending body downward, forward at waist, with full motion of lower extremities and back.

The work is typically performed in an office, library, computer room, stockroom, warehouse, or outdoors where the employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and cold or inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.