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Equipment Operator - Parks & Recreation

Phenix City, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Job Summary

Under general supervision operates equipment of various sizes and types utilized in the maintenance of City parks, playgrounds, softball fields, baseball fields, football fields, soccer fields, lakes, and recreation centers. Visually inspects assigned vehicles and equipment to ensure proper operating condition, informs supervisor and completes shop work order for needed repairs. Performs additional tasks in support of the department as needed or upon request.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statement of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned and expected aside from those set forth below to address operational needs and changing operational practices.

A. Equipment Operation (75%)

  • Operates mowers, tractors, backhoe, and dump trucks in support of maintenance and field preparation
  • Use two-way radio to contact other vehicles, office personnel and supervisor.
  • Uses hand and power tools including power saw and limb chipper to cut vegetation and limbs on park property.
  • Uses rakes, shovels, and pitchforks to remove debris and clean up work areas.
  • Uses striper, sod cutter, top dresser and reel mower to prepare athletic fields.

B. Equipment Maintenance (20%)

  • Visually inspects vehicle to ensure signaling and safety equipment is operating properly.
  • Checks brakes, tires, and wipers to ensure proper operation and condition.
  • Checks fluid levels to include oil, hydraulic, and water, adds fluids as needed.
  • Completes shop work order for necessary repairs.
  • Ensures that vehicle/equipment is serviced at the designated intervals.
  • Inspects trailer connection to ensure lines are properly connected and to ensure electrical lines are functioning with signaling equipment.
  • Visually inspects tires to detect worn or damaged areas; using air pressure gauge ensures that tires are inflated to proper levels.
  • Refuels vehicle and gas powered equipment as needed.
  • Clean vehicles and equipment regularly to ensure a pleasing appearance.

C. Services to Department (5%)

  • Assists in other department as needed, such as repairs on Recreation Centers.
  • Attends departmental meetings and safety meetings.
  • Maintains uniform and safety attire to conform to dress code and safety rules.
  • Performs additional tasks as needed or upon request.


Education & Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities required for this position would be:

Have high school education, GED.

Equivalent training and experience

Licenses or Certifications Required
Hold valid state issued driver license

The following generally describes the knowledge and abilities required in order to successfully perform the assigned duties of the position:

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of organization and operational procedures of the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Knowledge of proper operation, use and maintenance of assigned equipment.
  • Knowledge of policies, rules and regulations of the City of Phenix City.
  • Reading skills to comprehend operator manuals, directives, gauges and indicators.
  • Writing skills to complete non-complex forms and records.
  • Verbal communications skills to converse with supervisors, crew members and co-workers regarding work related activities.
  • Math skills to count, add and subtract whole numbers.
  • Skills to comprehend verbal instructions.
  • Skill to operated two-way radio to communicate with other work crews or supervisors and to receive dispatch information.

Ability to:

  • Ability to follow instructions and efficiently complete tasks.
  • Ability to exercise judgment particularly in tasks involving the safety of self and others.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and carry out assigned tasks.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Skills to operate tractors, mowers, top dressers and light trucks proficiently.
  • Skills to operate equipment with minimal instruction from supervisor and skilled operators.

Physical Demands & Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations needed to perform the essential duties of this position.

Environment: Outdoors

Physical Demands: See accompanying page for details

Key Working Relationship: Parks and Recreation Supervisors, Employees, and Citizens