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Heavy Equipment Operator


Posted: 9/21/2019
Job Reference #: 1342102

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OM5505512 Vegetation Maintenance

Job Description
There are two positions available.

Operates specialized aquatic plant harvesters such as towboats to cut and/or remove submerged, emergent, and free-floating noxious plants/ vegetation from canals that impede navigation and flow, and degrade water quality.  
May be required to operate multi excavation earthmoving equipment to preserve and maintain ditches, canals, and levee systems. Such equipment includes: excavator, backhoe, grader, dozer, front-end loader, dump truck, and knuckle boom. 

Removes cut plants from the water and stores on the machine until they can be off-loaded and disposed of properly.  Removes vegetation jams and fallen trees that block navigation, access and water flow. When necessary, enters water to remove snags, debris, etc.

Assists with field surveys to determine the need for and location of aquatic plant control operations.

Inspects equipment for safety issues on a daily basis as well as the condition of the work site prior to setting up equipment. Ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures. Reads and understands: signs, signals, load charts, grade stakes, excavation plans, load charts for dredging operations, operating manuals and service procedures.

Loads, hauls, and dumps materials operating a 15-25 yard dump truck, trailer, and transport equipment and machinery on semi-trailer to and from job site and its loading or off-loading. Measures and verifies levels of rock or gravel, bases, and other excavated material.

Monitors gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure equipment is working properly. Operates, inspects, cleans, and performs routine mechanical maintenance on assigned equipment. Moves materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, canal banks, or warehouse.

Observes hand signals, grade stakes, and other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.  Becomes familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.  Uses relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with regulations or standards.

This position may be required to perform general welding, fabricating and modifying of materials and equipment.

This position requires participation in the Pumping Operations Program as either a Pump Station Assistant (PSA) or a Pump Station Operator (PSO) at any time during your employment.  As a non-pump station employee, you will receive training so that you can provide assistance to the pump station crews during any pumping operations needed whether during normal work shifts, extended day or evening shifts, weekends, or holidays, etc.  Both the PSA and PSO positions require intense training and mastery of controls and operations of each pump station. 

This position will be required to support the dive team, as a surface dive tender. Once the diver is in the water, the tender constantly tends the lines to eliminate excess slack or tension. The tender exchanges line-pull signals with the diver, keeps the Diving Supervisor informed of the line-pull signals and amount of diving/ hose/ tending line over the side and remains alert for any signs of emergency.

All other duties as assigned.

This position is subject to random mandatory drug and alcohol testing.

Work hours are Monday – Thursday from 6:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Employment Guidelines
High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years of experience operating and transporting multiple pieces of heavy equipment including: excavation and earthmoving equipment, aquatic harvesters, large farm tractors, dump truck with knuckle boom, and lower unit dragline.

Valid State of Florida Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) without restriction to operate vehicle equipped with a manual transmission and with airbrake and tanker endorsements is required, or the ability to obtain within 3 months from the date of hire an/or placement in job.  Position will be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings. 

Ability to obtain and maintain certification Rigging (one-time certification), Forklift Operations (re-evaluation every year), First Aid and CPR/ AED (recertification every two years). Ability to obtain dive tender status (one time requirement).

Physical Requirements/Working Environment
Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.

Primarily field work with regular exposure to unpredictable weather conditions. Work environment may be hot and humid in remote and heavy vegetative areas with no facilities.

Overtime will be required based on weather and/or environmental conditions.

Regularly sets up, adjusts, controls, tests and operates equipment to complete assignments.

Moves or otherwise transports equipment weighing up to 50 pounds or more.

This position normally involves daily travel from the employee’s assigned station to work sites located within the District’s jurisdiction. Some assignments require travel to remote locations and may require travel throughout the state of Florida. Frequently, overnight travel is required for extended periods of time.

Miami Field Station

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Heavy Equipment Operator

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