Equipment Operator

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Equipment Operator

Job Type





NE10 (16.32 - 22.84) OR 
NE11 (17.95 -25.13) Depending on Experience


Tribal Roads


Position Summary

Under general supervision, the Equipment Operator operates and maintains various heavy, motorized equipment used in road building and maintenance, earth moving, grading and excavating operations in a safe and efficient manner in support of carrying out the Washoe Tribe’s Transportation Improvement Program. This position will work as a part of the Tribal Roads Crew, assist other Tribal Roads Crew members when necessary, and monitor conditions of Tribal transportation facilities.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or GED plus three (3) years of construction equipment operation common to road maintenance/construction activities and maintenance or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must possess a valid California or Nevada Class A Commercial Driver’s License and a valid medical certificate from a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

  • Must possess an OSHA certificate (10 or 30 hours).

  • The applicant must be able to be insurable under the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference given to Qualified Native American Indians.

  • NE11 All of the above Minimum Qualifications, plus an additional three years of experience (6 years or more total) at least two years supervisory experience including a 30 hour OSHA certificate.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Perform as a member of a cohesive team in physical activities needed to complete road repair, maintenance and construction projects

  • Performs routine inspection and maintenance on vehicles such as checking oil, water, and tires.

  • Operate and transport heavy and medium equipment i.e. backhoe, dump truck, and grader and other equipment such as compactors, rollers, augers, concrete/asphalt saws, water pumps and multiple hand tools (e.g., sledge hammer, shovel)

  • Communicate and receive communications effectively through various means (e.g. radios, hand signals, public delivery, visual, verbal)

  • Provide work direction to contractors, roads crew members and other staff, as the project requires

  • Wear personal protective equipment (gloves, boots, hard hat, eye protection, safety vests) at all times while performing duties on and off Tribal land

  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.

  • May perform curb markings, striping operations, and/or other pavement markings as required.

  • Ensure routine and scheduled maintenance of equipment is performed

  • Maintain records of equipment use and maintenance

  • Ensure heavy equipment is safely and securely stored

  • Perform duties with a high attention to safety for all crew members, the public at large, and real and personal property

  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and some advanced arithmetic

  • Knowledge of road construction terms.

  • Knowledge of common road construction methods and practices

  • Understanding of applicable federal, state, county, and local laws, regulations

  • Ability to provide for own transportation to and from various work sites

  • Ability to be considerate of situations of cultural or environmental significance of the communities and other workers

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


Physical Demands
  • Extensive physical activity, the employee regularly is required to walk, climb, sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to stand; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed outdoors where exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists may occur. Prolonged standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground, in remote, steep, rugged, mountainous areas with unimproved dirt roads and trails. Situations where safety-toe shoes, safety goggles, gloves, protective face shields, or hardhats are needed may occur. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts, is subject to vibrations and loud noise. The employee regularly works in high heat weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risks of electrical shock. Evening and/or weekend work may be required.