Temporary Equipment Operator

Under the supervision of the Grounds Manager, the Equipment Operator is responsible for maintaining Zoo grounds and physical facilities by operating equipment, vehicles and associated tools. Performs routine grounds maintenance functions as required.  May supervise work of temporary staff as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
1.      Operate equipment required to maintain grounds and physical facilities including but not limited to sweeper, front-end loader, bob cat, backhoe, and plows.  Operate lower rated equipment including but not limited to snow and leaf blowers, green machine, high pressure washers, and assorted hand tools as required or assigned.  Operate the trash compactor as assigned.
2.      Load, unload and transport materials and equipment to assigned locations within the Zoo and remote destinations.
3.      Carry out duties in accordance with established Zoo vehicle, health and safety policies and local traffic laws.
4.      Keep vehicles clean and in good repair; may perform routine service and repairs to equipment, including batteries, tires, wipers, fluids, etc.  Schedule servicing with the Maintenance Department on a regular basis.
5.      Report maintenance issues and requirements for repairs and/or faulty equipment to the supervisor upon detection.
6.      Complete logs, documents and reports, etc.
7.      May monitor work of temporary staff as directed.

Non-Essential Job Functions:
1.      Perform routine manual grounds duties and related miscellaneous duties as assigned/required.
Knowledge and Ability Requirements:

1.      High school diploma or equivalent; two (2) years related work experience. Demonstrated skills and experience in automotive repair as it applies to the servicing of equipment preferred.
2.      Must possess a valid Commercial Driver's license (CDL), Class B, or obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment; must have an excellent driving record.
3.      Able to read and understand written instructions and to complete written work logs and other related documents.
4.      Must demonstrate knowledge of safety standards and procedures for operating equipment.
5.      Interest and ability to conduct work in accordance with institution policies and priorities related to environmental, conservation and guest relations issues and objectives.
6.      Self-motivated; able to work independently and as part of a team.
7.      Ability to work a flexible schedule, which may include shift work, weekends and holidays.
Physical and Medical Requirements:
1.      Successful completion of a general medical screening with emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory and skeletal systems, TB test and drug test prior to starting work.
2.      No allergies to plants or animals which would interfere with the ability to work.
3.      Ability to meet or exceed medical certification requirements as established by the Department of Transportation including random drug testing.
4.      Capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy labor.
5.      Physical strength, including the ability to safely lift, load and carry up to 50 pounds for 20 feet.
6.      Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
7.      No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement (which cannot be correct with appropriate devices) which might interfere with ability to work.
8.      Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infections and parasitic diseases).
Additional Requirements:
1.   Satisfactory completion of a background check of criminal and driving records.

Working Conditions:
1.      Ability to work outside in all weather conditions.
2.      Position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs.  Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required.  (e.g.  goggles, mask, gloves, respirator and gowns) 

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