Minnesota Native Landscapes
  • Otsego, MN, USA
  • Full Time

Minnesota Native Landscapes, a leader in ecological restoration, has an opening for an Equipment Operator to join our Construction department. The Equipment Operator is responsible for running equipment on small to large scale ecological restoration projects throughout the state of Minnesota and the Midwest. Requires strong equipment operation and communication skills to ensure safe and accurate project completion. Must be able to travel 75% of the time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts tasks involved with successfully installing small to large scale restoration projects, including but not limited to site preparation, seeding, planting, erosion control, and forestry.
  • Completes a variety of restoration duties, utilizing large equipment such as dozers, excavators, off road trucks, forestry equipment, etc.
  • Completes a variety of restoration duties utilizing various types of smaller equipment, such as tractors, skid loaders, 3pt implements, hand tools, ATV/UTVs, mowers, weed whips, chainsaws, powered augers, etc.
  • Maintains and adheres to all out of state work requirements.
  • Communicates daily job tasks to field staff.
  • Hauls equipment as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, which may include non-operating duties.

Required Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience working in landscaping or agriculture.
  • Strong ability to follow directions from project leaders regarding site work expectations.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a group.
  • Knowledge in one of more forms of ecological restoration work.
  • Experience with the safe operation and general maintenance of tools and equipment, such as pumps, small engines, sprayers, tractors, ATV/UTVs, trailers, mowers and other equipment used in restoration landscaping.
  • Ability to read and navigate maps, as well as accurately follow directions.
  • Must have or be willing to acquire within the first 3 months with company assistance, a class A CDL driver's license with air brake and tanker endorsements.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Basic computer knowledge, including proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 preferred.
  • Demonstrated success with living the company's values of passion for the mission, excellence, innovation, real grit, and positivity.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Able to bend, stretch, push, pull, reach, and move as needed in order to complete various installation duties.
  • Prolonged periods of time standing.
  • Able to work long hours, including early mornings, late evenings, and occasional weekends; work hours may be reduced during the winter season.
  • Must be able to work in varying weather conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold.
  • Overnight travel, within state and other states, up to 75% of the time; includes per diem payments for lodging and food.

Union Status: Non-represented


Minnesota Native Landscapes, Inc. (MNL) was founded in 1998 as an Ecological Restoration company that specializes in the preservation and restoration of native plant communities throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. Our dedicated staff has experience designing, installing, and maintaining native ecosystems for: government entities, corporate campuses, energy providers and distributers, and the general public. In addition to our extensive service offerings, we also produce a wide variety of native plants and seed. MNL operates out of three locations in Minnesota, with our headquarters just off I-94 in Otsego. For more information, please visit our website at www.mnnativelandscapes.com.

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