• Otsego, MN, USA
  • 26.00-32.00 26-32.00/hr. DOQ
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Position Overview:

  • The Equipment Operator is responsible for running equipment on small to large scale ecological restoration projects throughout the state of Minnesota and throughout the Midwest. Individual(s) should expect significant overnight travel throughout the year- some periods more than others. Travel includes overnight per diems for lodging and food. This position requires equipment operation and strong communication skills with MNL field staff and customers to carryout out project tasks both accurately and safely from start to finish. This operator position will be heavily involved in vegetation mowing, and a variety of other equipment operation and labor tasks as needed throughout MNL.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strong ability to follow directions from Project Managers/ Project Superintendents regarding schedules and site work expectations.
  • Conducts tasks involved with successfully installing small to large scale restoration projects, including but not limited to burning, site preparation, spraying, seeding, mowing, planting, erosion control, and forestry.
  • Completes a variety of restoration duties utilizing various types of equipment, such as tractors, skid loaders, 3pt implements, hand tools, ATV/UTVs, mowers, weed whips, etc.
  • Completes a variety of restoration duties, utilizing large equipment such as dozers, excavators, off road trucks, forestry equipment, etc.
  • Performs tree shearing skidding or forestry mowing with skid-loader mounted implements.
  • Performs necessary equipment repairs in the field and shop as able/necessary.
  • Trucking of equipment as needed.
  • Daily communication with field staff on job tasks.
  • Performs other non-operating duties as assigned.
  • Maintains work records and associated paperwork, including daily worklogs and herbicide treatments.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in landscaping or agriculture.
  • Ability to work independently and in a group.
  • 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 month of employment with company assistance, a class A CDL driver's license with air brake and tanker endorsements.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willing to acquire a commercial pesticide applicator license (paid for by MNL).
  • Basic computer knowledge, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite preferred.
  • Willing to acquire a commercial pesticide applicator license (paid for by MNL).
  • Demonstrated success with living the company's values of passion for the mission to "Heal the Earth", craftsmanship, innovation, grit, and positivity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience completing a variety of restoration duties, utilizing large equipment such as dozers, excavators, off road trucks, forestry equipment, etc.
  • CDL holder for over 1 year.
  • Knowledge in one or more forms of ecological restoration work.

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 vegetation management 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.
  • Able to travel daily to various worksites within the state with overnight stays required.
  • Able to travel out of state as needed.
  • Must be able to work in varying weather conditions, including extreme heat and extreme cold.

What we offer:

MNL offers a flexible workplace. New and extended learning opportunities. MNL is willing to train the right candidate that aligns with our core values and want to help us heal the earth. MNL offers the highest wages in the industry.

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