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Public Works Certified Streets/Parks Operator I, II, III

City of Box Elder

Job Title: Certified Street/Parks Operator I, II, III

Closing Date:  Position Open Until Filled

Pay Range:

Operator I: $14.84 to $22.36 per hour, dependent upon experience

Operator II: $16.38 to $24.69 per hour, dependent upon experience    

Operator III: $18.08 to $27.25 per hour, dependent upon experience

New employees typically start at the low end of the pay range.

This is a full-time position located in the Box Elder City Hall; the normal schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; working some evenings and weekends.

These positions report directly to the Public Works Streets/Parks Superintendent. 


This position operates equipment to assist in the repair and maintenance of city streets, facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. An incumbent in this position may be designated "Equipment Operator II" or "Equipment Operator III."

Major duties:

  • Maintains and repairs streets; patches potholes; paves streets; maintains gravel roads. 
  • Inspects and/or repairs streetlights.
  • Assists with snow removal operations.
  • Cleans and organizes shop yard.
  • Assists in the maintenance of city parks and grounds.
  • Cleans debris from roadways.
  • Installs traffic safety devices and controls traffics at work sites.
  • Clean and maintains vehicles and equipment.
  • Assists with special city events.
  • Assists with storm clean-up operations.
  • Responds to after-hour emergencies.
  • Utilizes a variety of hand and power tools. 
  • Conducts pre- and post-trip vehicles and equipment inspections.
  • performs related duties.

knowledge required by the position:

  • Knowledge of the techniques, equipment, and supplies used in street and ground maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the city and departmental safety policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the city, including street names and locations. 
  • Skill in the operation of assigned vehicles, trucks, and equipment.
  • Skill in the maintenance and cleaning of vehicles and equipment.
  • Skill in the use of hand and power tools.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

supervisory controls:

The Streets & Parks Superintendent assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed works for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final result. 


Guidelines include traffic laws, work safety polices, and city policies and procedures. These guidelines are generally clear and specific but may require some interpretation in application.  

complexity/scope of work:

  • The work consists of related equipment operation duties. Inclement weather and heavy traffic contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to operate equipment to assist with a variety of department operations. Successful performance contributes to the provision of a safe a well-maintained city streets, grounds, and infrastructure.  


  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city personnel, representatives of utility companies, law enforcement personnel, contractors, vendors, and the general public. 
  • Contacts are to typically to exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services. 

physical demands/work environment:

  • The work is a majority performed while intermittently sitting, standing, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee frequently lifts light and occasionally heavy objects, climb ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and distinguishes between shades of color. 
  • The majority of work is performed outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, and machinery with moving parts. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, gloves, goggles, etc. 


  • Ability to read, write, and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent. 
  • Work experience in the safe and efficient operation and minor servicing of light and medium construction and maintenance equipment. Educational background sufficient to understand work assignments is required as well as formal or informal education or training, which ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance. A high school diploma or a GED is preferred.  
  • Operator I - must have the ability to attain a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Operator II - must possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with proper endorsements in accordance with the state Department of Motor Vehicle regulations.
  • Operator III - must have a High school diploma or GED Requires two (2) years of experience at the Equipment Operator II level or have received training and have been certified to operate two pieces of equipment; May require basic computer skills; An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL) with proper endorsements in accordance with the state Department of Motor Vehicle regulations. Must be able to work with a team or independently and have strong communication skills; Computers skills are a plus; Class B commercial driver's license (CDL) is required.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Requirements: PHYSICAL AND DEXTERITY REQUIREMENTS: Physical and dexterity refers to the requirement for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement. Requires medium work that involves walking, standing, stooping, jumping, stretching, or lifting all of the time; exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis; and exceptional skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving very close tolerances or limits of accuracy. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: Environmental hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.


Applicants selected for interviews may be subjected to an appropriate background check. 


Submit a completed application, letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to the following address:

City of Box Elder
Human Resources/Personnel Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719

Please note: Applications are available here. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.  Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.


New full-time employees receive five (5) days’ vacation; Six (6) days of personal paid time off; nine paid holidays; Employee Health (includes Dental) and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits.

PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee.

NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.

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