Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 062245
Education and Experience: Experience equivalent to three years of increasingly skilled full-time labor and trades experience including, at least, one year of experience in heavy equipment operation.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Applicants for this class must:
  1. A valid motor vehicle operator’s license/endorsement is required for employment. 
Examination Method: Education and Experience,100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled and skilled light and heavy equipment operation of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the working level class. An employee in this class operates a variety of light and heavy equipment in the construction of access areas. The employee may be required to perform other tasks such as those related to cemetery caretaking, grounds and building maintenance and duties related to landscaping. This class differs from that of Cemetery Foreman in that an incumbent of the latter acts as a working supervisor of Cemetery Equipment Operators.

Work Activities:

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:
  1. Promotes environmental stewardship, standards, practices and safety.

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment:

  1. Operates vehicles, mechanized devices, or equipment such as, but not limited to: backhoes, dump trucks, bulldozers, skid steers, excavators, all-terrain vehicles, tractors, four wheel drive (4WD) pickup trucks.
  2. Operates equipment, working to fine specification standards (i.e., in close proximity to existing grave sites, on slopes, curves, and excavations in rough terrain, moist soils, and/or dense vegetation).
  3. Remains constantly alert and operates equipment carefully, especially when close to other persons, buildings, etc. to prevent injury to self or others.
  4. Maintains or constructs flood control and grade control using a variety of tools, materials, and equipment.
  5. Digs and/or excavates holes, trenches, channels, and ditches, cleans culverts, removes debris from pipes, levels soils, and maintains roads.
  6. Interprets construction drawings, schematics, maps, and blueprints to ensure project specifications are met.
  7. Avoids utilities (i.e., electric, gas, water, sewer, etc.) when excavating or operating tools and equipment.
  8. Operates tools and equipment in a manner that prevents damage to infrastructure, buildings, landscape, etc.
  9. Loads, secures, and transports equipment, materials and supplies.
  10. Operates tools, devices, and equipment according to safety rules and regulations.
  11. Works in harsh conditions such as all kinds of severe weather; (i.e. including rain, snow, sleet, extreme heat and cold and harsh winds).
  12. Operates tools and equipment in a manner that prevents unnecessary damage or wear and tear.
  13. Ensures that personal protective equipment (PPE) is in good working condition and is worn by self and co-workers.
  14. Attaches, detaches, replaces, and adjusts equipment attachments (e.g., augers, blades, etc.).
  15. Applies herbicides using tractors and/or all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s) with portable spray units.

Processing Information:

  1. Measures and calculates the plots and depths of grave locations and gravestone placement.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:

  1. Provides assistance and information to grieving families and/or visitors to ensure cemetery protocol is followed while maintaining empathy and respect for the bereaved.

Performing Physical Activities:

  1. Performs physical labor, such as but not limited to: painting, cleaning, shoveling, raking, pouring concrete, installing erosion control measures, operating chainsaw, seeding, mulching, planting trees, excavation, dragging, pushing, lifting, etc.
  2. Performs physical activities, such as but not limited to: walking (i.e., ditches, uneven terrain, slopes, in mud, etc.), wading in water, climbing, operating augers or probes, hand placement of headstones, etc.
  3. Establish vegetative cover consisting of grasses, shrubs, and trees on completed projects and for maintenance purposes.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Analyzes situations and makes sound decisions with limited supervision.
  2. Assesses site conditions to determine best available access for equipment.


  1. Keeps time, travel, fuel, projects and maintenance records and reports.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Observes discrepancies in cemetery standards and reports to supervisor any discrepancies that may be found.

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:

  1. Checks, fills or replaces oil, water, brake fluid, battery, tires, and greases, according to manufacturer’s recommendation.
  2. Performs required routine maintenance and makes minor repairs of tools, devices, and equipment, as necessary.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Obtains materials and supplies as directed by supervisor, from approved vendors.

Interacting with Computers:

  1. Enters time and leave within the designated computer program, in a proper and timely manner.

Coaching and Developing Others:

  1. Coaches, mentors, and encourages peers when cross-training or demonstrating how to operate different tools or equipment.
  2. Coaches and encourages peers to follow policies and procedures.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Effectively communicates and maintains harmonious working relationships with supervisors and peers.
  2. Notifies supervisor when there is a shortage of supplies.

Competencies (KSA’s):

  1. Integrity and Trust
  2. Dealing with Ambiguity
  3. Command Skills
  4. Process Management
  5. Boss Relationship
  6. Compassion
  7. Listening
  8. Patience
  9. Self-Knowledge
  10. Perseverance


  1. Mechanical
  2. Building and Construction


  1. Active Listening
  2. Operation and Control
  3. Trouble Shooting
  4. Time Management


  1. Depth Perception
  2. Reaction Time
  3. Peripheral Vision
  4. Oral Comprehension
  5. Spatial Orientation
  6. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  7. Control Precision
  8. Stamina
  9. Number Facility
  10. Rate Control
  11. Written Comprehension
  12. Memorization
  13. Manual Dexterity

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Heavy Equipment: backhoe with attachments, tractors with attachments, excavator, dump truck, skid steer with attachments, etc.
  2. Vehicles: all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), 4-wheel drive pick-up trucks, passenger/utility vans, etc.
  3. Power Tools: chain saw, weed eaters, push mowers, riding mowers and zero turn mowers, hedge trimmer, tamper, leaf blower, welder, circular saw, jig saw, demolition saw, pole saw, drills, grinder (bench and hand), pressure washer, sprayer, edger, reciprocating saw, trash pump, drills, impact wrench, auger, industrial etc.
  4. Office Equipment: copy machine/computers/fax machine
  5. Hand Tools
  6. Wheelbarrow
  7. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  8. Telephone/Cell phone
  9. Two-way Radio
  10. Camera
  11. Surveying Equipment: transit, laser level, Tape measure


Back to top button