Heavy Equipment Operator II

Augusta, Maine, United States | Maintenance & Operations | Full-time

Apply by: Dec. 6, 2022

Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management 

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services/Maine Veterans' Cemetery System 

Opening Date: November 18, 2022

Closing Date:  December 6, 2022 

Job Class Code: 8122
Grade: 12 (Operations/Maintenance)
Salary: $31,200 - $38,604
Location: Augusta, ME

This is a Heavy Equipment Operator II position at the Maine Veterans’ Cemetery in Augusta. This is a position that prepares gravesites for burial with a broad knowledge of grave layout, the use of heavy equipment within burial sections, grounds keeping and OSHA safety standards. This will fill a current vacancy.

The duties associated with the Heavy Equipment Operator II position include maintaining the grounds and equipment, gaining state certification for the application of pesticides and herbicides, and preparing grounds for burials. 

Having this position filled is vital to the maintenance and upkeep of the Veterans’ Cemetery.

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Operates light and medium duty trucks in order to haul freight, gravel, snow, and other material.
  • Operates truck mounted winches and cranes in order to load and unload material.
  • Fills fuel tanks, adds lubricating oils and completes various other tasks in order to maintain equipment in good order.
  • Repairs or assists in repairing assigned equipment in order to restore it to service as quickly as possible.
  • Operates heavy equipment for opening/closing of gravesites.
  • Applies herbicides and pesticides throughout cemetery grounds.
  • Assists in the maintenance of gravesite layout and mapping.

Skills or knowledge required:

  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and use of assigned heavy motor equipment and attached devices.
  • Knowledge of state laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles upon the highway.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary in the operation of assigned heavy motor driven equipment.
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance and repair on assigned equipment.
  • Ability to supervise a small crew in maintenance and operational activities.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to operating heavy equipment in adverse weather conditions.

Minimum qualifications:

Possession of the above knowledges and abilities.

Preference will be given to those applicants:

  • Those with a Class B License.
  • Those with a valid pesticide application license.
    • Applicants with a pesticide license, will receive a $2.00/hour stipend for application of material; continuing education; inventory and maintenance of pesticide material.
    • Applicants who obtain such a license upon acceptance of position will also receive this stipend.

Contact information:

Questions about this position should be directed to Melissa Willette at melissa.willette@maine.gov

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, and copies of any transcripts or certifications you wish to have considered while evaluating your application.  In order for us to properly determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for any posting, you must be sure your resume includes month and year for any experience listed along with the duties and responsibilities associated with each particular time period.  Any experience that was not full-time employment should be identified as such. 

If you require a paper application, please download and print one here https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-jobs/application-process or contact our office at 207-623-6700.  Paper applications for this posting should be submitted along with cover letter and resume before the closing date to Security & Employment Service Center, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, ME  04330 or faxed to 207-287-2018.  Be sure title of the job you are applying for is included.  Applications cannot be accepted after the posting closing date.  

Benefits of working for the State of Maine:

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements. 
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes  13.16% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office. 
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act 
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness. 

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.