Equipment Operator I - City of Westbrook (Sign On Bonus)

The City of Westbrook was a traditional mill city that has grown and diversified significantly over the last two decades to become a residential hub and business center for the region. Westbrook has a population of over 20,000 and covers 17.36 square miles. Westbrook is centrally located to both urban and rural amenities. Currently, the City employs approximately 195 full-time and 80 variable hour employees covered by five different Collective Bargaining Agreements. The departments contained within the City are the Mayor’s Office, Economic Development, City Clerk, Finance, Human Resources, Planning, Code Enforcement, & Assessing, Public Services, Community Services, General Assistance, Library, Police, Fire & Rescue, and Dispatch.

The City of Westbrook is hiring for the position of Equipment Operator I. Under direction, performs a variety of maintenance and construction tasks; operates all trucks, skid steer loaders, front end loaders, street sweepers, rollers, compactors, roadside mowers, wood chippers, snowplows and snow removal equipment, various types of light equipment and hand tools as required, riding and walk-behind mowers, trimmers, chainsaws and other tools related to forestry and ground maintenance services. The department consists of two Light Equipment Operators, 18 Equipment Operators, two supervisors, and one manager. The Streets division of the Public Services Department is responsible for 93 miles of roadways, 6.2 acres of public parking, 43 acres of parks and open spaces in 35 locations, and five cemeteries of 39 acres.

The City of Westbrook is deeply committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in our hiring process; as a result, we are willing to train candidates without any previous experience. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Job Duties:

o Performs manual work common to the Public Services operations.
o Operates various construction vehicles and equipment.
o Performs snowplowing and snow removal operations.
o Performs asphalt applications, storm drainage, interments, foundations and various maintenance-related work.
o Makes minor repairs and adjustments to vehicles and equipment and performs necessary service work.
o Performs duties in a teaming concept and communicates within the work team.
o Takes an active roll in safety and technical training programs.
o Attends and participates in routine team meetings.
o Demonstrates enthusiasm, desire, dedication and listens.
o Committed to continuous quality service.
o Customer focused and committed to quality service.
o Places an emphasis on safety, efficiency, quality and productivity.
o Treats co-workers with courtesy and respect.
o Promotes good internal and external customer relations.
o Works harmoniously with other departments.
o May participate in specific City functions such as various festivals.
o May be required to supervise a crew of helpers.
o And other related duties as required.


o Any combination equivalent to graduation from high school and a minimum of three years of experience in the field of construction or work relating to public works, ground maintenance and forestry.
o Ability to operate all types of trucks and light equipment common to public services operations.
o Ability to follow and understand oral and written instructions.
o Knowledge of construction and maintenance equipment techniques and characteristics of materials used in public works, ground maintenance and forestry projects.
o Ability to learn and apply safety standards and practices.
o Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the public and employees.
o Ability to learn, grow, and develop.
o Must possess a valid State of Maine commercial driver’s license with clean driving record, Class B. The City of Westbrook will provide classroom and on the road training to obtain the Class B license.

Compensation and Benefits:

o We offer a $1,500 sign on bonus to be distributed in two lump sum payments.
o Competitive salary range of $23.95 -$25.24 per hour depending upon experience.
o A comprehensive benefits package includes medical (PPO plan at 12% premium cost, plus HRA reimbursement), dental, vision, life insurance (one times base salary), short and long-term disability, and employee assistance program
o Generous paid leave including vacation, sick and 13 holiday per year.
o Tuition reimbursement at 75% for job-related courses.
o Retirement program of the Maine Public Employees Retirement Plan (Maine PERS) or defined 457 with matching up to 6%.

Application Process:

o Interested applicants should send their resume and letter of interest to the Human Resources Department at Multiple positions available and this posting will remain open until filled.

The City of Westbrook is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and workplace and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Applicants selected as finalist for this position will be subject to a comprehensive reference and background check and medical clearance.

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