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City of Las Cruces, NM Light Equipment Operator - Streets Maintenance in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Light Equipment Operator - Streets Maintenance

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Light Equipment Operator - Streets Maintenance


$18.77 Hourly


Las Cruces, NM

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number

K010 02-24 LL


Public Works

Opening Date


Closing Date


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Nature of Work

Operates various light motorized equipment and vehicles as part of the City's streets maintenance program.

Environmental Factors

Position functions outside with exposure to all traffic and weather conditions; frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals and contaminants, dust, fumes, noise, and vibration of electrical/mechanical equipment. Safety equipment is available and required to include safety shoes and ear protection.

Physical Factors

Position requires heavy physical work; frequent standing, ability to lift and carry items up to one-hundred (100) pounds; bending, stooping, climbing, crouching, kneeling, squatting and reaching above shoulder level; visual acuity sufficient to perform essential job functions.

Work Situation Factors

Position requires occasional work beyond normal business hours, extended hours, nights and weekends. May also involve emergency situations, work on holidays, weekends, nights, and standby status. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.


Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Full-time, regular; non-exempt; union-represented position.

The initial review will take place on February 26, 2024, and then periodically thereafter.

This position is graded as a BC09.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operates a street sweeper to clean streets on a scheduled route; responds to sweep requests from patch crews, road crews, utility crews and law enforcement.

  • Operates trucks, front end loaders and backhoes to construct, repair and maintain roads, properties and structures, in accordance with all safety regulations and procedures.

  • Transports light mobile equipment, materials and operate equipment at the job site; repairs roadways, washouts; operates equipment for road construction.

  • Determines quantities for concrete projects; coordinates ordering of materials to the work site; works with concrete crews to prepare, place and finish concrete surfaces on roads, walkways, curb and gutters.

  • Performs the cleaning of the mainline drainage system.

  • Operates water trucks to transport water to work sites;

  • Repairs utility cuts or potholes; opens cuts in roadways.

  • Cleans out debris and silt from channels, irrigation ditches and storm drain runoff; removes heavy silt debris from sidewalks, ramps, radius and streets; back fills wash outs.

  • Operates sand and salt spreader equipment; picks up hot mix or asphalt.

  • Picks up and disposes of large heavy debris.

  • Inspects, cleans and performs routine maintenance work on vehicles and light equipment; identifies and reports mechanical problems requiring additional repair; performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on equipment.

  • Performs minor repairs and maintenance of silt and chain link fencing, guard rails, wood bollards, ponds and drainage areas.

  • Participates in erosion and flood control work projects.

  • Sets up traffic control devices; follows safety regulations on all work zone and flagging sites, including placing barricades and cones.

  • Completes log of work activities.

  • May operate street-drainage cleaning equipment as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

No specific educational requirement. Two (2) years of experience operating light construction equipment. Position may also require: Experience operating light equipment used in concrete construction and concrete finishing; some experience in a lead worker position. Position may prefer: Experience in drains and storm water mainline maintenance. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.

Valid Class B commercial driver's license is required. Tanker endorsement certification must be obtained within three months of hire. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices, techniques, and procedures used to effectively perform light equipment operation and related work, general maintenance, and upkeep of grounds and facilities; safe and effective use of related chemicals, supplies, materials, tools, and equipment; related occupational and environmental safety and health hazards, environmental and safety regulations, procedures, and practices; principles, techniques, and practices of effective and respectful customer service; principles of record keeping and records management; business and personal computers and related software applications; City organization, operations, policies and procedures to effectively perform the required functions and duties of the position.

Ability to:perform a variety of duties and responsibilities timely and with accuracy to meet deadlines and to ensure achievement of goals and objectives; adhere to all applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the function of the position and department; use appropriate safety equipment and follow safety procedures; safely operate associated tools, equipment, and motor vehicles; detect needed repairs and make necessary operational adjustments on equipment; navigate across even and uneven surfaces; follow established procedures, and oral and written instructions; read, understand, and comply with a variety of specifications, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing related activities and functions; use sound judgment in decision-making with routine operations; communicate appropriately and effectively orally and in writing; use a two-way communication device; compile applicable information, maintain accurate records, review documents, and extract relevant information; establish and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with employees and the public; use initiative and independent judgment within existing procedural guidelines to successfully meet established goals and objectives.

Skills in: efficient and effective use of related vehicles, equipment, tools, and techniques required to successfully perform the functions of the position; maintaining complete and accurate records; performing related reading, writing, and mathematical calculations; using independent judgment and personal initiative; operating a personal computer with installed generic and specialized software; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, priorities, and demands.

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Are you a current City of Las Cruces employee? (If you fail to include this information under the work experience section of the application, you may be disqualified from the selection process.)

  • Yes

  • No


    Position requires at least two years of experience operating light construction equipment. Do you meet this minimum requirement? (If you fail to include this information under the work experience section of the application, you may be disqualified from the selection process.)

  • Yes

  • No


    Please list the type of light equipment you have experience operating. (If you fail to include this information under the work experience section of the application, you may be disqualified from the selection process.)


    Position requires a valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Do you meet this minimum requirement?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please indicate your driver's license information: Type of license, license number, expiration date, any restrictions and endorsements, and the state that issued the license.


    This position requires that you obtain a tanker endorsement within three (3) months of hire, are you able to meet this requirement?

  • Yes

  • No

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City of Las Cruces


P.O. Box 20000Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88004





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