Ground Pounders LLC Operator I Aberdeen, MS · Full time

Heavy Equipment Operator I | Forestry Mulching


GP Operator I Official Job Description and Responsibilities.


We are searching for a skilled heavy equipment operator to utilize our forestry equipment. The heavy equipment operator's duties include preparing and manipulating heavy equipment to ensure the appropriate movement of materials, and liaising with coworkers to ensure that the projects are completed accurately. You will be required to conduct your duties in a safe, diligent manner always.

To ensure success as a heavy equipment operator, you should monitor workflow, suggesting alterations to enhance productivity, as needed. A remarkable heavy equipment operator will be attuned to the subtleties of each situation, possessing sound knowledge of when to lead or follow.

Above all else, operators must exemplify company core values as follows:

·      Integrity

·      Respect

·      Service before self

·      Excellence in all we do

These skills will accompany the most successful operators at Ground Pounders

Heavy Equipment Operator Skills:

·      Well-rounded ability in most working fields. 

·      Advanced time management Skills.

·      Excel in Judgment and real-world problem-solving skills.

·      Proficient in stressful decision-making skills.

·      Good communication skills, both written and oral.

Heavy Equipment Operator Skills Not Required but Strongly Recommended:

·      Excellent computer usage.

·      Basic first aid, CPR, excellent navigation skills.

·      Volunteer work.

·      FAA sUAS Part 107 Remote Pilot.

Heavy Equipment Operator Responsibilities:

  • Maneuvering heavy equipment to ensure the accurate removal and placement of materials.
  • Loading and offloading rocks, debris, and other materials from heavy equipment.
  • Always observing stipulated safety codes.
  • Communicating with coworkers to elucidate project specifications, as needed.
  • Reporting injuries and other accidents to the Project Foreman or Superintendent.
  • Advising the Project Foreman or Superintendent of requisite upgrades, repairs, and replacements.
  • Aiding coworkers to ensure that the site is clean and organized at the end of each shift.
  • Providing suggestions to refine workflow and boost efficiency.
  • Preventative maintenance as prescribed in the equipment manual on time.
  • Always wear the proper PPE (Personnel Protective Equipment) while on site and working.
  • Load and unload equipment from vehicles and trailers within strict DOT Guidelines for safety.
  • Have complete knowledge of machine settings.
  • Conduct Pre-trip and Post-trip inspections.
  • Perform Minor repairs and report issues for larger repairs.

Heavy Equipment Operator Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Excellent mechanical comprehension.
  • Ability to work 40 or more hours per week and extended hours as required.
  • Knowledge of tools associated with maintaining and sharpening forestry equipment. (i.e. Angle Grinder, Grease Gun, Etc.)
  • Prior experience operating a variety of heavy equipment.
  • Ability to lift up to 100 pounds.
  • Excellent vision or the use of prescribed lenses.
  • Exceptional manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
  • A sound understanding of pertinent safety guidelines.
  • Capacity to provide and follow direction.
  • Sharp decision-making skills, particularly when under pressure.

·      Willingness to be outside in a variety of extreme weather conditions

·      Physical ability to work in a strenuous work environment and strength to operate heavy equipment.

·      Ability to make decisions that prevent accidents and damage to property.

  • Other responsibilities as need by management.
  • Clean driving record.



$12 - $22 per hour