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Equipment Operator (Up to two openings) #2210-110600-01

Date Opened
Tuesday, January 09, 2024 8:00 AM
Close Date
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 8:00 PM
General Services
  • Starting salary $48,315
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The goal of the City of Charlotte’s General Services Department is to guide agencies through innovative and efficient deployment of resources to meet their missions and fulfill the needs of the City in a rapidly evolving and complex environment.  The Department will design and deliver expanded, shared services across departments and for the City of Charlotte to improve performance and save taxpayer money.  General Services consists of capital project management, fleet services, procurement, environmental services, property management, and other support services.  


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Skilled Trades


This position is based in General Service’s Landscape Management Division. This Equipment Operator II position, in the Landscape Operations Section, is responsible for providing technical and administrative support in all aspects of Landscape Maintenance and Installation operations; including tree maintenance but primarily Landscape Maintenance and Installation. 

We are offering a $1,500 sign on bonus for this position. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform daily, seasonal, and annual tasks to support Landscape Operations including but not limited to; landscape maintenance/installation, tree maintenance, pesticide application, skilled equipment operation, administrative duties, and moderate to heavy manual labor. 
  • Properly and safely operate equipment such as: pesticide sprayers, utility work machines, skid steers, mowers, chippers, trucks, trailers, and landscape tools used in tree and landscape maintenance/installation. 
  • Work on a team and work independently to meet or exceed City goals and expectations; directing subordinate staff in assigned work.
  • Assist in the on-going development and implementation of the Tree Maintenance Plan for City owned properties.
  • Assist in ROW mowing and other landscape maintenance.
  • Assist in various landscape renovations and installation projects.
  • Read and understand safety data sheets, blueprints, maps, and equipment repair manuals.  
  • Provide basic equipment maintenance including but not limited to: sharpening chainsaws, changing mower blades, and greasing equipment, etc.  
  • Provide traffic control when needed in accordance with the NC DOT Guidelines and WATCH Handbook. 
  • Work with citizens to resolve complaints in the field.  
  • Working in adverse weather conditions may be required.  

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of Landscape and Arboriculture equipment and their safe and proper uses. 
  • Basic knowledge of Arboricultural/ Horticultural practices and plants indigenous to the southeastern U.S. 
  • Basic knowledge of pesticides and their safe and proper use, application, and storage
  • Basic knowledge of tree maintenance operations.
  • Basic knowledge in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing 
  • Ability to perform moderate to heavy manual labor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with coworkers and the public

Preferred Qualification

  • ISA Certification
  • NC Pesticide License
  • NC Driver’s License Class A or B CDL or other States equivalent

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school graduate or GED
  • At least 1 year of experience in the arboriculture and/or horticulture field
  • Valid North Carolina Class C Driver’s License with a good driving record or other States equivalent and ability to obtain at least a Class B CDL within 6 months of hire.


  • Starting salary $48,315 commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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