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Equipment Operator II

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Boulder, Colorado





Employment Type:

Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Facilities Management (FM) at CU Boulder encourages applications for an Equipment Operator II! Outdoor Services provides high quality, professional grounds and landscape services to enhance a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious campus. Facilities Management provides a physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge. This position performs routine and emergency landscape oriented tasks for areas associated with CU Boulder's Main Campus location. This role will operate large heavy equipment including large dump/plow trucks, backhoe/front-loader, street sweeper, skid-steers and large mowers.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

FM provides outdoor services to general fund areas and to several auxiliary funded facilities. Facilities Management Outdoor Services is responsible for grounds maintenance and irrigation system operation and maintenance for the general fund areas on campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Turf Management Support

  • Perform turf management practices to assure the turf in assigned service areas meets the standards for appearance. Practices may include mowing, edging along hardscape, leaf removal/recycling, string trimming of grass that cannot be mowed around plants and structures and hand removal of weeds from turf areas.
  • Be the primary operator for our large 8’ deck mower and complete assigned mow route. May assist turf management personnel in other cultural practices.

Street Sweeping & Grounds Yard Maintenance

  • Perform daily maintenance procedures of monitoring and maintaining trash and organics roll-offs and associated areas. Monitor and maintain the organics and branch chipping yard at East Campus. Coordinate with Area Managers when roll-offs need serviced. Schedule, perform and monitor street sweeping operations on a monthly basis or as needed.

Irrigation & Grounds Support

  • Support Irrigation Team operations by cleaning of debris from ditches and headgates of waterways to maintain proper flow for pond replenishment. Support Irrigation Team on irrigation system repairs and improvement projects as needed. This includes backhoe/loader and dump truck support. May assist with maintenance of sidewalks, stair-ways, building entryways, loading docks, bus stops, ADA structures, fences, flag poles, retaining walls, bicycle paths and landscape structures to assure a safe and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Monitor and take appropriate actions for the removal of signage, graffiti, markings or transient camps on campus property that are in violation of University Policy.

Snow Removal & Ice Abatement

  • Perform snow removal and ice abatement on all campus streets, sidewalks, bike paths, stairways, ADA accessibility structures and building entrances and exits. Primary snow removal equipment operation will be in a large plow truck (requires CDL) with ice abatement mechanisms, Bobcat Skid-steers, and backhoe/loader. Work may also require hand shoveling, operation of power snow removal equipment, and the application of ice abatement. Snow removal activities may require early and late arrival times, extended shifts, and after-hours call-ins. As an essential services position, this position is expected to be available for regular, overtime and call-in/back hours as needed to perform snow and ice mitigation activities.

Crew Member Responsibilities

  • Function as a team member by coordinating daily activities with supervisor, team leader and/or coworkers to ensure overall campus appearance and safety consistency. Charge appropriate work orders and other documents in an accurate and timely manner. Follow all State Personnel Board Rules and Facilities Management and Outdoor Services Policies and Guidelines.
  • May act as a work leader or train students and seasonal employees. Make requests or suggestions for purchases.

Equipment Maintenance

  • Be accountable for the maintenance and inventory of all CU issued/owned tools and equipment required. Equipment includes dump truck, backhoe/loader, skid-steers, fork truck, street/sidewalk sweepers, and large mowers. Other equipment may include diesel, gas, and electric power tools, high pressure power washers, pick-up trucks, utility vehicles. Perform appropriate daily, weekly and monthly preventive maintenance and scheduled maintenance activities such as inspections, checking oil, servicing grease fittings, sharpening/changing blades, and changing out brushes/parts/mechanized components required for any tool or equipment assigned. Ensure equipment and tools are kept clean, safe, and in serviceable condition. Schedule PMs or repairs with Mechanics accordingly.


  • This position will be a certified trainer for skid-steers and fork truck within the Grounds Department. Safely train and ensure safe operation of the skid-steer and fork truck with other Grounds employees. May also train and certify employees from different campus departments with the skid-steer and fork truck. Chip in to a safe working environment for self, staff, faculty and the general public. Adhere to all safety guidelines, in particular those concerning the use of power tools, equipment and vehicles. Report unsafe conditions or accidents and attend, conduct, and participate in safety training. Strictly adhere to the appropriate safety protocol for the use of chemicals and hazardous materials in the execution of job duties.

Native Area/Wetland Management

  • Conduct noxious weed management to manage unwanted weed species. May assist with mowing and general seasonal maintenance of native areas on main campus, east campus, and south campus. Operations include using tractors and brush mowers, string trimmers, and blade cutters. Assist with wildlife management at the Research Park wetlands area. This includes the physical removal of beaver dams using backhoe/loader, skid-steers and dump truck.
  • For the above duties, this position may serve as a work leader for temporary or student employees.

What You Should Know

  • This position will be a certified trainer for some specialized pieces of equipment. Training to reach this certification will be provided.
  • This position will work five (5) eight-hour workdays per week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 6:00am and 5:00pm, based on staffing requirements of the department. Occasional weekend work may be required based on needs of department and/or essential services designation.
  • This role is eligible for our Facilities Management Employee Referral Program.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $43,902 - $52,682 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Two years of experience operating equipment appropriate to the work assigned to the position, and of grounds care and maintenance, plant nursery, construction maintenance, or general labor work experience appropriate to the job assignment.
  • Must be a resident of Colorado and have a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • This position will require a Class B CDL. Must currently possess or have the ability to acquire a Class B CDL or higher within 6 months of employment start date.

What You Will Need

Effective communication and social skills highly desirable.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Large equipment operation experience. Construction equipment operation experience.
  • Two years of institutional or commercial landscape maintenance.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full-time or part-time work.
  2. Optional: A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
    • Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to or send it via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by February 25, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential/critical services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for regularly assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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