WDFW: Equipment Operator 2 - Lacey Construction Shop - Lacey,

Employer: Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife

Job Description:
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Note: This position requires a Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate at the time of application.


Capital and Asset Management Program (CAMP)
Lacey, Washington – Thurston County
This recruitment has been reopened to expand the candidate pool; if you have previously applied for this position you do not need to reapply.

Come join the team at the Lacey Construction shop!

Provide skilled operation of all types of heavy construction equipment in the construction, demolition and restoration of state lands, structures and facilities, and wildlife habitat. In addition to general construction needs, you will be responsible for the successful transportation of live fish from hatchery facilities to identified bodies of water, or other fish rearing facilities.
A WDFW employee stands on the bed of a large truck with the WDFW logo as fish pour from a spout on the truck. A man sits watching on the background.

Stocking Rapjohn lake – Photo credit: Anthony Sirgedas


Our Equipment Operator will,

Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner to minimize the risk of injury, property damage or loss of life.
Operate construction and earth moving equipment such as, but not limited to:

Wheel loaders more than 80 net flywheel horsepower.
Dozers having 80 or more net flywheel horsepower.
Motorized graders.
Rubber tired loader/backhoe combination 51 net flywheel horsepower or more
Excavators having more than 30 net flywheel horsepower.

Use laser level and regular level for grades and elevations of cuts and fill.
Operates heavy trucks and related equipment to move dirt, rock, equipment, and other materials for the purpose of clearing land, digging ditches, removing debris, and building roadbeds. Such heavy trucks include, but are not limited to:
Semi-tractor/trailer, tanker, low boy combination exceeding 80,000 gross combination weight.
Truck or semi-tractor/trailer combinations more than 54,000 gross combination weight


Work Setting, including hazards:
Duties are performed at construction sites on hatchery and wildlife areas and on occasion in a fabrication shop.
Hazards include working on rough terrain, riverbanks, slippery slopes, and other surfaces, confined and difficult to reach spaces, and in all types of weather conditions, including extreme heat, rain, or show.
Bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, and lifting of 50 pounds repetitively when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project site.
Operate all types of state motor vehicles, in hazardous weather conditions such as snow and ice, while on mountain passes, highways and roads (both paved and unpaved).
Some tasks will involve working at a desk on a computer.
6:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
Work overtime as needed/requested. This will include overnight stays and evening and weekend work.
Travel Requirements:
Travel required 60-80% depending on season.
Tools and Equipment:
Basic hand tools, power tools such as drills, roto hammers, cut off saws, circular saws, hydraulic punch, metal band saws, welders, cutting torch, plasma cutter, chainsaws, and/or powered motors, automotive equipment and trailers.
Customer Interactions:
Frequent interactions varying between Federal, Local, Inter-Agency, and Intra-Agency customers and vendors.



High School Diploma or equivalent.


Three (3) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment including operation of bulldozers, graders, excavators, loaders, backhoes, cranes, or similar equipment; or, full journey status as a Heavy Equipment Operator by work experience, vocational or trade school apprenticeship program, or any combination of the above.
Knowledge of rules of safe operation of equipment; state motor vehicle laws; materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment; methods, tools, and materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment.


Valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.


Boom Truck Certification
Valid First Aid and CPR Certification
Experience operating motorized graders


WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.

Supplemental Information

Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
A current resume.
Three professional references.


All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents


Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).

WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.


This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer


To take advantage of veteran preference, please do the following:

Email a copy of your DD214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22 or USDVA signed verification of service letter to [email protected].
Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and Vet (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – Veteran)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.


To take advantage of military spouse preference, please do the following:

Notify us of your military spouse status by email at [email protected].
Subject line should include recruitment number, position, and MS (for example: #10155 Biologist 1 – MS)
Include your name as it appears on your application in careers.wa.gov.

Note: Please blackout any PII (personally identifiable information) data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].

As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or [email protected].


Contact Person:
Email: [email protected]
Location: Lacey, WA
Application Method: Apply Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/3953234/equipment-operator-2-lacey-construction-shop-permanent-03572-23
Base Pay: $4,216.00 - $4,892.00

Posted on May 25, 2023

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