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Prepared by HR Department on March 29, 2024

Department Natural Resources
Reports To Natural Resources Director
Type of Employment Full-Time
FSLA Status Non-Exempt
Salary $27–$32 per hour


Operates equipment and performs construction tasks with heavy equipment and hand tools associated with forestry, remediation, construction and natural resource management under the Natural Resources Department. Maintains and manages vehicles & equipment within the department.


Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively as a team member.
  • Operate heavy equipment, excavator, dump truck, tractor, trucks, etc., primarily for maintenance of forest roads, restoration areas, drainages.
  • Properly follow policies and procedures and OSHA safety procedures. Bring problems, issues, or concerns to supervisor.
  • Perform manual labor as required in maintenance of equipment or facilities.
  • Perform routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and SBDNR vehicles, and refer defects or needed repairs to supervisor, clean equipment, and vehicles. Perform basic equipment maintenance hand and power tools.
  • Adhere to safety protocols and guidelines to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Collaborate with team members to accomplish project goals in a timely manner.
  • Maintain accurate records of work performed and materials used.
  • Strong mechanical knowledge and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret project plans and specifications.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

Other Duties:

  • Perform slash treatment/ piling.
  • Road construction and maintenance
  • Perform brush clearing.
  • Assist in tree planting inspections.
  • Assist in pre-commercial thinning inspections.
  • Assist in regeneration and stocking surveys.
  • May be asked to train/ perform fire suppression actions, operating heavy equipment for fire suppression, fuels reduction and fire prevention. Maintain and monitor burn areas on Tribal lands.
  • Complete accurate reports in a timely manner with attention to detail.
  • Communicates with both internal and external customers including operators, landowners, state, county and federal partners working for the Tribe.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster a culture of service, workforce diversity, equity and inclusion, team environment, and strong internal communication and alignment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Requirements

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Experience and Eduction

Considerable knowledge of heavy equipment operating principles. Ability to drive and operate equipment under varying working conditions. 3-6 years' experience operating heavy equipment required. Working knowledge in road construction/maintenance required and general construction/maintenance preferred. Working knowledge of hazards and safety precautions common to heavy equipment operations. Must have knowledge of mechanical maintenance of heavy equipment, possess ability to diagnose/ repair maintenance issues in field. Ability to work independently and in a team like setting. Basic computer knowledge required. Good customer service skills required. High School Diploma or GED and valid Class A CDL with Tanker/ Airbrake Endorsement required. AA/AS preferred but not required.


Vocational / trade school for heavy equipment operators certification preferred but not required. Safe driving record required.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license that is recognized in Washington State and an acceptable driving record.
  • Experience and proficiency with Adobe and Microsoft Office software (outlook, excel, word).
  • Ability to use GPS, read maps and navigate from maps.
  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) endorsement with current Medical Examiner’s Certificate.
  • Tanker, double trailer – Endorsement (must be obtained within 6 months of hire).
  • Experience operating –
  • Tools and Equipment: Basic hand tools, power tools such as drills, roto hammers, cut off saws, circular saws, hydraulic punch, welders, cutting torch, plasma cutter, chainsaws, and/or powered motors, automotive equipment, and trailers.
  • Engines, excavators, hand tools, chainsaws, and water handling equipment.

Equivalent experience will not be accepted in place of required education.


EXTERNAL VISIBILITY/CONTACT: High frequency of contact and visibility with the public. Moderate contact with key personnel in purchase of parts and supplies. Moderate contact with key Tribal personnel, government officials and presentations and attendance at public meetings.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Basic mathematical skills; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals and fractions.

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to bend, stoop, squat, push, pull, and lift 50 pounds repetitively when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project sites.




Certificates, Licenses and Registrations

See Education/Experience section

Essential Competencies

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information.  Collects and researches data.  Uses intuition and experience to complement data.  Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Project Management – Develops project plans.  Coordinates projects.  Communicates changes and progress.  Completes projects on time and budget.  Manages project team activities.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner.  Gathers and analyzes information skillfully.  Develops alternative solutions.  Works well in group problem solving situations.  Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming.  Maintain confidentiality.  Listens to others without interrupting.  Keeps emotions under control.  Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities.  Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views.  Gives and welcomes feedback.  Contributes to building a positive team spirit.  Puts success of team above own interests.  Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives.  Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  • Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others.  Inspires and motivates others to perform well.  Effectively influences actions and opinions of others.  Accepts feedback from others.
    Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions.  Exhibits sound and accurate judgment.  Supports and explains reasoning for decisions.  Includes appropriate people in decision-making process.  Makes timely decisions.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner.  Reacts well under pressure.  Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position.  Accepts responsibility for own actions.  Follows through on commitments.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment.  Manages competing demands.  Changes approach or method to best fit the situation.  Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction.  Takes responsibility for own actions.  Keep commitments.  Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.  Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures.  Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time.  Supports organizations goals and values.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time.  Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent.  Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Essential Competencies

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to bend, stoop, squat, push, pull, and lift 50 pounds repetitively when loading and unloading trucks or moving materials around project sites.


Work Environment

High frequency of exposure to adverse weather conditions such as extreme cold, rain, snow, and ice. High frequency exposure to hazardous weather and working conditions such as working in deep ditches, steep slopes, mud, working in confined spaces and use of hazardous paints and solvents. Work includes heavy physical effort in lifting or moving equipment and in working in awkward positions with tools or equipment.

Workload demands may require work outside the assigned work hours and adjustment of work schedules.

At-Will Employment

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

The employment relationship with Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe is voluntary; there is no specified length of employment.  Accordingly, either the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at will, with or without cause, at any time, so long as there is no violation of applicable federal or state law.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Indian preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe’s policy 181 within the Tribes Employee Handbook.


Employee Benefit Summary:
After 60 days of employment
Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage
Short term disability
Long term disability
Disability resources
After 90 days of employment
Annual Leave accrual
Sick Leave accrual
Bereavement Leave
Military Leave
Jury Duty Leave
Paid Holidays
After 1 year of employment
401K employer contribution

Work Location Work on Location Premises
2373 Tokeland Rd.
Tokeland, Washington 98590
Job Posting Valid Through Valid until filled
Position Start Date Immediately
Contact with Questions bsomero@shoalwaterbay_nsn.gov