About the City of Somerville

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout our hiring practices; these values are embedded in our mission and work environment—furthermore, we encourage applications from a diverse range of professional experiences and skillsets. We embrace and encourage an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, it is also a model employer.

 

  • Now Hiring: Heavy Motor Equipment Operator/Public Works Worker (HMEO)

Department: 
DPW - Buildings and Grounds
Duties: 
  • Operates heavy motor equipment in a proper and safe manner in order to perform all assigned work.
  • Loads and unloads trucks; picks up and hauls material; plows and sands sidewalks, recreational areas, parking lots and highways; greases, oils and cleans equipment and performs minor maintenance; performs unskilled labor duties of which the following are typical examples: digging holes, trenches, and other excavations; shoveling materials and leveling areas; maintenance and care of recreational areas, athletic fields, parks, and playgrounds; lining playing fields; flooding grounds for skating; planting and trimming shrubs/small trees using hand or powered equipment; replacing and mowing grass; repairing fences, swings, slides and other playground equipment; painting and maintenance work; moving furniture and equipment; delivering supplies; cleaning buildings and grounds as directed; assisting other personnel in Parks Division tasks; loading and unloading materials; emptying barrels and cleaning litter and debris from streets, runways, parking lots and recreational areas; removing snow/ice using manual or small powered equipment; spreading sand on icy areas; using small hand tools, i.e. shovels, picks, axes, saws, heavy wrenches and small power tools.
  • Performs all other duties that may be assigned.
Requirements: 
  • Ability to receive and interpret written and oral instructions and to give written and oral reports to supervisors.
  • Must have ability to use tools of trade in workmanlike manner.
  • Must be in good health, be dependable, and able to do hard physical work.
  • Must possess valid Massachusetts Class B driver’s license with a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL).
  • Must have a safe driving record.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work requires agility and physical strength, ability to function in close quarters, and is subject to outside environmental conditions, including wet, hot and cold weather. Worker is subject to noise, vibrations, hazards and atmospheric conditions including fumes, dust and air contaminants.

 PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
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 position’s essential functions.

Physical Skills
Position requires standing/walking most of the day, lifting/carrying up to 75 lbs, pushing/pulling, climbing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, crouching and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position requires near and far vision and acute hearing, the ability to maintain heavy physical exertion for long periods of time, operate hand and power tools, navigate rough terrain, move in or about construction sites.

Motor Skills
While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use oral communication skills and handle tools and equipment. The position requires balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping, feeling and repetitive motion to complete tasks.

Visual Skills
Visual acuity is required to operate motor vehicles and heavy equipment.

Application Procedure: 

Send your resume and cover letter by November 25th, 2021 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nancy Bacci, at 617-625-6600 x2250 or NBacci@somervillema.gov

Hours: 
Full-Time
Salary: 
$903.40 weekly
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Application End Date: 
Thursday, November 25, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis. Learn more at somervillema.gov/HR/COVID19.