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Equipment Operator 2

Little Rock, AR
Woodson Incorporated

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Are you an experienced Equipment Operator in the Logging/Clearing Industry and tough enough to perform demanding physical work? Do you enjoy travelling and working in different locations outdoors? We are looking for individuals that have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and would enjoy being part of a tight knit team that travels to various sites and works over extended periods of time together.

Employees in this role can expect to be paid competitively and work onsite for two weeks at a time, travelling home every other weekend. If you are selected for this role, you will have the opportunity to grow your career with a growing company that rewards caring, committed, and trustworthy employees.

Since 1980, Woodson, Incorporated has led a team of experts focused on safety and innovative solutions. We see our people as our greatest asset and work with a safety first mindset. We have the mobility, reach, exceptional expertise, and diverse array of equipment to promptly resolve our client's challenges. We're staffed with over 80 caring, committed, and trustworthy individuals willing to lead the industry in the increasingly high-tech and challenging world of forestry and vegetation management.

As an Equipment Operator 2, you will maintain and operate various pieces of equipment on the customer’s job sites and at company locations. You must be experienced and able to run and maintain skid steer, telehandler, and tractors. You will simultaneously be training to become qualified to run and maintain other larger equipment.


  • Using the process of Plan, Brief, Execute, and Debrief, the Spotter and the Equipment Operator will review the task(s), hazards, environment, and mitigation of hazards prior to beginning the job or any time the job conditions change.
  • Drives and operates trucks and equipment*.
  • Loads and hauls equipment according to qualification status*.
  • Operates all equipment and tools on site and trains others on the proper operation of equipment including maintenance as to where all elements and other items receive daily and weekly maintenance*.
  • Follows Basic Machine Maintenance.
  • Oversees and maintains the equipment assigned.
  • Repairs and maintains equipment on job site.
  • Completes scheduled services to include the replacement of service stickers, pulling oil samples, and proper notation on weekly maintenance reports.
  • Completes weekly equipment reports and turn in on time.
  • Works in conjunction with all members on the crew.
  • Takes direction from the superintendent/PM as to the order and manner that activities are to be accomplished.
  • Discusses alternatives to help increase safety and productivity.
  • Works with crew to meet the daily work schedule, goals and daily task.
  • Ensure all employees, subs, and site visitors are following safety guidelines and have signed the tailboard and the JSA.
  • Work with foresters to mark risk trees and identifies hazard trees.
  • Performs fence repair, gate installation, finding access, and traffic control.
  • Communicates with landowners and customers.
  • Maintains minimum stocking level of supplies, and tools for equipment repair and crew safety
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent/PM.
  • Attend and occasionally conduct Tailboards and Hazard Analysis for the crew.
  • Shall follow all company safety guidelines.
  • Shall wear all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required for the job duties.
  • Shall notify the Superintendent/PM if other members of the crew, other contractors on-site, or members of the general public on-site are not working or behaving in a safe manner.
  • Report safety violations, incidents, or near misses to Superintendent/PM.

Minimum experience required of the position:

  • Must be able to operate wheel loaders with forks to move mats
  • Must be able to run Skid steer.

Minimum education required of the position:

  • High School Degree or equivalent (preferred but not required)

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required of the position:

  • Ability to work long hours in a high stress environment, including work outside of normal business hours.
  • Follow Basic Machine Maintenance.
  • Oversee and maintain the equipment assigned.

Work Environment:

This job may operate in remote locations, void of sanitary facilities, in extreme weather conditions both hot and cold and precipitation, during light of day, during the night and possibly in flooded areas.

Physical Demands:

  • Required to:
    1. Sit for up to 4 hours
    2. Squat for up to 30 minutes, or
    3. Stand for up to 8 hours
  • Height for climbing – 6’ (Required to climb a ladder, stairs, or tree for up to 6’.)
  • Maximum single step height – 2’ (Required to make a maximum single step height of up to 2’ with one leg.)
  • Maximum weight carried while climbing – 30lbs (Required to carry up to 30 lbs while climbing ladder, stairs, or tree.)
  • Crawl height – 2’ (Required to be able to crawl under a 2’ crawl space.)
  • Small space/hole – 2.5’ wide (Required to be able to fit through a 2.5’ wide crawl space.)
  • Max weight single hand – 30lbs (Required to be able to lift up to 30 lbs with a single hand.)
  • Max weight both hands – 60lbs (Required to be able to lift up to 60 lbs with both hands.)
  • Max floor to waist lift – 75lbs (Required to be able to lift up to 75 lbs from the floor to the waist.)
  • Above shoulder lift – 40lbs (Required to be able to lift up to 40 lbs from the floor to above the shoulders)

Expected Hours of Work:

Hours are subject to change based on business requirements and per company policy.

Other Duties:

As an employee of Woodson Incorporated it will be required for you to complete work that is not in your job description. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Travel Required: 80% to 100%

*Must be given prior training and approved to operate trucks, equipment, chainsaws, etc.

Qualification Checklist



Check-off or Approval

Basic Machine Maintenance - Must be able to discuss basic machine maintenance, demonstrate how to lubricate, clean, adjust, and examine equipment.

Has demonstrated proper BMM

Equipment loading and unloading - Must be able to discuss and demonstrate proper and safe loading and unloading equipment

Has demonstrated proper loading and unloading of various pieces of equipment

Operator and machine safety - Must be able to discuss proper safety usage, spotter communication, and hand signal usage

Has demonstrated knowledge of operator and machine safety

Multiple pieces of equipment - Must be able to demonstrate the proficient operation of the following:

Timbco and/or Forwarder

Cut trees around energized power lines & no lines (clear 2-3 acres/day)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Unload, load, install and remove mats (crane and laminated) (200/day)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Unload, load, install and remove mats and/or material (100/day)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Spread and level various materials proficiently

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Load material into trucks

Excavate for culverts, ditches, catch basins, etc.

Handle Mats

Grading with swipe pipe

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Skid with proper load size (No over or underloading)

Skid with proper RPM’s and gear (No lugging)

Skid on proper path (No jumping stumps)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours

Log Loader

Merchandise wood correctly

Loading trucks correctly ( No overweight)

Use of Slasher

Efficiently process and load (___Loads/hour or day)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours

Mulcher (Wheeled/Tracked)

Proper mulching techniques

Topping trees with mulcher

Proper maintenance

Efficiency of mulching

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours


Load material into trucks

Knowledge and use of all implements (bucket, forks, grapple, sweeper, stump grinder)

Grading with bucket (back dragging)

Handling composite mats (100/day)

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours

Mini Excavator

Load material into trucks

Grading with Blade and/or swipe pipe

Excavating for culverts, ditches, catch basin, etc.

Has demonstrated proper operation of equipment for a minimum of 30 cumulative hours

Has been certified for this position or recertified within the last 24 months

Holds current certification for recertifying or has successfully demonstrated all requirements above for initial certification.

Woodson, Incorporated is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages all to apply (M/F/D/V). We are committed to a drug-free workplace and require all applicants under consideration to submit to a drug screen and a background check. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local law. If due to a disability, you need special assistance in completing our application, please contact hr@woodsonincorporated.com.

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