Sep 20, 2022

Excavator - Vail, CO - Housing Assistance Provided!

$25.99 - $35.95 hourly
  • Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
  • Vail, CO, USA
Full-Time Construction Engineering Environment Government

Job Description

Our mission is to provide efficient, effective, and reliable water and wastewater utility services in a manner that respects the natural environment. Our water and wastewater systems are critical links that make this happen. We are seeking an experienced Excavator to join our Field Operations team. The Excavator will perform activities related to utility excavations, heavy equipment operations, and job site management and safety.

This position supports the goals of the Field Operations Department, which maintains and enhances the safety and well-being of the community by providing exceptional water and wastewater service and maintaining the District’s extensive network of underground assets. The department continuously strives to meet the needs of the community by constantly focusing on customer service, efficient and effective utilization of resources, safety, innovation, and teamwork.

The regular schedule for this position will be 40 hours a week Monday-Friday and will be responsible for occasional on-call shifts. The duties of this position will vary by season and needs of the Field Operations department. When excavation and heavy equipment duties are not necessary, you will work as a Systems Maintenance operator and support the field operations crew.


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced heavy equipment operator who is positive and collaborative. An ideal candidate is a communicative professional with good decision-making ability who can manage small projects and teach other employees excavation skills. This position will have a ton of daily variety, including working with lots of different people, office work and outdoor field work. And the best part: you provide an essential service to the community while working outside and seeing some amazing places. Not to mention our excellent benefits, housing program and opportunities for training, certification and development.


The Day to Day

·        Operates an excavator to complete tasks such as digging and excavating, trucks to complete tasks such as transporting equipment and materials, and front loader to complete tasks such as load equipment and materials.

·        May troubleshoot or performance preventative maintenance for heavy equipment; perform daily safety and maintenance checks; complete paperwork and other documentation as needed

·        Trains others on safe utility excavation techniques; plans and manages job sites for safe and efficient excavations in coordination with field operations supervisors and manager.

·        Utilizes Cityworks, CO811 and WebTMS prepares various reports, forms, photos and memos to document work orders, and problems encountered and/or resolved.

·        Creates and completes computer-generated work orders daily using GIS and CMMS (CityWorks).

·        Updates ERWSD/UERWA program-related records.

·        Verifies field information and notifies the designated departments regarding updates and corrections.

·        Investigates and prepares detailed written documentation on excavations that result in damage to underground utilities.

·        Assists in shut down of water & sewer mains, and in water & sewer mains repairs or water & sewer services.

·        Provides support and back up to the Field Operations and Customer Service staff.

·        Demonstrates knowledge of District Rules & Regulations regarding development and construction.

·        Coordinate activities with other District Departments and/or Divisions.

·        Required to follow all District safety and security policies and wear Personal Protective Equipment as required by the job duties.

·        Other duties as assigned


Environmental and Geological Engineering, Facilities Management-Maintenance, Environmental Protection-Conservation




Hourly wage range is $25.99 - $35.95. Starting range depends on qualifications but generally falls within the minimum and midpoint of the pay range.

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Job Requirements


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • High school diploma or GED, and two years of directly related excavation and heavy equipment operations experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.
  • Experience with utility specific excavations highly preferred.
  • Colorado Distribution and Collection Licenses preferred.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Collection 1 and Distribution 1 certifications through CCWP within the first 12 months of employment.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Collection 3 and Distribution 3 certifications through CCWP within the first three years of employment.
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures of the Colorado 811 system preferred.
  • Must be able to maintain small to medium-sized equipment and trucks.
  • Proven customer service skills and the ability to work productively with minimal direct supervision.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
  • Ability to read and interpret utility maps and as-built civil engineering drawings (this also includes cut-sheets and curb stop diagrams).
  • Excellent communications skills (both written and verbal) are essential. This position works closely with consumers, contractors, developers and other District Departments.
  • Computer proficiency required, including basic Microsoft Office skills.
  • Ability to work with CMMS (CityWorks) to create work orders and use GIS and GPS to read maps.
  • Ability to use office equipment such as phone systems, copier, fax machine, and radio system.
  • Must possess a valid Colorado Driver's license and be insurable under District's standards.
  • Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification within the first six months of employment.
  • Must possess a Commercial Driver License with the following endorsements: Air Brakes, Tanker, and Combination Vehicle/Class “A”.


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. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided as necessary.

This position is physical in nature, and requires sufficient physical strength and stamina for:

  • Constant standing and walking on uneven terrain in various conditions to perform work, constant squatting, bending and kneeling to perform work at various sites. Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, and stand to operate heavy equipment at various construction sites.
  • Frequent sitting to write reports and drive to and from work sites.
  • Occasional climbing and balancing on ladders, stairs, framing and step ladders at unprotected heights to look for structural hazards; occasional reaching overhead and below shoulder to manipulate tools and equipment.
  • Frequent light grasp, hand manipulation and handling needed to use equipment; occasional firm grasp is needed to manipulate tools
  • Frequent stepping up/down to get in and out of vehicles, trenches and foundations; frequent actuate mechanism needed to safely operate vehicles
  • Frequent use of vision to detect hazards; constant use of near acuity to write reports and perform office tasks
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of up to 25 pounds
  • Must be able to talk and hear.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions including variable hot and cold temperatures, snow, rain, hail, etc. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and confined spaces and construction job sites. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.



The pay range for this role is $25.99 - $35.95. Starting range depends on qualifications but generally falls within the minimum and midpoint of the pay range. 

At ERWSD, we value life-work balance and are leaders in the industry with our holistic benefits package, which includes but is not limited to:

o   Comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage

o   Employee housing and monthly housing stipend program

o   Wellness program

o   Retirement savings plans (414h and 457)

o   13.5 Paid Holidays

o   Paid Vacation, Sick and Comp Time

o   Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

o   $400 Annual Recreation Benefit

o   Tuition Reimbursement

o   Ski Pass, Electrical Vehicle, and Computer loan programs


Click HERE to learn more from our full 2022 Benefits Guide.

All applicants must apply online at to be considered by October 6, 2022.

All employees must be insurable under District standards, submit to a pre-employment drug screen and extensive background check.

Please contact [email protected] for a full job description or for any additional questions.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

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