•    Do have experience with heavy equipment?
•    Do you enjoy completing major projects?

If this sounds like you, Montgomery Parks Facilities Management Division, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland is the place you want to be!   The Heavy Equipment Operator is part of the Facilities Management Division. This Division of 118 staff provides for the care and maintenance of the Department’s physical assets including facilities, pavement, fleet, and major building systems. With a budget over $13 million dollars, the division is responsible for facility condition assessments, major and minor maintenance programs, and serves as the primary support to the Department’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). The division strives to achieve a balance between the upkeep of aging facilities and new construction by integrating a number of CIP and major maintenance projects into the daily work program each year.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner.  Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 424 parks and almost 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington DC area. Go to our website to learn more:  

DIVERSITY STATEMENT: Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, ideology or status as a Veteran.

Please Note: The salary range listed above represents the earning potential for this position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Examples of Important Duties


  • Utilizes specific personal protection equipment; ensures safeguards are in place.
  • Ensures safety of work area and sites.
  • Performs critical Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) work to remove barriers and maintain compliance.

Operation/Maintenance of Tools and Heavy Equipment

  • Operates heavy and light equipment to perform routine construction and maintenance work (dozers, wheel loaders, excavators, etc.)
  • Inspects and reports on equipment and vehicle needs daily.
  • Provides periodic maintenance of small equipment and tools.
  • Maintains inventory of equipment, tools, and vehicles for crew.

General Labor and Administrative Tasks

  • Directs work of equipment operators; monitors progress.
  • Meets with vendors to plan work and obtain quotes; monitors work.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints, grade elevations and construction documents.
  • Estimates materials, tools, and equipment needed for daily assignments.

Important Skills and Characteristics: 

  • Skilled in problem solving, interpreting blueprints, drawing and other specifications.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships.
  • Skilled in the operation of mini-hoe, skid loader, dozer, wheel loader, dump truck, road grader, front-end loader, roller, tractor, tractor-trailer truck, and other heavy equipment machinery.
  • Ability to read and understand site plans.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Possess a valid Class A CDL Commercial Driver’s License.
  2. Knowledge of Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Motor Vehicles standards of specialized equipment used in operation and safety.
  3. Construction and excavating experience.
  4. Knowledge of heavy equipment operation procedures and characteristics.
  5. Experience in directing work of others.

Working Conditions:
Incumbents in this class must frequently: remain in a stationary position, move about inside the office and outside, operate vehicles, tools, and equipment, ascend, and descend ladders, position self to complete manual work, move equipment, tools and supplies weighing up to 49 pounds and work in outdoor weather conditions. Overtime and emergency on-call time may be required.

 Very competitive and flexible benefits programs available!


Minimum Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).
  2. Three years of equipment operation, including a minimum of one year of experience using heavy equipment.
  3. Must possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with appropriate endorsements at time of employment. Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.
  4. Successfully pass Commission medical examination.


Applicants with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selections Services Unit at the time of applications at or 301-454-1411 (Maryland Relay 7-1-1)

M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.