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Equipment Operator

Bently Ranch is one of four family-owned companies under the Bently Enterprises umbrella with a focus on green initiatives. Bently Ranch ranch and farmland are a beautiful part of the Northern Nevada landscape. The Bently family of employees strives to care for the land entrusted to them, and its resources.  We are currently looking for an Equipment Operator who enjoys working in a great ranch environment.  This position is a full time position with Medical, dental, vision along with a 401K option. 

Position Summary:

The Equipment Operator performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled work in the operation of light, medium and some heavy equipment and light to heavy-duty trucks.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Operate all heavy equipment in a safe and efficient way according to all relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Operate or tend equipment used in agricultural production, such as tractors, combines, and irrigation equipment.
  • Operate towed machines such as seed drills or manure spreaders to plant, fertilize, dust, and spray crops.
  • Irrigate soil, use and maintain portable pipes and pumps or ditch systems.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks, to include routine maintenance and emergency repairs.
  • Perform required manual labor in construction and maintenance projects.  Monitor and maintain proper service of assigned equipment. 
  • May assist in loading and unloading of trucks, laying of pipe, using air tools and jackhammers, and other hand tools related to job.
  • Perform all aspects of asphalt lay down, including but not limited to, operation of lay-down machine, rollers, and distributor tank.
  • Maintain knowledge of safety procedures and hazards related to construction, maintenance and equipment operation.
  • Clean heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required.
  • Ensure heavy equipment is safely and securely stored.
  • Maintain roads and transportation systems in order to ensure safe roadways within company grounds.
  • May build level and excavate land surfaces using graders and other construction equipment.
  • Gather and load dirt and waste products from job sites onto trucks. Transport to appropriate location.
  • Maintain accurate logs and records and enter data in computer.
  • Assist with disassembling and reassembling screeners/conveyors.
  • Attach farm implements such as plows, discs, sprayers, or harvesters to tractors, using bolts and hand tools.
  • Drive trucks to haul crops, supplies, tools, or farm workers.
  • Load and unload crops or containers of materials, manually or using conveyors, hand trucks, forklifts, or transfer augers.
  • Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.
  • Manipulate controls to set, activate and adjust mechanisms on machinery.
  • Use company-provided systems to enter, track, and document work; run reports as required.
  • Support management with administrative work and projects as required and/or directed; support other departments with administrative tasks and other projects as assigned.
  • Communicate by telephone or in person with contractors, vendors and other service providers as may be requested by members of the senior or executive management team.
  • Support the production of monthly, quarterly, annual and other reports, as needed.
  • Participate in safety and emergency response plan maintenance, development and training activities.
  • Maintain a thorough working knowledge of and adhere to organizational policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Keep supervisor well informed of activities, results of efforts, and problems/potential problems identified; recommend corrective action to supervisor.
  • Respect confidentiality in discussing visitors, clients, tenants, staff and organizational matters.
  • Report to work as scheduled and on time.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Special Licenses and/or Certificates:

  • None

Education and/or Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Two (2) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Computer Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of personal computers and peripherals, word processing and spreadsheet software, e-mail and the Internet.

Other Skills and Qualifications:

  • Maintain the confidence of co-workers, company management, vendors, clients and contractors by keeping appropriate information confidential, as defined in the Company Handbook and in any signed Confidentiality Agreements.
  • Read and comprehend complex instructions, detailed correspondences and memos.
  • Effectively communicate information in one-on-one, small, and large group settings to visitors, vendors, clients, tenants and other employees of the Company.
  • Carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions.
  • Effectively handle problems often involving variables in non-standardized situations.
  • Build and leverage relationships with internal and external partners to achieve measurable business results.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with all levels of employees.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; strong decision-making ability.
  • Willingly receive guidance and supervision; follow work rules, safety practices, work procedures; meet deadlines, punctuality and attendance standards; work mandatory overtime, etc.
  • Perform professionally under stress when confronted with an emergency, critical, unusual, or possible dangerous situation.  Must be able to sustain attention during situations in which working with speed is a critical aspect of the job. May be subject to danger, risk or tension as a regular and/or consistent part of the job.

Physical Job Description

Typical Working Conditions:

  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is exposed to both indoor and outdoor conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts, occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, occasionally exposed to vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
  • Physical Demands:
  • Perform repetitive work, to continuously perform the same work according to set procedures, sequence or pace.
  • Employee will be subject to substantial repetitive motions of the body or its parts.
  • Exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, up to 15 pounds of force frequently, and up to 7 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • View computer screen for long periods of time.
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