Weed Harvestor Operator

The position of weed harvesting operator is a temporary, seasonal position, approximately 40 hours per work from May-November performing aquatic weed harvesting operations and related services to the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District (SLPID).

Job Description:

Operating an Alpha Boats Aquatic weed Harvester on Saratoga Lake; Unloading harvested plant material using a conveyor system and single axle dump truck, deliver plant material to designated locations for composting.

Mechanical experience is preferred, not necessary. Assisting in routine maintenance activities on equipment.

Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Weed Harvesting Supervisor and performs related work as required.

Hours and Pay: Full-time – 40 hours per week, hourly, seasonal. Employment is from May to November, Ten hour days, Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Beginning pay is $20.00 per hour.

Scope of Function:

The weed harvesting program on Saratoga Lake will seek to improve navigation, remove weeds and improve aesthetic appearance.

Minimum Requirements of Employee:

  • Education: No minimum.
  • Age: 18 years or older
  • Professional licenses/Certifications: None needed
  • Vehicle: Reliable Transportation to and from work.
  • Drivers License: Valid Class D – regular.
  • Experience/Qualifications: Ability to follow directions and work independently. Some light mechanical abilities
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs

Duties and responsibilities of the job:

This person will report to the Harvesting Supervisor and will be responsible for helping with the harvesting of weeds in our harvesting program. He/She will perform light routine maintenance as needed. May be cross trained to operate the tractor/trailer hauling weeds.

Work to be performed:

  • Assume, under the direction of the Weed Harvesting Supervisor, the responsibility of the operation of the weed harvester on a daily basis or as scheduled.
  • Cut weeds in an area designated by the Weed Harvesting Supervisor. If adverse weather conditions do not permit cutting in that area, the operator can assume responsibility to change to a safer area.
  • Before starting the harvester an employee is expected to perform the following duties:

A: Grease all grease points as noted on harvester. Cutter bar (which runs under water) is to be greased hourly
B: Check diesel fuel supply and make sure all containers are full, always keeping a spare can on board the harvester
C: Check fluid levels including the hydraulic system and engine oil

  • Removal of weeds from paddle wheels to prevent overheating.
  • Perform minor maintenance to continue operation.
  • If anything is damaged or broken on the equipment, it is to be reported to the Weed Harvesting Supervisor immediately.
  • Make sure harvester is securely tied down when docked and keys are removed from harvester and left in storage shed.
  • Removal of the harvester to and from winter storage.
  • Moving of harvesters for cutting on all areas of the lake.

Work rules:

  1. All employees are expected to abide by the safety rules of the district at all times.
  2. Employees are expected to remain visibly occupied during the work day and shall attend to maintenance and cleaning tasks when not actually operating the harvester.
  3. Employees are representatives of the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District during work hours and are expected to be polite and respectful when talking or dealing with the general public.
  4. Employees shall not accept any money from Lake residents or the general public.
  5. All employees will adhere to work schedule.
  6. There shall be no diving or swimming off the equipment.
  7. No employee shall operate motor vehicles on public highways unless he/she is 18 or older.
  8. In the event an employee cannot make it to work, he/she must call the Weed Harvesting Supervisor at least an hour before scheduled work time.
  9. Weather conditions could be cause for adjustments to work schedules.
  10. All employees are required to fill out a daily log sheet.
  11. All employees are charged with the responsibility of making sure the equipment is properly secured, the storage shed is locked, and no debris is left outside on the ground at the storage shed area or the off-loading site.
  12. All employees will be responsible for the reasonable care of equipment and tools.

It is the policy of the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.EOE/AA/M/F/D/V

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Interested candidates contact SLPID District Administrator, Cristina A. Connolly
cristina.connolly@slpid.org   518-223-3252.

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