Mower Operator

at The Townsend Corporation in Sikeston, Missouri, United States

Job Description

  • for Townsend Tree Service (Utility) *

Townsend Tree Service is an operating unit of The Townsend Corporation providing tree-trimming, clearance and integrated vegetation management services for power and communication lines, pipelines and roadways.

We possess extensive equipment capabilities and resources, with one of the largest fleets of All Terrain Aerial Buckets (ATAB), Right-of-Way (ROW) brush mowers, spray application equipment and other specialty tools.

With the use of modern IVM techniques and advanced herbicides that target invasive species, Townsend provides the best in habitat management. With our research partners, Townsend helps redefine right of way stewardship, producing benefits like improved motorist safety, better service crew access, lower maintenance costs, improved drainage and enhanced aesthetics.

As an operating unit of the larger Townsend Corporation, Townsend Tree Service is held to the same commitment to safety and quality. These are the same standards that have guided the Townsend Corporation for over six decades.

Position Description

The Mower Operator is responsible for operating and maintaining equipment required for assigned jobs. This position will also be responsible for ensuring that proper safety guidelines are followed at all times and report any safety concerns immediately. The Mower Operator will ensure that the work area’s safe and everyone around the work area is not at risk. This position will report to the General Foreperson and Manager for the site.

Duties Include

Essential Functions:

+ Inspects and reports necessary repairs to tools, truck, and other equipment

+ Loads and unloads equipment onto trucks and trailers

+ Services equipment to keep it in clean, neat, and specified mechanical condition

+ Participates in daily job briefings and safety meetings

+ Operates heavy equipment of various types to remove branches and tree material from job sites

+ Operates and services equipment such as gasoline and hydraulic tools, power saws, power winches, mower decks, weed whackers, chippers, and sprayers

+ Safeguards employees and the public from hazards in and around work areas

+ Sets up barriers, warning signs, flags, and markers to protect employees and public

+ Trains new personnel

+ Works in all temperatures and will be exposed to nature, i.e., irritating plants and biting or stinging insects

+ Keeps informed on new equipment, specifications, standard practices, operating procedures, and customer and company employee relations policies and practices

+ Works near energized parts or equipment

+ Starts each workday with an inspection of tires, controls, fuel, and fluids to ensure reliable operation

+ Changes attachments, makes adjustments, verifies information, and troubleshoots problems

+ Operates equipment manually and through the use of electronic or technical methods of operation

Secondary Duties:

+ Provides recommendations for maintaining and improving environmental performance

+ Operates equipment on public roadways, maintaining proper awareness of surroundings

+ Performs other duties as assigned

What You’ll Bring to the Team

+ Must be able to wear and utilize PPE

+ Must be able to operate equipment and/or safely drive a vehicle safely

+ Must be able to operate all tools required on job site, or have the ability to learn to operate them

+ Must be able to traverse uneven terrain

+ Must be able to enter and exit equipment/vehicles numerous times a day

+ Must be able to withstand exposure to elements throughout the year (heat, cold, rain, and other weather conditions)

+ Must have good vision and be attentive

+ Must be able to verbally communicate with other crew members and fully understand instructions and information

+ Must have transportation to and from the startup location

+ Must have a valid driver’s license

+ Must be able to meet all physical requirements of the position

+ Pass all drug and alcohol screens as required by Company policy and, if applicable, required by DOT regulations

+ Be at least 18 years of age, or 21 if CDL is required

+ Legally authorized to work in the United States


+ Two (2) years equipment operator experience

+ Mechanical training

+ DOT Compliance knowledge


Why Townsend?

Townsend’s number one core value is Safety; we operate a strict Drug Free workplace. A condition of employment is passing a drug screening and routine background checks. Vehicle operators will be required to have and maintain safe driving records and licenses.

Our Goal is to assure that all employees work safely and return home safely to their families every day.

Competitive Benefits + Compensation

Townsend and its family of companies are committed to employees, their development and their well-being. Townsend offers full-time employees with a variety of voluntary benefit plans.

+ Competitive Compensation

+ Paid Time Off to balance Work and Family

+ Health Care

+ Vision Care

+ Dental Care

+ Short and Long Term Disability

+ 401K Plan

+ Life Insurance

These benefits help employees and their families to maintain a high quality of life, both professionally and personally.

The Townsend Corporation and its family of companies are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.

ID: 2022-1949

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Post End Date: 9/10/2022

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Job Posting: JC221045107

Posted On: Aug 13, 2022

Updated On: Sep 13, 2022