Location: Niskayuna, New York
Title: Equipment Operator
Schedule (FT/PT): Regular Full Time
Travel Required: No
Clearance: Ability to Obtain

North Wind Site Services is focused on providing engineering, program management, environmental remediation services including investigation and characterization, environmental restoration, unexploded ordnance/military munitions response (MMRP), regulatory public involvement services, environmental compliance, logistics, and records and facility management.


The Equipment Operator shall operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as excavators, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

North Wind recognizes our biggest asset is our employees. Our success is a direct result of the hard work, skills, expertise, and unique perspectives and talents that each of our employees bring to North Wind. We are looking for exceptionally talented, motivated, and dynamic individuals to join the North Wind team – not only to support our mission but be an integral part of our continued success.


  • Operation of heavy equipment such as a tractor, bulldozer, backhoe, or excavator, for the purposes of construction, demolition, or excavation in a high production industrial setting
  • Loading and unloading equipment from vehicles used to transport it
  • Inspecting equipment before and after use to ensure it’s in good working order
  • Driving or controlling heavy equipment to complete tasks at the construction site
  • Monitoring performance and adjusting settings as required to perform tasks correctly
  • Filling out performance records to report problems with equipment and track where and when it was used
  • Cleaning equipment after use and disposing of any collected scraps or waste
  • Completing minor repair work as needed


  • Responsible for routine maintenance or repairs


Education and Experience:

  • Department of Energy (DOE) experience is highly preferred
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Two or more years of experience operating multiple types of heavy equipment

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work safely and efficiently
  • Ability to follow supervisory verbal and written instructions and designated health and safety requirements.

Special Requirements:

  • Must have a valid state driver’s license
  • Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.
  • Security requirements determined by the installation. Limited background check and fingerprinting required.
  • Must pass access requirements for Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screen


  • Knowledge of acceptable construction site practices including occupational safety and health regulations


  • Handles the physical demands of the job, including standing, walking, and sitting for long periods, and lifting 50 pounds.


  • Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions or difficult terrain.

North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave and tuition reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline +1.208.528.8718 or use the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form to get assistance.

North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.

Candidates may be required to obtain and hold a Secret or Higher US Government Clearance.