Location: Kellogg, Idaho
Title: Equipment Operator
Schedule (FT/PT): Temporary Full Time
Travel Required: No
Clearance: Ability to Obtain

North Wind Construction Services provides heavy civil construction services with special expertise in mine reclamation, repository construction and operation, landfill closures, and stream restoration. Operations began in northern Idaho, but have expanded to new regions including Las Vegas, Seattle, and Oak Ridge. The Construction Services team is known for the successful completion of projects in challenging conditions that are often in remote locations throughout the U.S. North Wind Construction Services is a certified 8(a) and small disadvantaged business.


The Equipment Operator shall operate one or several types of heavy construction equipment, such as bulldozers, excavators, front-end loaders, graders, or compactors, to move construction materials, earth, debris, rock, and other materials on heavy civil construction sites and remediation projects. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.


  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner in order to minimize the risk of injury, property damage or loss of life
  • Operate assigned equipment in a productive manner often alongside other equipment crew operators
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks
  • Ensure heavy equipment is safely and securely stored
  • Advise the project foreman of any needed maintenance or repairs
  • Participate in routine maintenance.
  • Requires strict reliability to be on the assigned project site at the designated start time.


  • Read and understand safety policies and procedures
  • Safely execute work assignments
  • Notify appropriate personnel of issues needing management attention.
  • Follow North Wind and client procedures.
  • May be required to maintain work log or other project paperwork, as applicable.
  • Maintain contemporaneous timesheets and submit on a weekly basis.
  • Work independently or with others on a crew to complete daily assignments.


Education and Experience:

  • High Diploma or equivalent
  • Required years of experience depend on the specific operator position applied for

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work safely and efficiently
  • Ability to follow supervisory verbal and written instructions and designated health and safety requirements.
  • Ability to work in an outdoor environment with exposure to extreme weather and difficult terrains.
  • Experience with reading survey grade stakes (cut and fills) is required.
  • Ability to reasonably recognize and avoid site conditions that have a high chance of causing damage to the operated equipment
  • Need to be able to read and write and understand written directions. Mainly will follow directions of Foreman or Site Superintendent.

Special Requirements:

  • Current OSHA Hazardous Waste 40 hr training is a requirement.
  • Must have a valid driver license
  • Must pass pre-employment background check
  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening
  • Applicants are required to have REAL ID ACT compliant documentation at time of hire.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach and signal with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee may be required to sit for long periods of time. The employee must be capable of routinely lifting and/or move up to 60 pounds.


The majority of the work will be performed in outdoor conditions and often in inclement weather including rain, snow, wind, heat, and/or cold. Terrain may be steep mountainous terrain or potentially with unstable soil conditions.

    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.