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Plant Operator Excavation

Job No: RVC534
Location: Casino

Dig an opportunity to join the RVC crew? 

The primary purpose of the role is to provide a high level of service in the construction and maintenance of Council’s roads and drainage infrastructure in line with Council’s delivery and operational plans.  

Key Accountabilities:

  • Operate, service and maintain an excavator or backhoe in a safe and effective manner within the limits of the machine for a range of activities including but not limited to general earthworks, roadworks construction and maintenance, water and sewer construction and maintenance, concrete and drainage works, roadside vegetation and sediment and erosion control dams
  • Carry out work within the vicinity of underground and overhead services in accordance with utility providers duty of care
  • Use various attachments associated with the machinery including laser levelling equipment for trenching and drainage
  • Assist set out works, establish line and level from reference points fixed by others and carry out ongoing checks of the accuracy of the works being undertaken during a project
  • Apply well developed job co-ordination and administration skills including preplanning, programming and delivery of routine works in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Use and maintain small plant and hand tools in a safe and effective manner

We are looking for 

A team player who is experienced in operating and maintaining a variety of excavators and/or backhoes as well as small plant and hand tools. You will be community minded, to assist in maintaining and construction of key infrastructure for our community. You have a safety-first approach to your work and are willing to learn and share your knowledge and experience with the team.  

We are seeking someone who has or is willing to obtain:

  • SafeWork Construction Induction Certificate (WHS White Card)
  • Class MR Driver Licence
  • Nationally accredited certificate or proven competency for LE – Excavator or LB – Front End Loader – Backhoe
  • Nationally accredited certificate for Work Near Overhead Powerlines
  • SafeWork accredited certificate for Traffic Controller
  • SafeWork accredited certificate for Implement Traffic Control Plans
  • SafeWork approved High Risk Licence for DG – Dogging

About the Role

Full time: 76-hour fortnight

Salary: Range from $53,762 to $61,828 pa + 10.5% super

Closing date: 11:30pm Sunday, 9 April 2023

Contact: Megan Neville, People & Culture Support Officer - (02) 6660 0318

NOTE: As the activities of this position could involve exposure to Hepatitis A and B and Q Fever, the employee will be vaccinated against these hazards or required to provide proof of immunity against these diseases.


About Richmond Valley

The Richmond Valley LGA is the base of the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The area is around three hours from Brisbane and less than an hour to Byron Bay. Richmond Valley and our surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful and desired in the country. Why wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic when you can drive past the gorgeous beaches, through rolling hills and fully embrace the benefits of regional living. Your "office" will range from beautiful coastal villages and country towns to vast fertile farmlands. 

Richmond Valley has a generous Leave Management Policy including three weeks sick leave, compassionate leave, and volunteer leave to name a few. Our Health & Wellbeing Program includes Fitness Passports, free yoga each week, free meditation and a fun Health & Wellbeing day alongside many other initiatives.

We are a strong believer in developing those who want to learn more, master their field or enter a new one, our Learning & Development strategy supports professional growth that aligns to organisational need. Leadership is very important to Richmond Valley and we invest every year in our Leadership team with the aim of making all staff at Council empowered and engaged.

Please visit Working With Us for more detail regarding benefits Richmond Valley Council has to offer and here for more information about the Regional Job Precincts.


Our Values

Integrity and Passion

The Way We Do Business

We lead by example. We take responsibility. We do what we say. We embrace change. We are community focused. We are in this together

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