Job Overview


About the Agency

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. 
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Reclamation is seeking an Engineering Equipment Operator looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy operating one or more types of construction and maintenance equipment, e.g. crawler type tractors, graders, scrapers, hydraulic excavator, backhoe, and other gasoline and diesel-powered equipment to excavate channels, build or repair levees, clean and repair water structures, and grade and level roads, etc?

You may also operate a forklift and perform other duties that do not involve operating equipment, e.g., unloading supplies, cleaning shop and yard area, building access gates, fabricating equipment, assisting mechanic in repairing equipment, etc. for the Socorro Field Division.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Upper Colorado Region, Albuquerque Area Office, Socorro Field Division, duty stationed in Socorro N.M. For living conditions, go to

Travel and relocation expenses will NOT be paid by our agency. Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.


Operates several different types of heavy equipment such as dozers, hydraulic excavators, front-end graders, scrapers, articulated dump trucks, and articulated water wagons. Operates equipment to excavate channels, drains, and borrow pits; load dump trucks; build or repair levees, groins, and ramps; grade and level service roads; and clean and repair water control structures for wetland rehabilitation projects. The operator works in various types of terrain and soil conditions and uses different controls and attachments.

The incumbent will also perform work that does not involve operating equipment, such as unloading supplies, cleaning shop and yard area, building and repairing access gates and fences, fabricating equipment and assisting the mechanic in equipment repair.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Day travel and overnight travel required to work at project sites, and to attend meetings, training and conferences. Overnight travel could be for several months when working on out-of-town projects.

Relocation Authorized

  • No