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New Starting Salary $18.23/hour

Are you ready to walk through the door of opportunity? You are on the right path towards a new and exciting opportunity to embrace a new beginning! If you are up for the challenge and are seeking a rewarding career in a fast-paced work environment, career progression and the chance to learn from the best, then we want you! Get ready to join our awesome Cemeteries team, supporting the City of Savannah historical cemeteries.

Did you know? Of the nearly 80 cemeteries located in Chatham County, Georgia, the Cemeteries Division maintains five existing cemeteries which are owned and operated by the City of Savannah to include Bonaventure, Colonial Park, Greenwich, Laurel Grove North and Laurel Grove South. Each cemetery has a unique character and is historically significant to the City of Savannah!
The Cemeteries department is responsible for maintaining the grounds, selling interment rights, maintaining vital records, preserving the historical and cultural significance and coordinating all activities within the cemeteries. Our team of maintenance workers, senior maintenance workers, crew chiefs, medium equipment operators, conservation technician, coordinators and director works collaboratively to maintain the beauty of our cemeteries, and ensure machinery runs smoothly while upholding a safe environment where all employees can succeed. As we continue to grow our small team of 24, the Cemeteries team is seeking a skilled individual ready to keep our beautiful and historical cemeteries and equipment in safe working order.

If you are seeking a career that will prove a fast-paced work environment, ability to grow your career and the chance to learn from the best, then we are looking for people like you!

As a Lead Medium Equipment Operator in the Cemeteries Department you will be responsible for responsible for operating medium equipment in support of the operations of the municipal cemeteries. You will also have an opportunity to help maintain our beautiful and historical City cemeteries.

We offer great pay, excellent benefits to include medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, employee/spouse/child supplemental life insurance, short-term disability, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, deferred compensation plan (457 B), pension plan, flexible spending account, home purchase assistance and 12 paid holidays!

Women, Minorities and Veterans Are Encouraged to Apply!


Essential Job Functions


  • Opens and closes graves by machine and by hand; restores gravesites.
  • Performs manual labor, general maintenance or custodial duties in cemeteries, observes and enforces safe work practices.
  • Surveys cemetery lots including uncovering buried lot markers; measuring and recording data; probes cemetery lots to locate burial containers, restores gravesites.
  • Assists cemetery visitors with information and directions; oversees after-hour and weekend cemetery events; responds to service requests.
  • Operates equipment in support of cemetery operations to include, but not limited to, backhoes, tractors, mowers, chippers, leaf collectors, dump trucks, trailers, and other medium equipment.
  • Operates chainsaws, line trimmers, hedgers, and edgers; operates backpack, handheld, and push blowers; operates push mowers and other small engine equipment.
  • Maintains equipment inventory; conducts daily inspections and preventative maintenance of equipment; documents and reports any issues.
  • Serves as lead person of work crew or work independently; oversees and provides technical guidance of crews in support of maintenance or burial operations.
  • Stores, mixes, transports, and applies various pesticides to target or host vegetation; applies pesticide with hand-held or backpack sprayer.
  • Repairs and installs irrigation systems, spigots, and irrigation heads; cleans and repairs park benches, flag poles, and cemetery markers; paints fences and iron work.
  • Inspects job sites for compliance with health, safety, and policies; ensures safe, efficient work methods and practices; completes work orders; recommends alternative solutions.
  • Assists supervisor in training and orientation of less knowledgeable employees by explaining and demonstrating work performed.
  • Performs stand-by and on-call duties after business hours for emergency response situations.
  • Completes daily reports.
  • Maintains professional certifications and attends training.
  • Assists cemetery visitors with information and directions; oversees after hours and weekend cemetery events.
  • Assists in emergency response during disaster incidents.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED plus three years (3) years of backhoe operation, maintenance, or construction work experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Must possess and maintain a valid state Commercial Driver’s License with an acceptable driving history. Must obtain within twelve (12) months of employment.

Requires a State Commercial Pesticide Applicator License with Ornamental and Turf endorsement or must obtain within six (6) months of employment.

Work Location: 330 Greenwich Rd Work Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Additional Requirements

Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications, and licenses required prior to employment.

Additional Information


  • Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of department personnel policies.
  • Knowledge of cemetery maintenance and interment procedures, equipment, and materials.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
  • Skill in establishing priorities and organizing work.
  • Skill in the training of personnel.
  • Skill in the operation of lawn maintenance equipment.
  • Skill in the operation of hand and power tools.
  • Skill in the operation of a backhoe, tractor, and chipper.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
Job Category: Others
Company: City of Savannah
Job Type: Full Time
Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent
Job Location: Georgia Savannah
Experience: 2 - 5 years
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