Participates in, manages and coordinates the daily operation of the Highway Department at the direction of the Road Agent. Prepares records and worklogs in support of requirements and expenditures.
The Road Foreman operates under the supervision of the Road Agent. The Road Foreman exercises considerable independence in the performance of duties and is evaluated through reports, budget performance and Road Agent requests.
Provides direct supervision of employees in the Highway Department and to contractors working for the department.
- Performs seasonal duties: plowing, snow removal, and sanding; trimming trees, keeping culverts clear of debris; repairing and replacing culverts/pipe; placing/replacing road signs; patching roads; paving, maintaining, and reconstructing roads and other Road Crew related activities.
- Responsible for the maintenance, replacement and repair of all Class V town roads, bridges, and culverts.
- Participates in the development of the departmental annual budget and departmental special purpose warrant articles. Functions as a resource for the Road Agent regarding equipment, purchases, planning of both short and long-term projects and general highway maintenance.
- Is responsible for compiling all necessary reports, records, and logs to accurately reflect the expenditures, hours and work that is taking place within the department, including time sheets, equipment logs, equipment and building maintenance records, fuel usage records and material usage records. May use Selectboard Administrative Assistant to accomplish compilation tasks.
- With approval of the Selectboard, shall supervise and train necessary personnel to maintain the highways.
- Develops and implements continuing education and training plans for self and department personnel. May attend seminars, workshops, and equipment demonstration exhibits.
- Shall plan and purchase material, machinery, and contract labor and equipment as authorized by the annual operating budget and/or Selectboard, in accordance with the purchasing policy and annual budget limitations.
- Reviews curb cuts and makes recommendations to the Road Agent
- Participates in the development of policies for operating the Highway Department. e., snow plowing, paving, curb cuts, and driveway placements.
- Shall participate in annual reviews of Highway personnel in accordance with Selectboard policies.
- Shall participate in the evaluation of department operations and effectiveness and takes necessary steps to improve operations.
- In the event of a significant natural disaster, shall provide information in support of FEMA requirements to the Road Agent.
- Responsible for the proper maintenance of Highway Department equipment, facilities, and May use department personnel, contractors, or repair services to accomplish repairs.
- Recommends property easements, accesses, and rights-of-way to the Road Agent.
- Ensures safe working conditions for employees and safe conditions at all Town buildings and department vehicles.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by the Road Agent
The work requires some physical exertion such as heavy lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs.), long periods of standing; driving; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.
The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions (e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines; with irritant chemicals; etc.); may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves or shields.
Minimum of 40 hours on a planned regular standard week but will vary depending on weather and road maintenance requirements.
Emergency response may require 24/7 availability working nights and/or weekends.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
Graduation from high school plus at least 5 years’ experience in street or highway construction and maintenance work, supplemented by technical study in an apprenticeship program, engineering, management or related fields, and including at least 3 years’ experience in a supervisory capacity including interacting with the public in a professional manner: in person, on the phone, or via electronic communication OR any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Experienced with computers and computer literate. Skills should include Windows operating system, and internet searches. Must be able to use e-mail for communication and posting to Listserv.
Must have a clean driving record and possess a New Hampshire Department of Transportation commercial driver’s license (CDL) including a valid medical card, class B rating with endorsements for Town equipment.
Must be able to safely use all departmental hand and power tools, and light and heavy construction equipment.
Ability to successfully complete NH Certified Culvert Maintainer course (or pass it within 1 year of hiring)
Knowledge of Work Zone safety
Knowledge of PPE
PHYSICAL EXERTION/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Work conditions include working outdoors in inclement
- Work schedule is flexible and may be dependent on emergency
- For communicating with others, talking is required; for taking instructions from others, hearing is required; for doing the job effectively and correctly, sight is required; and for detecting unusual odors that indicate the presence of harmful exhaust and gas fumes, the incorrect operation of equipment, etc., smelling is required.
- Required to use hands to fingers, handle and feel objects, tools, or controls; required to reach with hands and arms. Strenuous physical effort demanded in heavy lifting and carrying (up to 50 lbs.) and in performing work, sometimes under hazardous road conditions, in varying weather conditions with exposure to excessive noise, noxious fumes and gases, fuels, lubricants, solvents, and other fluids, as well as dirt, dust, grease, and other disagreeable materials; physical demands include traversing rough terrain and climbing in and out of heavy machinery; exposure to minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, periods of sunlight, poisonous plants, and insects and bees.