Stand-by Bridgetender

Application Deadline: 2023-10-06
Job Type: County
Job Description:

General Summary

Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the draw bridges in Door County. In addition, duties include doing maintenance and repairs. Reports directly to the Chief Bridgetender or the Highway Commissioner and indirectly to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard. Regular attendance and punctuality along with being prepared to commence work at designated work locations, on the assigned or scheduled days and hours is expected.

Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions

1. Operates bridge openings in a safe, effective, and efficient manner to prevent injury or damage to
boaters, pedestrians, or vehicle operators.
2. Performs repairs or requests repairs if the bridge does not operate properly.
3. Conducts minor maintenance to include but not limited to, grease bearings, pinion gears, racks, and gates.
4. Maintains records of bridge openings and closings and sends said records to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
5. Maintains and installs clearance guards, removes snow from sidewalk, gates, and gears. Do minor touch up painting of bridge. Keeps work area clean.
6. Operate two-way radio in communicating with ships and boats and the Highway Department office.
7. The Chief Bridge Tender will train new employees about navigational rules and bridge operational procedures.
8. The Chief Bridge Tender Will schedule workers on a rotating basis to insure the bridges are manned at all times according to regulations. Check daily time slips and submit timely to Highway Commissioner. Responsible for maintenance upkeep on the emergency generator.
9. Provide truthful and accurate written and verbal communications.


Training and Experience

1. High school diploma or equivalent.
2. One (1) year of responsible work experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
3. Current valid Wisconsin driver’s license required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

1. Ability to read, comprehend, and communicate, both verbally and in writing.

2. Must have ability to react quickly to traffic situations involving vehicular, pedestrian and vessel traffic.
3. Must be able to determine and react to security issues regarding bridge operations.
4. Ability to perform minor maintenance duties on the bridges such as replacing navigation lamps, inspecting and removing debris from track girders or rear locks, and cleaning and greasing center locks.
5. Ability to keep clear and accurate records concerning vessel movements, maintenance activities, equipment malfunctions, or accident information occurring on the bridge.
6. Possess a working knowledge of, and have experience with, heavy-duty mechanical/electrical equipment.
7. Ability to continuously monitor for up to 16-hours at a time, video monitors and audio equipment, ensuring safe gate operation and safe passage of vessels on locally and/or remotely operated bridges.
8. Ability to use tact and courtesy in maintaining an effective working relationship with department
employees, county supervisors, county officials, and general public.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Mostly inside work, with occasional outside work subject to all weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 60 pounds. Bridgetenders will be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol throughout the bridge-tending season. Must have confined space awareness training. Must have normal or corrected 20/20 vision, depth perception and freedom from night blindness. Must have normal or corrected hearing. Normal hearing is considered to be between 0 and 25 db. The audiometric average threshold should be no more that 25db at 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 Hz, with no individual level greater than 30 db. Must have the ability to learn and understand the regulations governing bridge opening protocol such as the U.S. Coast Guard regulations governing waterways and bridges. Subject to overtime call-in. Occasional crouching, bending and twisting.

In an effort to provide for continuity of County government and to cope with the problems of the emergency, you may be required to work during a proclaimed state of emergency, consistent with Sec. 323.14, Wis. Stats. and County emergency management plans and programs.

The above is intended to describe the general content of the requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

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