Knowledgebase-Laborer


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Title:Laborer
Summary:Job description for the position of Laborer.
Original Author:MTAS
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Product Create Date:09/27/2002
Last Reviewed on::05/03/2017
Subject:Personnel--Classification; Public works--Personnel
Type:Job Description
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Text of Document: LABORER


DEFINITION

This employee performs a variety of manual labor tasks in the areas of streets, parks and sanitation. The employee is under the immediate supervision of the Superintendent of Streets, Sanitation and Parks. Instructions to the employee are detailed and specific.

EQUIPMENT/JOB LOCATION

The employee will use a variety of hand tools and small machinery such as a weed eater, chain saw, mower, etc.
The employee may also occasionally operate a dump truck.
The employee will be required to lift, carry, dig, climb, bend and move moderately to very heavy objects.
The employee may be exposed to all types of weather conditions with possible exposure to fumes, chemicals, or toxic substances.
In addition, the employee may occasionally be required to work in high places.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

Performs a variety of general labor duties such as painting, mowing, weed spraying, brush and weed trimming, and general parks and street maintenance.
Removes debris from street rights-of-ways, catch basins, drainage ways and other City property.
Loads and unloads dirt, gravel, trash, refuse and other debris.
Works as part of construction crew in road repair, gravel spreading, or ditch digging.
Operates mowing machines and other small machinery.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Assists skilled laborers in the performance of their duties.
Cleans equipment and tools.
Performs routine maintenance on machinery and tools.
Operates a dump truck and other light equipment as backup operator.
May help coordinate the activities of part-time or seasonal workers such as those associated with the youth CETA program.
Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in general maintenance and construction work.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Ability to carry out instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and members of the general public.

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful completion of the tenth (10th grade).
Experience in performing heavy manual work.
Must have a valid Tennessee driver’s license.