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Title: DPW Laborer

Hours:Full Time
Education:High School
Experience:0 ~ 1 year
Dept./Org.:Human Resources
Job Type:Public Works


Under supervision, performs varied types of manual and unskilled laboring work, and may drive a truck in connection with laboring work on occasion: does other related duties as required.

NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes
only.  A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed
in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.

Loads, lifts, and moves supplies, furniture, and equipment.

Digs trenches and does manual grading.

Collects rubbish and other refuse.

Cuts grass.

Trims hedges.

Loads and unloads trucks.

Shovels snow.

Shovels gravel and sand.

Mixes cement and mortar.

Places forms used in concrete work.

Performs cold patching.

Cleans up underbrush, foliage, vines, and weeds.

Cuts down trees.

Digs out stumps of trees, and digs out and destroys poisonous
vines, weeds and undergrowth.

Learns to operate construction and/or maintenance equipment.

May learn to operate and make minor repairs to street, road,
and related public works equipment.

May rake asphalt mixtures used in paving to proper thickness
and grade.

May distribute asphalt mixtures to eliminate hollows and high
spots in the surface under the construction or repair.

May patch joints and edges of pavement with asphalt cement.

May tamp and smooth asphalt pavement.

May operate and maintain asphalt heating kettle.

Sweeps streets and sidewalks.

Cleans sewers.

Loads debris into truck for removal.

Sorts, piles, and cleans salvageable brick, stone, lumber, and
metal work.

Under direction, may learn to make routine repairs to valves,
fittings, pipe sections or other equipment used in the area of



Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey to perform essential duties of the position.

Appointees may be required to possess a valid Commercial Driver's
License (CDL) and applicable endorsements for the class and type
of vehicle being operated.


Knowledge of the methods, materials and supplies used to perform
varied types of manual and unskilled tasks.

Ability to perform manual tasks either alone or as a member of a group.

Ability to perform heavy manual labor for prolonged periods of time
under varying temperatures and climatic conditions.

Ability to follow prescribed instructions.

Ability to learn to use the tools and equipment needed to perform routine,
unskilled labor tasks.

Ability to follow safety precautions in the operation of assigned tools and

Ability to read, write, understand and communicate in English sufficiently
to perform the duties of this position.